Hikers Hostel Plovdiv, Plovdiv

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534 Reviews
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Hikers Hostel Plovdiv Reviews

Hikers Hostel Plovdiv is perfectly located in the beautiful Old Town of Plovdiv. Hikers Hostel is clean and a sociable place to stay for your (short) visit in Plovdiv, with helpful (young) staff.

The Location

This hostel is located in the quaint Old Town of Plovdiv; everything is within walking distance, since Plovidiv's center is small anyways. The train or bus station, though, is a thirty-minute walk. Since the hostel is right below Nebet Tepe, you'll be able to quickly go up for a sunrise (or set) in only five minutes. There are also a few good restaurants nearby.

Rooms and Bathrooms

They have a private room upstairs. The dorm room on the lower floor is quite small, but stuffed full with bunk beds. This includes a triple bunk bed; in total, the small space can sleep about fourteen people. The bunk beds are shaky, especially the triple bunk bed. The beds do not include lights or power outlets. There are just one or two power outlets in this room, hidden behind the bunk beds. That said, each bed does have some kind of curtain, so you can have you own little "palace."

The toilets and shower room are clean enough (the shower room more so). Both are on the lower floor, but separate from each other. The shower room is (weirdly) located right next to the entrance. The shower room is quite good, with all the basics present, but can become like a sauna (which can be a pro, if that is what you like).

Common Spaces

There is a little garden upon entry, which is a nice place to hang out. Inside, there is a cozy little sitting place, with murals befitting Plovdiv and its many graffiti arts. Here, among other things, board games can be played. Even though the (inside) common area is rather small, it is a very sociable place, in large part based on the efforts of the staff. The kitchen utensils are also in this area, but the actual cooking fire is outside.

Summary

This is a sociable hostel in a great location. It has everything going for it to be a really nice place, but the dorm rooms simply have too many (shaky) beds. This is a very good place if you are looking to be social and hang out with others, but for a good comfortable sleep, it is less so.
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Hikers hostel, at a nice typical cobbled Plovdiv old town street
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Published on 2017-10-25

Great

Friendly staff, decent breakfast, decent wifi. The second building is a few minutes walk away which is slightly annoying for breakfast but that's really the only downside.

Chris
2013-10-01
Age 22 | UK

What a place!

This hostel stands out as one of the best I have been to. The staff are excellent and go out of their way to help you in every way. You feel like they arent just doing it as a job but they really WANT you to have a good stay in Plovidiv. The hostel itself is clean and has a really friendly and homey atmosphere. With a great breakfast and fruit salad like no other I would recommend this hostel to anyone!

Katie
2013-08-13
Age 28 | England

Hikers Hostel Plovdiv is a great place to stay, whether it be for a couple of days or a couple of weeks. It has a great atmosphere that promotes socialization, so if you are looking to meet people from all over then this is a great place to stay. Also, the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful and have great ideas regarding what to see and do in the city and the surrounding area.

The Location

The hostel is only a short distance away (around ten minutes' walking) from the historic area of Plovdiv, making it a great choice. Also within walking distance there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. The hostel is about a thirty-minute walk from the train station, and is pretty easy to find, but a taxi is also another option. The hostel sits midway on a small hill, which if you walk another five minutes up, leads to the top and has great views of the city. Because the hostel is tucked away on a side street, it is very quiet at night and seems safe.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are very clean and well kept. There are lockers and locks within the rooms, so security is not a problem in the dorm room and there is also a private room available. The beds do squeak a bit every time someone moves, but other than that the rooms are perfect. The bathrooms are downstairs and are shared by everyone in the hostel, but they too are clean and there is rarely an issue with there not being enough of them. However, the shower is very small and is awkwardly located in the same stall with a toilet and sink.

Common Spaces

The outdoor common space consists of several couches and is a great hang-out spot. Often times local younger people come over to hang out and they are fun and informative. The outer common area is also where a delicious breakfast is served. The hostel also has a common area inside and it consists of a couch and a computer with internet access (there is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel). There is also a kitchen available for use and laundry services can be provided for a small fee.

Summary

Overall, Hikers Hostel is a great place to stay. The staff are friendly and have great suggestions on what to do and where to go and the hostel is clean and has a great, social environment.

Kaitlyn
2013-07-06

Good for social people, bad for those who want decent sleep

The atmosphere is good, as well as the location in the old part of the city (although trying to walk here with a heavy pack was not a good idea -- better get a taxi, since free pick up was not offered, only available if you also booked at Hiker's Hostel at Veliko Tarnovo). There was only one bathroom for 8 dorm beds and a private room, so that makes for a hectic morning. Free breakfast is tea, muesli, bread, jam, meat, and cheese. There was also free internet in the one computer they have. The staff was friendly, but not professional. I woke up to one of the female staff having sex with someone staying at the hostel one day. The next night, the other female staff was loudly drinking with the other tourists.

