Zadar is a cute and beautiful city on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. It has the same looks and feels as Dubrovnik, but it’s less touristy!
We already published a guide about things to do Zadar, so go ahead and read that first!
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Where to stay in Zadar
If you only have a few days to spend in Zadar, we definitely recommend you to stay in the Old Town of Zadar. This way you’re close to all the interesting stuff happening during the day and at night.
On the other hand, you can also find some incredible hostels outside of the Old Town. Some of which are excellent for meeting other travelers and to really get a backpacker vibe.
We compiled this list with the best hostels in Zadar, many of which are located in Old Town Zadar and a few outside of the Old Town. In this list, you will surely find the Zadar Hostel of your dreams!
Best Hostels in Zadar Croatia
Hostels in Zadar Old Town
Boutique Hostel Forum Zadar – Best hostel in Zadar Old Town
Boutique Hostel Forum is located in the heart of the Old Town of Zadar near the Bell Tower. Location-wise, you couldn’t be in a better place than here. On top of that, travelers are raving about this beautiful and breezy boutique hostel in Zadar.
Everything you might need on your trip to Zadar is available in this hostel: laundry service, vending machines, a communal kitchen, and a relaxed backpacker vibe.
In the Boutique Forum Hostel, you can book beds in a dorm or get a private room. Depending on your choice, breakfast is included or not. Dorm beds are nicely organized in pod style for more privacy.
Downtown Boutique Hostel – Best Old Town hostel for couples
Also located in Zadar Old Town, the Downtown Boutique Hostel is almost a hotel, but with all the pros of a hostel! The place looks stylish and it’s sparkling clean.
Downtown Boutique Hostel Zadar offers a multitude of different types of private rooms, which makes it perfect for couples. Get a private room for the budget that suits you best.
Or get a dorm bed if your budget doesn’t allow a fancy private room. Dorm rooms are designed in pod style to ensure privacy and look super stylish!
Breakfast is included if you book a standard or superior private room, so you better book one of these if you’re looking for a private room. Because the breakfast is worth the few euro difference, plus you get a cooler room!
This hostel has a restaurant and a bar on-site.
Hostels in Zadar City (outside the Old Town)
Mellow Monkey Hostel – Best backpacker hostel
The Mellow Monkey hostel is one of the hostels that has been around for a long time. It’s not located in the Old Town and still gets some of the very best reviews all over the web. From this hostel, it’s a 20-minute walk to the Old Town of Zadar, but you can also get public transportation right in front of the hostel.
But it still has a wonderful location close to the beach and near the bus station!
There’s a communal kitchen where you can cook your own meals.
This hostel had a nice garden with a small swimming pool. In the basement, there’s a cool bar where music is played until midnight.
Mellow Monkey has everything you need to meet other travelers and socialize. You can either do that during one of the many activities they organize in the evening, like a BBQ night, movie nights, …
In this hostel, you can book a dorm bed or a private room, for a great affordable price!
Lazy Monkey Hostel – Best Zadar hostel to meet other travelers
After the huge success of the Mellow Monkey Hostel, the same owners opened a second hostel in the same area with the name Lazy Monkey Hostel! Also located on a 20-minute walk from the Old Town, this hostel is still located pretty well in a quiet area of Zadar, close to the beach and the bus station.
There’s a communal kitchen you can use and an on-site bar that turns the music off at midnight. Plus: you get free breakfast in this hostel!
This place is awesome to meet other travelers and backpackers really love the vibe in this hostel.
You can book a bed in a dorm room or get yourself a private room for affordable prices.
Hostel 4 You Zadar – Best Boutique hostel in Zadar City
Hostel 4 You is located in Zadar City, a 15-minute walk from the bridge that leads into the Old Town of Zadar. The hostel looks stylish and it has a common room, a game room, and a rooftop terrace with views over the ocean.
There’s also a communal kitchen you can use.
In this hostel, you can get breakfast for 7€. Dorm beds are quite cheap and you can also get a private room in this Zadar Hostel.
Found your dream Hostel in Zadar?
These are the 5 best hostels in Zadar, based on guest reviews on Hostelworld. Depending on your taste and wishes, your dream hostel may look different than it does for other travelers. That’s why we included a variety in options, from boutique hostels over design hostels in Zadar, all the way to the best backpacker hostels in Zadar.
Let us know which is your favorite hostel in Zadar! Or find more super cool places to stay!