Hotel Name: HI Hostel Zagreb.
Address: Petrinjska 77, Lower Town, Zagreb, Croatia.
I stayed at the HI Hostel Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. I booked online at the rate of €36.80 per night for a private room, and I selected it for its price and location in Zagreb.
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.
Book HI Hostel Zagreb online or search for more hostels in Zagreb. If you’ve never been to Zagreb then check out my trip report on Zagreb.