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Lion Pansion - Hostel
Ranked #52 of 195 Speciality Lodging in Sarajevo
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Lion Pansion was one of the best hostel experiences I've ever had, in any country. The place itself is beautiful and cozily furnished; the bathrooms were extremely clean; and the location was right in the middle of the old part of Sarajevo. But most of all, the staff were incredibly warm, nice, and accommodating; when I accidentally left something behind, they even arranged for it to be sent to me in the US! Gina and Monela will help you find your way around Sarajevo if it's your first time there. They are simply wonderful hosts.

Room Tip: The largest room with a private bathroom is on the ground floor next to a bar, so the noise there ca...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

The only good thing we can say about Lion Pansion is that it's very good located, i.e. in the Sarajevo old town, although this has also its minus - constant noise. The hostel has only one "room" with private bathroom that's why we have chosen this one. It turned out it was more like a annexe to the main building, with a very small window, located in a passage between a coffee shop and billiards place. The room was extremely small, the bathroom too. There is no closet, so you have to put your thing on the floor - note that in this room the bed takes almost all free space. There is also no shelf in the bathroom, even no hanger for towels. There was no AC (though the owner claims the hostel is air conditioned) in the room, only a noisy fan, which doesn't help much in a hot summer day. So it was hot and humid day and night. Additionally next to the door there was something like a glass wall through which you could hear people sitting at the table in the front of the hostel and smell cigarettes smoked by them. The staff was extremely unprofessional and unwilling to help, although they could speak quit many languages. The price is surely too high compared to million other places we visited in the past. Probably you pay for the location, not the service in the hostel. Additionally, if you come with a car, you have to pray for a place at a parking lot, where you pay 20 KM per day (very crowded place, full of cars), which is a discount (because you're staying in Lion). We do not recommend staying in this hotel. Although we liked Sarajevo very much, we would surely choose another place, if we decided to visit B&H again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Had an amazing stay here! Was travelling with a friend and stayed in the big dorm. Very cosy room, clean and a good location. Many thanks to Gina for all here help, info and company! She made our stay in Sarajevo even more worthwile. If you go to Sarajevo definitely go here!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Nicolas M
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

I have stayed in Sarajevo several times and have brought groups to the city, and each time I have used, and would recommend, the Pansion Lion. The main reason they are so excellent is the quality of the staff - they are some of the most helpful and kind I have experienced staying in any city and their English is excellent. More than once they have assisted me in sorting out tricky logistical issues for a group - including getting advance booking documentation for a visa issue before we arrived - at much hassle to themselves.

The second reason why they get my highest review is that the hostel is designed to be quiet and pleasant - all the rooms are lovely and they make a real effort to keep the place spotlessly clean. Unfortunately in recent times the 'quiet' part of the hostel is disrupted by the music played by other businesses in the square, but I sincerely hope that this does not put off any visitors as the comfort is worth it. Of course, the location is also a great benefit as you are right in the centre of Baščaršija

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

I stayed in Lion Pansion for a few nights in May and felt immediately at home in this cosy little hostel. Supernice owner, great location right in the charshiya and superclose to everything - wonderful experience, and a great value for money, too! Thank you!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

I was in Sarajevo more than 10 times in last ten years and I stay 9 times at Pandion Lion!

Small butiq private owned pension with great location at Bascatsija, garage for the car, clean and safe rooms, fair priced with great atmpsphere!

From here you have everything near!

Manager Biljana is very kind and helpful person!


Feel loke my home in Sarajevo!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

The people who run the hostel are great, so helpful and genuine. Went out of their way several times.
Location is perfect, it's in the old Turkish town and easy easy walking distance for great nightlife/views up the hill/brewery/Latin bridge etc.
very nice stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank Cobbledstreet
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Address: Bravadziluk 30, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Region: Bosnia and Herzegovina > Sarajevo Canton > Sarajevo
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #52 of 195 Speciality Lodging in Sarajevo
Price Range: £15 - £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hostel "Pansion Lion", a modern boutique hostel, perfectly located in the Old Town of Sarajevo. It's Close to the National Library "Vijecnica", The Cathedral, Gazi-Husref Bey's Mosque and the famous shops and buildings built in Oriental & Austro-Hungarian style. Hostel "Pansion Lion" offers unique elegance with the luxury of a hotel that is convenient for both business, vacation and backpack travelers, alike. This family owned and operated pension offers single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, four person rooms and even a dormitory style room that sleeps up to ten. All rooms are clean & bright with colorful decor unique to each and are equipped with linens & towels along with satellite television. The friendly staff are willing to help you enjoy your time here and speak numerous languages. There is even laundry service available onsite for your convenience. The reception is open and under video surveillance 24 hours a day. More than just a hostel, Hostel "Pansion Lion" is a place where you can relax, forget your worries and enjoy the comforts and luxury that you could not expect in an ordinary hostel. Come and experience Sarajevo in the comfort of Hostel "Pansion Lion". We look forward to your visit. - The Lion Staff ... more   less 
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