… I’ve been to so far, I’ll give you four of them:
Football Corner Hostel, Kraków, Poland
(2012) It’s a small hostel with just three dorm rooms and each of them is dedicated to a major European football league. You shouldn’t go there if you’re looking for a party hostel, because it’s very small and so it has a very familiar atmosphere. Also, the two bathrooms are ridiculously equipped for a hostel (massage tub!).
Prices: dorms from 8 to 13€
Getting to Kraków? direct trains from most major polish cities, and it has an airport
Football Corner Hostel at Hostelbookers (rating: 98%)
Hostel Hiker’s Den, Žabljak, Montenegro
(2013) Situated in the mountains of Durmitor National Parc it’s close to a lot of possible outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, rafting, climbing, canyoning, … the list is long! The special thing about the hostel is the atmosphere, because it’s also a small hostel with about 20-30 beds and a quite small common room, so you get in touch with fellow travellers very easy. The fact that Žabljak is a village in the mountains where nothing’s really going on in the evening, most people stay in the hostel for drinking some beers, Rakija or plan the next day activities together.
Prices: dorms from 11 to 13€, private rooms from 13 to 20€
Getting to Žabljak? There are direct busses from Niksic (1,5h), Podgorica (3h), Kotor (3,5h) and even Belgrade (too much time), next airport is Podgorica
Hostel Hiker’s Den at Hostelbookers (100%)
Hostel Podbara, Novi Sad, Serbia
(2011) In a residential area about 10-15min walk from the city centre, there’s Hostel Podbara, which is a whole house and run by a family who were the nicest hosts I ever had. It has only one dorm room, several private rooms, a large kitchen and a very nice terrace outside. When my leg got hurt, the hosts even drove me to a hospital and translated for me, a very nice move.
Prices: 5-bed-dorm 10€, private rooms from 11 to 13€
Getting to Novi Sad? All the trains from Budapest to Belgrade stop there, next airport is Belgrade
Hostel Podbara at Hostelbookers (96%)
Majda’s Hostel, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegowina
(2013) My new absolute #1 of hostels! It reopened in a backyard house not that long ago, so all the rooms and facilities are very new, modern and in top condition. The common room and kitchen are very small, but the actual common room is the terrace with a long table outside. Majda’s making a delicious fresh individual breakfast every morning that gives you energy for Bata’s crazy tour.
Her brother Bata takes us with a bus to the surrounding areas of Mostar and tells us a lot of stories about the war, the segregation of the people and his own war experiences. Besides this serious stuff his bus can transform to a party bus with Serbian “turbo folk” music. After 13(!) hours we were back at the hostel and experienced a day of watching pilgrims, swimming in waterfalls, sitting in a living room of an old bosnian lady who served us coffee, pie and sweets, driving over the runway of Mostar airport and having a lot of fun.
What made this stay really special was the atmosphere in the hostel and the nice people I met there. I would go to Mostar again just to have another great time in this hostel again. And having a better look at the war relicts in the city and the region.
Prices: dorms 11€ (delicious self made breakfast included)
Getting to Mostar? direct busses from Sarajevo (also 2 trains per day), Dubrovnik, Split, closest airport is Sarajevo
Majda’s Hostel at Hostelbookers (94%)
Overall, you see that I really like the smaller hostels with a nice atmosphere and I really think they are the best! Many people have bad experiences with hostels because they only know the big ones in the major Western European or Australian cities. The very good hostels are a main reason why I really enjoy traveling in Eastern Europe!