This is the most unique hostel I have stayed in... and Zero One is one of the most unique people I have met traveling. He is very dedicated to the place and the war is his life. He answers the door in full war garb, and as soon as you enter your senses are struck with everything war - newspaper clippings, graffiti resembling real graffiti from the war, bullet holes, helmets, guns.... It's the real deal. This family has done something brilliant which is realizing that they could turn the absolutely awful things they went through during the war into learning experiences for travelers to find out what really happened in Sarajevo twenty-something years ago. They do 5 different tours, all encompassing personal stories and experiences, which make the experience that much more educational when you can pick the brain of someone who went through it. Zero One is a beautiful person, one of the nicest I have encountered. He has been through a lot but keeps on keeping on. It's people like him that make traveling and meeting different people beautiful and help you learn more about yourself. When I was there all the guests were liek a big family and we all had pretty deep conversations on the regular about the war, human nature, culture.... so it's definitely a very engaging place, but like I said, when you are used to party hostels this is a fantastic place to come, learn, and use your brain for a change :P
Oh yes and the amenities are great, just what you would need from a hostel... you sleep under military blankets which are actually very warm and comfy, theres a little fridge and sink area, bathrooms are clean... decorations are cool too!
- 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