Lis
2010-08-13
US

Very friendly and a nice place to stay

We stayed here after another hostel in the centre and it was a breath of fresh air. The staff could not be better and were very helpful. All the advertising claims were truthful and we enjoyed our stay. Overall it had a nice friendly feel about it and we would not hesitate to recommend it.

Paula Hamilton-Gibson
2009-06-17
British

Lovely

Really nice -- the staff are excellent, and although it rained for a whole day, it was a relaxing and comfortable place to hang out. The location is perfect (although you'll need to take advantage of the pick-up service from the station), and the cosy attic was one of the best private rooms we've encountered. Very much recommended!

Caroline
2008-04-16
UK

Nice and friendly

Good location, very friendly English speaking staff, and they sell cheap beer. It rained non stop whilst we were in Plovdiv, and the rain did get inside the hostel through the holes in the wall where the cables came in. However we did apparently experience the worst weather they have had in Plovdiv for two and a half years, so I expect this was a one off.

Dave
2007-06-06
Great Britiain

The best hostel I have ever stayed in. Small, cozy, clean, cool, with good atmosphere; friendly, welcoming and very helpful staff; free internet, cold beer. Great location in the middle of the old town, a nice terrasse (and I think they let you sleep in there in the summer if the dorms are full). I have not seen the property down the street that also belongs to the hostel but from what I've seen I have nothing then the best to say about this hostel. I am sure anyone who will stay there will enjoy it as much as I did.

Yana
2007-05-09

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Hikers Hostel Plovdiv Reviews from the Web

A unique hostel experience in a great Plovdiv location. Expect to find a cast of characters from all over the world enjoying themselves at this location.

hughb135396
2022-07-16

Great location, affordable and gets the job done for a short stay. Excellent atmosphere thanks to the staff - shoutout Dave and Tobias, you guys were one of a kind.

stanleyhe19989866
2022-07-15

Lovely place great staff and perfect location

aeYA36ufiRV3IUVT
2022-07-07

VERY POOR. 1. Booked online. 2. Follow up email = No reply. 2. Arrived at 6pm. Gate locked. 3. Nobody answered the phone # on gate 4. Eventually someone answered the (different) phone # on the booking confirmation. Allegedly someone coming to unlock the gate. 5. No one came. I called again. No one came. 6. Eventually someone called to say they'd be another 20 minutes (Total wait = 1 hr 15 min). 7. Then a call to go to a different hostel. 8. Then another change of plan. 9. I went elsewhere

AVOID!

chrisbright9833
2021-05-07

Lovely little place. Very close walking distance to the best food, bars and shops. Right in the centre of the town. Good atmosphere and good people around. Showers are great. Thank you to the chief for cooking us bbq and looking after us all throughout our visit! He will be able to give you plenty of recommendations.

MICHAELMUGGA3245
2020-09-28

Pros: good location, relaxed atmosphere, nice terrace.

Cons: little privacy on bathrooms, tiny shower with tiny mirror and no plug.

carlesalbasboix6742
2020-09-25

Friendly staff. Good breakfast and location

Anonymous
2017-08-31

Liked: This is an excellent hostel with a great community-minded atmosphere. There is a common room and beautiful courtyard where guests and staff can relax, and hang out and eat together. I felt very comfortable and relaxed staying here - I wish all hostels were like this! Didn't like: Nothing!

Anonymous
2017-08-20

Liked: Great friendly staff, and atmosphere with excellent garden / terrace for beers, and fig smoothies, Wills speciality. Location quiet and historical. Didn't like: Dorms need more fans, and a fewer beds.

Anonymous
2017-08-03

Liked: This hostel was great, and a stand-alone when it comes to Plovdiv. Thanks especially to the staff (Robbie, cheers!) for making everything so easy. Great atomosphere, chill vibe, and great location. Highly recommended! Didn't like: Nada.

Anonymous
2015-08-20

Liked: Fantastic location, and nice friendly atmosphere -- dorm is very crowded, but it's fine for a short stay. Didn't like: No secure lockers.

Anonymous
2015-07-03

ICHENG
2014-03-24
Taiwan

Liked: Staff were friendly and when we left after only staying 1 night out of the 3 booked we were given a full refund. Didn't like: Private room not at the hostel but down the road wedged between two shops. Dead mosquitos on the walls of the room. Mosquitos buzzing around all night, got lots of bites. Beds rock hard. Shared bathroom not clean. Left after 1 night after barely sleeping and moved to a cheap hotel nearby for just a few pounds more where we got a much better nights sleep.

Anonymous
2013-09-13

So when i rocked up at Hikers hostel (with a booking) it turns out they were actually full and didn't have a room. Not ideal, but someone staying there had a twin and let me stay with them. Now I should probably have been annoyed but everyone here was so lovely I couldn't help but love it. The breakfast was great, we drank on the hill at sunset and there was some sort of musical conference going on so the hostel was full of people singing and jamming together it was awesome. Would come back.

