Housed under the roof of Slovenia’s legendary jazz pub, Sax Pub, that is the second home of music lovers from all walks of life, Sax Hostel is rated the 6th among top jazz clubs in Europe. The hostel has also recently been featured in a TV show about tourism called ‘Life is Elsewhere,’ about Slovenia. Here are six reasons why I enjoyed my recent stay at Sax Hostel in Ljubljana.
It is not only a hostel, but also a jazz pub
As you walk from the central station through Ljubljana’s city centre along the Ljubljanica River towards Eipprova Street, it is not hard to recognize the eye-catching Sax Pub with its lively and bustling atmosphere. Locals and international guests sit outside pubs, have a chat and enjoy their drinks while listening to excellent jazz music. On Thursdays, there’s live music in the pub that attracts music lovers from all over the hip city of Ljubljana. You can check their website for featured music concerts or grab the brochure at the reception desk to follow local events in the city.
The musically inspired interior design is a highlight
The hostel is decorated with colourful murals inside and out. Bright furniture, graffiti artworks and vinyl records hanging on the wall create a great design inside the building. Another of my favourite features of Sax Hostel was their bathroom, equipped with excellent facilities, automatic lights, a heater during your bath and lots of space.
Dorm beds are clean and organized
Dorms and double rooms are named after blues and jazz greats. All rooms are equipped with power-outlets and reading lights. Each guest is given a personal key for the building and a locker to store your valuable belongings. Towels and linens are provided for free during check-in, but remember to leave them in the laundry baskets when checking out.
The location and green surrounding is excellent
It takes not longer than 15 minutes to walk from the hostel to Ljubljana’s city centre. It also takes less than half an hour to reach the central railway and bus station, where you can take a bus in case you have heavy luggage. The Ljubljana old town is rather small and cozy, so everything can be explored on foot and by bike. Sax Pub lies on Eipprova Street facing the Ljubljanica River, where there are many restaurants and bars. It would take you only a few minutes to find good food in the area, and also there is a supermarket in case you want to grab a snack.
The atmosphere is great
Sax Hostel is suitable for all sorts of guests, partly because of the atmosphere. It can be very relaxed and calm during the day as most guests stick around the pub chilling, but a bit more loud and vibrant at night. After midnight, you won’t have difficulty sleeping, as the guests and staff ensure it’s quiet enough to sleep. Slovenians are known amongst the Balkans to be chilled out people and you will feel their relaxed vibe within only a short time spent in the city. There’s also an outdoor garden for smoking that keeps the inside area clean and fresh, but most guests like to stay at the pub or restaurants nearby.
The friendly and helpful staff made it cozy here
One of the best thing about my stay here was the staff. The receptionist was always kindly checking on how I was doing there. She even offered to call the bus and train station staff to check the schedule for my connection to the next destination. Ring the doorbell when arriving and in case there isn’t anyone at the reception. At anytime you can visit to the pub to look for the staff or just have a chat during their free time. The staff and guests made me feel like home here.
Come visit Ljubljana - the Dragon City of Slovenia
Not only the stay at Sax Hostel enlightened my trip to Ljubljana, but also the country itself inspired me a lot. The capital city is certainly famous for its gorgeous Triple Bridge, Ljubljana Castle, and Metelkova Hippie District. But it’s also close to the splendid city of Bled, where one of the oldest medieval castles of Slovenia lies on top of the hills above the dazzling Lake Bled.
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