The Ginger Monkey
The Ginger Monkey Hostel has been set up by a couple of backpackers in the beautiful village of Zdiar in the High Tatras Mountains of Slovakia. Our price includes everything, there are no other hidden costs, the breakfast and all day tea / coffee is included and we pay the local city tax. The Hostel is cosy, friendly and feels like a home away from home, it is quite small and so quite sociable. We have various dorms and a large shared kitchen and lounge. It is a traditional building with all the comforts you have come to expect.
Locally there are a plethora of activities, in the winter there is skiing / snowboarding within walking distance, ice hockey, trekking, caving, walking our dog 'Wally' and in the summer there is even more trekking, paint balling, cycling, climbing, skydiving and loads more. If this sounds too energetic you can simply chill out in the lounge, read a book or gaze at the mountains whilst drinking tea. We have restaurants and bars close by so you can get your Slovakian food and beer fix no problem, at a very reasonable price.
Continuing on from Poprad gives you loads of choices for destinations as you can catch a train directly to Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Kosice (and then Krakow), and Munich. We have traveled around these places and can offer information advice and timetables for any onward journeys.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Bicycle hire
- Bicycle parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Free Breakfast
- Common Room
- Free Internet Access
- Free Parking
- Free WiFi
- Hot Showers
- Internet Access
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Outdoor Terrace
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels Included
- Washing Machine
Cancellation PolicyThis 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.
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For almost all of your bus and train times you can use the website WWW.CP.SK. Our stop is called Zdiar Tatra.
FROM KRAKOW: first catch a bus from the main bus station to Zakopane. From here minibuses leave from directly opposite Zakopane bus station and go to the Polish/Slovak border Lysa Polana. The minibuses will be marked Polana Polencia or Morskie Oko. When you get to Lysa Polana cross the border (you'll see the bridge) by foot and catch the next bus heading towards Poprad. After about 20 minutes on this bus you will reach Zdiar.
When you see the first petrol station get off, walk back towards the petrol station and head for the church entrance. You will see us about 30 meters away.
ALTERNATIVELY: there is a Leo Express bus that leaves from both Krakow bus station and Krakow airport to Zdiar Strednica. This is a bus stop which is about a 50 minute walk down the village road to the Ginger Monkey. You could also take a public bus two stops to our nearest stop.You'll need to book the Leo Express bus in advance vie their website.
FROM VIENNA, BRATISLAVA or PRAGUE: first catch a train to Poprad-Tatry station.
FROM BUDAPEST: the easiest way to get to us is to take a train from Budapest-Keleti station to Košice. From Košice there are regular trains to Poprad-Tatry station.
There are also some bus services from Budapest Nepliget to Poprad. For this you'd have to change buses at Ruzomberok. Beware of the night bus as you'll be waiting around in Ruzomberok for the connecting bus for a few hours at night.
FROM POPRAD: catch a bus at the main bus station which is next to the train station. The service to Zdiar leaves from platform 5 and may be marked Zdiar, Lysa Polana or Tat. Javorina.
In Zdiar look for the road sign for the petrol station (500 meters) and get off at the next bus stop. Then walk to the petrol station and then to the church where you will find the hostel.