Croatia is killing it these days. There are so many backpacker hotspots there right now, that the topic of Croatia always seems to be coming up!

Hvar, Croatia is one of those hotspots.

Hvar is an island located in the Adriatic Sea. The island itself is quite picturesque and features 13th-century walls, an epic hilltop fort and a main square dominated by the grand Hvar cathedral. Plus the surrounding waters and beaches are absolutely beautiful…

More and more backpacker hostels are sprouting up in Hvar. The island is home to some truly magnificent hostels, and others—well—of dubious quality.

That is exactly why I wrote this guide to the 10 best hostels in Hvar for 2020.

This hostel guide unlocks all of the islands best-kept backpacker secrets.

Where you stay matters and I want you to have an awesome experience backpacking this special Croatian island.

Whether you are in the mood for the best party hostel in Hvar, the best hostel for couples, or just the cheapest damn bed in town, this list has got you covered.

I group each hostel by category so that finding the right place for yourself is quick and straightforward.

Let’s get right to it…

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Hvar

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Welcome to my no-stress guide to the best hostels in Hvar, Croatia 2020!

The 10 Best Hostels in Hvar

Overall Best Hostel in Hvar – Green Lizard Hostel

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Green Lizard Hostel has got the hostel thing dialed in. Clean rooms, chill but party-ready atmosphere, and a solid location all come together to make this place the best hostel in Hvar.
  • $
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • Air Conditioning
  • No Curfew

Ok, so this chilled AF hostel is deffo our pick for the overall best place in Hvar to stay. Why? Well, whilst it is chill, this is perfectly balanced with a dose of party so that it’s not too laid-back to even have fun. There’s an outdoor terrace with a sick sea view, complete with hammocks and bean bags in shady spots for daytime relaxing. The dorms are simple and clean; some of the private rooms have balconies. Like, it’s pretty luxurious for a hostel. It’s also easily the best hostel in Hvar 2020 since it’s just out of town (quiet at night), the staff are ultra friendly, it’s comfy and most importantly: it’s cheap. Top marks.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Hvar – Hostel Villa Skansi

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There seems to be someone always down to hang out here at Hostel Villa Skansi. Luckily the spacious common areas are conducive to just that, making it the best hostel for solo-travelers in Hvar.
  • $
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Pub Crawl

The magic combination of fun and chill continues with Hostel Villa Skansi, the best hostel for solo travellers in Hvar. Not only are the common areas – consisting of indoors and super nice outside terrace area – conducive to meeting people and chatting, but the staff are basically the ones that create this good vibe, you know? They’re always super happy and friendly and will do their best to make sure you’re enjoying your stay in Hvar. Oh, and there’s a pub crawl. Nightly. It’s pretty magic – probs the best pub crawl EVER (seriously) and a great way to make friends. Also is unfathomably clean – especially for a hostel.

Best Cheap Hostel in Hvar #1 – Dink’s Place

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If you are looking for the cheapest hostel with still plenty of quality, Dink’s Place is for you: the best cheap hostel in Hvar.
  • $
  • No Curfew
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Bicycle Hire

Definitely one of the cheapest hostels, if not THE cheapest, in Hvar. And, yeah, sure a place can be cheap – but is it good? Well, yeah, this one is. It’s the best cheap hostel in Hvar, that’s what it is. There’s an awesome outdoor common area, which is something of a theme with a Hvar backpackers hostel; the staff are friendly; there’s a pub crawl which is pretty decent (there’s actually a P good party atmosphere going on here), and it’s very clean. All good grounding for a top hostel in Hvar. The only thing we can’t work out is who the hell Dink is.

Best Cheap Hostel in Hvar #2 – Hostel Villa Zorana

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Hostel Villa Zorana is another one of the best cheap hostels in Hvar for those looking for a clean, simple place to crash.
  • $
  • Scooter Hire
  • Towels Included
  • Outdoor Terrace

Charming! Friendly! Clean! (Cheap!) I mean, these three words basically sum up what it means to be a top hostel in Hvar – well, in ANYWHERE, really, let’s be honest. Villa Zorana is a Hvar backpackers hostel that’s located in a quiet area, so the hostel itself has a super chill vibe in the end – if you’re looking for a party, here ain’t it. If you’re looking for a chilled place to come back to (yeah it’s a lil’ walk outta town too…) after exploring, eating, drinking, beaching, then this is the place. The staff give very very good ideas on what to do with your time in Hvar, too – we’re talking resto recommendations, bars, sights to see, et cetera.

