Hostel Celica

This former prison, in the city of Ljubljana, has been transformed by artists into a hostel, art gallery and host to cultural events.


Following the departure of the Yugoslav army in 1991, this former prison has been transformed into a hostel, art gallery, tourist attraction and meeting place with cultural events.

The patience and tenacity of the artists who have supported this project has been repaid with a well admired conversion to a 'funky, hip' hostel that is the recipient of many accolades for the cell rooms and overall hospitality.

There are 20 cell rooms on the first floor, each decorated by a different artist. Some have added mezzanine bunk beds to use the small room space efficiently and most have retained the prison window bars for an authentic confinement feel. None of the cells are en-suite, however the toilets upstairs are clean and functional, if not a little busy in the mornings.

The attic space has 9 rooms with en-suite facilities.

Hostel Celica is located in the heart of Ljubljana, just 300m from the central train and bus station and about 700m from the city centre. In the artistically renovated former prison cells, in comfortable rooms and dorms there are 90 beds. Moreover, Celica is also a bar, restaurant, meeting point for travellers and locals, an art gallery, concert stage and sightseeing point.

Prices start at €19 for a dorm bed or €50 for 2 people sharing a former prison cell with shared bathroom. For instant availability, reviews and more information

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Whole property for 5 or more

Nearest Airport/s


Content updated on 25th July 2021 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom