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.
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:
Bar and Café
Bike and Car Rental
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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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
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.
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:
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.
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.
A cultural classic that turns out very lively with concerts and all-night long clubs
A hip riverside cafe with home-roasted and cold brew coffee
Concerts and events at fresco
An awesome street terrace for sipping cocktails in the sun
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!
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.
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!
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!).
5. All the city’s cuisine served up in an Open Kitchen
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 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:
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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.
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