My stay in Bosnia started in Sarajevo. I planned to spend 4 nights in the Bosnian capital. It took me few hours to know that it won’t be enough, so I returned to the city for two extra days after exploring Herzegovina.
It felt good to be there again. It felt even better after I arrived to my hostel and a temporary home for 2 nights.
Let me introduce you to the awesome Hostel BALKAN HAN Sarajevo, the most colorful backpackers’ hostel I’ve ever seen.
BALKAN HAN is located on Dalmatinska Street in the city center, two minutes from the pedestrian Ferhadija Street and not more than 20 seconds from the busy Titova Street. This is where you need to be while exploring Sarajevo. The place is very central and very peaceful at the same time, which is a delightful combination.
Inside the Hostel
I don’t really know who you are, but I promise you that you will love the design of this hostel. It’s as colorful as rainbow, stylish and spacious. Even shared bathrooms are a piece of art. I mean just look at it.
The person behind the concept is the owner’s daughter. I’ve never met her, but I’m pretty sure we could have been good friends.
The hostel offers spacious private and dorm rooms. Dorms are equipped with both single and double beds. Besides, there is a laid-back common area, a vibrant bar and party zone and a peaceful little garden, a perfect place to be during warm September evenings (that’s when I stayed there, I guess it’s just about perfect for most of the year though). Trees and hammock in the heart of the city are exactly what one needs after a long day of wandering around multicultural Sarajevo.
There is also a computer corner for travelers who left their own devices at home. Wifi is available on both floors and it’s very fast indeed. Obviously, I had to work during my stay, so reliable internet was crucial for me. It’s smooth, trust me.
I’m sure you will experience that legendary Balkan hospitality if you decide to make BALKAN HAN your Sarajevo base. The owner, Unkas, is extremely friendly, sociable, and truly devoted to his guests. He started the hostel 3 years ago after a long career in event management. He told me that he had no idea about hospitality business when he started. He only had a dream to create a meeting space for travelers. He started his hostel in just one flat that he owned. Then he bought another one on the upper floor to make it bigger. He can host around 50 people today. He renovated the interior by himself. The person behind the rainbow colored design was his daughter, who helped him to create a certain creative vibe in the place. Unkas is not only an owner, but also a father of the place. You will feel it when you go there. All the members of the team are competent and kind. I’m sure they will make your stay nicer.
The hostel offers a very thorough day tour of Sarajevo, mostly focused on the multicultural history of the city and its war scars. It will also take you to the interesting monuments that are a bit tricky to access by public transport, like for instance the Tunnel of Hope or the abandoned bobsleigh track and other remnants of the 1984 Winter Olympic Games. If you feel a bit time-strapped, but you would like to see as much of Sarajevo as you can in a short time, this is an option for you.
If you are interested in organized day tours to explore more of Bosnia, the hostel can plan them for you. They offer trips to Travnik, Mostar, Visoko Pyramids, Srebrenica and other places. You only have to find enough people to go with you. If you have limited time in Bosnia or if you prefer someone to get the logistics done for you, this is a perfect option. It’s actually quite affordable, too.
BALKAN HAN is a perfect base to explore Sarajevo. It’s centrally located, run by extremely hospitable and knowledgeable people, it’s neat and extremely clean, it has all the necessary facilities and the design is totally cool. Try it out, stay there while traveling in the Balkans.
I’ve partnered with Hostel BALKAN HAN Sarajevo on my trip to Sarajevo. As always, all opinions are mine.