Mostar is a dreamy city that was seemingly made for photography. It’s full of history in every inch of its historical, UNESCO-listed Old Town. The reconstructed Stari Most is an architectural gem, one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.
While many people visit Mostar as a day trip from Dubrovnik, we’d both argue that that is not nearly enough time to enjoy one of Bosnia’s most romantic and beautiful cities. Plan to stay at least two nights if you can to soak up the magic of this city and see it at all different times of the day, from peaceful sunrises to magical sunsets.
Mostar is a delightfully budget-friendly travel destination, especially if you are coming from pricier countries like Slovenia and Croatia. You can find plenty of beautiful Mostar hotels to stay in for $50 per night or even less that are among the highest-rated in town.
Where to Stay in Mostar: Budget (Less than $75/Night)
TOP CHOICE: HOTEL
Just two minutes from the Old Bridge, Hotel
It has an attached restaurant which serves à-la-carte international and local cuisine, as well as a market on the first floor of the building. The restaurant/bar on-site have a spacious courtyard where you can dine and drink in a lovely atmosphere without ever leaving your hotel. The rooms are spacious, with seating areas, large beds with bedside tables and lamps, and some even have their own bathtubs (!) or balconies with gorgeous city views.
RUNNER UP: HOTEL PATRIA
If you’re looking for an affordable budget hotel in Mostar that doesn’t sacrifice style or comfort, check out Hotel Patria, a short walk from the Insta-famous Old Bridge (Stari Most) and in the vicinity of the charming St. Paul and Peter Church. The hotel is outside of the Old Town and therefore can offer a few amenities that other UNESCO-protected hotels can’t, like free parking underground as well (which can be tough to find in Mostar) as well as an elevator for accessing upper-level rooms.
The hotel has a shared lounge and café on-site, with clean and cozy rooms. The breakfast spread is filling, with both sweet and savory options. With plenty of lighting, carpeted floors, flat-screen TVs, big beds, ultra-modern bathrooms, seating areas, and a spacious layout, rooms here offer great value for the low price tag. While the doubles are pretty standard in terms of furnishings, some rooms even have a kitchenette and small dining area, great if you’re considering a longer stay.
RUNNER UP: HOTEL VILLA MILAS
A 5-minute walk from the UNESCO-listed Old Bridge and Old Town, Hotel Villa Milas is an incredible place to stay if you’re on a tight budget in Mostar. Like Hotel Patria, it’s located close to but outside of the Old Town, meaning that they can make some changes to the hotel structure to make it more comfortable for guests, such as having an elevator and free private parking on-site, as well as air conditioning in each room.
Free daily breakfast is served daily in the lovely breakfast room. Right in front of Villa Milas, you’ll find the quaint Franciscan Monastery and Saint Peter and Paul Church. Previous guests rave about the hospitality and kindness of the front desk staff, as well as the cleanliness and comfort of the rooms. The rooms are bright and cozy, with comfortable beds and bedside tables with reading lamps: some are smaller but others have seating areas to spread out and relax.
Where to Stay in Mostar: Mid-Range ($75-150/Night)
TOP CHOICE: KRIVA ĆUPRIJA
Hotel-Restaurant Kriva Ćuprija is a heritage-listed limestone house in the heart of Mostar, mere steps away from the UNESCO-protected Stari Most. The restaurant is a favorite amongst tourists and locals alike, serving traditional dishes on a summer terrace which overlooks the gorgeous river below – a truly unbeatable location on one edge of Mostar’s beloved Stari Most.
Besides just the restaurant, the rooms are on the large side, recently redone yet with traditional details preserved to give you that Old Town feel in your own room. The views are unparalleled in Mostar and offer incredibly beautiful views over the town. Rooms have a big wardrobe area with plenty of space and a full-length mirror, large windows that allow a ton of natural light, desk space if you need to sneak in a few hours of work, and some rooms even have gorgeous balconies.
RUNNER UP: HOTEL MOSTAR
Completely renovated in 2015, Hotel Mostar is located in a slightly different part of Mostar than the others listed, close to Spanish Square and the old Sniper Tower, and less than one mile from the famous Stari Most. Because it’s outside of the UNESCO-designated center, it has more amenities than some of the other hotels which have not been permitted to expand or add to the original architecture. The hotel offers a fitness center which you can use free of charge, as well as business amenities such as meeting or banquet facilities. There’s a daily buffet breakfast included in the room price.
Rooms range from smaller double rooms to balcony suites or even the presidential suite, which is basically big enough to be a full apartment! All rooms have air conditioning, which can be tough to find (and brutally necessary) in Mostar’s hot summer season. The design is rather modern, with wooden floors, newly renovated marble bathrooms, leather-accented furniture, and plenty of space to spread out.
Where to Stay in Mostar: Luxury (Over $150/Night)
TOP CHOICE: CITY HOTEL
A bit outside the historical center, City Hotel is in a residential area that is still within walking distance of most of Mostar’s most beautiful sights. It has modernly furnished rooms that overlook the city, as well as a restaurant in the building in case you’re feeling tired and not up to heading into town for a meal (free breakfast is also served there each morning). Road trippers will be happy to note the free garage parking, which can be quite difficult in Mostar’s Old Town area.
The rooms are spacious and modern, with carpeted floors, bedside tables, and working areas. Rooms have up-to-date amenities like air conditioning and central heating, soundproofing, flatscreen TVs, recessed lighting, and room service (yes please!). There’s a fitness center available for an additional charge.
RUNNER UP: HOTEL BEVANDA
A 10-minute walk from Mostar’s Old Town, Hotel Bevanda has an on-site restaurant with a gorgeous open-air terrace perfect for enjoying the summer weather while enjoying some of the local and international dishes they serve. The style is very romantic, making it an ideal choice for where to stay in Mostar for couples.
There’s an outdoor garden and pool that you can enjoy in the summer season, complete with a seating and dining area poolside. The spacious rooms are ornately designed with vintage furnishings and beautiful carpeting and details, and some have private balconies and/or seating areas.
RUNNER UP: HOTEL ADA BLAGAJ
A bit outside the usual Mostar hotel area, Hotel Ada Blagaj is located in the small village of Blagaj famous for its beautiful river spring and pristine white Dervish monastery nestled on one of the river’s banks. It’s just over 4 miles from the center of Mostar, making it an easy cab ride to the center if you’re missing some of the action. It boasts an outdoor swimming pool and sports facilities including tennis (and table tennis, for the less athletically inclined like myself!).
More Bosnia Travel Resources
If you’re planning a trip to Bosnia, we have a ton of resources with you! First of all, check out our guide to the most beautiful places in Bosnia so you can start planning your itinerary.
Since you’re definitely visiting Mostar, be sure to also check out the best Instagram spots here.
If you’re planning to visit Sarajevo also, we have even more for you. We have a guide on all the best things to do in Sarajevo, the best Sarajevo tours, a guide on where to stay in Sarajevo, and finally a Sarajevo Instagram guide.
Finally, Don’t Go to Bosnia without Travel Insurance!
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Originally from California, Allison has been living in Bulgaria for the last two years and is obsessed with traveling around the Balkans. She has been published in National Geographic, CNN Arabic, Matador Network, and the Huffington Post. She loves befriending dogs, drinking coffee, geeking out about wine, and cooking food from around the world.