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Ostello Villa Olmo
Ranked #27 of 33 Hotels in Como
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great place,great people”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

If you dou don't mind the male-female dorm seperation, this place is just perfect. The staff is nice, the rooms and showers are clean, and the breakfast is great, with full of aroma Italian coffee. We recommend it with all our hearts.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

This is one of the best hostels that I stayed in during a recent trip to Italy - clean rooms with lots of air, lockers, garden, good showers, food on offer very good. Very friendly, trusting and patient staff with a wealth of info and tips. Seems to be a family-run hostel.

25 minutes walk from downtown Como, Lago di Nord Como train station and Como bus station, 15 minutes from Como San Giovanni train station. Bus stops outside hostel - costs €1.25 into town

No charges for wi-fi, 50c for 15 minutes to use their computer.

Drawbacks are almost incessant traffic noise, hostel closed with no access between 10 and 4 and no cold food or drink storage.

Room Tip: North West side is noisiest.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cannonballdaze
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Lincolnshire, England
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

This was our third visit and the first time we had stayed in the family room. Very quiet, clean, spacious, but what makes Villa Olmo Hostel so special is the incredibly lovely family running it. The husband is a terrific chef, his delightful wife (or another lady, possibly their daughter?) is the first point of contact for guests. They are both extremely welcoming and the food is terrific and extremely well priced. This year they have expanded on the free breakfast and now offer even more. The evening meal is a must have option.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rye, Australia
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57 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

I have stayed at this place twice now, once in 1998 and once in 2009. Same owners. The lady that runs the place is very helpful and friendly. She has a wealth of info on touristy things to do. The rooms were clean. Off street parking is available fortunately. Nice place. Unfortunately had to sleep in the men's dorm and couldn't be with my partner, no exception to this rule.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

Villa Olmo Hostel is a great place to stay in Como on a budget. The staff is very helpful for sightseeing, and super friendly. The beds are in single-sex dorms, and my fellow travelers were very considerate while I stayed there. The hostel is located a pleasant walk to and from town, or the local bus stops right in front if you have luggage. I would recommend Villa Olmo if you like the camaraderie of a hostel, and don't mind giving up some privacy for a bargain price.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank stubby6
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Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2011

Ostello Villa Olmo is family owned, and a nice, friendly hostel.

There are two single sex dorms. The female dorm consists of about 32 beds (8 beds are in a seperate room with a door). There are low dividing walls to make it feel more private. There are three showers and three toilets for the whole dorm.

The male dorm is only about 10 beds, open plan, also with three showers/toilets.

There are lockers provided for all beds, however the door to the dorm itself doesn't lock.

The hostel itself is about a 15min walk along the lake into town, or you can catch a bus directly outside (which also stops at both train stations).

Marcella, the owner, is lovely, very helpful and speaks very good English.

Wifi is free in common area and there is a computer available. You can buy bus tickets cheaply from reception too.

Breakfast is included in the price and is a white bread roll with butter and jam, a coffee/tea/hot chocolate, a juice, and there is milk and cereal you can help yourself to, plus a some sweet biscuits.

Each night, the common area serves meals very cheaply. The husband cooks these meals and the food is fantastic (I highly recommend it). At the cheapest for 5EU, you can simply have pasta of the day and bread, or the most expensive is 10,50EU for a first course of pasta, a second course of meat and vegetables, plus bread, water or wine, and dessert. They also sell pizzas and salads.

Negatives for me:

- Hostel is closed between 10am and 4pm. You cannot access the hostel, or check in between 10 and 4.

- There is a MIDNIGHT curfew. The gates are closed after this and you are not able to get in.

- As the female dorm is so big, it can be quite loud.

- Lots of traffic noise from the street.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank silvericemaiden
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2011

This is a small family run hostel, right beside Villa Olmo and about a 10-15 minute walk along the lakeside into town. The woman who seemed to be running the show was quite helpful and spoke english well. There is only one room for women, and one room for men. The rooms are set up nicely though with half walls and lockers dividing the beds, and I found my stay was quiet and comfortable. The lockers come with a key included in the price. You can buy a nice home cooked meal for dinner for pretty fair prices. In the morning they will make you a nice coffee to go with your breakfast included in the price of the stay. The breakfast is standard for Italy hostels (a bun and some jam). The hostel opens at 4pm, the gates close at midnight, and you have to check out by 9am, and the gates close again at 10am. If you arrive earlier in the day you can always leave your bags at the train station for 4 euro for 4 hours while you go around and explore.

From the San Giovanni train station, it's a 30 minute walk or you can take bus 1, 6 or 11. You can buy bus tickets at the tobacconist in the train station (1.55euro each). You have to walk down the large staircase and across the road to get the bus (they don't stop in the train station bus loop).

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ostello Villa Olmo
Address: Via Bellinzona 2, 22100, Como, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Como
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
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Ranked #27 of 33 Hotels in Como
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 45
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