3 Best Hostels in Ljubljana - Stay in a Former Prison or a Former BankYou have already made a great choice by travelling to Ljubljana, now let us give you the best hostels in Ljubljana. So you can focus on your trip rather than researching your accommodation.

We have backpacked the Slovenian capital and to Lake Bled – it was amazing!

Still considered a gem, you can actually experience an authentic city, not run to death by tourism crowds.

On your way from Salzburg to Zagreb or vice versa, plan a stop in here and at Lake Bled.

So, let us help you to stay in a fun and cool hostel in Ljubljana.

This is a handwritten guide; with all hostels tested in person!

Your shortcut:

  1. Hostel Celica
  2. KVA Hostel
  3. MS Sparrow Hostel

What we cover in this article?

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Quick Introduction to Ljubljana

The average price for a bed: Hostels in Ljubljana cost 11€ – 16€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 21€ up to 48€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). 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.

Hostel Location: Ljubljana is quite small, very walk-able. Hostel Celica and Kva Hostel have the best locations in the city center and near train station.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Ljubljana

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Ljubljana.

  1. Hostel Celica – Best Hostel for Solo Travelers
  2. KVA Hostel – Best Hostel for Female Solo Travelers
  3. MS Sparrow Hostel – Best Hostel for Small Groups

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Hostel Celica – Former Prison, now 5 Star Hostel

Ever wondered what it’s like to spend a night behind bars?

Hostel Celica definitely gave their rooms a different kind of twist.

Being a former prison, rooms are uniquely designed by local and international artists to show the reflection of the cells but still exhibiting the comfort and funky style hostel.

Innovatively putting Hostel Celica to one of the most intriguing hostels in the world.

We have visited in person, here is our full review of Hostel Celica.

Full Review  Hostel Celica here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full review | Official website

Rooms are designed as prison cells at Hostel Celica

But in case the room cells give you goosebumps, they also offer traditional rooms that are as well designed artistically for you to appreciate and enjoy.

Just like any other “normal” hostels, Hostel Celica offers room from private to dorm types. Still giving you the option of the room that you prefer and suits you or your group best.

Amenities to expect at Hostel Celica:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Bar and Café
  • Restaurant
  • Bike and Car Rental
  • Gift Shop

How about the food? Oh yes, let’s talk about the food.

As one of our personal favorites, Hostel Celica gives you a variety of options you can satisfy your stomach and taste buds with.

You can choose between two cafes at the hostel – one oriental and the other western.

Offering a laid back atmosphere where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you slowly kill time is the Oriental Café. Giving the café a more oriental inspired look are the mosaics and wall designs that are created by the famous Matej Bizovičar.

As for the Western Café, designed in a modern architectural style of glass and steel. Giving you a perfect morning view and moonlight overlooking during the night.

But wait, there’s more!

You can also grab your snacks and delicious meal at Slovene Gostilna, the hostel’s restaurant where the east and west meet. Completing your choices to get your appetites satisfied.

And to keep you busy and give you fun during your free hours, the hostel offers numerous activities you can choose from. From musical shows to cultural events, from salsa nights to local performers, from cocktail night to beer pong games, they all have it for you.

Aside from all these, Hostel Celica also features the Museum of Confinement, Art Gallery and Point of Peace spiritual room that makes it not your ordinary hostel.

What about the location: PERFECT!!!

Hostel Celica is situated in Metelkova City, the autonomous culture zone of Ljubljana. You are just a 5-10 minutes walk from the train station and downtown, but you can stay directly at the sight of Metelkova.

That part of Ljubljana is a must-visit!

Tivoli Park, Metelkova, Ljubljana’s Dragon Bridge, Puppet Theater, House of Experiments and Cathedral are just one of the few famous landmarks you can easily reach from the hostel.

Local buses and trains are available just a few walks away from the hostel. Enabling you to travel the city in an easier way. Anyways, we have always walked. It is a pretty walk along the river!

Parking: Another perk is the parking space in front of the hostel!

When traveling with a car or a camper van, you can park here.

In a nutshell, Hostel Celica is the absolute best hostel in Ljubljana. A perfect location, a unique building, fun events and real backpacker vibes.

