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Menaggio Youth Hostel La Primula
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Stayed for three nights, and if there had of been rooms available elsewhere would have moved.
Luckily had a bed in a female dorm, and while there the room and bathroom were not cleaned. When eight people are sharing a room that's just a little bit disgusting. The bathroom was tiny, and every time someone went in the shower the floor was soaked. Although this kind of helped to drown the ants that came out of the shower tray.

The food was basic. Breakfast was bread and cereal, with juice that was so watered down they might as well not bother. The evening meal was cheap. If you were vegetarian there limited options.

The rooms didn't have locks, someone who had been in the room but was now sleeping in a tent, came back to use the locker they had been using. There weren't enough lockers for the number of people in the rooms either!

One the website they advertise hire of bikes and kayaks. Hiring the bikes was an experience. They are death traps, and they shouldn't be advertising this unless they are prepared to maintain them.

When a girl in the room I was in was moved by the staff (she had moved voluntarily into the room to allow a girl and boy friend to be in the same mixed dorm already), this highlighted the total disorganisation. Added to this the previous night a girl came back to her bed to find a male in it, and her possessions thrown on the floor. This resulted in the girl sleeping on the beach, as a bed was not immediately available. After a conversation with a staff member, I found out the hostel was owned by past guests and every time one of them visited they made complaints about how things were been run. Seriously this hostel is in a beautiful location, but the management of it is truly lacking. Even the cheap wine doesn't make up for this

Room Tip: Go to another hotel - it may cost more but you'll appreciate it!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We stayed in a small hotel in the center of Menaggio, but always like a little walk in the morning.

The hostel is a bit towards one end of town up a slight incline. It's got great views from the terrace and the wine comes terribly cheap (it actually gets cheaper with volume)! So, there was our reason to walk up there every morning, until we deemed it decent to start the intake.

Never tried the food and didn't see the rooms, but saw people of all ages that seemed to stay there.

It certainly is worth the walk.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This.Place.Is.Horrible. It has a nice view. The good points stop there and the dirty bathrooms, urine stinking toilets, continual heat and change of bedrooms go on. After my five hour train ride to Menaggio, I arrived to discover that the reception is closed from 2-5 (conveniently the peak time for booking in) and I had to sit in the stinking heat for 2 hours. Of the four nights I then endured in this hole, I was forced to pack up and move rooms 3 nights, due to overbooking and disorganisation. I cant even remember what size room I paid for, but whatever it was, I did not stay in it-it does not matter if you ask for a 4 bed mixed or 6 bed all girl. Every night I would force myself into their filthy, tiny, useless shower and got out feeling dirtier than when I got in. The bathrooms were not cleaned daily and I had to hold my breath to use their disgusting toilet. I have stayed in many hostels and do not enjoy being scathingly critical but this place is filthy and you should avoid it at all costs.

Room Tip: There are no good rooms to choose.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

If you are looking for cheap and nasty this is your place, the rooms are dirty and don't bother paying extra for an en suite they smell of urine and makes the stuffy rooms smell vile. Flys and ants are everywhere and share your breakfast kindly.

On the positive it has a good view if the rooms were clean and bathrooms this place would be a gem... A trick is most certainly being missed.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Great place to stay. My view of the lake and surrounding mountains each morning were breath taking! Dinner was excellent. Entire facility is very clean and quiet. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Easy to get to via bus or ferry. Bunk beds were solid and quiet (no squeaking). Good night's sleep each night.
Try to get a room with a view of the lake.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Thank lad18
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Fab place right beside lake and ferry terminal, stayed in a dorm of 6 girls, only 18 euros a night, nice private beach and breakfast included (bread / cereal). Cheap kayak rental. Good atmosphere, friendly staff. Suitable for all, mix of families / young and older travellers. First hostel experience, was not disappointed. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank A S
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is a wonderfull place to stay. Nice staff, wonderfull nature en culture. Also nice food. Staying at this place with Fabio, Michael en David is so nice. That you don't wanna go home. Visiting Como, Milaan, Verona, ... It's all not that far. Enjoying the lake. And the good weather. I lake it!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Via Quattro Novembre 106, 22017 Menaggio, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Menaggio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Menaggio
Price Range: $49 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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