The 8 Best Hostels in Dubrovnik

The historic old buildings and houses of Dubrovnik's Old Town in Croatia

Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. In fact, it’s so stunning that many Game of Thrones episodes were shot in the city’s Stari Grad (Old Town) because it’s just so gorgeously impressive.

But what was once a hidden gem that saw a fleeting number of tourists is now a bustling — and expensive — destination.

This southern Dalmatian city of 40,000 people swells in the summertime, as hordes of tourists cruise in to trudge through the limestone-blanketed streets of Stari Grad.

Fortunately, the city has a growing number of hostels so you can enjoy this sunny coastal getaway as affordably as possible.

Having spent over a decade backpacking around the planet and staying in hostels, I know a thing or two about what makes a good hostel. Before we jump into the list, here are some things to consider:

1. Location – For visitors, everything in Dubrovnik revolves around the walled Old Town. If you’re not staying in it or near it, you’ll spend some time walking or on buses going to and from Old Town. That said, buses are frequent, clean, and easy to use here and all the hostels below are no more than a 15-minute bus ride to Old Town.

2. Price – In Dubrovnik the hostels are affordable — but they’re not dirt cheap. You’ll pay a bit more here than you might in other cities in Croatia so plan accordingly.

3. Amenities – Most hostels offer free Wi-Fi, and some even include free breakfast, but if you want more than that, do your research to find one that best meets your needs.

4. Staff – All the hostels listed here have friendly staff! They are all knowledgeable and will offer recommendations for things to do and places to eat in town. Even if you don’t stay at one of the places listed below, look up reviews to ensure you end up somewhere where the staff is helpful and friendly! They can make or break a hostel!

To help you plan your trip, below is my list of the best hostels in Dubrovnik. They all offer a welcome respite and a cozy and friendly place to lay your weary head and hang out with fellow travelers — all while keeping your budget (relatively) intact.

If you don’t want to read the whole list, the following are the best in each category:

Best Hostel for Budget Travelers:
Best Hostel for Location:
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers:
Best Hostel for Partying:
Best Overall Hostel:

Want more specifics? Here’s my comprehensive list of the best hostels in Dubrovnik:

Price (per night)

  • $ = Under 25 EUR
  • $$ = 25-35 EUR
  • $$$ = Over 35 EUR

 

1. Hostel & Rooms Ana

Dorm room with 2 bunk beds at Hostel & Rooms Ana in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Centrally Located in the Old Town, this is a fun and social hostel. The rooms are small but the owners are super friendly and welcoming and go out of their way to make this place feel like home. The common area is small and has a more intimate feel so it’s easy to meet people without things getting rowdy. The dorms are small but the beds are comfy, and while there are no curtains for privacy there are lockers and towels provided. There’s a kitchen for cooking your own food too since eating out can add up here.

Hostel & Rooms Ana at a glance:

  • $$$
  • Great location right in Old Town
  • Super helpful staff and owners
  • Discounts to nearby restaurants

Beds from 54 EUR, private double rooms from 200 EUR.

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2. Hostel Angelina

Dorm room with bunk beds, wood floors, and stone walls at Hostel Angelina in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Set in a refurbished 400-year-old building, the rooms here have modern amenities like air-conditioning, yet are set within beautiful historic stone walls. There’s a terrace with a killer view over the Old Town and guests often hang out here, making it easy to meet other travelers. If you want to prepare your own meals, there’s a fully equipped kitchen as well.

I like that the staff at Angelina frequently organize free activities and events in the evening for guests (such as wine nights). They also organize more adventurous activities, such as cliff diving, kayaking, and sunset boat trips, so you get a ton of value here.

Hostel Angelina at a glance:

  • $$$
  • Scenic terrace with great views
  • Organizes lots of free activities
  • Superb location in Old Town

Beds from 44 EUR, private rooms from 150 EUR.

Book here!

 

3. Old Town Hostel

Dorm room with bunk beds, wood floors, and an ornate ceiling at Old Town Hostel in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
This boutique hostel is located in the Old Town in a 400-year-old building. It’s a popular spot with backpackers looking to party. They host a ton of activities from parties in the common room to pancake parties to movie nights so there’s usually always something going on to help you meet people.

However, like most party hostels, the beds here aren’t great. The bunks are basic metal ones and the mattresses are thin, but the rooms are clean and bright and spacious and there are lockers to store your stuff.

Old Town Hostel at a glance:

  • $
  • Fun party atmosphere
  • Special crepes breakfast day
  • Organizes lots of social activities

Beds from 24 EUR, private rooms from 48 EUR.

Book here!

