Cheaper than the Hotel Central, the Astoria is also very close to the train station. The Asian restaurant on the ground floor doubles as the breakfast room. Friendly staff. No problems at all.
There are a number of good hotels in Zagreb, however finding accommodation for less than 50 euro can be quite difficult. There are only two hostels for budget travelers (approx. 15 euro), so booking in advance is strongly recommended!
1. The location of the Youth Hostel in Petrinjska street is just perfect - in the very heart of Zagreb, just a few minutes away from the main square. The place itself doesn't look too impressive, although it's sustainable for a night or two. Check this page for more information on the hostel, prices and booking.
2. Youth Hostel Ravnice is much more enjoyable, the only negative point being the distance - it's about 20 minutes by tram from the main square. Zagreb is not so large so this doesn't have to be a big issue, but the trams go pretty rarely after midnight so it's good to keep that in mind if you're planning to go out late. Their website is Ravnice-Youth-Hostel.hr.
Well, Zagreb does not have many options for those not willing to stay in ****/***** hotels...
Zagreb is full of high -end hotels like everyone who is coming there can or want to spend over 100 euro per person/night.
Unlike the croatian coast, where one can get a room for 2 for as little as 23 euro per night ( taxes incl.) in a decent pension, in Zagreb you have to spend min. euro 50 per person for a poor room in a rare ** hotel. Also, it is hard to get a room somewhere near the town centre, even in this overexpensive youth hostel ... So it is no wonder the town did not become as popular as for expl. Budapest. Here you can only meet squatters, not real travellers who detour or leave for elsewhere asap, not getting to know Zagreb's good side ( great student population, lots of quality pubs and music scene...).
However, although still not as developed as on the coast, private accommodation is slowely becoming an alternative to this situation.
Zagreb doesn't have that many hostels - only 3 I think: 2 in the city & one outside it. I've never been to any of them, but I'll write what I know. :) They're extremely affordable, so that's OK.
- HFHS Hostel is situated in the center of the city, but I've heard it's not so good. You can still check it out...
A: Petrinjska 77, 10000 Zagreb
T: +385 (0)1 48 41 261, +385 (0)1 48 41 267
- Ravnice Youth Hostel is a bit farther from the center (something like 15 minutes by tram) but is, as I heard, better equipped.
A: Ravnice I 38d, 10000 Zagreb
T: +385 (0)1 233 23 25
- Hotel Fala is situated only about 15 minutes from Zagreb Pleso Airport, 10 minutes from Railway Station (by foot), 20 minutes from Bus Station (by tram) and 20 minutes from the Center of town (by foot). It has 13 rooms available. Each room has its own bathroom, TV with satelite, phone and mini-bar, 8 rooms have air-conditioning. The price includes breakfast. It is a family business so I guess you could expect a friendly, laid back domestic atmosphere.
A: 2. Trnjanske ledine 18, Zagreb
(-) One more option is a student campus in Cvjetno Naselje that is being emptied during the summer while the students are back home. I've been there & the rooms are great. 2-bed rooms with a bathroom shared with the other room. It's known as Zagreb's best dorm...
Only during summer: from Jul 15th - Sep 01st!
A: Odranska 8, 10000 Zagreb
This is a clean but depressing and dull hostel, where the staff are not friendly and there are no extras at all thus the name the jail youth hostel. Most traveller's still go here though so don't let that put you off - it's the cheapest place to stay around.
In fact, motel "Barba Niko" is not in Zagreb but in Velika Gorica. This is the closest accomodation to Airport and a lot of people use it if they have early flight. The motel is quite good and it has good restaurant. And, it is cheeper to stay overnight here than to pay taxi from the city to the airport.
Well, what 's there to add? A picture says a 1000 words. You don't have to worry about anything, because the staff don't either.
For that luxurious morning bath, just bring yourself and a towel to the refreshing water of Jarun. Then try catching that little flea infested rat you spotted while swimming. Mmmm, that's one tasty breakfast.
