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2020 Guide On Where To Stay In Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
Sarajevo is a city with such a lot of history. Sarajevo is in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is situated in the heart of the Balkans. Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of the country. It lies near the Miljacka River, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps.
Although the city made its mark as a place of conflict, it is safe to visit, and there are many things to see in Sarajevo. Often called the “Jerusalem of the Balkans” or the “Jerusalem of Europe,” it’s not surprising to find churches, mosques, and synagogues close to each other.
A visit to old town Sarajevo is the perfect outing to see the culture and beauty of this historic city. The Bosnia & Herzegovina weather changes quite a bit from season to season. May to October is warmer months, while December to March is cold. November and April are transition months in between the snowy and the sunny season.
Sarajevo gets quite crowded from June to August because of the warm Sarajevo weather. Winter may be too cold and rainy to visit for some, but Spring and Fall see lesser crowds and much lower prices.
Best Hotels In Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
There are a lot of choices for hotel accommodation in Sarajevo. We’ve listed the best ones we loved below, categorized by location.
Best Places To Stay In Old Town Sarajevo
Hotel Europe – 5 Stars
Standing on over 130 years of tradition, the Hotel Europe, Bosnia was built in 1882 using Oriental and modern style’s the Austro-Hungarian building is one of Sarajevo’s gems. If you want somewhere to stay in Sarajevo’s old town, the Hotel Europe Bosnia is a perfect choice!
This old town hotel Sarajevo is within walking distance of the Latin Bridge, Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Markale Market, Bascarsija Street, Sebilj Fountain, Sarajevo City Hall, Sarajevo National Theatre, Morica Han, Svrzo’s House and other major attractions. A supermarket, bars, and restaurants are less than 100 m away.
The rooms at this 5-star Bosnia & Herzegovina accommodation are very spacious and air-conditioned. They come equipped with minibars, safes, flat-screen TVs with cable, hairdryers, bathtubs, and free WiFi.
The hotel also has wheelchair accessible units, free parking, Turkish steam baths, sun deck, terraces, swimming pools, saunas, massage rooms, and more. The Bečka Kafana or Viennese Café serves lush beverages while Mozart’s Patisserie serves traditional sweets, and the restaurant offers international and local delicacies.
For a luxurious stay in old town Sarajevo, the Hotel Europe Bosnia is the best choice!
Bosnia Hotel, Sarajevo – 4 Stars
The best place to stay in Sarajevo if you’re looking for a touch of luxury is Hotel Bosnia, Sarajevo. The Hotel Bosnia Sarajevo is located in Sarajevo city center, just a stone’s throw away from the Sarajevo National theatre and Markale Market.
The central location of the Hotel Bosnia is the best area to stay in Sarajevo for families who prefer to walk to the touristic attractions. The Bosnia Hotel’s old town Sarajevo is just 50 meters away from the monument of the Eternal Flame. It’s also less than a km away from all that’s on the what to see in Sarajevo list.
The rooms at this accommodation in Bosnia offer free WiFi, minibars, hairdryers, safes, bathtubs, air-conditioning, radios, flat-screen cable TVs with satellite channels, soundproofing, and hypoallergenic linen. Individual travelers can avail of the 12 m² single rooms, while families can book the suites with extra double beds or king beds.
If you’re looking for a place to sleep in Sarajevo close to transport, namely bus or tram, the Hotel Bosnia Sarajevo is the right choice.
Hotel Sana – 4 Stars
One of the best hotels in Sarajevo’s Old Town, Hotel Sana, boasts four stars and lies mere steps from some of the city’s top attractions. For instance, Bascarsija Street and the Sebilj Fountain are only 150 meters away, while the Latin Bridge is no more than 350 meters from this superbly located hotel.
All rooms have private bathrooms with a bidet, hairdryer, and shower, as well as a flat-screen TV. Some rooms also feature a seating area. You can use WiFi free of charge all over the property.
Additionally, there’s also a restaurant and bar on-site. Arguably the most interesting feature of this Sarajevo hotel, however, is the outdoor terrace, which is a great place to wind down during your visit to the Bosnian capital.
Hotel President Sarajevo – 4 Stars
One of the best-rated hotels in the Sarajevo city center, Hotel President Sarajevo, lies a stone’s throw from most of the city’s historical attractions, such as the Latin Bridge, Sebilj Fountain and famous Bascarsija Street.
