City Walls Hostel

Svetog Simuna 15, Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Distance from city centre: 1.8km

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Rating: 71%from 3 reviews

  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 60%Staff
  • 80%Security
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 86%Location
  • 66%Value for money
  • 53%Facilities
One of Dubrovnik's best choices for budget accommodation in the Old Town, City Walls Hostel offers funky, clean, character rooms to the discerning traveler.


City Walls Hostel is located inside the heart of Dubrovnik's historical Old Town. Recommended by Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, In Your Pocket, and Rick Steve's, you'll find yourself just seconds away from a famous cliff-side bar and a short hop to a secret swimming hole where you can enjoy sunbathing and cliff-jumping in the clear blue Adriatic Sea. All restaurants, shops, and bars are easily accessible. And you will enjoy free internet and wi-fi access, book exchange, and common area.

City Walls Hostel offers free breakfast, internet and wi-fi access, basic kitchen facilities, a common area, en-suite bathrooms, book exchange, travel information, and secure lockers.

To help you prepare for your trip, we've put together some information about Dubrovnik.


If you can fit it into your schedule, give yourself at least a couple days to explore and enjoy one of the Med's most magnificent walled cities. That way you'll get to see how the town really lives and breathes.

The best time to visit is in the spring or early fall when the weather is generally sunny and there are less tourists about. But during peak season (June - September), the town gets more lively and you''ll have a great time.

City Walls Hostel's staff will be happy to give you some insider tips and help answer any of your questions when you arrive, but here are a few key activities, we'd recommend:


This is a must. You just have to time it right. Plan on doing the walk early in the morning or early evening so that you avoid the cruise ship traffic. Otherwise, you may find yourself sweating and doing something that feels more like waiting in a line at Disneyland.


A few meters from City Walls, there are two great cliffside bars where local youth also prove their mettle. You can go cliff-jumping into the clear blue Adriatic and then chill out on the rocks afterwards. If you have the time, you can also hop a small ferry from the Old Town Port to Lokrum island where the cliffs are a steeper and provide good photo opps to make your friends envious.

We arrange kayaking trips for all our guests. It's a great way to start the day and you'll get the chance to paddle around the Old Town and the nearby island of Lokrum where you'll find a secret cove and some of the clearest water you'll ever see. If you want to go deeper, local dive shops offer excursions for both inexperienced, amateur, and professional divers.


There are few physical reminders of the the siege that occurred in the early 90s. Although it doesn't seem like something to do on holiday, you'll gain a much greater appreciation of the city and its occupants when you get the chance to see, even briefly, how much it has gone through and changed. War Photo Limited is a well-run gallery and a valuable resource. There is a space dedicated to images of what occurred in the region but the rotating exhibitions of world-renowned photojournalists cover many different conflicts. During the hot summer days, it also offers a welcome respite from the heat and a good place to reflect. Definitely worth a visit.


For those looking to get in shape, you'll notice that Dubrovnik has a lot of stairs. However, if you really are into fitness, we've spent the winter sacrificing a few beer calories to find the best jogging routes.


People are usually surprised by the costs in Dubrovnik. You may find it to be more pricey than you planned on. Accommodation costs inside the Old Town can be quite expensive and there are plenty of ways to spend your money. However, like most places, with a little insider knowledge, you can stick to your budget if you avoid the tourist menus and one-off restaurants, hit up drink specials, and prepare your own picnic lunches.

When you arrive, we'll give you a list of the places where we eat - good food, fair prices. We also have a basic kitchen at the hostel so you'll be able to visit the nearby supermarket and open-air fruit and veg market and prepare your own meals. Beer in bars average about 25 KUNA (@ 3.5 EUR) so you may want to take advantage of our Happy Hour before heading out for the night. Otherwise, you can purchase 2 litre bottles in the store.

Hope you get a chance to visit us! Looking forward to your stay!

Please note the following:

.*Payment upon arrival during the peak season in the summer is 25 EURO + 1 EURO Tourist Tax per person per night. During the spring and fall, our reduced rate is 20 EURO + 1 EURO Tourist Tax. This is the adjusted Internet booking rate, taking into consideration the 10% deposit you have already paid online.

*'Double Bed Private' room shares a common entrance area with a four-bed dorm, cooking facilities, and bathroom. ncluding: free breakfast, common area, kitchen, travel info, movie nights, internet and wi-fi.

