Hostel Celica

Metelkova 8, Ljubljana, 1000, Slovenia
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Prison break

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 18, 2008

I spent 3 nights in this converted prison and loved every minute of it! This place oozes character and was very welcoming. I had by doubts when i booked but i shouldn't have worried. The cells are small but that's what i expected, i can recommend staying in cell 116. The whole place is very well heated and my bed was comfortable. It is situated right next to metelkova which is an old army barracks. It is now used as a meeting place for the young alternative scene in the city. This does mean that it can get noisy outside so i'd advise bringing some earplugs if you need an early night.

Unique Quality: Eveything about this place is unique!! Each cell has been designed by a different slovenian artist and the communal areas are bright and comfortable.

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Fashion hostel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 5, 2007

Our stay in this hostel was marked by a constant fluency of roommates. in a 4 bedded room, people didn't stay more than night. As you may see, another tip on how little is the city and how easy it is to visit it.

It's not a noisy place, generally, however there is a pub next to the hostel so people make pretty much noise at night. It might be annoying. Of course you can close the windows, though the room might smell tiger on the morning, :-).

I recommend the lounge where you have to take your shoes of. Good place to meet with other travellers.

Unique Quality: Sympathy is not the best quality of most of the people working here, however thay are very educated. As in everywhere in Slovenia.

Breakfast would not be the best either, composed, as in most hostels, out of bread, ham and cheese (that is, if you get to see the ham), cereals, juices and coffee.

Prices are not the cheapest, but once you're used the common prices of the city, you get the idea of it.

If you want to use the Internet, be patient. the have 3 computers, they work well, but it's not a little Hostel, so they are occupied most of the time.

Be sure of what you are booking, cause they will try to get you first in the 4 bedded rooms, which are more expensive, though you have your own shower, and what the heck, it is more comfortable. Depends on the budget you're travelling with. By the way, 4 bedded dorms cost 22 euros, and don't forget about the 1euro tourist tax!!

Directions: Near train and bus station.

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The Best Cell In Town

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 13, 2007

Hostel Celica is a fab' place to stay. This ex-prison has been completely renovated but has wisely retained its cells which now function as rooms. Each one has some artistic touches and although compact they make a fun place to stay. Celica has everything you'll need including dining. internet access and bike hire. It also publishes details of outdoor activities you can sign up for. The only downside - cells get very warm in summer (although a fan was provided and the window does opened although it's barred!)

Unique Quality: Great example of how with a little imagination buidings can be transformed into something new. Great place to meet new people and catch live music in the adjacent venue.

Directions: Metelkova District five minutes from the railway station

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Best hostel in town

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 1, 2007

Hostel CELICA is a fully artistically renewed former prison on Metelkova street in the center of Ljubljana. The hostel is only 5 minutes walking distance from the main railway and bus station.

Hostel facilities:

24/7 service
Luggage room
Safety deposit box
Guests kitchen
Wheelchair friendly
Friendly staff
Cyber point
TV room
Tourist information point
Hostel Information Point - HIP
Meeting rooms

Directions: Just 1000 m from the main railway and bus station

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Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 26, 2006

This place opened in 2003 , its a refurbished prison and is now a major attraction, not just a hostel, it has guided tours weekdays!
Its a 10min max walk from the stations, on Metelkova 8, and only a further 5-10mins to the city centre.
It has dorm beds but also singles and doubles. We got a double for 11544SIT(£34), each room is one of the old cells and each is designed differently by a different designer. all cells all still have the iron bar doors! its a funky place with a great bar and restaurant.
2 ommelettes cost us 1750SIT(With chips), and 2 beers cost 860SIT.
It includes breakfast which is bread and ham and cheese. It has a great chill out section where u can smoke a shisha pipe in a group if u wish.

I stayed here again in Dec2012 for one night and the place is still just as good, just how a hostel should be run. A double room is 56 euros and 3 euros each for breakfast (£50 at current exchange rate). Good friendly staff and live music from a local band when we arrived.

