There are only 12 hostels in Croatia according the international hostel association. All of these hostels are members of Croatian youth hostel association.
At first sight it looks very modest number of hostels as the concept of quality budget accommodation that offers a comfortable night's sleep in a friendly atmosphere at an affordable price.
Luckily, privately run hostels have emerged in a large number almost every in Croatia, particularly in Zagreb, Zadar and Split.
Once hostel was considered as a gloomy place with a noisy dorm and only with a shared bathroom. But, not any longer. Hostels have revolutionized budget accommodation in Croatia.
During the last years a new wave of hostels have appeared in Croatia, with a new and modern concept. New hostels with a new design and style with vivid colors and modern architecture as a perfect fusion of Mediterranean climate and way of living.
Croatia hostels offer not only a place to rest but a place to socialize. The most of hostels offer a range of activities that they can organize for you, including walking tours, water rafting excursions, day trips to national parks and various local tourist attraction tours.
I assure you that Croatia's hostels are safe and clean places. The most hostels are backpackers friendly with helpful and polite owners, ready to provide all tourist service you might need.
The staff speak not only English but also Italian, Spanish and German. Some will provide you with maps and local guide brochures.
The average hostels prices are between € 15 to € 35 for night/person. Some hostels for additional € 3 offer a decent breakfast that helps cut down your food budget. Some of them offer even free coffee.
It's hard to say how many hostels are there in Croatia. Some unofficial dates speak about 800 hostels. You'll find hostels in the vibrant cities like Zagreb and Split, historical cities like Zadar, Pula and, of course, the beautiful Plitvice Lakes, in island towns (Hvar, Korcula, Krk) and cities like Dubrovnik.