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War Hostel
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

Any vist to this wonderful city should include at least one night here. Owned by a family who were involved in the war in the 1990s, the have recreated what was like during that horrific time. No furniture as all that would have been burned to keep them warm. Mattresses on the floor and army blankets (clean sheets were provided!!). The walls were adorned with newspaper articles of the time. Fascinating stay included a war mock up when the host made and lit a candle from a cup of cooking oil and a she lace which is how they survived. A film night included a choice of documentary or feature film. The film is shown in an incredible room which I will not spoil by describing. Show an interest and the host all fascinate you!!!! Little bit fiddly to find but quite near main road and National Library.

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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2015

Must place to stay on your Sarajevo visit if you want to learn about war and history! Make sure you take siege tour and tour to frontline, both of them are definitely worth the money! I can guarantee you'll learn a lot and get new aspects to your previous knowledge. Arijan and Yasmin are very helpful and can answer basically to all of your questions!

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

Wonderful place! Arijan, the son, is a very hospitable and easygoing guy, and his father Yasman was also very thoughtful. Yasman took my friend and I on a really wonderful tour of the frontline, detailing his experiences during the war, and outlining a series of fighting positions and bunkers which saw much blood and conflict. The hostel itself is very clean, and small; there are only enough spaces for about eight guests in total.

Do note that the hostel isn't smack in the middle of everything, as it's a little further up the road from the National LIbrary. That's only about an extra five minute walk though, and the neighborhood is quite safe at night.

Stayed: September 2015
Thank Will T
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Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

This is one of the best hostel I stayed at. Arijan and his family made the all experience really worth. From Arijan dressing to the bathroom and wall decoration, all reminds you of the orrible times of the Siege of Sarajevo. The tours they offer are worth the money, as you can learn and understand more the history of this city. I can only say thank you for this amazing experience.

Stayed: September 2015, travelled with friends
Thank Marzetta
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

This is an excellent place to stay for those with an interest in learning about the infamous Siege of Sarajevo, and more broadly, the Yugoslavian wars. I like the themed decor, with newspaper clippings everywhere that were both informative and interesting. The basic facilities that any hostel should have are also present: comfy beds, clean bathrooms, a locker, fridge, and a small kitchen. In fact, the lockers are the best I've seen, with power sockets inside the locker allowing you to charge your devices while the locker is locked. Location-wise, it was easy to get to the hostel from the main bus station using the No. 1 tram (detailed instructions were provided on the Hostelworld page). The hostel is also situated within a very short walk from the Baščaršija.

The material aspects aside, the highlight of my stay was the owner, Arijan's siege "tour"—it was comprehensive, intimate and very sobering. Having had some background regarding the civil war in Bosnia, I must say that Arijan did a really good job with his explanation of the context surrounding the Siege of Sarajevo. He covered every conceivable detail to the extent that I hardly had any questions to ask at the end of the "tour". The addition of his personal experiences and reflections was a very apt conclusion to the entire experience too and it got me thinking about issues such as identities and our dangerous inclination to categorise people into "us" and "them".

I also took a tour by Arijan's father to the Olympic bob-sled tracks, where he showed us the front-lines of both sides and shared with us some of his wartime stories. This was a wonderful complement to Arijan's siege "tour" as we could see for ourselves first-hand some of the places where the fighting occurred, as well as witness how vulnerable Sarajevo was from the Chetniks' gun positions. The documentary we watched on one of the evenings I was there about the UN peacekeepers in Sarajevo was also a nice complement to the above two tours.

Overall, I must say that the War Hostel is far from your typical hostel; it probably shouldn't be considered a hostel at all. Rather, it is a thoroughly immersive experience centered around its theme: the Siege of Sarajevo. For those of you with even a cursory interest in what happened in the Balkans in the 1990s, a stay here will definitely prove rewarding. And if you're a history buff, look no further; this is hands-down the best place in Sarajevo to learn about the Siege first-hand from a warm and hospitable family who survived the horrors of the war.

I actually changed the date of my arrival into Sarajevo just so that I could get a place at this hostel and it was the best decision I made in my month-long journey through the western Balkans!

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled solo
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Address: Hrvatin 21, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Region: Bosnia and Herzegovina > Sarajevo Canton > Sarajevo
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Ranked #6 of 186 Speciality Lodging in Sarajevo
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the war conditions of Sarajevo and meet a family which survived the war in Sarajevo! The War Hostel is a historically accurate simulation of war torn Sarajevo, full with authentic war decorations and run by a family which survived the war in Sarajevo. ... more   less 

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