5 reasons to stay in Boutique Hostel Forum, Zadar

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Have you ever stayed somewhere that you wished the world wouldn’t ever find out about? A secret stay that may not necessarily drip with luxury, but delights without compromising on comforts? Small boutique hostels and alternative stays have given travelers a strong reason to rejoice. And today, we want to rejoice over Boutique Hostel Forum, Zadar where we stayed during our road trip in Croatia.

1. Room for your car

Croatia’s coastal cities offer a vibrant mix of history, culture and gastronomic experiences and we had chosen to stay in Zadar for one night. Naturally, we wanted the convenience of staying inside the walled town in that short span of half a day and half a morning. When we found Boutique Hostel on luxury hostel lover Kash Bhattacharya’s feed, we were on the lookout for a stay with parking space, which is hard to come by in walled towns. Zadar is bustling with narrow lanes, heritage structures, restaurants, stores and tourists. Despite having a designated parking spot, it took us almost half an hour to park due to the limited accessibility for cars in the town. +1 to the hostel though, for managing to secure parking spots for their guests.

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2. Slasticarna Donat

A queue that stretches onto a square might seem daunting, but join right in if the storefront reads “Slasticarna”. This is Zadar’s best gelato and luckily for us, it was right next to the hostel. What’s not to love? Countless flavors and combinations awaited. We picked a lime flavor and almost considered getting back in line for another one.

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3.  Walking distance to the best of Zadar

Destroyed heavily during the Second World War, Zadar’s restorative projects occupy equal importance in the town’s physical and communal landscape as the heritage buildings. The Sea Organ, designed by Croatian architect Nikola Basic, is a set of tubes built under marble steps on the edge of the town, facing the sea. When the waves hit the shore, the tubes create a harmonious melody. In the evenings, locals and tourists gather on the steps for a glimpse of the fiery sunset. A few steps from the Sea Organ, is a neon lit installation called Greetings to the sun. Once the sun sets, crowds move from the Sea Organ to the installation, to walk over the multitude of colors.

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Nope, Hitchcock never lied about Zadar sunsets!
Nope, Hitchcock never lied about Zadar sunsets!

While all visitors to Zadar make it a point to visit Sea Organ & Greetings to the sun, not many manage to make it to Zadar’s local market. Though our arrival in this town was delayed due to an afternoon of heavy downpour, a stay with Boutique Hostel Forum Zadar helped us budget our limited time judiciously as all three locations were within walking distance.

Fresh produce which we happily stocked upon
Fresh produce which we happily stocked upon
Pag cheese
We found the famous Pag cheese 🙂

4. The Lux Room

When we stepped inside our room in Boutique Hostel, for a moment we were astonished at its minimalistic appearance. A dark ceiling and end to end glass walls – I thought such rooms exist only on Pinterest! Slowly, we examined the walls to discover the room’s smart use of space. There was storage for additional bedding, luggage, utensils, and literally a mini kitchen hiding behind those walls. But our favorite aspect was probably the white, high bed. Take a look 🙂

We’ve had a streak of good luck with hostel breakfasts in the past, and the run continues with this one. I was especially impressed by the array of dry fruits and healthy choices available.

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5. The view

Don’t get me wrong. Our room was splendid, but when we saw Zadar’s Bell Tower from our third floor window, we were sold. We couldn’t have asked for a better mix of modern living and traditional sights. Having the sun shine through the large windows and waking up to views of orange tiled roof tops and medieval architecture was the ideal way to spend our short time in Zadar.

Stayed in a hostel that matches up to this one? Share your secret!


We collaborated with Boutique Hostel Forum by reaching out to them. The views expressed in this post though are entirely our own. 

 

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As a kid, Supriya had to be brought back to reality from her daydreaming excursions. A digital marketer by profession, she enjoys reading, writing and photography. Her wanderlust list changes each week, but she's strongly eyeing countries in South America and the Middle East as destinations for her journeys :)

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    Mike Cotton
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    Lovely post, really like the photographs. I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Croatia or any other part of the Balkans, but it’s certainly on the list.

    • Supriya
      Supriya
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      The Balkans were surprisingly affordable and stunning Mike! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a chance to visit that region sometime soon.

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    knycx.journeying
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    Croatia is a beautiful country especially with its close proximity to the sea. I could imagine how nice and refreshing it would be waking up in the hotel and enjoy the glorious view of the orange roof-top houses and the ocean. Thanks for sharing and nice photos! @ knycx.journeying
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    • Supriya
      Supriya
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      The sea is gorgeous, and the sunsets too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    mark wyld
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    Wow looks like an amazing place to stay. I have heard nothing but great things about Zadar from people who have been there. I bet the sunset and the music would make an amazing evening. The rooms look big and spacious

    • Supriya
      Supriya
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      The room indeed was very spacious. We were amazed at the smart use of the space, especially in a location which is most sought after in Zadar. The morning views will stay with us for a long time 🙂 . Hope you guys can make it there soon!

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    Sumti
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    Nice Photos. Zadar is really a beautiful place. I went there last year and enjoyed a lot 🙂

    • Supriya
      Supriya
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      Glad to know that Sumti. What did you guys liked the most in Zadar? (I know that’s a difficult question, lol)

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    Vedante | The Lavish Nomad
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    Ohw ow the views from your room is stunning. I’ve been reading about luxury hostels quite a bit now and I can’t wait to try one out myself.
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    • Supriya
      Supriya
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      Yes Vedante, we’re big fans of these luxury hostels especially in EU region. Previous ones we stayed and also blogged about were in Porto and Reykjavik. Go for it, you would be delighted to an unimaginable extent!!

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