Yes it's noisy at night, but there are quieter rooms if you ask and the noise is just part of the buzz of this place. With ear plugs and a relaxed attitude, you can get a good night's sleep.
The rooms are basic hostel dorms but each with a small balcony overlooking the square. Linen provided is excellent - but bring a towel. There are great under-bed lockers and in the current improvements being done, new, even more secure lockers were being installed. The bathroom is fine but often wet on the floors from overflowing shower trays.
Downstairs, there is free wi-fi (it reaches to many of the rooms), a small kitchen area and common room. This is where there is FREE BREAKFAST available in the mornings (coffee, bread, jam, cereal). For the price you pay I think this is excellent.
The real selling points that make this hostel excellent are the incredibly friendly and helpful staff, and the associated bar and restaurant. The staff would do whatever they could to help you and they had a good knowledge of Catania and wider Sicily. Their advice made finding our way around and negotiating public transport much easier.
The bar - with equally friendly staff - is the coolest place in the city. Good live music, relaxed atmosphere. A real buzz to the place. A great spot for watching people as the numbers build through the evening and the tables and chairs spread out over the square. Then, the icing on the cake is the cellar restaurant that opens to a subterranian stream under the lava flow of 1669 but over an old Roman street. And the food and wine's great, too!
Finally, the position of the hostel is excellent - close to the fascinating fish market, the duomo and the castle.
Just take some ear plugs if you intend sleeping and have a great time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- independent hostel in the heart of Catania, Sicily, next to Mt. Etna, Taormina, Syracuse. dorms, doubles, twins, restaurant, bar, wine bar. It's worth visiting the hostel itself and many tourists and locals come to sample our unique atmosphere. We have a fantastic restaurant with authentic sicilian dishes. Have you ever sipped a glass of wine whilst sitting in an underground lava cave? You can here at the hostel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Agora Hostel Catania, Sicily