There are some hostels where you come away wishing you had found alternative accommodation. There are some hostels that leave you with a feeling of, ‘well, for basic accommodation, it wasn’t too bad.’
And then there’s the Boutique Hostel Forum in Zadar.
According to their website, the hostel is in the centre of Zadar’s Old Town. Actually, I don’t think it’s possible to get more central. I suppose I should have expected that, since Zadar’s Old Town is arranged around the Roman Forum which gives the hostel its name.
What I didn’t expect was to have this view from my dormitory window:
And yes, that is the sea between the trees.
As far as I could tell, all of the rooms were on the same side of the hostel, which meant that all of them must have had an equally fabulous view of the church, the forum, and down to the sea.
As if the view wasn’t enough, the hostel itself was comfortable, chic and very well kept. Bold design was everywhere, from the blue and white striped corridors, to the black and white bathrooms, to the contemporary light feel of the bedrooms.
And my new favourite thing in hostels: curtains or blinds aroudn the bed.
Ok, so they don’t keep out the noise, but the privacy they give is priceless. In the Boutique Hostel Forum, it was like having my own little room within the dorm.
Other plus points to the hostel?
- Free WiFi
- Breakfast left outside the dorm each morning in a little paper bag
- A comfortble lounge room
- Clean and well kitted out kitchen
- A quiet courtyard garden at the back of the hostel
- Friendly staff
This is definitely the best hostel I’ve ever stayed in – and I can’t wait to find the hostel that’s going to beat it.