Does anyone have any favorite places to stay in Sarajevo? We've looked at the ones RS recommends in his book. I'm curious if anyone has tried any of his recommendations, or if there are other good spots that are not in RS's book.
I stayed at Hotel Art in downtown Sarajevo in 2011. It was very nice, clean and bright. It's right next to the ever-popular Hotel Europe, which was definitely a more pricey option (but also suited better to Americans as far as amenities go. Hotel Europe was very posh).
I can't recall how much we payed, but compared to US Hotels, most places you'll stay will be dirt cheap!
When you wake up in the morning, stroll down to the outside patio at Hotel Europe and enjoy a Cappuccino before you cruise the streets of downtown Sarajevo. You'll have a great time. I miss it there!
We found an amazing apartment on AirB&B. Contact Amina Alic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is walking distance to the old town. Very nice 1-bdrm with nice bathroom, washing machine, kitchen.
We like to be central to walk the old town. For years we used Hotel Relax just up the street from Bascarscija square until they renovated and put up their prices, but it's still a good location. Now we use Hotel Kovaci which has second floor rooms that look right down at the trees and the central water fountain of the market area. It is small but modern,clean and everything works, and you can come and go on foot or by streetcars from the main stop by the square. The owner is friendly and breakfast is simple and good. This is a great central location steps from the renovated City Hall/National Library and all the old town market streets. You can be dropped off and picked up at the door by taxi at any time of day and night, and it is no problem to get up early and taxi to the airport for the early morning flight to Zagreb. This is a noisy, busy part of Sarajevo, but it is only steps from Morica Han cafe ( with its cobbled caravanserai inner courtyard, the last serai in Saraj-evo, and its lines from the Rubaiyat on the wall) and all the atmosphere of old town Sarajevo. If you want to watch Sarajevo coming to life in the morning and enjoying its cevapi and burek at night, this works. In the same area are many small hotels that offer similar basic accomodation in the heart of the old town. Yes, the mosque call to prayer is loud, but did you not come to see the mosques and multiethnic bustle of Sarajevo? The woodsmoke in winter is a reality again, sadly, but the charcoal-baked burek is worth coughing for. Remember Sarajevo is at altitude from the coast and often cooler.