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Metelkova ulica 8, Ljubljana 1000 Slovenia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 01/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 01/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#10 of 256 in Ljubljana
HIPPEST HOSTEL #1 by Lonely Planet - situated in the centre of Ljubljana: train station - 5 min, Three bridges: 10 min walking distance - UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: Sleep in 20 artistically renovated former prison cells (a priceless work of art). - Artistically renovated former prison into a modern youth hostel - Food & beverage facilities - Cultural events, art gallery Surrender and spend a night behind bars - and have fun while you’re at it!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Shuttle bus service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Car hire
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
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Air conditioning
Electric kettle
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City view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Slovenian
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georgiafbrown wrote a review 20 June
London, United Kingdom45 contributions12 helpful votes
To start, we LOVE LOVE LOVED Ljubljana and Slovenia!!! By far the best destination on our 6 week, 9 country, 20 city trip! Definitely recommend 100%! The hostel was okay, staff helpful and nice. The room was clean, aircon good, beds comfy and the room/cell situation was really interesting. Showers and toilets always free but because the windows were open all the time in the bathroom there were loads of tiny dead flies which was annoying. Breakfast was good, nothing crazy but lots of options. Location was close to the station and a little walk from the centre. We had a good stay, apart from the terrible terrible band they had playing one night. Bar that, it was a good place to stay whilst exploring this amazing place.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled
Jen wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom26 contributions40 helpful votes
Property's Favourite Review
One of the best hostels I've ever been to! It had friendly staff, check in and out were easy, it was cheap, breakfast was included (and there was a huge variety of foods from eggs to toast and cereals, coffee and juice), it has good common areas and a fully equipped kitchen (albeit a bit small), a bar, and is in a great location - maximum 10-minute walk from the train/bus station and 10 15 minutes from the centre of town. They also provided towels and large lockers in the dorm rooms and had lamps and plug sockets for each bed. 100% recommend!!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Response from Linda Hribar, General Manager at Hostel Celica
Responded 7 May 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and such effective description of our services! :) We really appreciate the recommendation as well!
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Saf wrote a review May 2022
Ghent, Belgium6 contributions
The hostel is near a train station and just almost 10 min walk from the center of Ljubliana. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. The rooms were a bit small but very clean. The wi-fi was very good. The breakfast was okay. The only problem is that the hostel is in a not friendly neighborhood, other than that it is a good place to stay if you are on a budget in Ljubliana.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Response from Linda Hribar, General Manager at Hostel Celica
Responded 6 May 2022
Hi there, thank you for the nice words, we apprecite them! We can assure you that the neighbourhood of our hostel is competely safe. If you had any kind of safety concerns we would be happy if you would point them out while staying with us, but in the whole week nobody from your gruop mentioned a single concern. Thank you for understanding.
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Matt G wrote a review Mar 2022
Sydney, Australia384 contributions267 helpful votes
This was a really cool hostel. Clean, comfortable beds, friendly staff, free breakfast and a good location, within walking distance from the main railway station and the city centre. What more could you want?
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Date of stay: March 2022
Response from Tajda Persa, General Manager at Hostel Celica
Responded 29 Mar 2022
Hi Matt! Thank you so much for taking the time and giving us a feedback! We really appreciate them nice words, it only means we are doing a good job. Thank you!
