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“cute and eco- friendly” 5 of 5 stars
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Hostel Cinque Terre
Via Riccobaldi, 21, 19010 Manarola, Italy   |  
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Richmond, Virginia
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“cute and eco- friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

Cinque Terre is AMAZING. This is a great, cheap place to stay in the Cinque Terre region. Smaller village than the others but very quaint and gorgeous. The hostel is clean and staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms are clean and have individual night lights which is a nice feature. Also eco-friendly which I really appreciate.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

Alright so this hostel is very clean and nice. The beds come with duvet covers and the rooms are nice and spacious with a great view of Manarola and the Mediterranean Sea. They also have a yummy restaurant downstairs which provides food for all types of people, including Gluten-Free food.
However, this place is incredible anal about rules. I can understand why to some extent, considering they have had problems with travelers being disrespectful in the past, yet they are a bit crazy about it.
One: When you arrive you are given a list of rules that you must follow. There are time limits for showers, which require a token to start the shower. (This token only allows 5 minutes for each shower.)
Two: There is a curfew. Midnight. Kind of lame.
Three: You have to turn in your key when you leave.
Four: There is a time throughout the day when the hostel is closed. !0-4 I think. What do you do if you are sick?

That's enough said. But just wanted to give a good idea of the kind of place you can be getting yourself into.

Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

the village of manorola needs some thinking through. so one needs to know what the plan is for cinque terre. if its party-party stay at monteresso, but if its trying to actually experience cinque terre with the touristy buzz then stay at manorola.

and every part of our stay here was thought through! from the shower coins, to the laundry service on the top floor, the bunk beds, the restaurant with the sea in the distance and the awesome awesome food!

the reception in-charge was warm and friendly and that pretty much set the note for the rest of the stay. not one of those big and warm hostels with lots of ppl hanging out... but the way its sized there is an almost hotel feel to it. so worth it if you aren't the back packed looking for large gangs to hang out with! the rooms are clean and comfortable. the showers are sufficient, though at one point in the evening got a little smelly with a lot of ppl in and out. but the eco-touch to the place makes you feel less guilty about your carbon imprint while traveling.

the food is lovely. breakfast is simple, but filling and sets you up for a good trek around cinque terre. the food is warm and local, and has a non-hotel touch to it. you actually give the chef the order, and u can see him making your meal. feels a lot more personal than any other hostel i have stayed at in europe! and the pesto sauce is the die for!!

the approach is a little steep, but its a short walk and if you go through the city (steps) you cut short the distance. but like any cliff-beach kind of place there will be ups and downs...

the staff are helpful and know their village, so tell you what to do and where to go and also how to save money by bunching up things you do and making use of offers...

go there for a warm, comfortable place that can be a safe haven to come back to post a lot of trekking!

Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Barcelona, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

As everyone has mentioned there are some rules with this hostel. A couple crazy ones...you cannot access the hostel between 10-4. It's not a biggy as you should be out anyway! But not forced to be. Keeping your passport, if you pay upfront...not cool. I like the fact they shut people up at 12. I want to sleep....got to be up early and out by 10!!!
5 min shower rule, good for us. Hot water for everyone and good for the environment.
The breakfast is poor, not good value. Half a bowl of limp corn flakes with warm UHT milk is not good. Caffe latte started looking good until thay poured hot water in and a dash of milk...come on, this is Italy, coffee should be good. Saving a few cents on milk. Bread roll was nice, but when asking for olive oil, day 1 was a simply no, day 2 we got a plate of oil. Again, this is Italy...lots of butter loving nations in the hostel I know, but not eveyone...weird.
On the basis of the breakfast we were not going to risk the dinner...the village has great restaurants, not worth the risk of missing an opportunity of eating some of the best pasta in the world for us. No chance.
The cleaniness of this hostel is absolutely top drawer, better you will not find.
The staff/owners were very helpful indeed.
What I would say though...if you are 2, like us, staying in a private room...you (as we did elsewhere in the cinque terre) might find it cheaper to rent an apartment with a kitchen and cook yourself...incredible ingredients are available in local shops. Even just being able to make some breakfast and lunch to take can save quite a bit of restaurant/cafe expense.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011

A table on the terrance, looking out to sea from the height of a quiet neighborhood three minutes walk above the harbor with its shops and restaurants, sitting quiet or chatting with other guests, is the best seat in the village. The incomparable chef, Massimo (Max), prepares and serves truly marvelous dinners and appetizers for a fraction of the restaurant prices. There is a good selection of wines and beers, likewise reasonably priced. I observed that not only is this hostel sparkling clean, but the air is always fresh. No odor of old carpet or disinfectant . It is managed professionally and efficiently by a very kind, courteous and knowledgeable man who will remember your name, your preferences and small details. He reminds me of Agatha Christie's detective Poirot .

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

If you are in a backpacker mood the dorms are perfect for you, they are clean with spacious lockers. The showers are out in of the room, one for man and one for women. If you travel as a couple you can get a private room where you will be more comfortable because it has the shower and toilette inside the room. The staff is very friendly, you need to book in advance this place has high demand, if you just show up you might not get a room or even a bed. In this place you have the option to have breakfast at the hotel for an extra 5 Euros, it is coffee, bread, some cereal and that's it. No fruits at all :(

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

The hostel was the cleanest I've ever stayed in. We were in a group of four staying in a six person dorm that was very spacious and clean. There were huge lockers for us to put our stuff in. It seemed like the common areas and bathrooms were cleaned at least twice a day. There was a kitchen where you could buy a wide variety of good food for cheap. The staff was extremely helpful and kind and would help us with any questions we had. They do have many rules, but it didn't interfere with any of our plans. They have them to be respectful of the location and to keep it as clean and accommodating as possible. I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet, clean and friendly hostel.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Riccobaldi, 21, 19010 Manarola, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Manarola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Manarola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ostello Cinque Terre e un ostello independente situato nel centro storico di Manarola. Non e necessaria una tessera degli ostelli e non ci sono limiti di eta. Ostello Cinque Terre e il posto ideale per visitare i paesi di Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza e Monterosso. Siamo a pochi minuti dalla stazione ferroviaria, dal parcheggio e dai battelli. Dall'ostello partono numerosi sentieri e la nostra posizione in cima al paese consente una vista a 360° delle terrazze coltivate a vigneto, del paese e del mare. Le nostre camere: • Letti in stanze dormitorio da sei posti per uomini o per donne (camere separate) ampia finestra con vista e con servizi comuni al piano; • stanza doppia ( 2 letti singoli) con bagno privato e ampia finestra con vista paese e vigneti; • camere famiglia ( da 4 o 6 letti ) con bagno privato e ampia finestra con vista paese e vigneti. In ogni stanza sono presenti ventilatori a soffitto, tavolino, armadietti e luci da lettura Ciascun piano ha un'area comune con un piccolo soggiorno e vista mare. Internet Wifi gratis in tutta la struttura. Il nostro ristorante si trova al piano terra dell'ostello. Offriamo servizio di prima colazione e cena. E' possibile consumare i pasti nella nostra sala da pranzo o all'aperto nel patio. Non c'e' uso cucina. Per motivi igienici non e possibile consumare cibi propri. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ostello Cinque Terre Hotel Manarola
Hostel Cinque Terre Manarola, Italy

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