Youth Hostel Zagreb




The Review

Youth Hostel Zagreb is a budget-friendly, large hostel managed by Hostelling International and is perfect for backpackers who want somewhere reasonably quiet to stay with no frills.

The Location

This hostel has a great location just a ten-minute walk to the main square of Zagreb, so you can easily see all of the sights on foot. The Zagreb train station is located right at the end of the street, and if you are arriving by long distance bus it is about a fifteen-minute walk or a quick tram trip to the bus station. The hostel also has its own off-street parking, which is convenient for those arriving by car. Zagreb has many delicious restaurants, many of which are located around the hostel. You can also find supermarkets on this street too and the train station has a shopping centre as well where you can find other food options.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Zagreb Youth Hostel has both dorm and private rooms that range in size. Dormitories are quite small with just three to six beds in each room. Each bed has a locker and you can find a small desk and chair in each dorm room. Private rooms are very basic and quite narrow. They are available in single, twin, triple, and quad (all with single beds or bunks). You also have a small desk and a cupboard in most rooms. Air conditioning is not available in the rooms, so it can get very hot and stuffy, as the small desk size fan can't keep the room cool. You also have to make your own bed even in the private rooms which is difficult as the sheets are too small. The hostel policy is to also leave the key at reception every time you leave, which can get annoying if reception is busy or if you are sharing one key among everyone in the dorm.

Some of the private singles and twins come with a compact, en suite bathroom or a sink in the room. For everyone else, it is shared bathrooms on each floor that only have one shower each, so if it's busy you could be waiting a while, and the bathrooms tend to get a bit dirty later on in the day.

Common Spaces

This is not a hostel for socialising, as the only common area is a small lounge area that would fit just a handful of people near the reception area. Vending machines with hot and cold drinks are available in the lobby. And a microwave and refrigerator are available on request behind reception. Luggage storage is also available if you need to leave your bags to do some exploring.

Free Wi-Fi is available but it is a fairly poor connection that would constantly drop out; you can also use the public computers in reception. The overall vibe of the hostel is quite sterile and it is in desperate need of some updating. As it's a part of Hostelling International, you also need to pay an extra charge if you aren't a member and you might also find some large groups staying in the hostel.


This is a good option if you want a basic room at a budget price close to transport options and you aren't expecting to meet too many other travelers.
by Straighty Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Youth Hostel Zagreb" at Petrinjska 77.)


Petrinjska 77, Zagreb, Croatia
45.806717, 15.980352 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+385 (1) 4841-261
+385 (1) 4841-267
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(49 ratings)
81% Guest Reviews

Only location is good, others are not good at all
Under 37 degree C (hot weather), no airconditioner. Room is in the west, strong sunshine rose the temperature of room, unable to sleep. Lift is out dated, not easy to handle especially when carried luggage bags. Working attitude of staff was bad, not polite. I will NOT recommend others to stay in this YH.
Doris Liu
(Hong Kong China)
Nice hostel
Omladinski hostel is for students who are not so demanding. Staff is nice if you are nice. they have common room with tv, and wireless in the lobby. Room and bathroom were clean, and cleaning lady was really friendly. they have parking place, so my car was save. we stayed there for 4 days, and it was great. If you expect room service, go to the hotel. we had a lot of fun, and hostel was nice to stay in for 3 nights. location is GREAT!
Worst HI Hostel
Pricey and worst standard of Hostel in the world.
Location is great, nothing else is
Location is great but nothing else is. This hostel is fairly unique in my experience in that it provides neither breakfast included in the price, nor any self-catering facilities whatsoever, leaving your only option to eat out every meal. There is free internet, but only on one computer for the entire hostel of up to several hundred people -- queues were epic, I waited over an hour. There is also only one male and one female shower per whole floor, which could be fifty people or so -- again you can imagine the queues. There are no social areas or common rooms. They only provide one key for each dormitory room so you are reliant on the last person to lock the room on their way out -- very unsecure. Worst hostel I stayed at in three weeks around eastern Europe.
Could have been worse, could have been much better
My boyfriend and I stayed at this hostel in August. The check-in man wasn't very friendly or helpful. There were not secure lockers with keys in our dorm. We also only had one key to the dorm (which slept six people in it). The only positive factor was the cleanliness. Other than that it was a bit of a dive, was extremely hot, and was dull and depressing. Probably wouldn't stay there again. It is literally a cheap bed for not many kuna. You get what you pay for!
Anne Whittaker
This one is a dump.
This is one of the worst HI hostels that I've stayed at. You shower in a puddle because the drains don't work well. The bathrooms are dirty and have not been adequately maintained. The mattresses are old and dirty. The are no curtains on the windows -- so no privacy from your neighbors across the street, and the street light shines into the room. Find somewhere else to stay.
HI-Zagreb Hostel
The worst hostel we stayed in on our three-week trip.
Very convenient for the railway station and the centre of Zagreb but that is it's best feature! They would only take Croatian cash despite the HI web site saying they take credit cards. We stayed in a double room which was noisy and the shower room was dirty with rotting wood and a rusty shower. The shower room door would not close without extreme effort. Would not stay here again.
The location is convenient enough, being under 10 minutes from the train station and just down the block from a market. It's another 10-minute walk to the city center. There are keys for 24 hour access and luggage storage for after you check out (9am!). The place seems a bit like an old hotel, the key word being old, with no real common room. The owners can be helpful when they want to be, though I'm pretty sure they like making fun of some guests in Croatian while they were checking in. The largest dorms in this HI hostel have 6 beds, which are functional but not the most comfortable. Bathrooms are mostly clean, though run down. It has five floors, but there is an elevator. All rooms are single-sex. There's no breakfast. This hostel is relatively cheap and in a good location, but it's probably never been called "nice." It makes you want to go out and see the city. Safety is not an issue however, Zagreb is very safe.

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