Pretty dingy youth hostel but 24 hr desk and reasonable rooms. However the dreaded communal showers were present , iknow its a youth hostel but is a shower curtain too much too ask for? , i mean your showering away and the door keeps being opened by people coming in for a slash!
Gloomy atmosphere might be expalined by its former life as a refugee centre during the war.
Guy who comes round too cehck your still there in the morning and mangles everyones names.
This is a picture of the outside of the hotel, taken from the highway. While it is not overly impressive on the outside, it does have parking and the inside is sparkling clean and very quiet.
But on to the story. Our friend in Zagreb, Boris, had made reservations for us at a hostel in downtown Zagreb, a perfect spot. But when we arrived, Zohara went to check in and found that it smelled very badly of Lysol and cigarettes. In addition parking would cost us more than a hotel because they had no parking and we must park in a public parking lot, either that or go every two hours to put coins in the street meters, take YOUR PICK !!! Well, at this point our friend Hrvojka came to our rescue, she invited us to stay at here home and she actually apologized that I slept on the floor. This dear sweet woman took us in off the street and then APOLOGIZED, we need to thank her.
But on with the story of "Falling into Fala". We called our friend Zdenka and she started looking for a hotel for us. She found the Fala that was in our price range and we went out at 12 midnight with Hrvojka to take a look.. (Hrvojka could not let us stay at her place because she had to leave town the next day.) We had to wake the manager up, but she let us in and we saw the small but clean room and decided to take it. We arranged to bring out luggage the next morning. When we arrived they let us have the room from 8am with no extra charge and invited us to breakfast also for free. So we had an adventure where all of our friends were working in concert to help us and we "managed" to fall into good hands, with their help, at Fala.
not an hotel !!!
but it the building where i married my russian wife with croatian, turkish, french, slovenian friends
Location of this old hotel is perfect. 2 minutes walk form Railway station and street car station. 3 stops away from the main bus station and 5 minutes walk to Ban Jelacic Square. With an exception of one staff member, this is unfortunately the only good thing I can say about this place. It worked well or us since we only spent one night here. It is a very old hotel that desperately needs to be renovated. Rooms are small, to run cold water in the shower we needed to use pliers and floors are very filthy. But bed sheets were clean and that is all that mattered for us since we didn't spend much time in the room. Breakfast wasn't very good either - ham and cheese I couldn't eat, jam and butter was obvious decision.
No facilities, no views except of neighbours rooms that are located only meters away from hotels windows. Rooms are also overpriced due to its location I guess - 500 kunas (US$80 for two bedroom) . Very nicely decorated Chinese restaurant is located inside the hotel. Unfortunately it seems that rarely anyone comes here...
The YHA, a few blocks from the train station is the only hostel right in the centre of the city. Its very big, about 7 levels, is pretty basic, a little grimey but for 80kn a night, who cares! we had a triple for 240kn(£24).
Accomodation in Zagreb used to be quite a problem because there were oly expensive hotels, there. Well, it seems times are changing. Check this page for accomodation:
Believe it or not, Zagreb is short of hotel rooms. Two new hotels have been built in the last 5 years, still, we have problems housing all the people that want to come and stay. Palace is one of the better hotels, very centrally located (5 min from Jelacic square). Looks very nice from the outside, is said to be nice inside as well...
All rooms are equipped with new furniture, new bathroom, air condition, TV set with satellite program and direct telephone line.
By comming to the Dubrovnik Hotel you can expect the finest in service, facilities and location. Of course, the shopping center and major museums are all within walking distance. The streets, markets and churches in two town centers Kaptol and Upper Town are magnificant witnesses of the past. But more than that, you will be experiencing a piece of Croatian history as you walk the medieval Upper Town.
The hotel was opened in 1929 and rebuilt in 1982. It has 269 comfortable rooms, of these are 7 suits.
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