Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital city and offers visitors the chance to see a different side of Europe. From its historic buildings to its lively local cultural festivities, Ljubljana gives travelers many opportunities to explore the city’s best aspects. Ljubljana Castle, Kazina Palace, and Prešeren Square are just a few of the important landmarks that are worth exploring. Ljubljana has survived wars, totalitarian regimes, and natural disasters to become one of Eastern Europe’s most splendid capitals. The city experiences four distinct seasons, which provides ideal weather conditions for travelers who like the warm sunny days of summer or the cold snowy days of winter.

In addition to its exciting attractions and impressive landmarks, Ljubljana has become a haven for backpackers who are looking for cheap accommodations. Many of the local hostels offer considerable savings over hotels. The city’s best hostels have comfortable guestrooms and a variety of other great features to make each person’s stay more enjoyable. Staying at a hostel is also one of the best ways to meet other travelers from around the globe who are always eager to share their worldly experiences. 

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Here are some of Ljubljana’s top-rated hostels along with helpful reviews to make selecting the right choice easier:

Hostel Celica

HostelWorld (*9.2) Booking.com (*8.4)

Map Starts at ($22) for 7 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Located within walking distance of some of the city’s best museums, pubs and other attractions, Hostel Celica is the perfect choice for backpackers who don’t want to have to rely too much on public transportation. The building that houses the hostel was once a military prison and has been transformed into one of the liveliest and hippest accommodations in Ljubljana. Art on many of the walls adds more appeal and uniqueness to the setting. The hostel’s blend of old-world and contemporary appeal has helped it get all the right attention. Eating and outdoor sitting areas along with a meeting room are also open to guests. 

Guests who want to experience what life was like in the old prison can reserve any of the 20 cells that are available that still have bar-lined doors and windows. Dorm rooms that have anywhere from four to twelve beds can also be reserved.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Onsite restaurant with bar and lounge
  • Child-, pet- and wheelchair-friendly
  • 24-hour reception

Some guest reviews:

  • “Really nice clean hostel next to Metelkova and close to town.”
  • “Hostel was situated in a convenient location and had cute and eccentric furnishings, comfortable beds, very effective air conditioning, and courteous staff.”

Tresor Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.4) Booking.com (*8.5) 

Map Starts at ($19) for 12 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Situated in the heart of the city, this hostel offers easy access to Three Bridges and Prešeren Square. Once used as a bank, the building for the hostel has been transformed into a unique accommodation with all the comforts of home. An old bank vault is housed inside the building along with an atrium area that has a sky ceiling. Internet access makes it easy for guests to stay connected online.

Up to 132 guests can choose to stay in any of the 28 rooms that are available. Each room is named after an international currency as a tribute to the bank that was once housed inside the building. Using the power of modern technology, the hostel lets guests access their rooms with either a card or bracelet instead of having to use standard keys. Dormitory rooms are smaller without as many beds to give guests quieter conditions with more privacy.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Onsite bar, café, beauty salon, and grocery store
  • Showers and toilets on every floor
  • Housekeeping and linens are included
  • Luggage storage available

Some guest reviews:

  • “Excellent location with helpful and friendly staff.”
  • “Rooms are huge and clean. The facility has a nice upstairs common area and kitchen.”

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Hostel Tabor Ljubljana

HostelWorld (*8.8) Booking.com (*8.2) 

Map Starts at ($22) for 4 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

This youth hostel has earned high marks for its proximity to the central rail and bus station and its spaciousness. The mini kitchen can be used free of charge. Self-catering facilities along with a refrigerator and freezer allow guests to prepare many of their own meals instead of having to eat out all the time.

Anyone who needs access to quick cash can use the onsite ATM. Cable TV and internet access are available as well. Guests who drive to the hostel can park for free.

Guests can choose to stay in single or double rooms as well as in rooms that have three, four or five beds. A bed can also be reserved in a dormitory room that sleeps up to ten people. Sheets and towels are included in the price. Desks with lamps that are found in many of the rooms allow guests to fit in some reading, writing or other work tasks in a comfortable setting.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Free breakfast
  • 24-hour security
  • Laundry facilities
  • Late checkout available

Some guest reviews:

  • “The cordial and professional staff made my stay here more pleasant.”
  • “We really enjoyed our stay here. Being so close to the bus and train station made everything much more convenient.”

Vila Veselova

HostelWorld (*9.1) Booking.com (*8.7) 

Map Starts at ($25) for 10 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Despite being located in the city center, Vila Veselova is still a quiet setting where weary backpackers can catch up on sleep. This hostel was made to feel like a home setting so that everyone can experience greater comfort while staying here. Designed by architect Ciril Metod Koch, the hostel is also the perfect choice for anyone who wants to stay in an old-world lodging facility that still has modern features for more convenience. A tranquil outdoor garden and terrace allow guests to surround themselves with the beauty of nature when the weather is cooperative.