The coolest place for:

  • Solo Travelers (both male and female!)
  • Backpacker
  • Families (private rooms)
  • Groups
  • Adults
Full Review  Hostel Celica here

Compare prices and more info: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full review | Official website Grab your drinks and snacks at Hostel Celica's bar Lay back and relax at Hostel Celica's outdoor lounge

Best location for where to stay in Ljubljana: Hostel Celica

Metelkova City at Hostel Celica – Artsy and cool, a must-see!

Matt Hostelgeeks at Hostel Celica, the safe hostel in Ljubljana

Matt Hostelgeeks at Hostel Celica – yes, we actually stayed here!

2. KVA Hostel – Culture and Art

KVA Hostel coined its name rooted from the word “kaj” which means “what”, where most Slovenians pronounce as “kva”.

It also represents Culture (KV) and Art (A) which resembles in the hostel room that promotes local designs and art.

Hostel Staff are very friendly and accommodating, we promise you that. They will surely make you feel at home instantly when you walk through the door upon your arrival. Just like the ambiance in the hostel.

Directly outside the hostel are opportunities for bike rentals or boat trips on Ljubljana just like the locals. Taking you to the beginning of the pedestrian zone overlooking the river.

KVA Hostel also gives you great access to bars, restaurants and street markets just across the hostel.

Every Sunday, the market hosts an antique flea market while on Saturdays during summer it turns to an art market.

Rooms are uniquely designed by local artists giving it a more romantic and artistic vibe. Each room is equipped with personal lockers and electronic access to make you feel safer and secure.

Book KVA Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Have a great window view at KVA Hostel Natural window light makes KVA Hostel brighter KVA Hostel offers buffet breakfast to energize your day

Amenities you can use at KVA Hostel:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Book Exchange
  • Coffee/Tea Making station

The hostel also features a shared kitchen that you are free to use. Whenever you feel like to make your own preferred meal since the market is just adjacent to the hostel. Giving you a more allotted budget on your tours.

KVA Hostel also organizes pub crawls, skiing (off-site) and bike rentals to add more adventure to your Ljubljana tour.

Location: Located in a former Printing House at the heart of Ljubljana Old Town, KVA Hostel places you close to the city with lovely views of the Ljubljanica River.

Just walking distance from the hostel you will find some of the popular destinations in the city namely Cobblers’ Bridge, Ljubljana Castle, Robba Fountain, and Ljubljana City Museum.

This is one of the best hostels in Ljubljana for

  • Female Solo Travelers
Book KVA Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

KVA Hostel offers buffet breakfast to energize your day Rooms are extra big and comfy at KVA Hostel

3. MS Sparrow Hostel (Minimal design hostel)

A newly opened hostel in 2018, MS Sparrow Hostel features all hand designed pieces that creates a modern and minimalist vibe.

We personally love the monochromic colors of the hostel that gives it a very clean and cozy atmosphere.

Guest rooms are equipped with all the basic things you need like microwave, fridge, kettle, bidet, a desk and of course, one important thing to girls – hairdryer. Plus you are also entitled to your own locker for the safety of your personal belongings.

The same street as the hostel you will find bars, restaurants and grocery shops. So you don’t have to worry about looking further.

Since the hostel is very near to shops, MS Sparrow Hostel gives you the perfect chance to prepare your own meals at the shared kitchen. If by chance you don’t want to eat out.

Amenities to look forward to in MS Sparrow Hostel:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Bike Rentals

And of course, the girls would definitely want to visit the biggest shopping center, the BTC, which is just a 10-minute walk away from the hostel.

Location: Just a few meters away from the hostel is the main bus station to take you to the parts of the city. Making it easier for you to tour around and explore Ljubljana.

But if you feel like taking your own phase and timing to go around the city, you can just rent a bike at the hostel or at the bus station. Any of which you prefer.

Personally, we prefer the location of Hostel Celica!

A great hostel for:

  • Small Groups
Book MS Sparrow Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

Rooms at KVA Hostel are colored with black and gray making it very clean to see Interior design at MS Sparrow is very modern and fancy Bike rentals are available just outside KVA Hostel

Comparing the 3 Top Hostels in Ljubljana

Here is an overview of our handpicked top hostels in Ljubljana. In this chart, we compare the main facilities and things to expect.

It will help you to take a decision.

