Unlike a couple other places I’ve visited recently, I would recommend almost every hostel I stayed at in Italy. Either I got lucky this time around or I’m starting to get better at picking hostels (I’m hoping it’s the latter). Here’s the line-up of hostels in Italy I would definitely stay at again as well as recommend to others:
Generator Venice (Venice)
Another Generator! At first I was hesitant to go for the big chain hostels. I thought I would prefer the cozier more homey types, and while I do enjoy those, it turns out the big chains are often popular for a reason. Generator Venice was amazing. The lobby and bar look like they came out of a boutique hotel and they somehow managed to make a 16 person room feel like it had a decent amount of privacy. While the Generator in Venice is actually just across the water from Venice and requires a ferry to get there, I would love to stay there again. I can’t recommend the Generator chain enough and you can find them in Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, London and Venice.
Ostello Ospitalia del Mare (Levanto)
It can be difficult to find hostels in Cinque Terre, especially if you don’t book too far in advance. I chose to stay in this hostel in Levanto, the little town just above the five towns of Cinque Terre and I’m so glad I did. I would recommend this place for both the hostel and the town. Levanto is only five minutes from the first Cinque Terre town by train and is much larger boasting many restaurants and a sand beach.
Plus Florence (Florence)
Plus Florence is one of the biggest hostels I’ve ever seen. Another chain hostel with locations in Prague, Berlin, Rome, Venice and Florence this hostel was great. It has multiple buildings of bedrooms and an outdoor pool! The patio and bar near the pool are awesome and there’s so many people here you’re bound to make friends.
Fattoria del Bassetto (Certaldo)
I wanted to experience some of the Tuscan countryside and this hostel seemed like the perfect place to do it. A former convent of Benedectine Monks, this villa is beautiful and full of a rustic charm. During the busy season they offer plenty of cultural activities like cooking classes and winery visits with locals. Certaldo is tiny and a bit random but it’s only an hour from places like Florence making for good day trips with a relaxing place to wind down in the evening.
6 Small Rooms (Naples)
The atmosphere at this hostel is very welcoming, laid back and helpful. The owners are from New Zealand, France and the States and are full of good ideas on what to do in Naples. Most importantly, the free breakfast is some of the best I’ve ever had at a hostel.
Alessandro’s Palace (Rome)
Alessandro’s has achieved being a party hostel without going overboard. They organize pub crawls and rooftop events every night but maintain being a clean and efficient hostel. There’s always something to do and lots of friends to make but you won’t feel pressured to go out if you don’t want to. Note that this is Alessandro’s Palace not Alessandro’s Downtown. While the two do some events together, I’ve heard bad reviews of Alessandro’s Downtown.