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“Nice Hot Breakfast made to order...” 4 of 5 stars
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Halvat Guesthouse
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Kasima ef. Dobrace do 5, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina   |  
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Ranked #1 of 75 Sarajevo B&B and Inns
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“Nice Hot Breakfast made to order...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Excellent location near the heart of Stari Grad (Old Town). We had rented a car with Croatian plates, apparently not safe when parked on the streets of Sarajevo. Halvat had parking garages for customers to use as well as street parking for cars with Bosnian plates. The staff communicated with us by email prior to our leaving the US and while traveling. They were very clear regarding directions and forwarded a helpful map so we could easily find the hotel. The breakfasts were generous and freshly prepared. Our room was large and full of windows. Street noise was minimal past 11:00PM. Keep in mind that this is a guesthouse and furnishings will remind you of staying at a relative’s home. Comfort is very good. We were looking forward to a quiet evening in the room when we arrived, catching up on news through CNN. Unfortunately the cable had been cut to our TV (an older tube model) and we had no television the first night. However, the staff was quick to offer us another room and got the cable company in to do repairs. The TV was on the very next night. I would not hesitate to stay here again. The convenience and the helpful staff make it a pleasure. TIP: use hotel coordinates to locate it accurately on your GPS/smart phone/iPad (Latitude 43.86175, Longitude 18.43193).

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Halvat, Manager at Halvat Guesthouse, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Thank you so much for your effort to write so nice review and, once again, we are so sorry for problems with our cable operator :(
Even though we could not do anything but offer you a new room we are still very sorry for this. Sometimes, no matter how much we try, unexpected things occur which are, unfortunately, not in our power :(
However, it was a great pleasure to be your hosts and to meet so nice couple! Hope this was not last time to see you :)
Kind regards from Sarajevo and all of us from Halvat! :)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Excellent location, quiet, comfortable rooms, friendly, helpful staff. Thank you for the delicious breakfast with made to order hot options and freshly ground coffee prepared for each of us individually. We were a family group of 5 adults and staying at Halvat Hotel was a great addition to all of our Sarajevo experiences. We all wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Halvat, Manager at Halvat Guesthouse, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
We are so happy to hear you had nice time while you have been our guests! Reading this kind of review truly makes us proud and willing to continue with a good work :)
Next time you definitely have to stay longer with us! :)
Best regards to all of you and see you, hopefully, soon!
Valida, Emina and Ema :)
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

It's very wonderfull butic hotel, near all historical places and Bascarsi. I was stayed with my friend for three days. Staffs are very honestly and helpful. Ema's breakfast is very very delicious. You should definitely taste omlet and pancake. Valida is very helpful person. Thank you all.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Halvat, Manager at Halvat Guesthouse, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Dear friends,

We are soo happy to had an opportunity to meet soooo nice ladies!!!
It was a pleasure talking with you! Hope you will come and visit us soon again! :)
Best wishes from Sarajevo to Istanbul :)
Valida & Ema :)
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Evans, Georgia, United States
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I chose this hotel because of the great reviews via TA. Yes, this hotel is really great. Yes, it is small but so wonderfully close to where a tourist will want to be. Excellent breakfast and such a wonderful owner/hostess. Valida gave us great recommendations, excellent stories and help with travel arrangements. My recommendation for anyone traveling without a group to stay here and let Valida help with any and all arrangements in Sarajevo. A gem thanks to TA.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Halvat, Manager at Halvat Guesthouse, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
It was a great pleasure to be your hosts and we really enjoyed helping you in organizing your vacation in Sarajevo!
Thank you so much for everything and we look forward in seeing you again!
Have a great New Year!
Valida and Halvat staff :)
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Very accommodating, friendly staff, a few minutes walk from the old town centre and pigeon monument. A fairly large room opens onto a small balcony overlooking street. My Citroen was too large to use their small garage but the host parked it elsewhere for approximately 10 euros for the night. Breakfast to order with eggs, breads, cereal, and excellent yoghurt, plus coffee. Highly recommend.

Somewhat difficult to find, even with instructions. The streets in Sarajevo are not at all well marked. Only intuition and luck got me close; when I asked a cab driver if he knew where Guesthouse Halvat (the way it's listed on Google Maps) was, he pointed to a sign marking it and said "down that street". Got lucky. Sarajevo is in a very pretty setting and the people are most friendly. Sorry to only have one night there, can't say much more about it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Halvat, Manager at Halvat Guesthouse, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Thank you so much!
It was a great pleasure to meet and host you, and now that you know how to find us we truly hope we will have a chance to see you soon again!
All the best wishes from Sarajevo!
Valida, Ema and Emina :)
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed in Halvat in June with my dad and my son. It was magical! The location is right by main square. The guesthouse is extremely cozy and clean. We had loft for 3 of us which had an amazing view, was very spacious and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious with lot of choices. The service was also amazing. We got a lot of information about where to go, what to buy and what tours to order. We are extremely grateful for Halvat personnel to make our stay so pleasant and memorable!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Halvat, Manager at Halvat Guesthouse, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
We love our guests! Thank you soooo much for making us believe that there are so many great people in this world and we are thankful to have a chance to meet great number of them!
All the best wishes from our heart to your family and you,
Halvat staff :)
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Florence, Italy
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I've been twice in this little but very nice guesthouse. The landlady is very kind, and the staff too. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Breakfast is good. It takes only two minutes walking to get to the old town. The second time I went to Halvat they guest me in a structure next the Guesthouse: if you travel with your family I strictly suggest this solution. Two large bedrooms and a little room with a table and a very large window on the Sibilj square: a marvellous view.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Halvat, Manager at Halvat Guesthouse, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
And we enjoyed being your hosts both time! :) (We hope there will be a third one as well :))
Thank you, we are happy to hear you were pleased with our service!
Best wishes and hope to see you again!
Halvat staff :)
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Address: Kasima ef. Dobrace do 5, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina > Sarajevo Canton > Sarajevo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Sarajevo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Halvat Guesthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located, family atmosphere, great breakfast, warm welcome, NON SMOKING hotel :)) Looking forward to welcoming you to Halvat - your home-away-from -home :))) ... more   less 
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