We spent three nights at this hostel and were very unimpressed. We had a private room for two with an ensuite. The room had double bunks that were very hard and uncomfortable. The room was so small I could not even stretch out my arms in the space between the bed and the other wall.
The weather was very warm when we were there and there is no airconditioning or fan. There is a large window but it has no flyscreen and there are houses on the opposite side so you had to shut the window (with wooden shutters, no glass) at night time for privacy and to keep out all the moths and mosquitos. We were on the side of the hostel facing a rockwall so had no breeze whatsoever and felt like we were in a real sweatbox!
Our ensuite smelled of mould and damp, and the shower curtain wasn't long enough so everytime you took a shower the floor would be awash. Also the toilet did not flush if used more than once in a 20 minute timeframe. There were tons of mosquitos everywhere.
We found the staff were a little unhelpful. They never seemed to have any towels available (despite advertising them as being there to rent), and often were out the front smoking or talking so you are left standing at the front desk for ages.
When we asked about the laundry we were told that one of the washing machines was broken but the other one cost 3 euros. When we went down both seemed to be working, so we put our money in the machine, but it just swallowed all our coins and nothing happened! So we ended up paying 6 euros to do washing and 2 euros to use their dryer (the one that wasn't broken). You can't get change as the vending machine was broken too.
The reviews about the breakfast are warranted. You get one small, slightly burnt, sickly sweet croissant and a 125ml bottle of pear juice (or you could have one small cup of coffee that was foul). We ended up walking to a bakery and buying beautiful fresh croissants for just 50 cents each - do that rather than endure the breakfast at the hostel. We had brought food from the supermarket to make our own breakfasts but there is no kitchen or fridge at the hostel and in the heat it was impossible to keep any food in the rooms.
In the rooms there is nowhere to lock valuables up.
To get into naples it is a fair train ride, as mergellina is really out in the suburbs, so if you need to get in early to catch a train you would need to factor this in.
The only positives about this hostel were that you could walk to the harbour and there were a number of good cheap pizza restaurants just 5 minutes walk away.
Generally though, this hostel is not in the nicest area and you would be better off staying in the Sorrento youth hostel which at least is in a nice town - Naples itself doesn't have much to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a strategic position in the center of the town in the cleaner and safer district of Mergellina where movida goes on until late in the night. Only two thousand meters far from the metro and train station so you can easily join Pompei ruins excavations, the archaeological area of Ercolano and Oplonti, The Amalfi coast, The Sorrento coast, the wonderful islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, The Vesuvius and the Natural Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ostello Mergellina Naples
- Ostello Mergellina Hotel Naples