Tourism has been growing fast in Serbia over the past few years. A country that was once avoided and seen with bad eyes, is nowadays being visited by more and more people every year, turning Belgrade into a must see city in Europe. With its young and modern vibe, and cheap prices for accommodation and food, backpackers have their minds in Belgrade. For this, the number of hostels in the city has grown and Belgrade now offers dozens of different hostels with fantastic cheap prices, that can be overwhelming when trying to choose where to spend your stay. I’m here to tell you about HostelChe Hostel and make your life easier when it comes to decide where to stay.
I arrived at HostelChe Hostel after the most exhausting day of travel with a horrible transfer company. I was happy the hostel was very well located and easy to find, just about a minute from the main pedestrian street where you will find dozens of stores, restaurants and cafes to enjoy your time in Belgrade. Everything was really close and I was able to walk everywhere from the hostel, not having to spend money on public transports to move around and explore.
I was welcomed by the nicest staff I could ask for. They showed me around my new home for the next three nights, told me all about what to see and where to grab some cheap local food, and laughed with me about my travel drive experience coming from Sarajevo. The fact there is a 24h reception gets this hostel on the top of my list. There’s nothing like knowing there’s always someone there to help you. It always makes me feel safer.
The bus/train station are a little over a kilometer from the hostel, which is pretty close, but the connections to surrounding countries aren’t the best. If you are going to Belgrade, I would tell you that it’s worth to pay a little extra and get a transfer that will pick you up at your hostel and drop you in Belgrade in front of your new hostel. That way you are saving a lot of time, since trains and buses in this area are pretty slow and don’t run that often, and you won’t have to carry your bags while you are lost looking for your hostel.
HostelChe Hostel works with a few transfer companies that they can contact for your and schedule your transport that can pick you up right at the door. You don’t have to worry about a thing! Honestly, this kind of transport was the best thing I discovered on my trip!
I stayed in a triple dorm, with a cozy individual bed, a small locker to keep my tech, a plug and a window right next to me. The room was very simple in terms of furniture, but will very live colors that gave it a sense of home. It had everything I needed to feel comfortable and sleep like a baby every night.
There was no bathroom in the room, but I had two bathrooms right outside my room, one of them with a huge tub and a washing machine that you can use (laundry costs 5€, but if you stay more than three nights you can do it for free!). The hostel also offers shared dorms, all with less than ten beds per dorm, as well as private double rooms, with prices starting as low as 9€ in dorms, and doubles for 25€, which is one hell of a deal for a hostel with a high rating of 9.6 out of 10 in hostelworld!
Usually I stay in dorms with six to ten beds, so it was a really nice surprise when I got a smaller room, with only two people to share it with. Life in hostels can be crazy, specially in dorms when people are constantly coming in and out every few minutes, making it hard to sleep at times. I was incredibly lucky to stay in this cozy dorm, sharing it with another girl and an older guy, who really respected me while I was in the room and when I went to bed early. I usually have really difficult nights when it comes to sleep due to all the noise, but during my three nights at this hostel, I was really happy that getting a good night sleep wasn’t going to be a problem at all.
HostelChe Hostel is the perfect sized hostel, being an apartment on the first floor of a residential building. It has the reception by the entrance door, being very cozy and inviting, where you have all sorts of maps and flyers with information about activities to do in the city. Free map? Yes, please! It also has a huge common area with the best sofas I have ever seen, being this area my favorite in the entire hostel, and where I spent most of my time. There’s also a common kitchen with everything you need to cook your meals, and save some money, and where they offer coffee and tea all day long.
Overall I had a great stay at HostelChe Hostel and I would tell anyone to stay here too. At least I know that if I ever go back to Belgrade I would love to stay at this hostel again.
Downsides: the wifi didn’t work in my room, making it really hard for me to work on the blog at night, since I would have to be in the common room, where everyone would get together to talk, make new friends and party. The wifi worked perfectly in the living room, but for the three nights of my stay it never really worked in my room, which was a really pity, as I loved everything else about this hostel.
Thank you to HostelChe Hostel for hosting my stay in Belgrade. As always, all opinions are my own!
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