Best Cheap Hostel in Hvar #3 – Luka’s Lodge

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Not as inexpensive as the first two places on my best cheap hostels in Hvar list, though another great budget choice.
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Towels Included
  • Bicycle Hire

Croatia can be expensive so why not save a buck on hostels?

Super clean and super cute, this is Luka’s Lodge, a Hvar backpackers hostel that’s actually one of the longest running in town. The owner thankfully is actually called Luka and he’s a born-and-bred Hvar…ian. Hvarian? Let’s go with it. Anyway, Luka has some top tips for what to do in the area, so that’s always great – a bit of insider knowledge goes a long way to make a trip really, really cool. This hotly recommended hostel in Hvar also has an amazing community vibe, a good drinking scene (no pressure to join though), and – AND – there’s a free breakfast! Crepes! CREPES!

Best Hostel for Couples in Hvar – Guesthouse Dvoshko

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All of the vibes of a hostel but none of the dorms make Guesthouse Dvoshko the best hostel for couples in Hvar.
  • $$$
  • Scooter Hire
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Outdoor Terrace

This place is basically built for couples and people that hate dorms because – despite being called a guesthouse – it features very nice common areas (inside and out) and shared bathrooms. Like, that is pretty much a hostel in our books. That’s why we’re saying it’s the best hostel for couples in Hvar. Well, actually it’s not ONLY because it’s a dorm-less hostel. It’s more so because the private rooms here are immense, very couple-oriented in that they’re super stylish and comfy – actually nice and memorable surroundings. Scooter hire is great for adventurous couples who wanna zip off around Hvar Island for an explore.

Best Party Hostel in Hvar – The Shaka

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Looking to get down? The Shaka is here to meet that need: The Shaka is the best party hostel in Hvar. Certainly bound to be a good time.
  • $$
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Outdoor Terrace

If partying is something that you’re interested in then you should probably make staying at a hostel that calls itself ‘The Shaka’ a vested interest of yours. But actually this is the best party hostel in Hvar, and that’s not just because of the name. It’s a very fun, very social hostel, the staff are open and friendly and everyone staying here seems up for a good time. The dorms are somewhat compact at this recommended hostel in Hvar, but everything’s clean and simply (yet tastefully) done decor-wise. Plus the terrace – and the vibe – MORE than makes up for anything bad.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Hvar – The White Rabbit Hostel

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This brand new hostel features fast WiFi and a decent common space to work: The White Rabbit Hostel is the best hostel for digital nomads in Hvar.
  • $$$
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Hot Showers

At the rather expensive end of the price range of Hvar hostels, in general, sits this one: The White Rabbit. It IS brand new to be fair, like all newly renovated, and everything’s very clean and white. Yes, it’s very white actually. That may be the tenuous link to the name. But anyway this top hostel in Hvar is, yes, new, with bright and spacious rooms, air-con, some decent places to sit and work inside (and definitely outside), and a lively summer bar for your drinking needs. What also makes this the best hostel for digital nomads is the very high-speed WiFi, which is basically essential and we LOVE fast WiFi. LOVE IT.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Hvar – Youth Hostel Villa Marija

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Looking for some peace and rest away from the backpacker hordes? Youth Hostel Villa Marija is the best hostel with a private room in Hvar.
  • $$
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Cafe

Add together a some well decked out private rooms, a great social scene, a very very acceptable outdoor terrace complete with (small) pool, friendly staff, a super social atmosphere, and you have yourself the best hostel with a private room in Hvar. It’s a little more pricey than other hostels, and the location is somewhat up a hill out of town (slightly), but really that doesn’t really do anything to deter us from REALLY LIKING this youth hostel in Hvar. When we say well decked out privates BTW we mean stylish, cool colour schemes, parquet floor, all that jazz.