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grandersg wrote a review July 2021
Stockholm, Sweden9 contributions
Look no further is you want to enjoy the funkiest hostel you will ever see. A renovated former prison, this beautiful spot is a dream come true. From the extremely helpful staff at check-in who helped us find vegan options, to the various relaxation spots around the property, everything was delightful. We rented a 4 bed room, and found the room clean and bright with comfortable beds. The 3 bed rooms are made in old jail cells and the shared bathrooms were extremely clean (we were nosey and peeked in). The location is a short walk to downtown and near the arts district. Highly recommend this little gem. Next time we will stay longer and enjoy the barbecue.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled
Chiara wrote a review Aug 2020
Brescia, Italy4 contributions2 helpful votes
Ive been there for 2 nights with a friend, we made a reservation in a 12 beds dorm but because of covid we got a 4 beds room for the same price. I was just so amazed about the hostel: free parking, free breakfast with a big buffet (which is not as usual in a hostel), cozy rooms and an old cell in the basemant to visit. The location was perfect: very close to the city centre (10 mins walking), located in a very cool neighborhood full of colorful graffitis and pubs (closed due to covid) and very good vibes. Receptionists and the guys working at the bar were also very cool!! 100000% recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled
HarriBelafonte wrote a review Aug 2020
9 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed five nights in the hostel in one of the family rooms on the 2nd floor with our own bathroom. The room was tiny (as the cells on the first floor) but sufficient for us. The room was cleaned every day which we have not experienced in hostels so far. Also the other facilities were very clean and modern. The staff was very kind and helpful! It takes you a ten minute walk to reach the city center of Ljubljana. The hostel is next to the Metelkova AKC so you hear music at night (on the weekend), but that's the trade-off for the interesting surrounding. The central train and bus station is five minutes away. Enough parking lots are available in front of the building. The other guests ranging from typical backpackers to families with small children. We enjoyed our stay and can recommend the hostel.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled
Sneha M wrote a review Jan 2020
10 contributions17 helpful votes
Hostel Celica is a former prison converted to a hostel. The rooms are former prison cells and each room has a different layout and decor. The staff here is extremely friendly and cooperative. My husband and I reached the hostel at 4:00 am as we had traveled from Vienna by bus, and our check-in time was 2:00 pm. While giving us a room so much earlier than the check-in time was not possible, the staff gave us pillows and blankets and advised us to sleep in their game room, which consisted of two cots. They said that they would make sure we were not disturbed and could rest there as long as we wanted. The room that we got was very pretty. My only complaint was that we had to climb a big ladder as our beds were on an elevated platform, which made going to the washroom every time extremely inconvenient. The cleanliness of the hostel was superb. The day we stayed in Celica was the day Game of Thrones series finale was to be premiered. The hostel played re-runs of all the episodes from season 8 before the premiere and held a big screening for the same. We joined other fellow travelers and ended up watching the episode in the common area. The next day, the receptionist guided us as to what places we should visit and the places we should eat, and was very warm and hospitable. Hostel Celica is one of the best stay experiences I have had on a budget trip(except for climbing the ladder part) and I would definitely stay here should I ever visit Ljubljana again.
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Date of stay: June 2019
2 Helpful votes
Response from Tajda P, Front Office Manager at Hostel Celica
Responded 16 Jan 2020
As said many times before, we are so very happy to read extensive reviews like this one. We are very happy to hear that you attended our Game of Thrones marathon and that you overall enjoyed staying in our hostel. We will definitely keep up the good work and we hope to see you again sometime in the future. Thank you!
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Jelena V wrote a review Dec 2019
13 contributions12 helpful votes
Thanks to the staff we had four unforgettable days in Ljubljana. The hostel is clean, the food perfect. Some rooms have a bathroom, some share a bathroom. Upstairs is the kitchenette. It is also suitable for families with children.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled
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FlowerGypsy85 wrote a review Dec 2019
Vancouver Island, Canada188 contributions106 helpful votes
Besides its perfect location (just 5 minutes away from the train station and city centre) this hostel offers great facilities that are pretty hard to beat. You're given free towels and lockers, there's a bar and restaurant downstairs where you can order food and cappuccinos, coffee, etc. in the morning, plus the whole vibe of the place is pretty cool (I was upstairs in the attic so it felt like I was sleeping in a wooden cabin) The beds were super comfy and the bathroom was soo clean and modern-looking. Overall I would definitely stay again - highly recommended!
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: try to get a room on the top floor
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Tajda P, Front Office Manager at Hostel Celica
Responded 13 Dec 2019
We are so very happy to hear that we had everything you were looking for, thank oyu for your kind words! Hope to see you again soon!
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USD 68 - USD 101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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SloveniaUpper Carniola RegionLjubljana
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hostel Celica
Which popular attractions are close to Hostel Celica?
Nearby attractions include Dragon Bridge (Zmajski Most) (0.5 km), Metelkova (0.04 km), and Slovenski Etnografski Muzej (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostel Celica?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Hostel Celica?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a stovetop.
What food & drink options are available at Hostel Celica?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hostel Celica?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hostel Celica?
Conveniently located restaurants include Das ist Valter, Sato Bento, and Saraj Restavracija.
Does Hostel Celica have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hostel Celica offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hostel Celica located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Ljubljana.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hostel Celica?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Slovenian.
Are there any historical sites close to Hostel Celica?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Plecnik House (1.9 km), Hauptmann House (1.0 km), and Miklosiceva Street (0.7 km).
Does Hostel Celica have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.