There is an "official" hostel in Zagreb that is well-located near the train station and in reasonable condition. You can also stay at one of an increasing number of privately-run hostels that are sprouting up in Zagreb and experience imaginatively and comfortably designed rooms.
I particularly recommend the Taban Hostel, in an unbeatable location in Zagreb's Upper Town. There are 5 and 6-bed dorms as well as doubles and "comfort" doubles that offer excellent value for money. See my review.
Even if you haven't stayed in a hostel before, know that in Zagreb the hostels have better locations than nearly all except the most luxurious Zagreb hotels. Zagreb's Upper Town is famous for its nightlife and there are no hotels up there, so for nightcrawlers a Zagreb hostel or private room or apartment are the only possibilities.
Prices are very cheap, particularly in comparison to Zagreb hotel prices and some hostels also have a few doubles to rent.
It's imperative to reserve in advance as the demand for cheap accommodation in Zagreb far outstrips the supply.
Hostel Shappy is famous for its terrace-bar, entertainment center and local cocktails.
Not quite central but famous for its cleanliness and comfort.
Funk Lounge Hostel
In Novi Zagreb, south of the train station.
Main Square Hostel
Eye-popping design and a central Zagreb location make this hostel a standout.
Not the newest but fairly well-located.
Zagreb Youth Hostel
Very near the train station and recently renovated
This small family-run two-star hotel is near the fairgrounds and has parking.
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