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Riva 2A, Pula, Croatia

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469 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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It's a great hostel - location is very good, close to everything, at the seaside, but still you can rest there. Staff is cool and helpful, the hostel itself is pretty clean and has a great atmosphere, definitely will stay there again, if going to Pula :)

  • 24th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hungary
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The staff were charming and went out of their way to help. The location was excellent. I stayed in an ensuite room and my only criticism was that the shower tray did not drain away the water quickly enough so care had to be taken not to cause a flood. I only stayed 2 nights but could have happily stayed longer.


Good location for a hostel, right in the city centre. Staff was helpful, as they provided a cab service. Nice atmosphere.

  • 22nd Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good location, helpful staff, nice rooftop terrace.


Stayed in a private room that was very expensive for what we got. Came back one day to find a key in the outside of our room door and the room left unattended, I stayed for ten minutes without anybody coming in so we were lucky not to have all of our belongings robbed to be honest, not good. Shower dripped and didn't drain properly and the room needed some air con. Staff were really helpful and the location is superb, and the roof top terrace is nice too, so a bit of a mixed bag.

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Our prices range from cheap dorms to more expensive private rooms and nobody is forced to book anything above their budget. You can't find a cheaper private room with all the social benefits of the best hostel in Pula, guaranteed. Riva is a lot more than just a place to sleep. We must access all the rooms during cleaning, unless specifically requested not to do so. We have never had a case of theft since we opened 3 yrs ago, maybe that means we're doing something right. All the rooms have AC.


Staff seems poorly organized and sometimes unfreiunf

  • 11th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Austria
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Lovely rooftop bar with cheap drinks (1 euro beer and 50c wine), good vibes. Biggish hostel so can meet people. Double sea view room was big, comfy bed and good air conditioning. Street door and front door were never locked, so a little insecure, but room key was fine. Cons: only 2 showers on each floor, and the door to the shower room needed to be locked (ie only one person can shower at a time, and no one could use sinks). Bathrooms and kitchen were not cleaned regularly. No breakfast.


Something went wrong with our booking and the three of us couldn't all stay in the same room.. they went above and beyond and put us in their other hostel free of charge and gave us a BIG upgrade. They even drove us there. The staff is super friendly, the hostel (well both of them) are in a great location - I would recommend this place over and over again. Thank you guys so much for an amazing stay :)


Nice hostel near from the center. The team was very nice, they gave us all the information about the city: where to eat, where to go out and the most beautiful beaches to visit. They pay attention to their guests at every moment! Good experience.


I really had a great time here. The terrace is amazing, the hostel well organised - you can sleep/chill out if you want to, but also have a few drinks and meet some of the other guests. Their strongest point for me is definitely the staff: Karmela and Kristina are both smiley and friendly, but above all Ivana, who is a legend in herself - she really goes above and beyond what is required, managing to answer every request, always smiling and even having time for a heart-to-heart. Phenomenal girl!


This is a really great hostel. The hosts are very nice, it is clean, it has lockers for your valuables, good wifi and aircondition. Also they have a terrace on the roof where you can meet and socialize with other travellers. It is located close by the old town, with walking distance to buses for beaches. Had a great time staying here!


Great hostel, only a short walk to the centre and the staff were very helpful!

  • 7th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The staff is the BEST!!! Knowledgeable, welcoming, and overall amazing.


The hostel was great for the money, and the blonde woman who works there is so amazing! I'm sorry I cannot remember her name right now but she went above and beyond!


The hostel is in a great location and the main city street in Pula is only a minutes walk away! Everything was very clean and the terrace bar upstairs was a good place to meet people. There were no lockers in the room to store personal belongings but if everyone remembered to lock the bedroom door then it wasn't a problem. I would definitely recommend this hostel if you want a nice chilled out experience in Pula!


great hostel!


Great location next to the center of town and very nice staff with lots of recommendations! The patio common area is a great place to hang out and meet other travelers. Overall it was great! Would definitely recommend it :)


I had a very nice time in Pula, thanks to the awesome tips ththe staff gave me. Individual outlets, good WiFi, clean rooms, nice staff and a cool bar at ththe terrace. Congratulations, you guys are doing a very good job!


I was already expecting a lot from Riva Hostel, but it was even better! The rooms are indeed great, with a high ceiling and very spacious, some even with sea view. Beds are comfortable and clean. Doors are usually left open, but they have safes. Kitchen was good. The staff is lovely and the bar in the terrace is great - I met so many travelers there, and the beer/wine is cheap. The whole atmosphere is great, and the hostel is very charming. Very close to the center, 10min to the beach by bus.


the hostel is situated by near the city and is about 10mins walk from the bus station. The staff at the hostel were very helpful and attending to any questions that you may have. The roof terrace was a great place to chill out and meet people. Overall it is a great hostel to stay and i would definitely come back again. The showers and toilet were always clean. A very safe hostel to stay :)

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