So good that they named it twice. This is one of those places that you stay where you have to check if you are awake or not. The place seems like a sureal dream - a good one though.
The place is very hard to find given that there are about 3 different places on the same street with the same number and the street itself having two different names - Ognjan Prica and Anton Popov.
Every so often they have trance parties going on in the basement, which they did on one of the nights that I was there. Basically a load of friends and family of the hostel turn up with music, alcohol and food. Everyone brings a bit of everything and everyone has a good time, including yourself.
Free internet, free map, free breakfast included. I'm pretty sure that I had a free night here as well.
No, I've not gone mad with copy and paste, that is actually the name..."Hostel Hostel"...which obviously took a lot of thought. If you've stayed in any of the many hostels over in Bulgaria which feel like someone's house, you'll know what sort of place I'm talking about...few rules and regulations (unlike the official HI hostels which have curfews etc.), relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, small dorms, help yourself breakfasts...all taking place in a tiny house.
Skopje's hostel is in a residential area just a ten-fifteen minute walk from downtown Skopje, and as probably the only affordable option for budget travellers (the official HI hostel charges something like 40 Euros a bed!), it was fairly busy even in off-season March.
Finding the hostel is tricky...there is no sign on the door or in the street, and the address (Ognjen Prica 18) applies to four buildings in the street, none of them resembling a hostel of any kind from the outside! We were dithering outside, wondering which one of the four to investigate, when suddenly a middle-aged woman with a cigarette hanging from her mouth shouted "hostel hostel" and beckoned to the most unlikely of the four buildings, a one-storey pre-fab set slightly back from the road. I think that may be her job...to sit and look for possible backpackers and to drag them in off the streets!
Unique Quality: Rooms sleep six, three sets of bunk beds, and there appear to be three rooms...I imagine in summer it gets pretty busy and it might be wise to try and book somehow (it is listed on the hostelbooking websites). Breakfast is laid out on the kitchen table from whenever the person on duty wakes up to about midday, and you just help yourself to toast, cereals, fruit, tea and coffee. The hosts are constantly offering free tea and coffee too. There is a computer with free internet access. And a basement for parties...which seem to happen on the whim of the hosts...this could be a drawback if all you want is a quiet night's sleep, but it didn't get too noisy.
A second hostel nearby seems to be run by the same people, Art Hostel, and I've given their website below too.
Directions: From Makedonija Square, take the pedestrian street to the museum, turn left and follow the busy road under a bridge, then take the first left..this is Ognjen Prica, and Hostel Hostel is a few hundred metres up on the right. Look for the small house at 18.
Ive stayed in hostel hostel. For me it was a little weird, but sufficient. It is a house where this skater looking dude lives. I got there and there was two rooms with i think six beds in each- very cramped, but there was no one else there. It was extremely hard to find. In skopje many of the streets have two names, some still left from Yugoslavia. The taxis are super cheap so take those. It is actually really close to the train station, but difficult to walk to. It isnt as close to the city center, maybe 20-25 minutes walk, but again, taxis are ridicuously cheap. When I woke up the next morning, the guy who owned the house had to step out and there was some kind of weird stuff left for the free breakfast. I had to leave without seeing him again because he never returned. There was a computer with free internet, but it must have been the first one ever made.
I think that Skopje is a little run down as it is, so comparable with the rest of the city the hostel was fine. It was just a little weird to expect a hostel and arrive at someones duplex style home. But the guy was nice enough, and beds provided with linens and blankets and a suitable bathroom, there was bread and stuff for breakfast and you could use their fully equiped kitchen and the man said there were never many people there, so you often had a room to your self.
Hope this helps, good luck!
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