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What are your experiences with sobas / guesthouses?

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1. Posted by Mikitriki (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi. I was wondering generally what peoples experiences were of sobas / guesthouse in eastern europe especially in the Balkan area. Curious about if they are generally a good experiences with a couple of shady deals here and there.

2. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 10y

Private accommation comes in all varieties and prices, though most are of the more modest type (2- or 3-stars rating). That doesn't mean their of poor quality, quite the contrary in most cases I should say. Just don't expect a waterbed or a satellite telly. I assume it this goes for all of Eastern Europe, though I have only been to Croatia and Montenegro. I had different experiences. One room was a bit expensive, but with a massive bed, a massive room, a lovely breakfast and a balcony with a view of the Adriatic that one was excellent value for money. On the other hand, I also had a room that was clean but with rather decrepit furniture. No bed bugs, luckily.
My advice is not to agree to take the room unless you've actually inspected it first. You may be unpleasantly surprised (like I was occasionally) by what you get if you pick a room off the internet.
Indeed, you can say that they are generally a good experiences with a couple of shady deals here and there.

3. Posted by Mikitriki (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I'm more interested in history and culture than any frivolous additions such as t.v.'s, waterbeds etc. I figure the money I save is another day experiencing life. I'm totally fine with any place to fall asleep at. However I've never been to Croatia and I will be a foreigner (asian)woman traveling alone. So I'd rather be safe than sorry. It's not so fun to get screwed over. But I don't want to miss out on a random, fantastic experience as well.

4. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 10y

I was in croatia alone at the height of the summer season, and getting soba for 1 person was difficult. The first couple of locals laughed in my face when i said i was by myself - they just weren't geared for single travellers. But i did finally get offered a single room, and while it was a bit out of the way it was lovely, clean and comfortable, and cost only a bit more than it should have, which i had to expect as punishment for not booking ahead. The people were helpful and straight up, if a little pushy,i didn't meet anyone who had been scammed.

Although, i did meet another solo traveller there who spent most the day looking for a room and ended up in a family house in a tiny childrens-size bed in a room full of action figures and football posters - the family had kicked their son out of his bedroom to rent the room to him.

So you can know what you're in for if you book ahead, but trusting to the random possibilities of soba can be interesting, and you should be ok either way. good luck!