2012 saw a hostel boom in Croatia’s capital with a record number of new hostels opening up. 11 new hostels opened up in the heart of Zagreb in 2012, nearly triple the amount which opened up the year before. In 2010 not one new hostel opened, writes daily Vecernji list.
There are now plenty of options right in the centre of Zagreb for the traveller who prefers the cheaper option. Of the 22 hostels which exists in Zagreb, 13 are located within walking distance of the city’s main square. The average price is 18 euros per night in the centre, and 15 euros per night on the fringes of the city.
Hostel operators do not see the new hostels opening up in the city as competition, and say that there is room for more hostels as bed capacity in Zagreb is still relatively low.
“In all of Zagreb, you can find only 1500 beds, which is the capacity of just two large hostels in London, said Matea Pokrovac and Dalibor Mackic from Brit hostel in Zagreb.
Those in the hostel game are expecting a better year financially in 2013 as tourist numbers to Croatia’s capital rise. In 2012 there were 11 percent more overnight stays in Zagreb.