Sleeping Cheap in Ljubljana

Today’s post was written by Guy Arnold.

Despite Slovenia’s capital being quite a small city, it does have a lot to offer. A visit here will need to last more than a day or two, so you’ll want to bunk down somewhere convenient. Luckily, there are plenty of places to do so, all within five or ten minutes’ walking distance to the city centre. There are dozens of hostels sprinkled around Ljubljana, making it the perfect stop off for the solo or group traveller.

Hostel Celica

With a buzzing atmosphere and a host of activities laid on for all comers, the Celica is one of Ljubljana’s hippest hostels; concerts, jam parties, all you can eat barbecues, cocktail parties/workshops, poetry readings and art exhibitions are all on the agenda. And, with free Wi-Fi, a comfortable and spacious interior, and an average price of £20 for a room, this place seems a no-brainer compared to the rest. Don’t be put off by the fact it was once a military prison, and the cell bars still remain within the artistically renovated jail, the Celica seems a perfect spot to dump your travel gear and head for the city streets.

Alibi Hostel

If it’s location you’re after, this is just the place. Right on the river, close to everything a travel enthusiast would want: information centre, restaurants, and quality Slovenia bars. The Alibi sits right in the heart of Old Town, and is watched over by the city’s castle. Prices for a shared eight dorm room are about £16, and increase from there to about £20. If you chum up with any travel buddies, this hostel is the best bet for a pub crawl, since they’re all on your doorstep anyway.

Hostel Azur

For those who’ll want a quieter night’s sleep and generally a more relaxed stay, the Azur is your best option. It sits in the Rozna Dolina quarter of the city, a green and pleasant area near the Tivoli park. It is one of the smaller hostels in the city, accommodating as little as twenty people at once, so it’s more suited for smaller groups or solo travellers. This does mean that rooms are a lot cheaper, at an average of £15 per room and, as far as nearby amenities go, there’s a grocer’s, bank and bakery all within spitting distance. A bus stop outside the main entrance which leads into the city is also available.

Aladin Hostel

This is more of an all-rounder; cheap rooms, matching the same average around the rest of the city, a great location, right on the edge of Ljubljana’s Tivoli park, and provides free pick up from the bus or train station using their own transport facilities. This hostel tends to favour private rooms over dorms, but still the prices average at £20, so you’ll get your money’s worth. There’s a billiards table downstairs, and a common room where you can plan the next leg of your travel, or relax and recover after a hard day’s trekking. There’s even a garage here where, for the bikers among us, you can store your wheels and sleep safe in the knowledge that your gear is secure.

There’s so much choice when it comes to bedding down in Ljubljana. Everywhere you look there’s another hostel offering everything you need for a few night’s stay. Most of them will provide free internet access, and all of them offer rooms at a very affordable rate, allowing you to spend more time and money taking in the rest of what the city has to give.

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