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“Best hostel in Hvar by far! Highly recommended!” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Skansi
Domovinskog rata 18, Hvar, Hvar Island, Croatia   |  
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Ranked #11 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Hvar
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Best hostel in Hvar by far! Highly recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had an absolutely wicked time at Skansi, the hostel has great facilities, it's in a fantastic location with a gorgeous view, it's really social and the staff are wonderful and really helpful. In 2012 they ran a daily booze cruise with all you can drink and BBQ lunch, it was one of the best partys from our year long trip! We cruised around the islands for 5 hours to cool tunes on the boat, and stopped in some gorgeous spots to swim and eat. Back at the hostel there's a comfy outdoor area where everyone hangs out for a few drinks before going down as a big group to a local bar for some free shots! This kicks off a great night on the town. It's super easy to meet people and heaps of fun! In terms of facilities the hostel has a clean and fully stocked kitchen, air conditioning which is a welcome relief from the heat, lockers, and good bathrooms. Can't recommend this place enough - guaranteed good times!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hove, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights last week and would happily recommend it to others. We stayed in the Private sea view apartments, these rooms themselves were a bit basic but the view and the rest of the hostel compensated for this. The staff were very friendly and the hostel was conveniently located from town.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Villa skansi is in a great location, just an easy walk to the main area. It has a beautiful terrace with couches and and tables where everyone hangs out before they go out all together. Tom is super fun! He runs the pub crawls every night at 10pm and goes out of his way to make sure eeeeveryone has fun!! Even picks pomegranates from the tree for u! the hostel is super clean with great facilities. It has a gorgeous view and is full of pomegranate trees, olive trees, lime trees and lots of other fruit which you can eat. The family are so sweet, they made fruit platters during the day for us and invited us to have lunch with them one day. I and nearly everyone else that was here extended their stay! Defs stay here! I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Before I go into the review, I'd like to start with saying I'd never stayed in a hostel before and strongly feel Villa Skansi has set the bar! Located up a bit of a hill from a pebble beach, about 5 minutes from the main central square; it was ideal.

Now for the facilities:
Me and my travelling companion stayed in a 6 bedroom dorm with a seaview + balcony and shared communal bathroom. Fantastic air conditioning was a welcome relief from the heat outside and the balcony door had blackout shutters. If possible, opt for this room, we didn't have to pay extra for a balcony/sea view room when we booked - it's so handy for drying bikinis and what not). There are also handy lockers for your valuables for a 50 Kuna deposit which you get back on the return of the keys when you check out.

The communal bathroom was clean as a whistle, there were two showers, both solar powered. A couple of dorm mates said they'd had a couple of cold showers, however throughout my 5 day stay I'd not had a single cold shower - apparently they're solar powered so early morning/late night showers might be a tad cooler.

The kitchen was also spotless, they provided cleaning products and sponges etc so you can clean as you go, fridge, freezer and plenty of cutlery, pans and utensils.

Free wifi was available, could only pick it up on the balcony though as our balcony room was on the first floor - probably too far from the router.

The staff were fantastic, both receptionists were so helpful, they circled hot spots on a map for us and recommended stuff for us to do, including renting a boat for 500 Kuna (for up to 6 people) and taking it around the Pakleni islands, you have to do this! So good we did it twice in 5 days.

The villa also arrange a bar crawl every night - great opportunity to meet the rest of the travellers and sample a shot of their homemade tipple (can't remember what it was called but I'll never forget the taste! Was like gasoline!) The two rep guys were amazing - Both called Tom, they rounded up the troops and took us to all the bars in the town and provided us with free shots in each place. How they did that every single night for like 80 nights I'll never know! They were a credit to the place.

Thanks so much for an amazing trip!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Grenoble, France
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The owners are really nice and the pubcrawl is great (not "amazing" as some people said...). The hostel is also well located (15 minutes walking from the bars and the center :) )
However, it's quite expensive for what it is: a tiny kitchen, no BBQ as mentionned, laundry 10 euro, we couldn't stay outside on the terrasse after 10 p.m (!!) because of the noise, and the cleaning is done at 09h30...

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

If you don't stay at villa skanksi you are missing out! I've been staying in hostels in Europe for the past 2 months and this one takes the cake. The staff are amazing - Andrea, Tom & Tom and the owners - all absolute legends! They are all a lot of fun to go out with and there is a free pub crawl that runs every night by the infamous pair Tom & Tom... Great what to kick start the night. These boys know what they're doing in terms of making sure everyone is safe and having an epic time. Wouldn't have been the same without them.
Without even asking the staff provide you with a map and point out the essentials ie. nearest shopping centre, a ridiculously good/ well priced Croatian restaurant which is just around the corner, beaches, etc.
I had been to hvar previously, however my experience this time around was 10 times better than the last and I honestly owe it to this hostel. Tom&Tom really make it a memorable stay. I was only meant to be in hvar for 3 nights however extended my trip because of this place! The rooms are very clean, there is a massive social area with an awesome view, it's close to the beach & night life. I don't have a bad word to say about villa skanksi!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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31 reviews 31 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

THIS IS THE ONLY HOSTEL TO STAY AT, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE TRAVELING ALONE!!!! The girl working reception are super friendly and tell you everything you need to know about beaches, restaurants, bars, and clubs. There is security around all the time and when my key would not open my door they dealt with it in a timely manner- this was very nice because i was in a towel after a shower. AND THERE ARE THE TOMS!!!! Every night they provide you with a road map to party and experience Hvar to the max!!I am coming back next year to party with the Toms. They turn everyone at the hostel into a small family. Their official job is from 7-10PM but they hung out with us during the day and took us to cool restaurants (where they had bacon) and excursions. They also stayed out and lead us to the clubs well after they had to. They made sure everyone was safe no matter how drunk or how crazy and because of this I am already telling my friends we have to go back next year. Cheers to you Toms!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: Domovinskog rata 18, Hvar, Hvar Island, Croatia
Location: Croatia > Dalmatia > Split-Dalmatia County > Hvar Island > Hvar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Hvar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Design Hostel Villa Skansi is the best and coolest hostel in Hvar. Famous about modern facilities, sea view rooms, cleanliness,the best staff and amazing pub crawls.Bunch of really cool people arrives daily in hostel Skansi and a good vibe you can sense throughout the hostel.Daily excursions with scooters or boats available at reception. Stay with us and have fun all day long!!! ... more   less 
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