Tuzla, Bosnia’s third largest city, doesn’t get the attention it deserves as a tourist destination. The former salt-mining region has an attractive old town, two uniquely-designed mosques, and three artificial lakes. Wizz Air has started to use Tuzla as its hub for budget flights in and out of Bosnia, giving tourists the chance to visit. Here are some of the best places to stay during your trip to Tuzla.
Before we start, it’s important to address two points about finding a place to stay in Tuzla. The first involves price changes based on different seasons. While this is common in cities around the world, the price difference in Tuzla is more apparent and not necessarily based on demand. Secondly, compared to other parts of Bosnia such as Sarajevo and Mostar, hotel prices tend to be more expensive.
Hotel Mellain (4 stars)
Located about 900 metres (0.56 miles) from Pannonica Lakes, Hotel Mellain provides the perfect place to stay for anyone looking to relax. The relatively high price is justified with the hotel’s adjoining spa, sauna and fitness centre. Rooms are spacious, comfortable and all have private bathrooms, free toiletries and access to high-speed Wi-Fi. Guests can use the on-site hairdresser’s, swimming pool, and take advantage of the laundry service. Mellain Hotel offers luxury in Tuzla.
Aleja Alije Izetbegovica 3, Tuzla 75000, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 35 365-500
Heartland City B&B (3 stars)
Guests at Heartland City B&B tend to rate the hotel’s location as one of the best in the city. Pannonian Salt Lake is just a few minutes on foot, and you could easily walk to the centre and old town in less than five minutes. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom along with an in-room safe, flat screen TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Heartland also has a restaurant and bar serving up both Bosnian and international dishes. This hotel is good value for money for solo travellers or couples looking for a comfortable place to stay in a central location.
Kazan mahala 10, Tuzla 75000, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 35 255-111
Hotel Miris Dunja 88 (3 stars)
Hotel Miris Dunja, on the southern side of the River Jala, has a selection of rooms including deluxe single, deluxe double, and apartments. All rooms come with a safety deposit box and soundproof walls along with satellite TV and air conditioning. Guests can enjoy free use of the bicycles at Hotel Miris Dunja, as well as the on-site restaurant and bar. Central Tuzla is less than five minutes from the hotel on foot.
Goli brijeg 8, Tuzla 75101, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 35 296-453
University Hotel Dorrah (3 stars)
If you’re travelling to Tuzla on a budget and want a comfortable place to stay, check out University Hotel Dorrah. The rooms and interior design are basic, and guests can choose between a twin and double room with a private bathroom, free toiletries, and satellite TV. Families with young children can enjoy the indoor play area and a kids club that runs daily. Central Tuzla is approximately two kilometres (1.2 miles) to the east of the hotel, and Bingo City, Tuzla’s largest shopping centre, is less than 100 metres (328 feet) away on the opposite side of the road.
Mitra Trifunovića Uče, Tuzla 75000, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 35 210-190
Apartment Ajla (2 stars)
The apartments at Ajla have a total area of 40m2 and come with a fully equipped kitchen, a private bathroom, a balcony, and Wi-Fi. Located a few minutes on foot from Central Tuzla and the old town, Apartment Ajla is in a prime spot for tourists. Inside, the modern décor makes the place feel new and very comfortable, with guests consistently giving overwhelmingly positive feedback. A bicycle rental service is available for an extra fee, too. If you’re visiting Tuzla with your family or as a solo traveller, Ajla might be ideal for you.
Obala Zmaja od Bosne 32, 75000 Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 61 191 888
Pansion Centar (2 stars)
Pansion Centar, or Rooms Centre, is a budget hotel in the heart of Tuzla’s old town, within a stone’s throw of Solni Trg Main Square. Rooms range from single to triple, along with family rooms and suites. A small garden with an outdoor seating area for guests is one of the highlights and visitors rate the breakfast buffet as good value for money. Pansion Centar is the perfect place to stay in Tuzla for budget travellers and those without much time.
Trg Stara Trznica 8, Soni trg, 75000 Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 61 149 291