Like much of Western Europe, accommodation in Italy can be on the expensive side. But right across the country, from fashionable Milan in the north to the Sicilian capital of Palermo, there is a range of hostels and low cost hotels in Italy, often centrally located and offering cheap dorm beds and private rooms.
Accommodation on a Budget
Hostels aren’t all about drunken students and bunk beds any more, either – modern facilities and more luxurious features are increasingly common. HostelBookers has a wide variety of accommodation to suit travelers heading to Italy on a budget.
What follows are a few examples of hostels and low cost budget hotels from around Italy which really show the quality of such so-called ‘budget’ accommodation.
Hotel Delizia, Milan
In the center of glam Milan, this budget hotel has a cool bar and lounge for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Highly rated for its cleanliness, it also benefits from an excellent location close to the impressive Duomo and Palazza Reale.
Hotel Venice Villa Dori, Venice
A quaint villa 10 minutes from Venice by boat, this peaceful residence offers quiet homely accommodation away from the crowds and bustle of the touristy area of the Venice. All rooms come complete with air conditioning, satellite TV and a mini-bar.
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Academy Hostel, Florence
Housed in a 17th century palace, Academy Hostel is steeped in the famous city’s history and charm. Stylish and comfortable, the hostel offers excellent value accommodation within easy reach of all Florence’s sights, restaurants and bars.
Alessandro Palace Hostel, Rome
Centrally located, this budget Rome hostel is a traditional residence that combines old-fashioned architecture and exposed stone walls with modern amenities. A range of shared and private beds are available, with every room having an en-suite bath or shower.
La Controra Hostel, Naples
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This bright, arty hostel set in a former hunting lodge in Naples has a very modern interior design, along with a spacious garden.
Popular with travelers of all ages, it’s both value for money and well-equipped, with facilities including a games room, internet hall and lounge bar.
Hotel Il Guercino, Bologna
Centrally located in the gastronomic capital of Bologna, this charming hostel is a short walk from the city’s famous sites; Piazza Maggiore, the Two Towers and the Neptune Fountain.
The tasteful rooms are of a high standard, with private ensuite rooms and lavish furnishings, and lockers and air conditioning – perfect in the balmy summer months!
There are a host of restaurants close to the hostel offering regional specialties such as Tortellini and Ragu sauce.
Under the Tower Hostel, Pisa
Most people come to Pisa for one thing only – to gaze up at the famous leaning tower. Under the Tower puts you right in the heart if the action, and is the only hostel directly in front of the ‘Field of Miracles’ on the Via Santa Maria.
The rooms are chic and stylish and the hostel is small and intimate, perfect for a romantic getaway. There’s a bar and restaurant serving up well-priced Tuscan cuisine, and the hostel offers free international calls home.
Seven Hostel, Sorrento
Just a few steps from the sea, the Seven is a cool and funky hostel in Saint’Angelo, on the picturesque Amalfi Coast, within easy reach of the monuments at Pompeii and famous cliff-top villages. By day walk along the coastal paths, relax on the beach or visit neighbouring islands, and by night hit the local piazza for lively bars and discos.
The historic eighteenth century building has been given a modern update with stylish, modern rooms, and a rooftop terrace for sunbathing.
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