Private rooms that can fit up to two people can be reserved for some alone time. Rooms with multiple beds that are suitable for four to ten guests can be reserved as well. For an even more at-home experience, up to four guests at a time can choose to stay in the facility’s four-bedroom apartment. 

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Free Wi-Fi, parking and bed linens
  • Key card access for better security
  • Laundry facilities
  • Postal service

Some guest reviews:

  • “Vila Vaselova is by far one of the top hostels that I’ve had the pleasure of staying in.”
  • “I love the hostel’s comfortable beds, air conditioning, and a delicious breakfast.”

Kva Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.5) Booking.com (*9.2) 

Map Starts at ($22) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Designed to elicit feelings of coziness, romance, and artistic beauty, Kva Hostel is one of Ljubljana’s top masterpieces in itself. One-of-a-kind décor adorns the hallways and guestrooms to provide a visual treat. The onsite kitchen and laundry facilities make preparing meals and washing clothes much easier. The hostel is situated in a pedestrian-only zone within the city’s Old Town, which makes the setting much quieter thanks to the lack of vehicular traffic. Views of the Ljubljana river are visible from many areas of the facility. Travelers can interact with one another and swap stories in any of the common areas.

Double rooms with balconies as well as dorm rooms are available. Each room is designed to have a brighter appearance to make every guest feel refreshed and alive.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • Security lockers and safe deposit box are available
  • Free breakfast
  • Airport transfers

Some guest reviews:

  • “I give the staff and other guests a perfect 10 for friendliness.”
  • “The rooms were clean, comfortable and offered ample space.”

Zeppelin Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.9) Booking.com (*8.4) 

Map Starts at ($16) for 10 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

This hip and exciting hostel is housed inside a historic building and managed by fellow travelers who are always happy to provide assistance. Travelers can start each day off with a free breakfast before heading to Ljubljana Castle, Dragon Bridge and other nearby points of interest. When guests want to relax for a while, the common areas are furnished with sofas as well as books and games. Guests can groom themselves in the clean bathrooms and showers. Colorful pictures on the walls that depict images of people and places around the world provide further visual appeal.

Dormitory rooms include bunk beds with clean linens and plush pillows for better sleeping. Double rooms with shared bathrooms can also be reserved. For even more privacy, guests can reserve en-suite rooms that come with free towels. Reading lamps in each room provide ample lighting.

Highlights of the hostel:

  • No curfew
  • Morning yoga sessions
  • Spacious storage lockers
  • Car rentals can be arranged

Some guest reviews:

  • “I felt so safe and comfortable staying in this atmosphere.”
  • “Definitely worth the price.”

Fluxus Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.5) Booking.com (*8.7) 

Map Starts at ($17) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Practical, affordable and centrally located are just a few of the positive ways to describe this premier hostel. Staying here provides easy access to many of the city’s best historical sites as well as bars, clubs and other nightlife venues. Several great restaurants that serve local cuisine, as well as international dishes, are also adjacent to the facility. Bright and lively colors are seen on many of the hostel’s interior walls. During the warm summer months, the hostel’s air conditioning helps regulate indoor temperatures. Shared bathrooms include walk-in rain showers and washbasins. 

Double rooms and dorm rooms that can sleep from six to eight people feature hardwood floors and contemporary furnishings. Feathered pillows are placed on the beds to give each guest a more comfortable night of sleep. All rooms are non-smoking. Guests who want to get out of their rooms for a while and enjoy some quiet time outdoors can head to the terrace to take in the beautiful scenery. 

Highlights of the Hostel

  • Housekeeping services are available
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Bicycle and car parking
  • Onsite laundry 
  • Pet-friendly

No matter which hostel backpackers choose to stay at during their time in Ljubljana, they are sure to enjoy a great experience. In addition to the aforementioned attractions in the city, here are a few other places of interest in Ljubljana that are worth visiting:

Tivoli Park – Spanning more than two kilometers, this vast parkland features manicured gardens and paved walkways along with the historic Baroque Cekin Mansion.

Central Market – This grand riverfront marketplace includes stalls that sell everything from herbs and baked goods to handmade souvenirs and other collectibles. 

Slovenian Museum of Natural History – Developments in humankind, as well as natural changes to the biodiversity, are documented through the museum’s fascinating exhibits. 

The National Gallery of Slovenia – Priceless artworks that were created by some of the world’s most acclaimed artists is showcased here. Art pieces include paintings and sculptures.

Ljubljana SNG Opera and Ballet – This 19th-century concert hall regularly stages some of the finest works of performance art.

Robba Fountain – Situated in front of Ljubljana’s Town Hall, this fountain features the depictions of three men pouring water from jugs.

Backpackers from around the world can enjoy the sights, sounds, and splendor of Ljubljana and save money by staying in one of the city’s best hostels. 

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