Back in October, I was in desparate need of a get away... I had been back to university for a month or so and all I could think about was my next destination. After checking flights on Skyscanner (this website is honestly a life saver when it comes to cheap flights!), I booked a return ticket to Zadar, Croatia for a few days, as I had never been to this country before. I'm sure you can imagine how excited I was! 

So on my short trip to Zadar, I stayed at the Boutique Hostel Forum right in the centre of the old town... I spent 3 nights there and I couldn't have picked a better place! Here's why:

The hotel


The location couldn't be better. The hotel is close to everything in the city - it's right next to the St Anastasia Bell Tower and the Forum, and it's a few minutes walk from the Sea Organ and the Greetings to the sun.

When I arrived at the hotel, the staff gave me the number of my room as well as a "travel book" - it's basically a one-page travel guide that explains where the different common rooms of the hotel are, and there's even a map of Zadar and Croatia, some basic words in Croatian to get you by, as well as places to visit and activites to do in the area.

I really like the fact that this place is a mix between a hostel and a hotel. I don't even know if I should use the word hostel or hotel when talking about it!
If you're on a budget or if you want to meet people, there are the dormitories on the first floor. But if you want a room just for yourself, for you and a friend or your other half, you can choose to stay in a private room and those rooms are SO gorgeous.

I absolutely loved the staff at the Boutique Hostel Forum - they were super lovely and welcoming, always smiling, and they were very helpful when I asked them if they had any recommendation for me on what to do in Zadar! Even the chef who cooked breakfast in the morning was so nice.

WiFi is free everywhere in the hotel, however sometimes it didn't work properly for me. One morning it worked perfectly, then in the evening it didn't work well but started working again an hour later... That might just be the only negative thing I noted about my stay there!


The room


One thing that instantly caught my attention was how clean the room was! It's like I was the first person ever to sleep there - definitely not true, but that's how it felt like - and every day someone came to clean the room.

I stayed in a twin room Forum Meta on the second floor... And oh my, the view from the room was gorgeous! It was definitely the best thing to wake up to in the morning. Everyone can actually have this stunning view if they decide to stay there, as every single room in this boutique hostel offers the same view of Zadar, the Roman ruins, the Forum and the sea!


The bathroom and toilet were pretty small as you can see on the pictures below, but that didn't bother me at all. That's not where you spent most of your time anyway, and you have enough space to shower and do your makeup so it wasn't a problem for me.

I loved how they designed these two rooms too - all in black and white, in contrast to the bedroom which is white and red-ish/orange! 


Breakfast 


If you stay in a private room, a buffet breakfast is included in the price. Just go to the breakfast room on the second floor, which is opened from 7am to 11am. However if you stay in a dormitory, this won't be included as you'll be delivered a Mini breakfast ToGo but if it isn't enough for you, you can still get the buffet for 5€ per person. 

You have so many options to choose from - I especially loved how they offered croissants... Every morning I was a very happy typical French girl ha!

Oh and there's also a kitchenette at the end of the first floor if you want to cook for yourself.


Be aware that at checkout, the staff will ask you to pay a city tax which is approximately 20 or so Kunas (around 2€). I was a bit surprised when the guy at reception asked me this as I didn't know I had to pay this tax, but don't worry they're not trying to rip you off, they have to charge this separately for their local tourism board!

Let's recap:


  • Hotel superbly designed
  • Excellent location
  • Super clean rooms
  • Stunning view from the window
  • Private shower & toilet, bed linen provided, breakfast included
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • But the WiFi didn't work at all times...

I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family so this is why I'm recommending it to you guys! I loved my stay at the Boutique Hostel Forum. If I ever come back to Zadar, I'll definitely stay there again and maybe book a room on the third floor like the Forum Lux one, as it looks so freaking amazing!

Over to you! Have you ever been to Zadar?


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