Every once in a while, I stay somewhere that’s so nice I feel like I discovered some secret place that (for some reason) isn’t shouted from the rooftops. Hostel Bongo is one of those places. If you are looking for accommodation in Belgrade, STAY HERE! This is one of the nicest hostels I’ve ever stayed at. Here is my full review!
Location: The location is excellent. The hostel is in a quiet courtyard directly off Terazije, which is one of the main streets in the city center. Both the train and bus stations are about a 15-minute walk away, and the main pedestrian street Knez Mihailova is less than 5 minutes away. I was able to walk everywhere in Belgrade, and the hostel was a perfect central point.
Room: My boyfriend and I stayed in a private double room for our 2-night stay. The bed was very comfortable, and there was plenty of space in the room for both of us to unpack. Even though we were in the basement, it didn’t feel like it at all. There were also tons of plugs in the room (including one right next to the bed), which was great for charging devices, and there were little reading lights next to the bed. Even though we arrived at 7:00am from the night train, we were able to check in to our room and take a quick shower and nap. (I also snuck a peek into a few of the dorm rooms. They looked pretty spacious, with wooden bed and bed bunk frames.)
Price: My private double room was 34€ per night (17€ per person per night). While this is might be towards the higher price range for hostel accommodation in Belgrade, I felt that what I received during my stay in a private room was an incredible value. While you can most definitely find cheaper rooms in Belgrade (particularly dorm rooms—starting price for a 6-bed mixed dorm at Hostel Bongo is 11€), I thought the price was 100% worth it for all the added bonuses of this hostel.
Bathrooms: Say it with me people: HEATED. FLOORS. In a HOSTEL. No, I’m not kidding. Bathrooms are one thing I can be super picky about, but I only have good things to say about the bathrooms here. The bathrooms are a mix of toilet/sink/shower, and toilet/sink and shower rooms. One of them (there might have been more) had heated floors!!! The bathrooms were cleaned several times during the day, were consistently well-stocked (so I never ran out of toilet paper) and can only be described as immaculate. The staff apologized for “how dirty” the bathrooms were when we got there—the bathrooms were literally spotless so I guess they have very high standards!
Staff: All of the staff members were incredibly friendly and welcoming! Everyone I met spoke fluent and flawless English, were only too happy to help me look up bus times or book a shuttle, and just in general made me feel at home. I rarely find hostel staff that really make an effort to get to know you, talk with you, ask what you did during the day, and make you feel so welcome. I was sent off with a hug and felt like I was leaving my own home!
Common areas: There is a nice common room with a TV, which is connected to the kitchen. The kitchen is well equipped and the fridge is available for guests to use. There was free tea and coffee in the kitchen as well. There’s a garden in the back with comfy couches and chairs, which was nice for just relaxing.
Amenities: The wifi worked perfectly throughout the entire hostel. They also have a laptop in the common room for guests to use. I got two different towels, which were free (but that might have been because I was in a private room). I had a huge load of laundry done (all of the clothes for both my boyfriend and I), which only cost 300 dinar (~USD$2.80)—the clothes were washed, dried, folded, and delivered to our room. And they accommodated my paranoia about hang-drying certain clothing items and made sure to only wash and not dry a few items! They also had luggage storage, and let me leave my bags there after check-out.
Security: The hostel uses keycard access to rooms, which made me feel very safe. There are (huge) lockers in the room that you can use for free, which have an electronic fob to open. The front door was locked at times when staff were away from the front desk, but I never had to wait long to get let in. Reception was open 24/7, so there was always a staff member there. Overall, the security here was excellent.
If you’re heading to Belgrade, I can only give the highest recommendation for Hostel Bongo! I’ve been trying to come up with something bad about it, and I literally can’t think of anything. I definitely know where I’ll be staying next time I’m in Belgrade!
You can check out Hostel Bongo’s website for more information and reservations here.
Have you ever stayed at a great hostel? Let me know your suggestions!
I was not compensated in any way by this hostel—my opinions are always my own.