Dubrovnik has shot to popularity since Game of Thrones showcased the beauty of the city, and tourists have been flocking back ever since. The sets of “King’s Landing”, Qarth”, and the gardens of the “Red Keep” are some of the new tourist destinations, but Dubrovnik has much more to offer for those who perhaps aren’t as interested in the show.
Walking along the tops of the city walls and looking at the view of the city below, as well as appreciating the medieval architecture and various museums and churches, are just some of the other things you can do in this wonderful city.
Although Dubrovnik can be slightly pricey, there are some great hostels to choose from where you can get a great night’s sleep for an affordable price. Let’s take a look at the top five hostels below.
Located in Old Town Dubrovnik, Hostel Angelina is the perfect place for history and architecture lovers. Based within a 400-year-old building, the decor inside mixes the old with the new to create a picture-perfect charm. There is also a terrace that will give you great views over the red rooftops of this historical city. A three-minute walk away is the area’s main street Stradun, where you will find many interesting shops, bars and cafés.
If you’re visiting during the warmer months, you’re in for a treat – within 15 minutes walk of Hostel Angelina, you will find three different local beaches. Accommodation is offered in both private rooms and dorm rooms which can sleep 4, 8, or 12 people. Other facilities that are offered include a large kitchen, where you can prepare your own meals and socialize with your fellow travelers.
Bunićeva poljana 2, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
4.8 out of 5.
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Stepping into this hostel, you feel as though you are stepping into a fresh and modern home rather than a hostel. As well as being comfortable and well furnished, Hostel Lina is in a wonderful location, with many shops and supermarkets nearby. The hostel is suitable for families and will accommodate children.
To make your arrival and departure stress-free, the hostel offers you a free pickup from the main bus station and ferry port or an airport transfer for a small fee. Accommodation offered is a mix of private rooms and dorm rooms. Free wi-fi and luggage storage, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, are available.
If you like to relax outdoors, then the terrace is perfect for you as it offers views across the rooftops and is a fantastic spot to watch the sunset.
Od Gaja 44, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
4.7 out of 5.
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Rooms Old Town
This hostel is great for those who like more privacy and a quieter environment. With just five rooms, this hostel feels more like a homestay than staying at a busy and loud hostel. Amenities include a laundry where you can wash your clothes for free, as well as the use of a fridge, microwave and free tea and coffee.
The staff here are super helpful and can help you arrange any sightseeing tours you would like to participate in while giving you a discount of 20 percent. Rooms Old Town is a great choice for those who like to keep their accommodation low key, pleasant and relaxing.
Grbava 4, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
4.8 out of 5.
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Located within the Gruz district, Petra Marina is 2.5 km from the Old Town. 800 meters from the main bus station, and right across the road from the main port. This makes it super convenient for those who would like to do some sightseeing further out from the main city. Its location is also really handy for those who are staying on a longer-term basis, with a supermarket, pharmacy, foreign exchange office, and shopping center all within 100 meters.
The family-run hostel has 30 beds (that all have access to lockers) spread over four dorms. All dorm rooms come with a balcony with a sea view. The balcony isn’t the only outdoor space, however, as there is a lovely, large outdoor terrace that’s perfect for enjoying the magnificent view of the city. Wi-fi is provided in all areas and there is a kitchen available for all guests.
Obala Stjepana Radica 25, Department store Srdj, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
4.3 out of 5.
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Hostel and Rooms ANA
Hostel Ana is a great place to base yourself while exploring the city of Dubrovnik. Inside you will find the environment matches the outside surroundings, with the decor getting inspiration from the red roofs of the buildings throughout the city. The location of the hostel is just as integrated as it is within the middle of the Old Town, inside the city walls, and only a few steps away from Stradun – the main street.
Although the hostel is right in the middle of the action, once you are inside it is nice and quiet, due to it being located off a small alley. The hostel offers free city maps, wi-fi, and 24-hour reception.
Kovacka 4, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
4.5 out of 5.
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About our Dubrovnik hostel recommendations
Are you a solo traveler looking for a private room? Or a backpacker traveling around in a group wanting to stay in a cheap and cozy dorm? Above you will find the best hostels in Dubrovnik for all your needs.
Please note, we only list hostels that have an aggregated guest review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5. We aggregate all reviews from different booking sites and other unbiased review websites. Hence, you can be certain all hostels listed above offer an excellent value-for-money stay in Dubrovnik.
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For our hostel recommendations, we work together with Hostelworld and Booking. These partnerships don’t have any influence on the recommendations we make or on the order in which our recommended hostels are listed. The reasons why we have chosen to partner with these companies is that they’re trustworthy, offer excellent service and they both apply the best price guarantee. This means you can claim a refund for the difference if you find your reservation cheaper on another website. It has to be for the same property, accommodation type, dates, cancellation policy and conditions, otherwise, you can’t claim the refund for the difference. If you book through Booking.com then all you need to do is contact them at least 24 hours before your check-in date. If you book through Hostelworld you must claim the refund within 24 hours after you made the booking.
Top 5 hostels in Dubrovnik
To summarize again, based on thousands of guest reviews, these are the best hostels in Dubrovnik:
Why you should be careful when booking the cheapest hostel available
The cheapest hostels available are typically not in a great location. If you want to go sightseeing or go for a night out in central Dubrovnik, you probably end up having to pay for public transport or a taxi to get there. So your stay could end up being more expensive compared to a stay in a central location. For first-time travelers, we recommend staying central anyway, but also for frequent visitors, it’s probably worth it to pay a bit more to stay in a central location.
Another reason why you shouldn’t stay at the cheapest hostel is that the people staying at the cheapest hostels are often not the people that can afford to travel like you. Because a very cheap hostel is often cheaper than renting a flat, these places tend to attract migrant workers or local misfits. That’s probably not the crowd you want to hang out with, especially if you’re a solo traveler looking for friends.
The third reason why you should avoid the cheapest hostels is safety. Some of the cheapest hostels don’t check IDs, don’t ask for signatures, or only accept cash at check-in. The hostel won’t know who is actually staying there.
Lastly, the service at these hostels isn’t great. For instance, if you choose to store your luggage, your bags will be unattended in a public space. It won’t be recorded anywhere or tagged and stored in a locked room.
So, it’s probably worth it to spend a bit more on your hostel stay in Dubrovnik.
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