Tourists flock to Mostar, Bosnia’s most visited city, for the 16th-century Stari Most Bridge and Ottoman Old Bazaar. Many come on day trips and miss the opportunity for the full experience. Mountains envelop the city, split by the River Neretva’s clear waters into the Ottoman side and a modern city centre. If you’re backpacking or on a budget, spend at least a night or two in one of the following hostels in Mostar.
Located near Stari Pazar, the best spot to photograph Stari Most, Hostel Tarik is less than a minute away from stunning views of the iconic bridge. Surrounding mountains make impressive views from the hostel’s terrace, a popular place to relax in the evening. Comfortable rooms come with air-conditioning, shared bathrooms and free toiletries. If you’re in Mostar on a budget and want to be within walking distance of the city’s best views, book a night or two at Hostel Tarik. Beds cost approximately $20 per night.
Gaše Ilića 4, Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 61 839 930
Hostel Lena Mostar
Located outside the bus station, Hostel Lena Mostar has some of the highest accommodation ratings in the city. The hostel is small with just a few rooms including twins, triples, quadruples and family suites. You can have privacy or be as sociable as you like at this hostel in Mostar. Strong Wi-Fi, TVs and free parking for cars, motorbikes and bicycles are available to all guests.
Backpackers tend to drop their luggage when they arrive at the bus station to explore the city before check-in. If you want more flexibility on your trip to Mostar, rent a car or bicycle from the hostel. Beds start at approximately $20 per night.
Trg Ivana Krndelja 16, Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 61 609 911
Hostel Mirror has affordable beds in a prime location one kilometre to the north of Kujundziluk Old Bazaar and Mostar’s main attraction: Stari Most. Guests can choose between double and twin rooms or to stay in the six-bed dormitory with a dorm bed costing less than $15 and a continental breakfast. Rooms have air-conditioning, linen, towels and toiletries.
The onsite hostel bar is where the action happens in the evening: cheap drinks and good conversation with other backpackers. Guests enjoy the shady garden in the summer or relaxing on the terrace. Car and bicycle rentals are available too.
Mladena Balorde 7, Mostar 88000, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 63 000 233
Hostel Nina Mostar
If you’re looking for a more personal experience when you visit Mostar, check out Hostel Nina. The family-owned property opened in 2005 as one of Mostar’s first, growing into the tourist-friendly accommodation it is today. Not only is this hostel in Mostar comfortable and affordable (less than $15 to stay in the 8-bed dorm), it has tours, free shuttle services and regular entertainment.
The price includes breakfast, and guests can use the kitchen to prepare light snacks for lunch and dinner. If you want to socialise and meet other backpackers or tourists, check out the living room and garden. Nina’s family members are always around for a chat and to offer suggestions and tips for Mostar too.
Čelebića 18, Mostar 88104, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 61 382 743
Hostel Vedran has a range of single, twin and family rooms with shared bathrooms for as low as $15 per night. You’ll find everything you need for a good rest after a day of sightseeing, including a comfortable bed in a quiet environment. Some rooms have an adjoining kitchen, and those that don’t have a stovetop for cooking. The Old Bazaar and Stari Most are just over one kilometre away, and several bars and restaurants in Mostar are within walking distance.
Zvonica5, Mostar 88000, Bosnia & Herzegovina, +387 61 364 246
Hostel Lovely Home
Guests often say Hostel Lovely Home is one of the most welcoming places to stay in Mostar. You’ll be met on check-in with a drink and warm greetings. Pick-up and shuttle services are available on request. Staff go the extra mile to provide an exceptional level of service to all boarders. Ask, and they’ll give you a free map and explain their top things to do in Mostar.
Depending on how you travel, Hostel Lovely Home has a selection of rooms from single to quadruple as well as four and six-bed mixed dorms with shared bathrooms.
Budget travellers can snap up a bed for less than $15, making it one of the cheapest hostels in Mostar. You’ll get access to a kitchen and large garden as well as cheap bike rentals.