THE STORY: Some years ago, I met Bojan. He did not just want to become a doctor. He needed to become a doctor. I’d never seen someone pour so much passion into a profession choice and had to ask him why it was so important. He answered with a story of a war he had seen as a child and a home he left long ago in 1992. Then he told me that through this experience he learned that of all the things a man could do, being a doctor meant you could keep helping people, regardless of war or wealth.
My father too believed in investing his life in a helping profession. In 1989, he moved our family from a cozy American mountain town to a bustling city in Nigeria so that he could use his skills as a doctor to aid people there. Dad took care of the patients. Mom took care of his house – the doctor’s house – where she regularly hosted visiting medical and aid workers. My childhood in Nigeria was spent around a shared table where co-workers and friends from all over the world fast became family.
I've been lucky to continue to travel the world while building my own career in hospitality and marketing. In every step, I searched for a place that I could call home. A place where I could build a hostel that would help local communities while building international communities. And, as life has its surprises, my search has led me right back to the country Bojan fled as a refugee in 1992. After gaining a wealth of experience in hostel and tourism management in Germany and the Czech Republic, I moved here to Sarajevo to open this house - The Doctor’s House.
-- Cat Norman Tahirović, owner and manager
AT THE DOCTOR'S HOUSE, we believe in hospitality as a helping profession. Through all the services we offer, we connect you directly to local Bosnian artists, craft-makers, farmers, and businessmen so that your visit to Bosnia i Herzegovina leaves a positive impact on local lives and local economy. With key partnerships and conscientious business, we promote sustainable tourism in a city that is fast rebuilding its reputation as a little piece of paradise. You can count on a comfortable bed, a clean house, a great view, and smiling staff ready to answer your questions. We welcome you to join us in a cozy hostel near Sarajevo’s center where it will be no surprise to find friends fast become family.
Beds from 10€. All dorm rooms have custom-made bunks with privacy curtains, reading lights, and security lockers.
Private double rooms from 30€. Enjoy stunning views of the city while sleeping cozy on hand-made furniture.
#1 on TripAdvisor after 4 months of being open and holding strong over 3 years later!
Send us a quick email to book a bed in our 10-bed dorm, 6-bed dorm with balcony, 4-bed dorm, or a private double/twin rooms. You are very welcome in our house!
NOTE: Reception is open daily from 9-22h.
If you want to check-in outside of these hours, just drop us a line!