Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Gorgeously warm and full to the brim with vintage style, we love the vibe here, especially in the common area.
Grab your favourite drink from the mini bar and plonk yourself down on one of the retro arm chairs. Let out a big sigh of relief and reeeelax.
The hostel works closely with awesome local guides, offering a free city/history tour for guests every day!
Make sure you have a chat with the friendly staff as they can set you up with plenty more interesting activities whilst you’re in town.
What room types are on offer here?
4-bed mixed dorm
Standard twin (shared bathroom)
Deluxe 4-bed private (shared bathroom)
Once again, there are no bunkbeds in the dorms here, woohoo!
Breakfast is not included but it is possible to order if you don’t mind spending a few extra coins.
An absolute top reason to stay here would be for the location. Right in the city centre area next to Serdika metro station, which offers direct access to the airport and main attractions within a few hundred metres.
Last but not least, reception is open 24/7 and there is no curfew.
This is not a usual thing for us to do, but when we’re alerted to dodgy hostel activity we feel obliged to let our readers know! When looking on the leading hostel booking portals Hostelworld and Hostelz.com, you will see Hostel N1 as #1 top rated…but, we do not agree here!
Here we wish to alert you of Hostel N1 and the owner’s manipulation of guests and ratings on booking portals.
We recieved an email from a traveller sharing with us her very negative and somewhat shocking experience here.
Basically, the owner bribes travellers to give 10 point reviews in exchange for free services and perks like a free drink. We found many Hostelworld reviews that clearly show this.
And when you upset them with honesty, it’s likely you may receive verbal abuse in return… please see screenshots below.
Obviously this is nothing a backpacker feels comfortable with. It is totally unaligned with what is means to be a welcoming, honest and safe hostel.
The fact that reviews are bribed also does not give an honest and clear overview of the hostel itself. It’s impossible to know if it is actually any good until you get there!
So, therefore, we recommend skipping N1 Hostel in Sofia and saving yourself any potential unwanted hassle.
Update: Hostelz updated their rating for N1 and it is no longer #1 top rated there.
More Hostels worth a mention
You know us; we can’t help ourselves when we find yet more cool accommodation!
FYI: Unfortunately, Canape Connection Hostel has permanently closed.
What is the best hostel for solo travellers in Sofia?
Vintage Central Hostel is the best hostel in Sofia for solo travelers. They help settle you in with a free city/history tour, and the mini bar and lounge are ideal for hanging out with new friends. As you’ll be located right in the middle of Sofia, it’s easy to explore on your own and even easier to head out in the evening for dinner and drinks.
What is Sofia best known for?
Here are the main tourist attractions in Sofia:
St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
National Palace of Culture
Church St. George Rotunda
Sofia History Museum
Borisova Gradina Park
Sofia’s Central Market Hall
Banya Bashi Mosque
Are hostels in Sofia safe?
Not all hostels in Sofia are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Sofia. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
How much are hostels in Sofia?
According to Hostelz.com, prices start from $9 for a dorm bed in Sofia.
Prices may vary depending on season.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com