September 26, 2015

Budget Accomodation in Mostar – Sky Lounge Hostel



I had no expectations of Mostar. A picture of the Old Bridge was enough to convince me to add it to my itinerary. Then I somehow had no time for any research on the place. Well, that’s the case of most of my trips, sadly. Freelance life will do that to you, sooner or later. 


Mostar
the Old Bridge, Mostar

If at least part of that sounds like you, Sky Lounge Hostel might be a quite good place to become your home and guide to the most famous town in Herzegovina. Here is why.

Location

Sky Lounge Hostel is located in the middle of the center, just between the main bus station and the historic old town with the most famous bridge in The Balkans. Everything you will need during your stay is located 5-10 minutes from the hostel. By walk, of course.

Inside the hostel

One of the dorms

One of the dorms

Sky Lounge Hostel is a quite big place where you can choose from private rooms (single and double) and dorms of different sizes (4,6 and 8 beds). The rooms are equipped with comfortable bunk beds and closets. Safety lockers are available in the corridor. You can rent one after paying the deposit. Each floor has a restroom. There is a washing machine available. Guests can use two common areas, one is located in the ground floor, behind the reception and right next to the kitchen space, which makes it a perfect spot for relax and dining. All kitchen utensils are provided, so if you like to cook on travels, you are welcome to do it. If you travel without your devices, there is a computer you are free to use.

It’s cool, but my absolutely favorite spot in the Sky Lounge was the one that has given the hostel its name. The rooftop terrace! I’ve spent quite some time there blogging, translating, chatting, and sipping wine on the red couch.


The roof

View from the terrace

The hostel serves free breakfast in the morning. You can expect cereal, milk, tea, coffee, and some sandwiches. Tea and coffee and free and available in the kitchen all day long.

The Staff

The people behind the hostel are young locals and international volunteers, who will take great care of you while you explore Mostar. Everyone who works in the hostel is extremely hospitable, friendly, and fluent in English. I’ve asked them about gazillion questions and they were always competent. Thank you guys!

During the summer the hostel has international volunteers. While I was there, I met Meg, an Aussie currently traveling in the Balkans and volunteering her way through Southern Europe. What is the volunteer’s work? She runs the daily free walking tour and takes care of guests in the evening. If you want to eat out or go for drinks, she is the person to show you all the best places, and introduce you to Mostar’s nightlife. I liked how the volunteer links visitors with local scene. Isn’t this what we are all looking for on our travels?

Activities

If you are in Mostar for a short trip, and you want to explore more of the beautiful region of Herzegovina (you should!), check out Sky Lounge’s tour offer.

The free walking tour of Mostar is organized every day at 5 pm. It’s quite brief, but might be a good start to an affair with the city. You will visit the Old Town and the Sniper Tower, which might actually be a bit spooky to explore by yourself, so a tour feels like the right option.


Mostar, Bosnia
Sniper Tower, Mostar

Then, there is a day tour of Herzegovina that will take you to all the magical places in the area like Kravice Waterfalls, Počitejl or Blagaj. Herzegovina is way more than just Mostar, so you absolutely must see these places before going home. Some of them are a bit tricky to reach by public transportation, so again, if you don’t have much time, the tour is highly recommended. The price is 30 euros.

Počitelj
Počitelj, BiH 

Blagaj
Blagaj, BiH

For people who are into Yugoslavia’s darker past, there is also a War Tour, which might be a great opportunity to learn more about the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and introduce you to war scars in Mostar. While it’s not always easy and pleasant to explore the war affected areas, I believe that it’s a mandatory part of exploring former Yugoslav republics. Certain things just have to be remembered and travelers are the first ones to spread the word about them. The price is 15 euro.

Long story short, if you are traveling in Herzegovina, stay at the Sky Lounge Hostel Mostar!

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Pictures of the hostel rooms come from the hostel's website.

I've partnered with Sky Lounge Hostel on my trip to Mostar. As always, all the opinions are mine.

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