Travel Europe far off the beaten tracks to the Balkans in Bosnia and Herzegovina and rest your head a in the capital at the Doctor’s House, Sarajevo Hostel. This unique hostel, founded by Cat Norman, provides the exotic experience of staying in a hostel with the concept of a doctor’s house (as you have probably already gotten the idea from its name). In this article, you will gain some further insights of how exceptional this highly rated hostel is.
The Doctor’s House Hostel is not just a travel accommodation, but it also comes along with a long and fascinating story. Cat Norman, whose father’s life was dedicated to helping people and taking care of patients in the doctor’s house, spent her childhood in Nigeria with co-workers and friends from around the world. Later on, after gaining a wealth of experiences in hospitality management in Germany and the Czech Republic, Cat then moved to Sarajevo and opened the Doctor’s House Hostel with the same inspiration and idea to help people from all walks of life.
Through all the services they offer, the Doctor’s House connect travelers directly to local artists, craft-makers, farmers and businessmen so guests can leave a positive impact on the local economy. During your stay, you will be recommended to join a walking tour to explore the town, visit remarkable restaurants and cafes in town, and have tons of fun in unique bars and clubs around the city. The hostel’s owner and staff strongly promote sustainability, which is an important key value that Norman focuses on while running her business.
Great recommended activities set
After a short tour through the hostel’s building, the receptionist will show you must-visit places on the map and recommend to-do activities based on your preferences. From April throughout the summer months, there are a lot of concerts and events going on in town so do not forget to ask your host which one to attend.
Breath-taking panoramic view
One of the advantages of being situated uphill is the breath-taking panoramic view of Sarajevo you can get from the top floor of the hostel. The balcony is accessible for everyone though you would need to pass through a dorm room.
Despite its location in a rather old looking neighborhood, the Doctor’s House is equipped with modern facilities including handmade furniture, roomy showers and dorms with security lockers. All dorm rooms have custom-made bunks with privacy curtains and reading lights. The price of a dorm bed is as low as 20 BAM (10 EUR or 11.26 USD) per night and the rate for private double rooms is 60 BAM (30 EUR or 33.77 USD). Several free Wi-Fi connections are available throughout the building and even in the outdoor garden, where you can enjoy a barbecue with staff and other guests.
Fully equipped kitchen
The kitchen is fully equipped with plates and bowls, pots and pans, cutlery and so on, so you can enjoy the facilities of home cooking. It’s free to use tea, coffee and condiments for cooking. Remember to put labels on your food if you place them in the fridge. The markets are nearby so it’s possible to cook if you don’t want to eat out. The hostel’s staff bakes or grills food to share with guests everyone once in a while.
The helpful and smiling staff provides great company from the first time you are here. Do not hesitate to ask any kind of question you may need. The atmosphere is always welcoming here, making it easy to start a friendly conversation, make friends and feel like a family here. At the garden near the entrance, it would be even possible to organize a barbecue party for all guests to gather and get to know each other.
Why should you visit Sarajevo?
Being destroyed by the war 50 years ago, the Bosnian capital proves itself a city with a lot of history and culture for visitors to learn nowadays. It’s incredible to see how Sarajevo strives to become more attractive as a place to live for many foreigners who have recently moved here because they simply fell in love with the city after visiting. A wide variety of restaurants, bars and clubs surrounding the city embrace its modern beauty, blending well with the ancient look created by various mosques, churches, cemeteries and fortresses surrounding the city.