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Believe Them About the Noise

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 5, 2006

This is not about the Hostel Celica. The facility was very professionally run, artistic and full. Good breakfast, friendly front desk help, This is about a couple of old hippies who need to read beyond the house rules. The hostel charges a premium for people over 40. The two nights we were there, they had a 30-40 student high school group there. The first night, it was incredibly noisy until about 4:30AM: loud rock music and a combination of shouting and kind of frantic "we're having a good time", drunken screaming. The second night was a little better. The tile and masonry hallways of this former prison create a wonderful conduit for sound. The crowd when we were there was young even by hostel standards. For all we know, the noise level and length were a one-time event that the Hostel Celica is already taking steps to keep from recurring. Recommendation: for artistic, young, party-loving "night people" in the 16-24 age range this is genuinely a world class choice. For us well over 40 former hippies and the 27 and 31-year old who accompanied us, it was too noisy too late at night for getting a decent sleep.

Unique Quality: Artistically designed former prison cells as primary accommodations. Nearness to the train and bus station.

Directions: It's important to understand that while it's a short walk (5-7 minutes) to the train and bus station, you have to walk considerably longer (about 15 minutes) in the opposite direction to get to the square in the center of town.

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A former jail

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 22, 2005

It was an experience to stay in a jail convented hostel. The hostel is very artistic. See more pics of the "cell". It is well run and clean. Prior resevation is necessary to avoid disappointment as this hostel is highly demanded and fill up quickly. Room rate EUR 19 (June 2005) per person for a cell for two. It is a walking distance from the train and bus terminal.

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nice hostel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 8, 2005

one night stay with breakfast was 22 euros. We stayed in two 4 beds rooms. They weren't the cleanest rooms i've ever seen, the walls had some spots and there weren't smell of soap but they were good for the night we stayed. The breakfast was good (cappuccino or coffee or tea, bread, jam, butter). It was self service in a nice verandah with all hosts. The hostel has a cafe (even if they're close to Italy their espresso is not good) and a very nice lounge room with colorful pillows everywhere. The building seems to be quite new, they restyled a jail but they did it very well! At our floor there was a little kitchen too, just in casa hosts wanted to cook something quick, we didn't but i think it could be a nice idea for a little (and not much noisy) party.

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Stay at a former Prison

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 9, 2005

This is a very interseting hostel that is very close to the main train station. The hostel was a former prison that was redone by artists. There are dorm rooms available, but if you plan ahead (or get lucky) you can stay in the former cells. Each room has a different motif. I haven't seen all of them, but ours had a bed above the door, with a small sitting area below.

This is a very popular hostel (at least during the summer it was) and many people were turned away, so if you're interseted, make sure that you plan ahead.

The only problem is that it is a pretty loud place. It is located in the heart of the nightlife district, so it is not unusual for people to be loud outside until the early morning. A breakfast is included.

Unique Quality: The hostel has a bar attached to it and occasionally has a live band (we were there for an intersting performance of a Romanian band). There is a communal kitchen area, as well as shared bathrooms (one on each floor) and laundry (six euros for washer and dryer). There is also a "meditation" room where people could sit in a quiet area and meditate/pray/think.

The hostel is also a tourist attraction. During the day tours are given of the cells. So you're asked to keep your outer door open (the inner door is a jail cell door with bars). The outside of the building has very interesting colors and graffiti that changes almost daily. If you aren't staying here, you should at least take a look at it.

The staff is very nice, speak perfect English (among other languages) and are present for 24 hours. They are very flexible with changing plans and even though we had a reservation, they allowed us to leave early.

Directions: A couple of blocks (5 min) walk east of the train station

Artsy and fun

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 1, 2005

This hostel is gorgeous. It's painted bright, loud colors outside, and all style inside. There's a good cafe/bar inside, where we watched the Eurocup game.

The rooms are also stylish, nice white mattresses on the floor in a beam-filled skylit room. The problem is that there are A LOT of mattresses in a given room. I think we were sharing with sixteen people.

Yeah, they were all young, good-looking, hip people. But this is not some sort of French movie, and none of us wanted to be that close to strangers. If you put your backpack down on the floor, you had to walk over your bed to get around.

There was also some sort of really loud party outside that night. With the skylight open, I spent well over an hour trying to get to sleep.

It's ideal for young, outgoing types who don't value their sleep yet. But if you're over maybe 26, be warned.

