5 Star Hostels in Croatia

Zdravo and welcome to the best Hostels in Croatia! This list will help you backpacking Croatia like a boss. We found many fantastic hostels from north to South: Zadar, Hvar, Zadar, Split… and of course Dubrovnik.

Are these the best Hostels in Croatia?

Da (yes)!

The quality of hostels in Croatia varies a lot. Hostels are starting to grow overall around the country. You can find really worn-out, old hostels up to absolutely incredible places like Swanky Mint, our 5 Star Hostel in Zagreb. Swanky Mint comes with a swimming pool – it rocks!

In this list we give you a wide range of hostels; from 5 Star Hostels to Backpacker and Party Hostels. All are exceptional! Just choose the right hostel for your own travel style.

Put on a map: best hostels in Croatia

In this map we show all 5 Star Hostels and destinations we cover. Please zoom in to Croatia and area to have a closer look.

1 hostel per destination

We only pick the #1 hostel for all destinations.

We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel. This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.

And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guides to cities like Paris, Barcelona, and Prague.

How to book Hostels in Croatia?

In every destination guide and hostel review we give you the options to book (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).

All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper when booking through the official website. We give you the direct access so you can save some travel-money. Hurray!

For the other hostel-destination guides we give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The websites are:

Read our guide on how to book hostels the best way (with websites to use)

Hostel Guide

We know so many hostels in Europe, we actually stayed in so so many hostels across the world. We are traveling non-stop since 2007, discovering coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great Italian Hostels.

And not just that.

We also created a big guide to Hostels.

We will show you how to book your hostel in a smart way, what to take into account and more smart tips.

Here you find ALL our articles about hostels.

List of the Best hostels in Croatia

Enough of that. Let’s jump right into the cool hostels.

Best hostel in Rijeka: Hostel 1W

Best hostel in Rijeka: Hostel 1W

Hostel 1W is a mix of upscale hostel and social hotel, providing designer accommodation for budget prices. It is the perfect spot to explore Rijeka while enjoying a genuine hostel vibe.

The multilingual staff are friendly and professional, make sure you ask them for their local tips! It is the best way to explore Rijeka

Hostel 1 W is only 20 meters away from the main pedestrian road Korzo, and only 200 meters from the main bus station. Really downton!

  • Dorm beds start from 14€/ night
  • Private rooms start from €25/ night

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best hostels in Zadar

Zadar has become a popular destination for people visiting Croatia because cause it has one of the most stunning sunsets you will ever experience.

Located on the western side of the Zadar Riva you can enjoy the Sea Organ. Directly at the sea you will find marble steps where, underneath, there is an architctural sound art object which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes.

Nearby you wil find a light installation called The Sun Salutation. A 22 metre diameter solar panel formed from 300 multi-layered glass panels that absorb the Sun’s energy from sunrise to sunset, and convert this energy into electricity. The electricity produced is then used to light the entire waterfront at night - displaying a series of bright colourful lights.

Definitely a fun thing to do to add to your list if you go to Zadar.

TIP: Bring some snacks with you cause you will spend more time than you think.

We found 3 great hostels in Zadar:

Best hostel in Zadar Design Hostel Mr. Charles

Design Hostel Mr. Charles

Influenced by the music of the 60’s and 70 ‘s, Hostel Mr. Charles is a cosy, design-orientated hostel.
The sta ’s attitude towards life, their lively stories about their travels, and their joie de vivre is contagious.

Enjoy this remarkable lifestyle hostel. You will fall in love with it as you step through the front door.

We have been to Zadar back in 2014, what an amazing time! Traveling along the Croatian coast is a great travel plan. Make sure you add Zadar, Hvar, and the island Korcula to your trip. We loved all 3 stops!

Mr. Charles is located in a residential area, just a 10 min walk to the Old Town. The Main bus station is 15 min by foot or you can take the public bus #3.

Also handy: a Supermarket is just across the

  • Dorm beds start from 14€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 17€/ night

Compare prices at: Booking.com| Hostelworld

Best hostel in Zadar Boutique Hostel Forum

Boutique Hostel Forum

Boutique Hostel Forum is a design-conscious hostel with luxury facilities to enjoy on a budget. This is the place to be if you want to enjoy Zadar away from the party area, and mingle with slow, easy-going travelers.

What about the location? Downtown, plus Zadar is small and really walkable!

We have been to Zadar, and it is certainly a great spot when traveling along the coast of Croatia. It’s chil, easy-going, right at the ocean. Plan to stay here minimum 1 night, and we recommend staying here 2.

  • Dorm beds start from 14€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 20€/ night

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Best hostel in Hvar: Youth Hostel Villa Marija

Best hostel in Hvar: Villa Marija

This hostel is Hvar’s best-loved, award-winning and top rated hostel, recognised for years as sim-ply the best spot to stay while in Hvar. Villa Marija features a sea view from the luxurious and stylishly decorated terrace with swimming pool and cocktail bar, providing the perfect place to meet like-minded international travellers.

Villa Marija o ers a huge variety of facilities and fancy stu to meet all you traveller needs, includ- ing music and reading lounge, a big fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor showers with plenty of hot water and a chill out area with comfy bean bags and exotic sofas to relax on.

To catch-up with friends and family or to plan your next trip, Villa Marija has high-speed free wireless internet available throughout the entire hostel.

Located on a hill and 15 min walk to the historic centre of Hvar town. The best pebble beach in Hvar and the nearest supermarket are only 5 min away.

  • Dorm beds start from 9€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 19€/ night

Book Villa Marija here

Best hostel in Dubrovnik: Hostel Angelina Old Town

Best hostel in Dubrovnik: Angelina Old Town

Top rated hostel in Dubrovnik for the last 3 years. That is thanks to their prime location within the city walls, and their incredible cosy vibes. Great value for expensive Dubrovnik.

The old city is beautiful to visit with many things to do around. We recommend staying 2 days in Dubrovnik, while you should keep an eye on day trips or activities.

Angelina Od town is... in the old town! Turn into a Game of Thrones char- acter, as you are staying right here!
The old town of Dubrovnik is quite small, so it is easy to get around by walking.

Highly recommended: Walk along the historic walls. There is a small entrance fee, it’s totally worth it.

  • Dorm beds start from 18€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 20€/ night

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Hostel Packing List

Okay, after finding all these super cool places, it’s time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

Read the full packing list here.

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