Featuring classy interiors and well-equipped rooms, it’s an ideal place to stay for cultural explorations of Bosnia’s capital. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a safe, minibar, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hot tub and either a bath or shower. Certain rooms have an additional seating area, terrace, or balcony featuring city views.
A popular place to hang out is the sun terrace, while the restaurant and bar serves hearty meals and refreshing drinks. This modern hotel definitely makes our list of the best places to stay in Sarajevo, one of Europe’s most multi-cultural capitals.
Hotel Old Sarajevo – 3 Stars
Need cheap accommodation in Sarajevo? Look no further. Old Hotel Sarajevo is one of the cheap hotels in Sarajevo that is perfectly located in the old town of Sarajevo. The Sebilj Fountain, Sarajevo City Hall, and Barcarsija Street are less than 100 meters away.
Sarajevo Spite House, Morica Han, Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Markale Market, Sarajevo National Theatre, and Svrzo’s House are less than 700 km away. Amko and Konzum supermarkets and restaurants and cafes like Petica, Buregdžinica Bosna, Ćevabdžinica Hodžić and more are within walking distance.
The rooms at this hotel in Sarajevo center are equipped with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, air conditioning, heating, free WiFi, safes, tea/coffee makers, hairdryers, and telephones. Parking is available at a cost, and the Miljacka River is less than 100 meters away for morning or evening walks along its beautiful shores.
Hotel Latinski Most – 3 Stars
If you’re on a budget and looking for cheap accommodation in Sarajevo that’s located right in the Sarajevo, the Hotel Latinski Most is your pick. It’s so close to the Latin Bridge, that you can see it from your window. The hotel is named after the Latin Bridge or Latinski Most and was built circa 1881 to 1883.
All of the cities attractions are within 500 meters distance. So are many of the supermarkets, cafes, and restaurants.
The rooms are charmingly decorated in reds or browns and include air conditioning, flat-screen TVs with internet access, hairdryers, minibars, refrigerators, and high chairs. The suites additionally include a sofa, a fireplace, and a kitchenette with tea/coffee makers, electric kettle, stovetop, and kitchenware.
The Latinski Most is one of the best places to stay in Bosnia both for its charm and its window to history.
Apartment Latin Bridge – Apartments
Apartment Latin Bridge is one of the best apartments in Sarajevo to lay your head at in old town Sarajevo. It is located just 366 meters from the famous Latin Bridge and 600 meters from Bascarsija Street. Sarajevo Airport is 11 km away.
The apartment overlooks the Latin Bridge and was decorated by an arts and antique dealer. The kitchen is well equipped, but there are restaurants right next door if you want to order in. The 40 m² apartment is equipped with air conditioning, TVs with cable channels, sofas, and free WiFi; and has a seating and dining area.
Walking along the cobbled streets will lead you to different pieces of Sarajevo’ ss history; Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Bascarsija,
Sarajevo City Hall, Cathedral of Jesus’ Heart aka Sarajevo Cathedral, Sebilj Brunnen, Franciscan Church of Saint Anthony of
Padua, Orthodox Church, Sarajevo History museum, Jewish museum of BiH, Eternal Flame, Emperor’s Mosque, National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunnel of Hope, and more.
This is the best area to stay in Sarajevo if you want privacy and easy access to the sights of Sarajevo.
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İsa Begov Hamam Hotel – 4 Stars
One of the most cultural hotels in Sarajevo, the İsa Begov Hamam Hotel, boasts not only a fantastic location in the city center but also magnificent decorations and unique facilities and services.
Location-wise, when staying there, you don’t have to walk longer than 10 minutes to get to major landmarks like the Latin Bridge or Bascarsija Street.
This 4-star hotel, however, distinguishes itself from pretty much all other Sarajevo hotels by its hamam. This traditional spa can be used free of charge by guests, including the sauna and hot tub. Massages can be booked for an additional fee.
Additionally, the hotel’s interior is absolutely beautiful, adorned with handmade carpets, furniture carved with Ottoman motifs, and atmospheric wooden floors. In the morning, you can enjoy a complimentary Turkish breakfast, while free coffee and tea is always available in the lobby.
