Are You Overpaying For Luxury? Meet the Best Hostels in Italy.

by Bianca Gignac

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Hostels in Europe have a bad rap.

They bring back college day hallucinations of bunk beds, polyester sheets and cheap beer.

But like you, hostels have grown up; they’ve bought a suit and got a job.

Hostels today don’t just cater to broke ass students and vagabonds: they are an awesome alternative to expensive European hotels.

If Europe is on your radar in the next few years then pocket these Italian addresses. Cause I want you to save money for more important things…like prosecco.

Luxury hostels: 5 beds under 100 bucks.

1) Venice: Generator Hostel

A brand new hostel is born in Venice. She’s part of the ultra-groovy Generator Hostel family (with digs in London, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg). A gorgeous room, lounge and a bar await you. And you can have a piece of this pie for around 20 euros a night. P.S. See my Venice kayak post here.


2) Sorrento: Seven Hostel

This hostel is located just outside of Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast and has an amazing rooftop terrace and bar with a view of the Gulf of Naples and the Sorrento Peninsula. Here’s another Amalfi coast accommodation idea.


3) Milan: Ostello Bello

OMG people love to hate Milan, but I love to love Milan. I go for the amazing vintage clothing stores, the ridiculously cool design stores and the awesome vibe of a working Italian city not dripping with “tourist menu” signs. Milan might be the most underrated place to fly into, so don’t miss Ostello Bello if you need a cheap and cheerful Milanese friend.


4) Florence: Plus Hostel

So — this hostel has two pools, Turkish bath, steam room and a sauna. In a town like Florence, you could spend 500 euros a night and not see a single one of those things in your fancy hotel. See my post about what to do in Florence here.


5) Sicily: Lol Hostel

You can score a beautiful private room in the heart of Syracuse, Sicily for 25 euro. Within minutes of dropping your bags, you could be checking out the ancient Greek temple or tucking into a delicious hot slice at the local pizzeria.



I love you and comments too! Can you add to this list of awesome hostels? Which one would YOU stay at in a heartbeat?

With love + clean sheets,


top image: Leela Cyd

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Lina December 20, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Bianca, what a fantastic list! I’m actually floored (I love staying in luxurious places when I travel, always looking for something that won’t make our budget implode)

How did you find these places? I often travel in eastern Europe, what I’d give to find gems like these! Thank you for sharing with us.

Oh, and Merry Christmas!


lisa | renovating italy December 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

wow things have changed since I was backpacking….do they take kids lol x


Monina Nudalo December 23, 2013 at 3:50 AM

Hi Bianca,

Thank you for this list!

I stayed at Ostello Bello in Milan when I was there last October. Awesome place to stay and it is just a walking distance to the Duomo.

Definitely will use this hostels in my next trip to Italy next year.



Joe Tables December 25, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Very nice hostles. But if you want to travel with little or no money you may want to check out this website Its a good alternative to spending money for lodging. Money won’t stop you from going to places you’d like to go.



The Travel Junkie January 22, 2014 at 2:08 AM

wow wow wow… take me there!

very nice. thank for sharing.


Lucy January 24, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Oh my. Ok. I might take myself off on a roundtrip of Italy just to see the luxury hostels!
Lucy x
La Lingua : Food + Life in Milano


Jill March 31, 2014 at 11:23 PM

I booked the Ostello Bello in Milan for this upcoming April trip! Can’t wait!


Shaun June 20, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Paradise Beach Backpackers Hostel on Ischia in the Gulf if Naples, near Capri, Amalfi, and Sorrento, is a highly-rated Mediterranean hostel too. It sits on a volcanic island with hot springs and steam vents and gorgeous beaches.


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