Where to stay in Croatia on a budget

updated 9/20/2021
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Where to stay in Croatia on a budget? Does Croatia even do cheap sleeps? They're certainly hard to find in summer. But plenty places still give a fair deal. Look out for family-run pensions, backpacker hostels, and B&Bs.

We found quite a few places which offer something unusual. And not one wants to empty your bank account. Here's where to stay in Croatia on a budget. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Croatia, your essential guide for visiting Croatia.

4City Windows, new generation Zagreb B&B

Zagreb was once a B&B wasteland. But that's changing. For proof see 4CityWindows in the city centre.

  • Beautiful converted flat in centre of Zagreb.
  • Bright kitchen-common room.
  • Decorated with contemporary Croatian pop-art.
  • Small, cute rooms, imaginatively themed.

Planning a trip to Zagreb? Try a hop on, hop off bus tour of the city.

4City Windows, imaginative budget B&B in ZagrebPhotograph courtesy of 4City Windows

Art Hotel Like, a Croatia holiday base in central Zagreb

Is it a hostel? Is it a hotel? Or is it Art Hotel Like?

  • Range of individually designed rooms.
  • All rooms have aircon, free WIFI, LCD TV.
  • Hotel café serves breakfast.
  • Close to central Ban Jelacic Square.

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St. Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia © 9MOT/Shutterstock

Vienna Apartments, cutest urban B&B in Osijek

Urban B&Bs don’t come cuter than Vienna Apartments in Osijek centre.

  • Small and friendly, courtyard setting.
  • Thoughtfully designed rooms.
  • All rooms have mini-bar, kettle and flat-screen TV.
  • Modern, private bathrooms.
  • Just off Osijek's main café-strip.

Osijek main square fountain and cathedral view © xbrchx/Shutterstock

Hostel Pipištrelo, good value on Pula seafront

The Istrian peninsula once lagged in the hostel stakes. Now Pipištrelo is raising the game in Pula.

  • Imaginatively designed and colourfully decorated.
  • Family rooms available.
  • Small communal kitchen.
  • Communal living area.
  • Free WIFI throughout.
  • Close to seafront in Pula.

Pula's amphitheater © Shutterstock

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Boutique Hostel Forum, Zadar Adriatic chic on a budget

Zadar has a reputation for 21st century Adriatic chic. Boutique Hostel Forum fits with that perfectly. It was designed by the team responsible for Split's Goli & Bosi Guesthouse.

  • Bold, contemporary interior design.
  • Mix of dorm rooms and standard doubles.
  • Free WIFI.
  • Fully equipped communal kitchen.
  • Heart of Zadar, great sea and city views.

Planning a Croatia holiday in Zadar? Add a boat tour of Kornati National Park into your trip.

Zadar in Croatia © Shutterstock

Villa Varoš, charming guesthouse in historic Split

Split's popularity has just grown and grown. And the number of hostels and apartments has grown alongside. But Villa Varoš remains a longstanding favourite.

  • Charming and cosy guesthouse.
  • Set in lovingly renovated stone villa.
  • Aircon, garden, terrace, free WIFI.
  • Close to Diocletian's Palace.
  • Edge of the Kasbah-like Varoš quarter.

Get all the ancient gossip on a guided walking tour of Diocletian's Palace in Split.

Karmen is where to stay in Dubrovnik Croatia Photo courtesy of Karmen, Dubrovnik

Karmen is where to stay in Dubrovnik on a budget

Accommodation prices in Dubrovnik can be extortionate. But the likes of Karmen still work a budget Croatia holiday.

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  • Apartments in old stone house.
  • Cosy and homely design.
  • Lots of books, prints, old photographs.
  • Owned by an English-born Dubrovčanin.
  • Close to city walls and beaches.

Banje beach in Dubrovnik © Shutterstock

Fresh* Sheets, heart of the city hostel in Dubrovnik

Fresh* Sheets has a superb location. It's right in the heart of Dubrovnik Old Town.

  • Fresh, bright rooms with big windows.
  • Rooms with views of Dubrovnik Cathedral.
  • Family rooms available.
  • Free WIFI, aircon, tea/coffee making facilities.
  • Easy stroll to historic Dubrovnik sites.

Ready for a trip to Croatia? Check out the snapshot Rough Guide to Croatia. Read more about the best time to go to Croatia, the best places to visit and best things to do in Croatia. For inspiration use the Croatia Itineraries from The Rough Guide to Croatia and our local travel experts. A bit more hands on, learn about getting there, getting around the country and where to stay once you are there. And don't forget to buy travel insurance before you go.

Red roofs of Dubrovnik © Shutterstock

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