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Swissotel Sarajevo – 5 Stars
Boasting five stars, the Swissotel in Sarajevo lies in the city center, just over a mile to the famous Latin Bridge and Bascarsija Street. Sarajevo Airport is only five miles from this well-rated hotel. If you like shopping, you’ll certainly enjoy the easy access to Shopping Mall City Centre, which lies literally across the street.
Accommodation is available in either regular hotel rooms or suites, all of which feature free WiFi, private bathrooms with a walk-in shower, large windows offering city views, a flat-screen TV, and a coffee and tea maker.
In terms of facilities, the Swissotel Sarajevo has a conference room and business facilities, the Café Swiss, which serves breakfast, and the Fusion Restaurant, which serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Additionally, the Golden Rain Spa offers spa and beauty treatments and has an indoor pool.
Note that this hotel doesn’t serve any alcoholic beverages.
Hotel Holiday – 4 Stars
A landmark hotel in central Sarajevo, Hotel Holiday is a striking yellow-colored, cube-shaped building in the Marijin Dvor neighborhood, just west of the historic core of the city.
It was renovated in 2017 and now features all kinds of modern amenities and facilities. Guests can, for example, enjoy the on-site casino, fitness center, massage rooms, beauty and hair salons, spa center, and swimming pool. The lobby offers several different services, including a collection of boutiques, a tobacco shop, a currency exchange office, and a car rental service.
At the on-site National Restaurant, guests can indulge in international specialties as well as typical Bosnian cuisine. The Caffe Inn is a nice place to relax during the day or even do some partying in the evening.
Free WiFi is available all throughout the hotel, while room service can be called 24/7. There’s free garage parking at the property, too.
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Apartment Cobanija – Apartments
These apartments in Sarajevo are situated in a peaceful neighborhood just 800 meters from the beautiful Latin Bridge built by the Ottoman Turks. It is also within a km radius of all the major attractions in Sarajevo. This apartments in Sarajevo is within walking distance of supermarkets Amko and MAS, and a number of restaurants and cafes.
Renting rooms in Sarajevo at Apartment Cobanija is better than staying at other hotels in Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina if you are looking for something intimate and private.
This 4-star 3-bedroom apartment with a balcony is 136 m² in size and beautifully decorated with light, airy colors. The apartment comes equipped with an indoor and outdoor dining area, living room, radio, bathtubs, washing machine, air conditioning, free WiFi, safe, TVs with pay per view and satellite channels, hairdryer, iron, sofa, hypoallergenic linen, blu ray player and safe baby gates. The kitchen is furnished with a minibar, tea/coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, electric kettle, kitchenware, oven, and a barbecue.
The Apartment Cobanija is the best accommodation in Sarajevo for privacy and plush surroundings.
Best Hotels On Sarajevo’s Trebević Mountain
Pino Nature Hotel – 4 Stars
If you’re looking for the best kids hotel in Sarajevo, look no further than the Pino Nature Hotel. This fantastic 4-star hotel is situated on the lush and quiet slopes of Trebević Mountain, just outside bustling downtown Sarajevo.
We loved this place! Our two kids had a great time here – although it is 15 minutes by car to the historic center, but the hotel itself is nothing but peace, relaxation, and fun.
There’s an on-site spa center, which features everything from two saunas and a gym to a swimming pool and a children’s pool. All of that can be used free of charge by guests, while massage treatments are offered for an extra fee.
Additionally, there’s also a kids’ club and a playground, as well as a business center with a 150-person conference room. The hotel’s restaurant serves up international fare and traditional Bosnian dishes.
The Pino Nature Hotel is the best hotel in Sarajevo to stay with kids, especially if you’re looking for a quieter getaway amid wonderful nature. As a bonus, a couple of amazing viewpoints of the city below are just down the road!
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Hotel Hills Sarajevo Congress & Thermal Spa Resort – 5 Stars
Hotel Hills Sarajevo Congress & Thermal spa resort is a world-class resort located about 1.5 km from Sarajevo Airport and about 10 km from all the things to see in Sarajevo. It is one of the best hotels for families in Bosnia & Herzegovina since it has a 2200 m² park called Kinderland for both kids and adults to enjoy. As part of the Thermal Riviera Ilidža, the Hotel Sarajevo in Sarajevo has hot tubs, saunas, massage rooms, water sports activities, billiards, and tennis areas, and indoor and outdoor pools.
