Slovenia is an excellent destination for budget travel, as many hotels are priced affordably, especially in remote destinations such as Lake Bled, and cheap accommodation is available at many tourist farms, which operate bed and breakfast-style hotels in the more rural areas of the country. In addition, there are many Slovenia hostels available in the popular cities such as Ljubljana and Piran. Travelers looking for a youth hostel in Slovenia will find that student housing often is converted into hostel-style accommodation during weekends and holidays, making for basic but comfortable accommodation.
Travelers to the capital city will find most Ljubljana hostels concentrated in the downtown area and around the artists' district, Metelkova City. One of the most famous Ljubljana hostels and indeed, one of the most famous Slovenia hostels, is the Celica Hostel located in this area. Formerly a military prison, guests can stay in both normal rooms and former prison cells, tiny windowless rooms now furnished with beds, for a thought-provoking Slovenia experience. The building was renovated by a group of artists and architects over a period of ten years, and the interior décor features multicultural artistic work. The hostel often hosts exhibitions and is one of the hubs of artistic culture in Ljubljana. An important cultural symbol, the Celica hostel represents the sordid past as well as the hopeful present and future of Slovenia.
Other, more conventional Ljubljana hostels are also available, conveniently located close to the historic city center. The Hostel Park is located in the top floor of a hotel, and hostel guests can stay in basic, affordable rooms, while having access to many of the hotel facilities, such as wireless internet, the dining room, and tourist information. This hostel is located within walking distance of many of Ljubljana's historical attractions and is a convenient option among Slovenia hostels.
The medieval town of Piran is another frequently visited destination in Slovenia, though there is a chronic shortage of accommodation as Piran is a relatively small town. A popular hostel in Piran is the Alibi B11 hostel located in the center of town and within walking distance of the waterfront. It offers rooms for two to four people, including shared bathrooms, and one private double room on the top floor includes a private terrace. With basic but serviceable furnishings, the Alibi is a conveniently located and affordable hostel in Piran.
The Val Hostel Piran (pictured) is another good choice for budget accommodation in Piran. With clean though basic rooms and shared bathrooms, accommodation at the Val Hostel includes a self-serve buffet breakfast—a nice touch that helps guests to start the day right. Guests can also take advantage of the free wireless internet, laundry services, and the tea kitchen that allows guests to prepare their own meals if they so desire. The hostel restaurant can also be converted into a conference room for large groups. Located near the waterfront, the Val Hostel is another good choice for a hostel in Piran.