Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score No Data
Good For Families
Very homely hostel
Manarola Youth Hostel is a welcome addition to the Cinque Terre. They have a spacious lounge/ breakfast room, clean dorms and friendly staff. Beware the 10-3 lock out.
Unique Quality: The 5 minute coin operated showers
Directions: Turn right from the tunnel and walk up the steep path turn left before the church.
Organized, but Many Rules
I stayed in Ostello (Hostel) Cinque Terre two nights. The hostel is very well organized and provides a number of services and amenities, but there are also a few negative points to note.
To begin, the hostel is rather cheap and located in Manarola, which happens to be one of the less touristy towns of the Cinque Terre. I paid 22 euros a night to stay in a 6 bed male dorm in July of 2006. They provide sufficient meals for an extra charge. They also have convenient but rather expensive internet service available for 1.50 euros for 15 minutes. You can rent towels for a nominal fee. They provide linens free of charge. You can also rent padlocks for the lockers in your room. They have washer and drier facilities, and you can even rent snorkeling equipment.
On the down side, there is not only a 1:00am curfew, but there is also a lock-out from 10am-5pm, so you better bring any hiking and swimming gear with you when you leave in the morning. Also, they provide you with special tokens to take showers. You are given one free token a day. This token is good for a five-minute shower, so if you would like to take more than one shower a day, or a shower longer than 5 minutes, you must pay 50 cents to buy an extra shower token. Also, there is no air-conditioning and no fans, and unfortunately in this particular hostel, there seemed to be no airflow from the window, providing for very hot nights. Finally, in order to reach the hostel, there is an incredibly long, steep hill you must climb. Although it's rather difficult to climb this hill with all your luggage, the hostel's location at the top of the hill gives it a great view of the see and landscape.
Unique Quality: The hostel is located at the top of a large, steep hill, which is difficult to climb, but it provides for great views of the sea and surrounding landscape.
Directions: From the Manarola train station, take the tunnel, then turn right and go up the hill. Turn left at the church. The hostel is the green building behind the church.
A Great Youth Hostel in Cinque Terre
Me, my wife and two kids age 11 and 14 stayed at the Ostello 5-Terre on June 1-3 this year (2005). We loved the place. We had a nice family room for four. The view was incredible - the sea and the vinyards and the ancient picturesque town of Manarola. The room was spotless, the shower and toilet was immaculate. The young guys who run the hostel were very helpful and the prices were really reasonable.
Unique Quality: Beautiful views from the roof, the terrace dining area and the rooms. The staff were very attentive, especially, Max. The meals were delicious.
The cheapest accomodation in Manarola
We did not actually stay here but we were sent over there to buy an international phone card as they were the only place in Manarola who was selling them. We could see the hostel from our hotel window and when we went inside we could see it was very nice. We talked to the owners about their rates and their dinners. They were very friendly and told us a single in the hostel was 17 euro a night.
Unique Quality: In a quiet place in beautiful Manarola.
Directions: The driveway is right beside the church.
Great, Cheap Accomodation
I would have to say that this was one of the better hostels I stayed at on my whole trip. The only problem I could find with staying here, is the fact that it can get booked solid for weeks at a time. Couple that statement with me being there in October (and not the high season), and I can't imagine how hard it might be to get a room in the summer. I stayed in a family room, with private shower the first 2 days I was there, and then had to move into a dorm room with shared bathroom the last two days. Both rooms were very clean, and the beds seemed to be brand new when I was there. Shower facilities were excellent, but you did have to pay for hot water. Both rooms had an excelent view over the town... which means that you had to hike up the hill to get such a view. It is only about a 300 meter hike, but uphill with a backpack makes it seem more! Nevertheless, it was a great place to stay, and the cheapest in the Cinque Terra.
Unique Quality: Has rooms for families, or the single traveller. Super clean facilities and good beds. A great "restaurant" inside the hostel. Roof top terrace to view the church and sea-side sunsets. Sitting areas indoors and out. Very friendly staff, but hard to get availability... book and get there early!!!
Directions: Super easy to follow signs from the train station. Just walk through the tunnel, hang your first right. The road winds, just stay the course. At the church, take the left, and the hostel is the top building.
The Cinque Terre Hostel
Cinque Terre's only hostel is a good one. It's clean and very well run. It's 20 euros a night in sex-segregated dorms. This includes sheets and a 5min shower token, but not breakfast (available at a cost). The dinners here are quite good and the hostel has a nice atmosphere, with boardgames, etc available for you to use. There is a curfew at the hostel, but the Cinque Terre is all about the daylight, so it's not a problem.
I would recommend reserving by credit card in advance.
Unique Quality: A bedside light! Hostels never have those! Genius for when you want to read after lights out..
Directions: right from the Manarola station, then up the hill (follow the signs)
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