Hostel Celica :: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ever think of spending a holiday in prison? Now’s your chance to do just that. Housed in a building that dates back to 1883 and was used as a Slovenian military prison until 1991, Hostel Celica (cell in Slovene) has been transformed from a dark, grim building into an open & colorful youth hostel in the heart of Ljubljana. The hostel is run by a non-profit organization created by students at the University of Ljubljana, it also helps promote and develop youth tourism in Slovenia. It has been named on various travel centric lists including 2007 Rough Guides’ 25 Ultimate Experiences – Places to stay, as well as 2005 Lonely Planet’s Blue List as #1 on their list of the world’s hippest hostels.
Hostel Celica is also home to quite a bit of culture, with concerts every Tuesday night followed by a jam session welcoming international musicians. The hostel’s art gallery, Srecisce, regularly hosts a wide variety of international art exhibitions. There are even workshops, poetry readings, debates and much more. The hostel’s restaurant and bar is separated into three themed areas, the Oriental Café, the Cyber Café and in the center Slovenian “Gostilna”. The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast, local and imported drinks, cocktails, hookahs, fresh lunches and snacks, as well as a-la-carte and fast food Celica style. Definitely on the short list of best hostels in Europe, Hostel Celica lets you experience a truly unique adventure in the capital of Slovenia.
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