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Style AND Substance

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 15, 2005

Unique Quality: Celica is a former Yugoslav army barrack prison. After Slovenian independence, it was claimed by anarchist squatters. It's now a living art gallery, with individual 'cells' which can be rented as double rooms, designed by local artists. Upstairs is a large dormitory of pallet beds under the eaves. The facilities are excellent, the location is ideal, the staff are lovely and the only reason that I left is because the whole place was booked out by an Austrian school group. Moral of the story: book in advance!

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Celica Hostel

by written on January 12, 2005

Ljubljana is really lacking in good, quality youth hostels but they're trying to do better. This hostel is a former prison on Metelkova street and was renovated to become Hostel CELICA (CELICA = cell). Every "cell" has its own painter that projected its creative transformation from a prison cell to a UNIQUE hostel CELL. The 20 cells have mantained the original cell bars on the door and window. The biggest complaints about this hostel is that the beds are too close together (about a foot between each one) and the prices are too steep for dormitory rooms. On the other hand, the beds ARE comfortable, the facility clean, and it's closer to the center than the Bit Center Hostel is. The great plus to this hostel is that it offers free Internet service. Of course, it's a little known fact, but the train station itself has free internet service, too, but you can only stay on the computer for 15 minutes.

Unique Quality: Price List

Cell 2 beds: 4750-5250
Cell 3 beds: 4.250 SIT- 4.250 SIT
room (ensuite) 3, 4, 5 beds: 4.950 SIT- 4.500
dorm (ensuite)14 beds: 3.750 SIT- 3.500 SIT

Directions: TRAIN & BUS: 5 minutes walking distance from the Train and Bus Station;
PLANE: Ljubljana, Brnik Airport; daily busses to the main Bus station,
CAR: 30 minutes from the Highway (follow the sign Ljubljana - Center and Train station)

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Cheap hostel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 6, 2004

Hostel Celica is located about 7 mins from the train station, and is of a very modern design has many dormitories and knowedgable staff.
The only dodgy thing is the long and awkward checking in process

Unique Quality: It used to be a prison (hence the name Celica)

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Celica - prison fun :)

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 18, 2004

The building of the Hostel Celica was originally a prison but you definitelly won't feel bad in it! :)

The house wes rebuilt in a modern and excellent way. This is the most innovative hostel I have ever seen in my life!

You can have one of the former cells (redisigned by artists, each of them different!!) or just a "normal dormitories (4-5 or 14 persons), an apartment (7 persons) and there is also a handicaped friendly room on the ground floor.

The hostel also has a nice bar and a....well I would say "relaxing and waterpipe" room (you can rent the waterpipes there for 2 EUR including tobaco - I recommend you to have apple or any peach with mint). There is also a confrence room.

Actually you can have everything: there is kitchen for the guests, laundry, cyber point, library, TV room, tourist info, etc. The staff is friendly, the mood is excellent...what else can you ask for? Oh yeah: prices are moderate as well! (Prices from 18 to 25 USD)

Behind the building there is an alternative artist's "center", which is kind of strange. There are 2 pubs or whaterever they can be called full with alternative people, artists and supposedly also junkies, but they are so to say, harmless. :)

And you actually don't even have to go there if you don't like this kind of stuff, I didn't spent too much time there either... but it's worth a short visit during the day (it will be empty, but then you will be able to see the art on the walls, etc.

The city center is just 10 minutes walking from the Hostel. I can only recommend to try it, the place is a lot of fun! :)

Unique Quality: Just to list a few:
- Ex-prison cells renovated
- Good mood, friendly staff
- Nice community areas
- Waterpipes for rent
- Close to the city

Directions: The place is about 400 meters from the central railway- and bus station.

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Youth hostel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 7, 2004

In Slovenian language Celica means prision. In fact, this place was a prision, but now is a amazing place to stay for some days.
It is ideal for those looking for an accomodation close to both bus and train stations. In my case, I arrived at the train station around 02:00 a.m.
Walking something like 7 minutes you will find the Preseren Square (centre).
Everything is very clean and the staff is very kind. I loved to stay here for a night.
A buffet breakfast is included in the price.

Directions: Cross the street outside the train and bus stations, turn on your left and walk about 300 metres.

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Address: Metelkova 8, Ljubljana, 1000, Slovenia

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