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HI Hostel Naples Mergellina
Ranked #170 of 221 Specialty Lodging in Naples
Reviewed June 23, 2010

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.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2010

Friendly staff, plenty of space, big screen public tv, they charge for internet, mostly clean, very affordable, the only real downside is it is very difficult to get to. As of 7/09 it was in the middle of a giant construction site up on a hill. not far from the train station, however. good value.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank JEastty
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Reviewed July 1, 2009

I stayed in 2007, so there is a chance its been renovated or something by now - but not likely.
Staff were lovely, cable TV in the lounge/reception area and places to sit in and around the hostel. But the hostel is at the top of a big hill and doesnt look very nice.
Not too far from the train station though, once you make it down the hill!
Included beakfast usually awful - horrible coffee, cheap indivually wrapped cake and something else equally 'yummy' - couldnt cost more than €0.50 to make that...but food you can buy in the evening was ok!
There is a lift, but a good flight of stairs too...
Our room smelt horrible when we arrived - complained about it, they put something down the drains (we had a mini closed off bathroom in our private dorm with shower, toilet and sink), but it still smelt the whole time we were there.
I wouldnt stay again...

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with friends
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1  Thank quatschfish
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Reviewed September 8, 2008


The cost was so low that I paid double (18 x 2 = 36) per night in order to have my own room. The view was amazing since you are at the top of a large hill, so I was overlooking the Mediterranean. Beautiful!

The room had a strange smell so I kept the window open as much as possible.

My only major complaint about this place was you are expected to be out of your room no later than 10 am each day. Not good if you are exhausted and need to sleep in for a while. The manager will come banging on the door at 10:05 if you are not out.

There is an outdoor patio and a kitchen in the basement that offers meals and drinks.

The location is great, the train station is literally at the bottom of the hill, and you are only a 5 - 10 walk to the water.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled solo
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2  Thank fem333
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Reviewed April 27, 2005

Just come back from a university trip to Naples, stayed at the Ostello Mergellina for 4 nights. After reading other reviews we were a bit worried but after staying there were pleasantly surprised.

The hostel staff were very friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean, the showers were hot, no ants or other insects in the rooms, a few cats and dogs hanging about but they were friendly. I found the place quiet but some of our students said it was noisy at night at times - but what do you expect, its a youth hostel with a large turnaround in guests.

If you want somewhere cheap, clean and quiet - this is the one for you.
The reviews were right about one thing though - the breakfast - a lump of bread and luke warm coffee - every day!!!! Horrible.

  • Stayed: April 2005
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5  Thank KenOliver
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Reviewed August 16, 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled as a couple
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Thank JepJag
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Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
1  Thank Mariacristina C
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Address: Salita della Grotta 23, 80122, Naples, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Naples > Chiaia
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #170 of 221 Specialty Lodging in Naples
Price Range: $16 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — HI Hostel Naples Mergellina 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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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