Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) - Big Heart and Best Hospitality. Enough said.
Bosnia and Herzegovina for me...
View across the street.
Worried as our flight arrives close to midnight from Croatia, I called Markale Guesthouse and to my surprise my call was answered by the owner himself and he was able to take my last minute request and arrange an airport pick-up (which is of course chargeable as well as trustworthy). A plus point in my book *smile*.
Strategically located with a fruit/ vegetable market on its left, a supermarket on its right, a meat market diagonally across the street, and to complete this, Pekara Markale; a 24 hours bakery directly across the street fits every travelers' bill. Just then my heart skipped a beat for I know that I will like this place and upon seeing my room, Markale Guesthouse certainly nailed it.
Kitchen and common area.
Facilities available and the cleanliness level was exactly like all the reviews I read - positive.
- English speaking staff
- Free Wi-Fi Internet
- Free wardrobe cabinets
- Free linen and towels
- Free use of kitchen and bathroom (3 private, 2 shared)
- Free hairdryer
- Free iron and ironing board
- Washing machine (require additional payment - 2,50 EUR per washing)
- Parking is available upon request (6 EUR per day)
Do take note that it is cash payment upon arrival for all 3 booking websites - Agoda, Booking.com and HostelWorld.com.
Breakfast is included for any booking under Agoda and Booking.com and excluded for those that book under HostelWorld.com (correct at the time of posting).
As we booked ours under Agoda, our room comes with a sumptuous breakfast and they serve it at your requested time, plus the menu changes daily. On our first day we were served with cereal, bread (with jam/butter/nutella), croissant, egg (of any style), beef pâté, juice, milk and coffee/tea. For our second day, we were served with delicious local sausages (yummeh), bread (with jam/butter/nutella), fruits, juice, milk and coffee/tea. Note the key words - sumptuous, delicious, requested time, any style. We were more than happy and full, oh! it's HALAL *smile*.
Below are the price comparison.
All rooms look similar, white and clean with sufficient power points for camera/ smartphones/ laptop/ iPad/ powerbank etc, so worry not flashpacker friends!
The front room is facing the main road, if you are a light sleeper, my advice is to ask for the room at the back.
Very clean toilet, it comes with hot water/ hairdryer/ soap/ toiletpaper/ towel and floor mat.
Fruit and vegetable market.
The fruits here are fresh and juicy, we bought all sort of berries to eat during out walks and at night. And yah, the berries here are cheap (its expensive back home)!
As you can see, the market is very clean. Very.
Bazaar at the Old Square.
Some of the historical places are within walking distance from the guesthouse, everything can be covered on foot. You can also get them to assist you if you wish to visit Mostar on a day trip.
Hope this info is helpful to those planning their trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Directional tips from Markale Guesthouse
If you are coming by car or taxi, just keep going to the centre and ask for the market hall "Markale", we are just opposite to it. If you are coming by tramway from the bus station or railway station, take tram no. 1, and exit at "Katedrala" (the Cathedral) stop. From any other part of the city, take tram no. 3. Once you exit at this stop, just keep walking another 50 meters down the same street, towards the market hall. If you are still not sure how to reach us, give us a ring, we will pick you up for free, if you are not too far away.
Mula Mustafe Baseskije 9
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel : +387 61 737 704 / +387 61 212 510
Website : http://www.sarajevo-hostel.com/