Hostel Celica
(Top Choice)
KVA HostelMS Sparrow Hostel
Recommended for…
  • Solo Travelers
  • Backpacker
  • Families
  • groups
  • Female Solo-Travellers
  • Female Solo Travelers
  • Small Groups
KitchenYesYesYes
WiFiFree (Very Fast)Free (Good)Free (Very Fast)
BreakfastVegetarian (upon request)

Big Buffet, Continental (extra)

Continental Breakfast (included)You can make your own at the hostel kitchen

Pasta, Biscuits, Cookies, Coffee, and Tea (Free All Day)

LocationPerfect!

Close to train station and old town. Right in the art district!

Heart of the City CenterOk –  you need a bike or bus to go downtown
SpecialFormer Prison! Every private room is a former prison cell, uniquely designed!Ski and Bike Rentals are just outside the hostel
Modern and Minimalist
ActivitiesYesYesYes
Lockers – and safe?YesYesYes
Facilities for disabled guestsNoNoNo
How to book?Official websiteHostelworldBooking.com

This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.

What about the cheapest hostels in Ljubljana?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

We think it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Ljubljana.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Ljubljana
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight into what to expect.

Best Hostels in Ljubljana for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Ljubljana for solo travelers?

Aside from having two cafes you can choose from, Hostel Celica gives their guests a great variety of activities you can engage in.

Making sure that everybody, including the solo travelers, will definitely enjoy their stay and have an amazing adventure in Ljubljana.

Here are only some of the long lists of activities you can try.

  • Live music / performance
  • Bike Tours
  • Pub Crawls
  • Art Galleries
  • Evening Entertainment

Hostel Celica also offers three wonderful facilities you should check and experience. They feature a Museum of Confinement, Point of Peace Spiritual Room and Art Gallery. Individually adding you a more unique quality stay.

Rooms are uniquely designed as prison cells which gives people more curiosity to try. But if your not comfortable with this set up, you can always go for the regular rooms.

You can also make your own meals at the hostel kitchen though the hostel has two cafes you can choose from and a bar, too.

But if you still want a taste of Ljubljana from the other restaurants, there are plenty around the hostel you can choose from.

Full Review  Hostel Celica here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full review | Official website

Get a chance to experience how its like to stay in a prison cell at Hostel Celica There are two cafes you can choose from at Hostel Celica

Party Hostels in Ljubljana: Tresor Hostel

The former home of bankers, who would have thought that a very urban and unique hostel would emerge?

Tresor Hostel has continually rebuilt the old building into a perfect combination of architectural elements with the urban spirit.

Tresor is a super fun backpacker hostel in Ljubljana.

It is not a hardcore party hostel, no no. It is a fun, social backpacker hostel like it’s supposed to be. Have a drink at the bar and meet fellow hostel mates from all over the globe.

Aside from the modern and lively atmosphere in the hostel, we personally loved the wonderful quotations printed and designed across the walls. Just a beautiful way to remind people of the things that matter most.

There are two common areas which the hostel considers as their heart.

We are sure that you will love the high atrium area. Featuring a high ceiling that gives a bright and vibrant vibe to the room during the day and a fun-filled party room in late evenings. While the other area is a former basement bank vault that comes to its own in the evening.

You can have your beers and cocktails at the hostel bar when the night arrives. Party with other hostel guests and win new friends.

But if you wish to try more bars and get more beers, there are plenty you can choose from just ooutside the hostel.

The perks at Tresor Hostel:

  • FREE WiFi
  • Bar
  • Grocery Shop
  • Beauty Parlor
  • Event’s Place

The hostel also has a common area where you can work on your computer or just lay back and perfectly relax while having chats with other hostel guests.

And to keep you busy in your free hours, you can engage yourself with the amazing activities that the hostel hosts. Such as music nights, workshops, movie nights, and lectures at lower prices.

You can also check out the Beauty Parlor located within the hostel during the weekdays. Guests can also grab a snack or a few beers at the hostel bar.

Wanna stay for free? If by chance you are a traveling artist, the hostel gives free accommodation stay on the night of your performance in exchange for a concert, workshop or exhibition.

The location is excellent. You are literally in the heart of the city.

Book Tresor Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Some rooms in Tresor Hostel have lockers similar to a bank In Tresor Hostel, each room are sighted with a quote to live by Other bars and cafes are just around Tresor Hostel

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: a step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Absolute best hostel in Ljubljana: Hostel Celica
  2. Best hostel in Ljubljana for Female Solo-Travellers: KVA Hostel
  3. Best hostel in Ljubljana for small groups: MS Sparrow Hostel
  4. Best hostel in Ljubljana for Backpackers: Tresor Hostel
  5. best party hostel in Ljubljana: Tresor Hostel

All of Ljubljana’s best hostels are popular, especially in high season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

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Secret Tips for the city

We told you, this is your ultimate backpacking Ljubljana guide. Of course we also prepare more than just your best place to stay in Ljubljana.

Together with our friend and blogger Duncan Rhodes, editor-in-chief of Urban Travel Blog, we are proud to share with you 5 insider tips Ljubljana.

  1. A cultural classic that turns out very lively with concerts and all-night long clubs
  2. A hip riverside cafe with home-roasted and cold brew coffee
  3. Concerts and events at fresco
  4. An awesome street terrace for sipping cocktails in the sun
  5. Willing to try some street food? We got you covered!

1. A Cultural Classic: Metelkova

We mentioned this already, you really can’t miss Metelkova.

The former military barracks was squatted by artists in the 1990s and now forms the alternative culture and nightlife centre of the city.

As mentioned before, Hostel Celica is located directly at Metelkova.

Every building in the complex is covered floor to gables with street art, graffiti, and grotesque decorations, making it an outdoor museum of modern art – be sure to go by day to take photos!

Then return by night, because this is when this autonomous zone comes alive with rowdy bars and all-night clubs and concerts. The vibe is laidback and grungy so no need to get dressed up. Just order a shot of Bear’s Blood and join in!

Best location for where to stay in Ljubljana: Hostel Celica

2. A Hip Riverside Cafe: Tozd

Stopping for a drink by the river is one of Ljubljana’s great pleasures, but take our advice and wander a little further down from the touristic spots near the main square and check out this cool cafe instead.

Here they serve home-roasted and cold brew coffee, around 16 craft beers (several from Slovenia itself!) and some great snacks, like strawberry and mascarpone tart. If it’s rainy you can go for the riverside seats and pick up a book from their library.

Here is the Facebook page to check out!

A Hip Riverside Cafe: Tozd

3. A lot of leafy Libraries (Under The Treetops)

Talking about libraries, they don’t get much more fun than Ljubljana’s Libraries Under The Treetops.

A series of pop-up outdoor library that offer deckchairs and reading material to locals and travellers alike in cool locations like the castle, Tivoli park and along the river banks of the Ljubljanica throughout summer.

This cool concept started about ten years ago and has been so popular with the locals that they add new locations every year.

Check out their website for the latest info… Sometimes you’ll find a concert or event happening at one of these al fresco libraries!

A lot of leafy Libraries (Under The Treetops)

4. A Sleek Backstreet Bar: Centralna Postaja

Found on the back street cobbles of Trubarjeva street “Central Station” is a sleek modern bar / restaurant / nightspot with an awesome street terrace for sipping cocktails in the sun, and three distinct spaces inside (including a dance floor).

This is where the hip and good looking gather day and night and just a great place to hang out and meet people if you’re new in town (and there’s almost zero tourists!).

A Sleek Backstreet Bar: Centralna Postaja

5. All the city’s cuisine served up in an Open Kitchen

Summer only!

There’s a festival atmosphere at the weekly Open Kitchen street food event (every Friday 10am to 9pm from mid-March until October).

Slovenes gather to taste dishes from over 50 different food stalls representing all of the city’s best chefs and restaurants.

The action takes place in the attractive Pogacarjev Square, and is a great chance to try some classic Slovenian cuisine, like flying Zganci and cottage cheese pancakes.

Even if you are not into food so much, come here for the vibes and have a drink.

This is the kind of festival/ event you want to experience with your hostel mates.

All the city's cuisine served up in an Open Kitchen

All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look at the map. Below we list all three best Ljubljana hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know on this list:

  • Ljubljana Castle
  • Prešeren Square
  • Dragon Bridge
  • Ljubljana Cathedral
  • Town Square
  • National Gallery
  • Stožice Stadium

(You can activate and deactivate the layers in the left sidebar. Open the map in a new tab here.)

Flights to Ljubljana?

Turth be told, Ljubljana does not have a real cheap airport like Zagreb or Zadar in Croatia. The best way might be to take a train or bus to go to Ljubljana and Lake Bled afterwards.

Anyways, for finding flights, we enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Ljubljana, Zagreb and other cool cities.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights in Europe

More guides in the area

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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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