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“Rooms OK size but very basic - staff and location superb”
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Hostel Posillipo
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Hostel Posillipo
Ranked #42 of 69 Hotels in Sarajevo
Reviewed 17 February 2013 via mobile

My visit to Sarajevo last year (June 2012) was made all the more pleasant by Saleem and his son Skender, who gave me an insight into Bosnia I couldn't have had otherwise.

As concerns the accommodation, I have to be honest and say it was very basic. Everything worked etc but the beds were budget, the bathroom equally so. But then again it was serviceable and I was staying in the centre of Sarajevo for 23 Euros a night, shared with my mate, so what do you expect, right?

A word of warning, try and get a metered cab. The tram line near our hostel was being relaid during our time there, giving the cabbie the obvious chance to take the long way around. Our return journey to the train station was half the price. Perhaps the tram line is rebuilt now, suggest you take that if so.

Saleem (an ex-servicemen in the Bosnian army) took us to Srebrenica to visit the site of the 1995 atrocities and during the drive told us of the history of the conflict and his own personal story, which I found amazing in his ability to remain so positive, and his friends restaurant about 15m from the hostel is a definite recommended for delicious Bosnian food.

Sometimes when you stay somewhere,its the staff that make it, more than the accomodation itself, definitely one of those places.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

you can enjoy in very good -but noisy- beds, but parking is not a parking! you will remain blocked a whole day for the car blocking your one. Last thing: if you want to make a shower. between 0.00 and 5.00 am... forget it. However if you don't have special pretencies this is the right place for you: cheap and in the very central sarajevo.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

On our 1 night stay in Sarajevo we felt safe and the room was large and mostly clean. Unfortunately, the cleaning service had forgotten to wipe the table which was full of crumbs. The rest of the room was very clean though. The bedsheets and sofa in the room seemed worn-out, but still ok. For a very large room with 5 beads and two sofas and enough space to host a large family, the price was very low. The hostel is very central in Sarajevo (which is not very large to begin with). A drawback are the matresses, whose springs are now imprinted in our backs.

In brief:
Good:
+Location
+Friendly staff
+Room size
+Value for money

Not so good:
-Not everything was cleaned thoroughly
-Smelled like smokers had used the room before us
-Matresses

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

(Travelled August 2010)
Don't stay here, unless you want to sleep in someones living room...

My friend and I had made a reservation but when we arrived, the man at reception said that the hostel was full, and took us into a house where a lady gave us a key to her living room. As we went up the stairs there was a girl asleep on a bed in the landing. The living room had a lock on the door, and she folded out her sofas for us to sleep on. My friend who is Croatian was trying to explain to the lady that this is not what we had booked, but she was insistent that it was fine and that we should pay at reception in the morning. The 'ensuite' in the living room was a bucket with a shower curtain. After about an hour of giggles and thinking that we were being punk'd (!!) we decided to stay as it was getting late and we didn't know where else to go - after all we had a lock on the door.

First thing in the morning we left (the girl on the landing had already gone!) and booked into somewhere else!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Lorrifloss
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

It's a bit hard to give a proper review as we didn't stay in the building pictured on the HostelBookers website. Apparently this is only the reception area and people are housed elsewhere in the city, in nameless buldings more or less close by. So, who or what is Posillipo?

Although we had a reservation the place was overbooked. We arrived at 11 o'clock in the evening and the reception was closed. Some other people were also waiting to get in. We called the owner but it took about 45 minutes for him to arrive. Then we found out there was no room in spite of our reservation. He then had to make quite a few calls to find us a place to stay for the night. Because of the film festival everything was fully booked. In the end he brought us to a hotel, which was more expensive but he covered the difference. The hotel itself was fine, with friendly staff and well situated. We wouldn't have minded staying there!

The next day we were brought to a location in the Old Town a few minutes away from the reception. We were given a room upstairs, adjoining the common room. The shared bathroom was downstairs and well equipped, Strangely enough the kitchen area did not have a kitchen. The room was rather small, likewise the bed which was a bit narrow for two people. For one night though, it's okay. One guest without accommodation was allowed to sleep over in the common room, but this wasn't a hassle.

All in all a mixed experience, I am sure there are other places that offer you a better deal, but then again there must be worse places too. Not recommended for couples, this a backpackers' place, depending we guess on where you end up staying.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

Just stayed the night out of season, didn't get to meet the friendly owner everyone speak of on other sites but the most happening area of Sarajevo is on your doorstep. Just beware the color coding on the shower control is opposite which gave me a nasty shock when I tried to turn the het up :)

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Thank jrlearmonth
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Reviewed 13 May 2009

this is the best location you can get outside the tramstop in the heart of bascarsija. walking distance to everything. bakery and convenience store steps away. next door is a restaurant that plays live folk music in the evenings though not too noisy as you can only hear from the alleyway outside and not in your room. in the distance you can hear faint church bells and mosque prayer calls. they upgraded me to a room with two single beds when i had just booked a single room. owner salim is very friendly and speaks good english. the other lady that works there fatima is nice but didnt speak english. she walked a good 20 mins in the rain with me to show me how to get to Vratnik which is exceptional customer service!! i would definately stay here again for the location, friendliness, and price. only downside is owner is not always onsite so nobody was there when i arrived or when i wanted to check out. i walked past the alley a few times before i figured out this is where the hostel was

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Hostel Posillipo

Address: Besarina Cikma No.5, Sarajevo 387, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Region: Bosnia and Herzegovina > Sarajevo Canton > Sarajevo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #42 of 69 Hotels in Sarajevo
Price Range: £10 - £17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Hostel Posillipo Sarajevo, Europe

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