A number of restaurants provide guests with traditional Bosnian and international dishes – there is a restaurant on the rooftop and one in the swimming pool area also. Guests can avail airport shuttles at a charge, and free parking is available on site.
Every room is sophistically decorated, spacious, soundproofed, and has a balcony. Rooms feature air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TVs, minibars, safes, tea/coffee makers, hairdryers, and free WiFi.
Pick a room with mountain views to wake up to beautiful nature. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Sarajevo away from the crowds, the Hotel Hills Sarajevo is the perfect place!
Hotel Austria & Bosna – 5 Stars
A superb Sarajevo hotel for business travelers and people who’d like to stay in a greener environment than the city center, the 5-star Hotel Austria & Bosna lies in Ilidza, about 7.5 miles from the historic heart of Sarajevo.
This hotel dates back to 1892—it was completely renovated in 2018—and offers a variety of business and meeting facilities. Guests can enjoy complimentary parking and WiFi, and use the facilities of the nearby Spa Hotel Terme.
There are two restaurants to choose from if you’d like to dine on-site, serving local and international food. You can grab a pre-dinner cocktail or after-dinner nightcap at the hotel bar. Rooms have the typical high-end hotel amenities, including a hairdryer and slippers, a minibar and flat-screen TV, private bathroom, and (some rooms) a seating area.
Hollywood Hotel – 4 Stars
Hotel Hollywood, Sarajevo is one of the places to stay in Sarajevo located about 2 km from Sarajevo airport. It is close to one of the most beautiful things to see in Sarajevo, the Vrelo Bosne Spring of Bosna River.
There is a supermarket about 100 meters from the hotel, the Sarajevo War Tunnel is 2.5 km away, while the other attractions are all about 10 km away in central Sarajevo. Free parking is available on site.
The rooms at Hotel Hollywood, Sarajevo, are spacious, air-conditioned, and offer free WiFi. They come equipped with minibars, safes, satellite TV, telephones, hairdryers, heating, and soundproofing. The junior suite also includes a seating area.
To make the most of your stay at this accommodation in Bosnia & Herzegovina, ask for rooms with either river or mountain views.
Cheap Hostels In Sarajevo
For those looking to travel Sarajevo on a budget, there are numerous hostels that offer great value. This is our recommendation.
Hostel Pigeon Square
Pigeon Square is one of the best hostels in Sarajevo that is located in Sarajevo city center. This Sarajevo accommodation is a stone’s throw away from the Sebilj Fountain and within walking distance of everything that’s on the ‘what to do in Sarajevo’ list.
Rooms come with free WiFi, air conditioning, hairdryers, flat-screen TVs, irons, and soundproofing. Depending on the type of room you choose, you either have access to a shared or private bathroom. Guests can also use the shared kitchen that is equipped with an electric hob, fridge, kettle, and microwave. Family rooms are also available. Some rooms overlook the Sebilj Fountain.
Sarajevo Cable Car is just 651 km away, while the local tram stops hardly 21 km from this hostel Sarajevo. Supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, and cafes are all within walking distance.
If you need cheap accommodation in Sarajevo that is worth the price, the Hostel Pigeon Square is definitely worth a try.
What To Do In Sarajevo?
We’ve put together a list of what to see in Sarajevo here, but below are the key highlights for you to get started planning your dream vacay to Sarajevo.
- See the Sarajevo City Hall
- Drink water from the beautiful Sebilj Fountain
- Visit Bascarsija, the oldest bazaar
- See the 15th century Emperor’s mosque and the Gazi Huzrev Bey’s 16th-century mosque
- See the Ottoman-built Latin Bridge where See the Ottoman-built Latin Bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated in 1914
- See the eternal flame. This flame is dedicated to the civilian and military lives lost in the Second World War.
- Visit the Morica Han, a roadside inn built in the 15th century and the only surviving one in Sarajevo
- Visit Sarajevo Cathedral or Sacred Heart Cathedral; the country’s largest
- Shop at the old shopping streets, Kazandziluk and Bravadziluk
- Visit the Yellow Fortress
- Eat burek, bosanki lonac, baklava and cevapi at the many restaurants
- And while you’re eating, be sure to try the local fruit brandy called rakija
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