Hotel Name: Apartman Hajdo Rijeka Centar.
Address: Zdenka Petranovica 5, Rijeka, Croatia.
I stayed at Apartman Hajdo Rijeka Centar in Rijeka, Croatia. I booked online at the rate of €29.70 per night, and I booked it for its location and price in Rijeka.
I was unfamiliar with Rijeka so I didn’t know the best area to stay. It’s a small enough city though to work out the best spots. I was arriving by train, so I picked something within walking distance from Rijeka train station. The apartment is less than a 10-minute walk from the station.
Apartment accommodation is common in Croatia, but I had forgotten to check how to check-in before arriving. As it is a separate apartment (and not a room in someone’s house) the chances are that the owner will not be there to meet you. Numbering systems of apartments can also be confusing, so when I arrived at the building I was indeed confused. I didn’t have a sim card so I had to go to a nearby cafe and have an espresso to use their wifi. After emailing them they asked me to call them to get instructions. Why call when an email will suffice. Anyway they sent the instructions and I went to retrieve the key in the secret location.
The apartment is in a half basement, so you go down half a floor from the ground. The apartment appears to have been one large apartment that has been subdivided into three different rentals (similar to the apartment in Zagreb that I stayed in).
My room was listed as a studio apartment, though technically it was a small one-bedroom apartment. The room had a double bed with enough space on one side. With window faced the street, and because it was at half level, the view was of peoples legs walking along the footpath.
There was a table and chairs set, but no space to hang clothes. There was free wifi here, and I had a good reception in my room. The bed was comfortable, and the room was cool enough to not need the air conditioner (it was still summer at this point).
There was a kitchenette in the hallway leading to the bathroom. I never use the kitchen so I didn’t think to check if there was equipment to self-cater.
The bathroom was clean and in good order, though it also had the same window arrangement as the bedroom. I didn’t feel comfortable having the curtains open as people are walking by outside.
The rental is in an old apartment complex that takes up a whole block. The apartments form a courtyard in the middle and there is a little park inside.
The location turned out to be good for exploring. The main point is that it is in a flat area. Go any further inland and the streets become steep. The apartment is also not far from the main bus station, which was my next point of departure.
Overall this served my needs for a private budget room in Rijeka. Anything cheaper than this and you are either getting a private room with a shared bathroom, or a dorm in a hostel.
Here is my full trip report on Rijeka.