Anonymous
2013-07-24

Really friendly and generous staff!

Anonymous
2013-06-30

Liked: ///////// Didn't like: Don't require me to enter comments or say if J 's was promoted, cause i did not notice.

Anonymous
2013-06-28

A nice enough hostel in the old town of Plovdiv. Free breakfast and wifi included :)

Anonymous
2012-09-06

Description

Hikers Hostel is located in Plovdiv – the cultural capital of Bulgaria. The city lies among seven hills and is therefore called "The town of the Hills". Its 8000-year-old history has contributed to its present authenticity and beauty. Many cultures have left a trace behind and the mixture of Roman, Trace, Ottoman and traditional Bulgarian architectures add up to the romantic spirit of the town.
Hikers Hostel is located in the beautiful Ancient Town of Plovdiv, which is adjacent to the city centre, on Nebet Tepe (Nebet Hill). The two-storey building represents the typical architecture from the Revival Period of the 19th century in Bulgaria. Although situated on the main cobblestone-paved street in the Ancient Town, the area is peaceful and is the perfect home for the numerous arts and crafts houses. The hostel is surrounded by many museums, arts galleries, arts schools, churches and museum-houses from the Revival Period that once belonged to renowned Bulgarian artists. About 200 metres away from Hikers Hostel is the famous Ancient Amphitheatre, built by the Romans. It is by far the best preserved artifact and along with the incredible acoustics, which needs no additional sound system, the Ancient Amphitheatre is the perfect spot for symphonic orchestras, concerts and theatre plays.
Hikers Hostel is a place that offers the opportunity to anyone to fully appreciate Plovdiv by the merits of its unique atmosphere. The pleasure of staying at Hikers Hostel will make you want to stay longer than planned.

Location and Contact

Location

• From central train station
• On foot
• When you get out of the station to your right there will be a traffic ring connecting three streets. Take the one on your right, called "Ivan Vazov" street, and walk for about 10 minutes until you reach a big square – the central square downtown, in front hotel "Trimonzium" and the Postal Office. Continue along that main street, which is also a pedestrian only street, for about 5-10 minutes. You will reach a round square, called Djumayata Mosque, where artists and painters sell their works. Take a right and walk uphill for five more minutes along "Saborna" street. The street itself is steep and after a left turn becomes leveled. Hikers Hostel is number 53 on "Saborna" street on the left-hand side right across from the "Zlatyu Boyadjiev" house and the bar "The King's Stable".
• By bus:
• The bus stops right in front of the station. You can take bus #7, 20 or 26. Get off at the stop right after you pass through the tunnel. The ride takes about 10-15 minutes. It costs 50 stotinki (the equivalent of 25 Euro cents). Then climb up the stairs up the hill that are located behind the bus stop. You will need about 5 minutes to get to the top of the hill called Hissar Kapia. There turn right and walk about 50 metres along "Saborna" street. Hikers Hostel is number 53 on "Saborna" street on the left-hand side right across from the "Zlatyu Boyadjiev" house and the bar "The King's Stable".
• From Plovdiv bus station "Yug"
• On foot:
• When you get off the bus station turn right and walk for 2-3 minutes until you reach the traffic ring. Then turn right on "Ivan Vazov" street and walk for about 10 minutes until you reach a big square – the central square downtown, in front hotel "Trimonzium" and the Postal Office. Continue along that main street, which is also a pedestrian only street, for about 5-10 minutes. You will reach a round square, called Djumayata Mosque, where artists and painters sell their works. Take a right and walk uphill for five more minutes along "Saborna" street. The street itself is steep and after a left turn becomes leveled. Hikers Hostel is number 53 on "Saborna" street on the left-hand side right across from the "Zlatyu Boyadjiev" house and the bar "The King's Stable".
• By bus:
• When you get out of the bus station, cross the wide street and take bus #7, 20 or 26. Get off at the stop right after you pass through the tunnel. The ride takes about 10-15 minutes. It costs 50 stotinki (the equivalent of 25 Euro cents). Then climb up the stairs up the hill that are located behind the bus stop. You will need about 5 minutes to get to the top of the hill called Hissar Kapia. There turn right and walk about 50 metres along "Saborna" street. Hikers Hostel is number 53 on "Saborna" street on the left-hand side right across from the "Zlatyu Boyadjiev" house and the bar "The King's Stable".

Map

Map

Address: 53 Saborna Street, Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Hikers Hostel Plovdiv is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Hikers Hostel Plovdiv Plovdiv www.hikers-hostel.org
Phone Number: +359896764854
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Lockers in Rooms

Parking

Towels

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Bar

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment

Food/Restaurant

Hot Showers

Karaoke

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Credit Card Payments

Max. Age: All Ages

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)

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