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More Best Hostels in Hvar

Helvetica Hostel

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Helvetica Hostel is another solid place smack dab in the middle of old town.
  • $$
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Air Conditioning
  • That Location Tho

It may well be named after a font favoured by hipsters, but this is a super nice hostel with an even more super location. You could say killer location since this budget hostel in Hvar is located down a lovely little backstreet in Old Town near the city’s top sites, which as an area is immensely pretty, what can we say. Particularly the view from the terrace of this top hostel in Hvar is stunning AF – all the old terracotta roofs, tasty cafes, and the whitewashed walls against the turquoise glitter of the sea, I mean… GAHHH! It’s almost too beautiful, do you know what I mean? The owner is also V helpful.

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What to Pack for your Hvar Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Universal Adapter

1. Universal Travel Adapter: This universal travel adapter charges your devices in (pretty much) every country – definitely a lifesaver when travelling around the world. The plug also regulates the power output depending on which device you’re charging. No more fried hair dryers or electric razors!

Active Roots Water Bottle

2. Active Roots Water Bottle: Hostels are increasingly meeting backpackers’ demands for potable (drinkable) water. Now is better than ever to start traveling with a reusable water bottle! Aside from cutting down single-use plastic, The Active Roots stainless steel water bottle will also keep your favorite beverage hot or cold all day long and it’s sized perfectly to fit an entire bottle of wine. ‘Nuff said.

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3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Your toothpaste is lost in the depths of your backpack again? You won’t have this problem with the Active Roots Toiletry bag. The bag is made from a durable, water-resistant material, which can be a lifesaver on long travels. Super cool bonus: for every purchase, the company donates to an environmentally-friendly charity – it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Travel Pillow

4. TRTL Travel Pillow: Nothing is worse than a sleep-deprived and grumpy backpacker. Do yourself a favour and get some decent rest with this comfortable TRTL travel pillow. The ergonomic design (fancy!) makes it possible to sleep upright, which can be a real struggle with normal neck pillows. Having this cool pillow makes long bus rides or flights way more enjoyable – and who knows, maybe you’ll even be looking forward to it next time. If so, leave those guys a good review.

Playing Cards

5. Playing Cards: These waterproof cards are essential kit for every backpacker. Play by the pool, beach or at your hostel after a long day with travel buds, without your cards breaking or getting soaked. And once you pull out those cards, the chance that you’ll be the hero of the night is pretty high (no promises though).

Travel Pocket Soaps

6. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: Soap can be very useful on long travels, but it’s hard to carry around. It might get taken off you at the airport or leak in your backpack. This Sea to Summit Travel Soap is the perfect solution for every backpacker with a thought for hygiene. The dry soap is super handy, and it definitely won’t leak (there’s nothing to leak). One box contains 50 leaves of soap, making sure that you’ll be clean, even on longer adventures.

Why you should travel to Hvar

That’s all I got my friends: you have reached the final chapter of my 10 best hostels in Hvar 2020 list.

You might have gathered that Hvar is a pretty happening spot right now. With so many hostels opening their doors, I wanted to make sure you were hip to only the very best hostels in Hvar.

After reading my hostel guide, you are now in the know for all of the islands best kept accommodation secrets.

A trip to Hvar is bound to be one hell of a good time. With the help of this list you are now in the perfect position to book the right place for yourself.

Don’t settle for a less than awesome hostel! Unfortunately some do exist here in Hvar, but no matter. Those places aren’t in your destiny.

The keys to all of the best hostels in Hvar now sit before you. You just need to make the hostel choice that works for you.

Sill on the fence about where to book? Feeling conflicted? In times like these, I typically recommend that you just book my top overall pick for best hostel in Hvar: Green Lizard Hostel. Good luck and happy travels.

Going on an extended Croatia backpacking adventure? Check out this awesome post on the best hostels in Croatia.

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Green Lizard Hostel has got the hostel thing dialed in. Clean rooms, chill but party-ready atmosphere, and a solid location all come together to make this place the best hostel in Hvar.

Travel Safety Tips for Hvar

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More Epic Hostels in Croatia

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Hvar.

Planning an epic trip all across Croatia? Be sure to check out our comprehensive where to stay guide for Croatia!

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Hvar has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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