Hostel Celica, Ljubljana

Posted July 31, 2013 by in Slovenia




Sleep Quality




Total Score

7.3/ 10

Price: From €20 to €30 per person per night.
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Great atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and lots of activities to join, combined with the convenient location close to the train station and Ljubljana's city center are the strong points of this hostel.


Although renovated, the rooms are still jail cells so don't expect a lot of space in your room. The lack of air conditioning on the upper levels make a summer stay an endurance test.

Overall we found Hostel Celica to be perfect for young travelers who want to explore Ljubljana’s underground culture and meet some new friends along the way.

by Alberto Molero
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Dating back to 1883, the Hostel Celica used to serve as a military prison for the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Yugoslav Federal Army after Yugoslavia was formed. It wasn’t until 1991 when Slovenia declared it’s independency that the building stopped working as a military establishment. After the war was over, it took years of struggle against the government’s reticence until the Metelkova Network managed to convert the building and its surroundings into an independent cultural hub.

With the help of more than 80 local and international artists, each of the 20 jail cells have been artistically renovated and reinvented and 8 bigger ensuite rooms have been included on the ground floor. On the building’s basement, two former solitary confinement cells have been left intact for visitors to enjoy.

Our room consisted of two single beds suspended close to the cell’s ceiling by a wooden structure that also served as a staircase and a small study table. Albeit small, the room was comfortable and well equipped. On the down side, the lack of air conditioning combined with the elevated position of the beds, made sleeping through the hot summer nights an almost unbearable experience. Fortunately, since all cells counted with a double door system (a regular door outside and prison-like steel-bars door on the inside), we opted to leave the outer door open to let some much needed air in during nighttime.

The wide range of activities arranged by the hostel was also one of it’s strong points. During our stay, we got to enjoy one of the concerts that are frequently held in the backyard along with an art exhibition on the ground floor and one of the regular €5 all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner. Overall, we found Hostel Celica to be perfect for young travelers who want to explore Ljubljana’s underground culture and meet some new friends along the way.

In Hostel Celica every cell is an experience on itself

The corridor on the second floor

Our cell at Hostel Celica

Live music for a perfect night

Ground floor with the cafeteria

Chill out area on the ground floor where shishas and drinks can be enjoyed

The reception with a cell door on display

The hostel surroundings are a never ending display of urban art

Graffitis and sculptures are scattered everywhere

The colorful facade integrates perfectly in the visually stunning area

The backyard features several hammocks and chairs to relax and socialise

The food in the restaurant was one of the best we tried in Slovenia, specially the BBQ dinner

Unmistakable front entrance

The meditation room

The lounge area on the top floor offered yet another perfect spot to chill

Disclaimer: Our stay in Hostel Celica was sponsored, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

About the Author

Alberto Molero

Alberto Molero is the co-founder, photographer and designer of WildJunket. As an adventure junkie, he’s fed his adrenaline cravings with scuba-diving trips in Borneo, ice-climbing excursions in Iceland and hiking expeditions in Australia. When he’s not traveling the world, he dreams of living on the beach and going surfing all day.

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