Haris Youth Hostel is like a home away from home. The common areas are very cosy, and the owner (Haris) is very dedicated to his job. Sarajevo is a great city, but it will be even better staying at this hostel.
The hostel is located about ten minutes' walking from the old town. It is located on a little hill. The positive of this is that the view from the hostel terrace is nice, and it is very near a great spot to watch the sunset. Of course, after a day exploring, or when looking for the hostel with your backpack, the hill might be a bit unpleasant. The hostel says to take the bus 52 from the bus stop near Konzum, but if you don't want to spend more money, it is a fifteen-minute walk up the hill from there -- just go back to the city hall, and then up the hill passing the cemetery. In general, people will recognize the street name of the hostel if you ask for directions.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are very spacious and the beds are comfortable. Everything seems quite new. There are lockers available for free outside the dorms. There is also a mirror in the dorms. The dorms are not locked, but the front door of the hostel is, and since it is a small hostel in a quiet neighbourhood, there is not much of a safety problem. The rooms do not have enough power sockets -- only three for a six-bed dorm. The bathroom is clean and comfortable. The bathroom is not en suite, but shared with different rooms. The water in the shower is warm. If you ask for a hairdryer, Haris will give you one. Also a towel is included.
There is a kitchen, which is well equipped, but could use some more spices for common use. The kitchen is in the same room as the "common area." There are some sofas and a television. The common room feels more like a home then a hostel. Outside of the "living room," there is also a computer available, and a book exchange. The Wi-Fi works well in the common room, but it does not work in the dorms. There is also a basic outside terrace. During low season, there is also breakfast provided, including bread, eggs, and Bosnian coffee. You do have to wait for this until 10 a.m., though. Throughout the year, you get a welcome shot of raki, or maybe two if you're lucky.
Haris Youth Hostel is a great place to stay in Sarajevo. The facilities are good, and most of all you can feel at home. Haris will make sure of that. There are two negative remarks about the hostel -- the Wi-Fi only works in the common area, and although the reception is supposed to be twenty-four-hour, it is sometimes hard to find someone around.