Hotel Name: HI Hostel Zagreb.
Address: Petrinjska 77, Lower Town, Zagreb, Croatia.
I’ve stayed at countless HI Hostels over the years, much of those times in dorms. This time I wanted a private room while still having the hostel experience.
I was already in Zagreb so I arrived early to leave my bags. Check-in was at 2 pm, but you could leave your bag in a locker. Unfortunately, there were none available, so they suggested that I leave my bags in a locker at the train station nearby (for 15 HRK / €2).
After checking in later on I went up to my room. There is a lift in the building, so no need to worry about lugging bags up stairs. I got a private room with a shared bathroom. The room had two single beds, so this would be a good option if you are travelling with someone compared to taking a dorm.
There are two separate cupboards as you would find in a dorm. There is free wifi at the hostel, and I got a good reception in my room. Note that my room had a small fan and there is no air conditioning (a common scenario in Europe). I was here at the end of August and the weather was pleasant and the mornings were cool. It might have been a different experience if I was there earlier in the summer when there was a heat wave.
I got a room with a shared bathroom to reduce my costs, but I am always wary of shared bathrooms when I first see them, as I have seen some bad ones in the past. This bathroom was in good condition, though the shower floor was a bit mouldy and didn’t have useful hooks.
Every good hostel should have a common lounge, and there is one here next to the lobby. The benefit of staying at a hostel is that you can join in on organised tours, which is a good way to meet fellow travellers, and also just chat with travellers in general.
There is also a book swap here if you are looking to find something new to read.
Check out is at 11 am, and I needed to store my bags before moving on to my next accommodation. This time there were lockers available to use (and storage is free).
Overall this was the standard experience I have had with private rooms with shared bathrooms in hostels, though it seems overpriced when considering that I rented an apartment (with a bathroom) for €1.70 more in Zagreb the night before. This is probably more suitable for a travelling pair who can split the room cost but still wants the European hostel experience.