Slovenia is one of the most amazing countries in all of Europe. It has some of the most amazing Alps in Europe as well as Lake Bled (which seems straight out of a fairy tale). The capital and largest city of the country is Ljubljana – it is a beautiful city located right in the middle of the country. From here one can take day trips to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the country (like Lake Bled – it’s only an hour away by bus).
Choosing the right hostel accommodation is an important part of having a great weekend in Ljubljana, Slovenia. While in Ljubljana, a day trip to the famous Lake Bled in the Alps is a must – one will find it to be as beautiful in real life as it is on postcards. Luckily, Ljubljana has some great hostel choices for backpackers.
Hostel Celica – Political prison now hostel and museum
Hostel Celica was once a notorious political prison in Slovenia (even a president of post-independence Slovenia was held there). The prison dates from the time of the Austrian Empire and was used by the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes – later Yugoslavia. Historical images of the building show how it was badly damaged during the conflict in the city. Today it has been completely renovated and redesigned.
- Jail: The Celica Inn was a political prison
- Today: A hostel/museum
- Breakfast: Included
Hostel Celica is a modern and comfortable hostel with many twists. One can descend into the unlit basement and see the cells which have been preserved as they were – they are a chilling reminder of the prison’s dark past.
Private rooms are called “cells”. They have retained the original iron-barred doors but have all been completely redone by various artists. To say the accommodation is unique is an understatement. Some cells look like a tree house!
It is considered one of the hippest hostels in the world and is adjacent to the nightlife area of Ljubljana (also the hippest place in the country).
- Evaluation: 9.4 “Superb” on Hostelworld
- Simple room: From 60 euro ($63)
- Double room: From 68 euro ($73)
- Dormitory: From 22 euro ($23)
Aladin Hostel – The welcoming family hostel
Aladin Hostel is one of the oldest hostels in Slovenia and is a welcoming family hostel. It is located a few minutes by bus from the historic center of Ljubljana and has charm. The hostel is warm and personal with the Slovenian family, making everyone feel welcome and at home.
The common room has a pool table and comfortable seating (as well as a computer that anyone can use). It has a small kitchen where everyone can cook their own food. The hostel has a supermarket, bakery and cafe (where guests get a special discount) just outside.
- Breakfast: Not included (available across the street from 5 euros)
They also have city bikes for rent for just 7 euros per day and offer airport pick-up for just 29 euros – contact them in advance for this service.
The hostel is only open seasonally (during high season, when it’s time to visit Slovenia). For much of the rest of the year, it is dedicated to catering to the city’s university students.
Aladin Hostel offers a selection of dorms and private rooms – private rooms have a semi-shared bathroom (shared with another private room).
- Evaluation: 9.3 “Superb” on Hostelworld
- Dormitories: From 24 euros ($25) – Four-bed dorm
- Standard Twin Room: 62 euro ($64)
Adhoc Hostel – The central hostel
Adhoc Hostel is another great hostel option. Adhoc Hostel has the most central location in the center of the old town. It’s right by the river which meanders through the center of town. Directly outside are old streets and bridges with the best cafes and restaurants in town. The castle is just in the shadow of the imposing Ljubljana Castle which dominates the old town.
Adhoc Hostel has been completely renovated and the rooms, common areas and bathrooms are now completely modernized. The hostel offers a selection of dorms, private rooms with shared bathrooms, private rooms with private bathrooms and apartments.
The hostel doesn’t have a proper kitchen (although there are fridges for guests) and doesn’t have a bar. That being said, it really doesn’t need a bar with all the best bars and restaurants in town lining the streets just outside.
- Evaluation: 9.3 “Superb” on Hostelworld
- Standard double room: From 60 euro ($63)
- Dormitory: From 23 euro ($25)
- Best talking point: Superb location
They also have a laundry service for an extra 10 euros.