Helpful that a friendly english speaker answered the phone to provide answers to the questions I had on staying at and finding my way to this hostel. Quite easy to find - I was driving - and appreciated that with landmarks such as the railway station which is only 300m from this hostel - that I could follow the signs to the railway station until the signs to the youth hostel appeared.
The hostel is also close to the Palace and therefore only about 10-15 mins from the old town centre.
Travelling in off peak season was again, for me, excellent in that again I ended up with a triple room to myself for the excellent price of only 15 euro. Good heating and clean room with clean bedding, power sockets and bedside lights.
I was able to park on the street so close almost at the front door.
The building has an elevator which is a nice convenience with managing luggage after a long hectic day of doing the manic tourist thing.
Toilets and showers a minutes walk just down the corridor. One problem though was that the shower is full force high firehose and the night i was there i had wanted to not wash my hair but I had no choice! nor could i stop the pressure of the water from getting through the shower door and all over the floor - and my shoes!
Unique Quality: Breakfast is not included nor is it available but there are vending machines that have bottled water, various canned drinks and also hot coffee and tea for prices much lower than other touristed places. 500ml bottled water for 35 cents, cans of iced lemon tea or other soft drinks 50cents.
Central Emilia Romagna suffers from a lack of hostels. Bologna has two hostels, but the reviews are generally pretty poor and they’re located quite a distance outside of the city. Parma has a hostel that closes for the winter, and as of mid-April it hasn’t reopened. That leaves Modena.
Ostello San Fillippo in Modena has a mix of pros and cons. It has the advantage of a central location and clean beds where there are only three people to a room. On the down side there are no kitchen facilities, which makes self-catering a little challenging. It’s also HI affiliated, and you’ll have to pay more if you’re not a member of HI, a fact that they neglected to tell me when I made my reservation. The floors are also separated by sex (a pro for some, a con for others). If you’re traveling with someone of a different gender you’ll most likely find yourself on different floors. The bathrooms are satisfactory enough, with individual stalls with a shower and toilet, but they get a bit dirty during peak times. All told, it’s one of the least expensive places to sleep in Emilia Romagna, and if that’s your bottom line then the hostel’s not so bad.
Unique Quality: Right outside of the hostel there is a bank of 4 public bikes. Ask for the keys at the desk and enjoy getting around the city the way the locals do!
Directions: Follow the signs from the train station, which will point you in the direction of the hostel. Turn right when you hit Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s about a 10 minute walk.
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