*'Basic Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom' and 'Basic Single Private Shared Bathroom' are located in a neighbor's private house. The rooms are basic and clean and located only several meters away from Fresh* Sheets and you are welcome to use and enjoy our facilities during your stay, including: free breakfast, common area, kitchen, travel info, movie nights, internet and wi-fi.
Prices are per person per night.

Availability & Rates

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • Air Conditioning
  • Board Games
  • Book Exchange
  • Free Breakfast
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Internet Access
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers
  • Microwave
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Reading Light
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Utensils
  • Wi-Fi

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Must-Read Hostel Info

This property has specific Terms & Conditions.

CITY TAX: 1 EUR/PERSON/NIGHT tourist tax is not included in the online booking price and is payable upon arrival.

Reception is open from 8AM - 10PM. If you plan to arrive after 10PM, please let the hostel know in advance via email

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Dubrovnik is a hilly town. There are stairs everywhere. The historical Old Town is completely pedestrian and not accessible by public vehicles. This is part of its charm but can also come as quite a shock. Be prepared.

To make your life easier, please print these step by step directions. Street names in the Old Town are not very useful and a lot of people aren't familiar with the names of smaller streets. Also, you may find it easier to travel with a backpack instead of dragging a suitcase over the cobbled streets, gravel courtyards, and up and down all those stairs.

If you arrive by automobile, the city recently completed a huge parking garage located @ 15 minute walk from the Old City gates. It is probably your best option and safer than parking on the street where the city police are renowned for ticketing and towing cars. When you drive into Dubrovnik, you can't miss it. There is a very very large sign. From the parking garage, take a bus or walk to the main gates. The instructions for finding the property from the main gate is listed below.

Passenger boats and buses arrive to the port of Gruz in Dubrovnik. The Old Town is a 10 to 20 minute drive away (depending on traffic). To get to the Old Town, you can either take a taxi (@80 KUNA) or ride the public bus (15 KUNA). If you buy your bus ticket from the newspaper kiosk, it is cheaper. Hop on either the 1A or 1B 'Pile Gate' bus. Once you get to the Old Town, enter through Pile Gate (main entrance).

Upon arrival, your cheapest option is to take an airport shuttle (@40 KUNA) which picks up passengers outside the arrival hall and drops you off just outside Pile Gate (main entrance to the Old Town). Airport taxis are available as well (@250 KUNA). The taxi line is next to the shuttle bus. If no taxis are available, you can request one from the information desk.

Once you have entered 'Pile Gate' (the main entrance to Dubrovnik's Old Town), it's about a ten minute walk to City Walls Hostel.
(1) Head straight down the main street 'Placa' (Stradun) towards the Clock Tower. One block before the Clock Tower, turn right (just after a large cafe called 'Cele' with alfresco seating). If you pass the statue of Orlando in front of St. Blaise's Church, you've gone too far. (@ 2-5 minutes)
(2) Walk straight. If you arrive in the morning, you will pass old ladies selling fruits and vegetables in Gundulic Square. The prices are more expensive than if you visit the Konzum supermarket just next to them but if you can make them smile, maybe worth it. During the evening, Gundulic Square is filled with dining tables. Continue past the square and up the rather daunting steps leading to the Jesuit Monastery. (@ 3 minutes)
(3) Once you have climbed the 'Spanish Steps', take a breather. To your right is the Jesuit Monastery. Completed in 1725, it houses the oldest bell in Dubrovnik (cast in 1355 by Vivencije and his son Viator). Next to the Church is the baroque building of the former Collegium of Dubrovnik. Caught your breath? :) Now walk left through the gravel courtyard until you see a wooden sign that reads 'Cold Drinks With Most Beautiful View'. (@ 30s)
(4) Turn right at the sign towards the cliff-side cafe bar 'Cold Drinks' (Buza). This will take you along a path and gradual steps that follow the outer sea wall. Once you see the next 'Cold Drinks' sign, you are almost at City Walls Hostel (@ 3 minutes).
(5) Continue walking straight past two small alleys. Look above and you will sea City Walls Hostel lamp with our logo! City Walls is the tall corner building located on your right-hand side. It is a four-story building . (@ 1 minute)

(6) Welcome to City Walls Hostel!!!

Looking forward to your stay!

Safe Journeys!
City Walls Hostel crew
Svetog Šimuna 15
Dubrovnik 20000

Located Near

Located in a quiet part of the town, but again close to Dubrovnik's night life (famous bars, restaurants, clubs).
Famous Buza Bar (Cold Drinks Bar) is only 10 seconds away. Perfect place for cliff jump, sunset and cold beer!

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