 

4. Dubrovnik Backpackers Club

Group of backpackers sitting around a table in the plant-filled common area of Dubrovnik Backpackers Club, a hostel in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
This family-run hostel is just a 10-15-minute bus ride to the Old Town. It’s right near the pedestrianized Lapad promenade which is lined with cafes and bars and leads straight to the beach. The large kitchen is fantastic for cooking your own meals and there’s also a terrace with a lovely view over the neighborhood (which is a nice place to relax and hang out with other travelers).

There are no bunk beds here and the dorms only have four beds so they aren’t crowded. The mattresses are comfy and there are lockers for your stuff as well. There’s even a resident dog and cat too, which really make the hostel feel like you’re staying with friends. If you’re arriving by car, there’s free parking.

Dubrovnik Backpackers Club at a glance:

  • $$$
  • Free parking
  • Indoor and outdoor kitchens, including a barbecue area
  • No bunk beds, female-only dorms

Beds from 79 EUR, twin private rooms for 259 EUR.

Book here!

 

5. Kings Landing Hostel Old Town

Owner of Kings Landing Hostel in Dubrovnik, Croatia, dressed up as a Game of Thrones character.
Housed in a 15th-century villa atop the Old Town, Kings Landing gets its name from the Game of Thrones scenes that were filmed in the city. While the dorm beds here are basic metal bunks with no curtains, the main draw is the host, who loves all things Game of Thrones. The hostel organizes free Game of Thrones tours around the city that showcase filming locations and behind-the-scenes stories.

The hostel is quieter and more laid-back than the party hostels, with homey decor and lots of Game of Thrones decorations. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen, free coffee and tea available all day, and a VIP private room with amazing views over the Old Town if you don’t want to stay in a dorm.

Kings Landing Hostel Old Town at a glance:

  • $$$
  • Free tours of the city
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • Game of Thrones-theme

Beds from 49 EUR.

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6. City Walls Hostel Dubrovnik

Bright common area with light blue walls, a long table, and bench with pillows at City Walls Dubrovnik hostel in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Painted in bright, cheery blue hues to evoke the shimming Adriatic Sea, this is a quiet hostel that isn’t super social so it’s a good choice for travelers looking to do their own thing. It’s right near the famous Buža Bar (a popular cliffside bar) so you really can’t beat the location. You can pretty much walk everywhere from here.

The hostel comes with free coffee/tea all day as well as a simple free breakfast of cereal each morning. And, while the dorms are airy and bright, the beds are mostly basic bunks with no curtains. The mattresses aren’t great but there are lockers to keep your things safe and secure.

City Walls Dubrovnik at a glance:

  • $$
  • Basic free breakfast
  • Quiet atmosphere
  • Excellent location in Old Town

Beds from 34 EUR.

Book here!

 

7. Anchi’s Guesthouse

Homey kitchen area with a bright yellow table and wooden doors at Anchi's Guesthouse in Dubrovnik, Croatia
This is one of the most budget-friendly hostels in the city. It has a bit of a no-frills, homey atmosphere but the Croatian owners are super lovely and go out of their way to make you feel at home. Staying at Anchi’s really does feel like staying in someone’s house.

The hostel isn’t super social so it’s a good choice for travelers who want to do their own thing. But there are lots of common areas if you want to hang out and relax and there’s also an outdoor garden with a BBQ as well as a kitchen for cooking your own meals. The beds are basic metal bunks with no curtains and they aren’t super comfy, but the place is quiet so you’ll get a good sleep.

Anchi’s Guesthouse at a glance:

  • $
  • Super affordable
  • Outdoor terrace, balcony, and BBQ area
  • Very welcoming and helpful Croatian owners

Beds from 23 EUR and twin privates from 45 EUR.

Book here!

 

8. Petra Marina

Bunk beds with sliding glass doors opening to a balcony overlooking lush hills at Hostel Petra Marina in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
This nautical-themed hostel is directly across from Dubrovnik’s main port. The highlight here is that you can hang out on the large terrace and balconies (one in each dorm) and take in the fantastic views over the harbor and sea.

The dorms are bright and clean and, while the bunks don’t have curtains, the mattresses are pretty comfy and there’s ample storage and lockers. It’s quieter than other hostels, so it’s easy to sleep well here. It’s perfect for travelers who want to stay away from the party hostel scene.

Petra Marina at a glance:

  • $$$
  • Huge outdoor terrace and balconies
  • Comfy dorm beds
  • Quiet atmosphere

Beds from 37 EUR.

Book here!

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Dubrovnik might not be bargain-basement cheap, but what it lacks in affordable accommodation and activities it makes up for in its stunning beauty. Plus, there are plenty of ways to cut corners here, such as utilizing a hostel’s common kitchen to cook meals and taking advantage of a hostel’s free tours and activities. In short, you don’t have to splash out to enjoy your time in Dubrovnik!

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