A courtyard on Zagreb’s main shopping street harbours this former dry-cleaning and textile-dying factory, still featuring an atmospheric combination of exposed brickwork and industrial floors. There are some cute double rooms alongside the regular dorms, and the guest communal areas (complete with kitchen facilities) come with exactly the right mix of laid-back vibe and social buzz. But Swanky's main draw is its new 'Swanky Monkey Garden' terrace, which is always heaving with people sipping beers and pina coladas under fairy lights - it's so good that even the locals turn up every night in their dozens. If you're looking for a social stay, Swanky's your best bet.
Zagreb hostels stand out as some of the best value for money in Europe. With the Croatian capital now firmly on the interrailing map, places to stay are popping up in unlikely locations across the city - the most recent being a train hostel (on a train, in the train station). Most offerings tick the basic boxes (safe, cheap, bedbug-free) and many even tick the desirable ones (clean kitchens, lively bars, almost tasteful decor). Here are the best hostels in Zagreb.