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

by Bianca @ Italian Fix


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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

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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… Read more »

lisa | renovating italy

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

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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.


The Travel Junkie

wow wow wow… take me there!

very nice. thank for sharing.


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


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


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.


Hi Bianca, Nice site & good work.
Any good hostel recommendations in Rome (besides ostello bello)



Sorry, just meant to ask for some nice recommendations in Rome as I to visit Milan (ostello bello) another time.
Looking forward to your suggestions (i took the plus hostel in Florence )


Hi Bianca,
so glad I stumbled on this site. I am planning a trip in july with my family. With 3 teenage girls, finding cheap but nice accommodation is tough. Any tips for Cinque Terre that could accommodate the 5 of us?


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