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Hostel in Sarajevo
I stayed at the Identico Hostel in Sarajevo for one night - we meant to stay there for two nights, but we decided to leave after one night. The location is very good - but there are several other hostels directly in the city center and similarly priced. The room was simple, it had a bathroom and single beds. It was quite dark, but that was not that bad, especially that you normally only sleep in such a hostel. The worst problem, however, were the extremely thin walls - you could hear absolutely everything that was going on in the building, every single word. It wasn't made any easier by owners' attitude - instead of trying to quiet down the people that were going in and out at 2 am, they talked to them as if there weren't any other tourists in the hostel.
Another problem was that the room in which we stayed was located downstairs, just next to the entrance and the reception. A bell was hanging above the entrance doors and each time anybody entered the buiding, it was ringing.
To sum it up - we didn't have many opportunities to sleep that night. I wouldn't recommend that to anybody.
Directions: City Center, Old Town
Basic rooms right in the heart of Bascarsija
My friend and I stayed at Identico Rooms for 3 nights during a visit to Sarajevo in May 2007.
These basic rooms are located right in the heart of the old Turkish region of Bascarsija, just a few metres from the famous "Pigeon Square".
We paid 50KM (25 Euros/17 GBP) per person per night for an en-suite triple room. This price included just the room, no breakfast. The owner said that they don't provide breakfast as there are dozens of cafes offering cheap snacks right outside the hotel. This proved to be very true.
Identico Rooms offers a superb location in the heart of Bascarsija. As soon as you leave the hotel's front door you are right in the middle of this bustling Turkish quarter of the city. Dozens of cafes, restaurants and shops can be found just minutes away, and the famous "Pigeon Square" is less than 100 metres away.
We stayed in a triple room. This consisted of 3 single beds, a television (with a very poor signal), bedside cabinets, large wardrobes and very little else. Furnishings are at a premium here. Rooms are basic, clean and comfortable, but far from luxurious. Our room had a small but spotlessly clean en-suite bathroom (with bathtub and shower) and we were given clean towels daily.
We were initially offered a smaller room on the hotel's top floor (for just 30KM per person per night). This involved a rather precarious climb up the steep wooden staircase. This room was tiny, with two single beds and no other furnishings. The ceiling was so low as to cause me to have to duck upon entering the room and there was no space for our luggage. Only consider this cheap room if you're literally looking just for a place to sleep at night. Visiting the shared shower room and toilet involves another trip down the steep stairs to the ground floor.
The third room (35KM per person) is the mid-range option. It is located on the ground floor, next to the shared bathroom and consists of one single bed and one bunk bed.
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We stayed at Identico Rooms on the recommendation of Miran (owner of Hostel Miran in Mostar, where we had stayed before travelling up to Sarajevo) who phoned his friend at Identico and arranged everything for us.
Upon arriving at Sarajevo train station, we were met by one of the staff from Identico and he dragged our bags to the nearby tram for the 10 minute journey to Bascarsija. Along the route, he pointed out sights of interest and told us more about Sarajevo.
Arriving at the hotel, we were taken down to the sitting room in the hotel's basement and enjoyed coffee and Turkish Delight with the owners, while watching Bosnian soap operas on an old television with a very erratic signal.
During our stay, we were invited down to the sitting room each day where we would generally spend 10 minutes talking about football and eating Turkish Delight. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. They lent us an umbrella on the first night when the heaven's opened just as we were on our way out. They brought up Google Earth on the sitting room's computer to show us the way to the stadium when we were heading to FK Sarajevo's football match. On the morning that we left, one guy got up at 5am to book us a taxi to the airport.
Very basic rooms, but the location is superb! Friendly, helpful staff. Overall, good value for money. Recommended!
Directions: Just a few metres from "Pigeon Square" in the heart of the old Turkish quarter of Bascarsija.
In the Center of Town and Cheap, Too...
I enjoyed staying in this little place - it's inexpensive enough for a student if one stays there longer. My room had two beds and a bathroom, and the first night cost 34 KM with passport registration done by the owners, with 25 KM after that I think. It is very close to the Bašcaršija market quarter - it is almost located on it. I'd definitely recommend it to others.
Unique Quality: close to the market quarter.
Directions: very close to Bašcaršija
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