After a week on a yacht sailing down the Adriatic Coast, I had eight days in Split before my big 52 countries/52 weeks adventure started, so I needed somewhere budget-friendly to stay… Enter En Route Hostel, a cheap hostel in Split! Here’s my En Route Hostel review from my stay.
What’s En Route Hostel like?
En Route Hostel is fairly new and it shows. It’s super clean and fresh, the kitchen is pretty fancy for a hostel, and it’s reasonably small so not too many people. There are eight rooms in total, I stayed in an 8-bed mixed dorm and there are other dorms with 10, 14, 18, 20 and 22 beds.
The rooms come off one main lounge which has couches and coffee tables, beanbags and a high bar-leaner table too, as well as a vending machine, a book exchange and two computers that are free to use. This is where people tend to drink and party so the noise does carry into the rooms, however they enforce quiet time from 11.30pm to 8.30am so it’s not really a problem.
Two other key things to mention are 1) air con (thank GOD) and 2) super speedy WiFi! From the other options I looked at, this is definitely one of the best cheap hostels in Split.
How was the room?
The 8-bed room was super spacious, I try and go for dorms with less people usually but this one was totally fine. The beds are in bunk set up, there’s a lockable cabinet per person which fits a cabin-size bag plus a couple of other small bags, there’s a small table and chairs, a clothing rack and loads of floor space.
The bed itself was fantastic too, with a full curtain that blocks the light, a power plug, a shelf and enough room for a laptop/book/other stuff to sit in the bottom corner (at least for short people like me). The mattress was good as far as hostels go, and you get a top sheet, a pillow, a blanket and a tiny towel.
My only two issues would be that the pillow is super soft so hardly counts as a pillow, and the towel is so small that if you wrap it around your waist it would hardly even cover your butt… As one of the guys in our room found out after his friend stole his clothes from the shower!
And the bathroom?
There’s more than enough bathrooms, with six female toilets and five showers (and I imagine the same for guys?). The bathrooms are clean and the showers have fantastic water pressure, a nice change after a week on the sea!
Where is En Route?
En Route is super close to Old Town, just an 8 minute walk away. I Ubered there from the bus station as I had bags and it cost me a whopping £1.38! There’s a couple of restaurants and coffee shops in the same complex, and there’s a Tommy supermarket, pharmacy and Bobis bakery 30 seconds away.
Does En Route serve breakfast?
No breakfast here unfortunately but there’s a really decent kitchen and loads of fridge space for you to buy your own food, or be like me and get a cheese burek every single morning!
I was really impressed by En Route, with prices starting from £14 for a 22-bed dorm or £21 for the 8-bed I stayed in, I was definitely not expecting anything fancy. The staff are super friendly, the location was excellent, I got some decent sleep and managed to stay cool while the heatwave hit Croatia. It wasn’t a super party hostel (which are sometimes hard to avoid in places like Split) but was still easy to meet people. I’d absolutely recommend this spot to any backpackers looking for a cheap hostel in Split!
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Huge thanks to En Route Hostel for hosting me for four nights. As always, all opinions are my own and are based on my experience.
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