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Menaggio Youth Hostel La Primula
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10 reviews
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“Not a good stay”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

This hostel is not the worst hostel in the world, but it is pretty darn close.

I loved the staff (Michael and Beatrice, you're great); however, from the second I walked into the door, the owner (Fabio or something) ruined my experience. What an [--]. He was incredibly rude to both me and all of his staff. I will never, ever stay at that hostel again--unless they change owners.

That being said, the rules are incredibly strange and strict... e.g. You are not allowed to buy drinks from the nearby grocery store and bring them back to the hostel (their logic: the whole hostel is a "pub" and that somehow prohibits anyone from buying a bottle of wine from outside their venue). There is no kitchen to speak of, and the food they serve is mediocre at best. And, the rooms are awfully cramped and (at least when I was there) overbooked.


If you want a kind of cheap place to stay, go ahead and stay there. But, again, I sure as hell am never coming back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 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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Sam Johnson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Seriously, the view from this place is to die for. Menaggio is in such an amazing location on Lake Como, and the hostel is in a great location in Menaggio.
When we first arrived, the guy who greeted us was super friendly, and at this time they were cooking dinner which smelled amazing so we signed up for it, and got some free wine, which was excellent. Only problem I had with facilities was having to pay for WiFi... I thought that was a bit of a joke. The room had yet another incredible view. There was no air conditioning but they did provide fans, which was a bonus. The communal areas are really sociable, the bar is cheap and the food was incredible. If you're looking for somewhere cheap to stay in Lake Como, this is seriously unmissable. Although, girls should really watch out for the Canadian guy working there, he's a bit sleazy with the ladies...

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Okemos, MI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

It is in the middle of Lake Como. It cost 20 euros for a dorm bed. There is a ferry stop about 5 minutes away. The C10 bus runs by the hostel to Como. The views are great from the hostel. If you use the ferry it stops running in the evenings. A fast ferry to Como takes a hour but the regular runs up to 3 hours. If you want to be in the middle of lake this is a good location. Many famous villas are not far away by ferry. The staff was very helpful and a lot of information to share about the area.

Room Tip: Dorms rooms with a balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles 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!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Nairn
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles 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.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Menaggio Youth Hostel La Primula
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 #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Menaggio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
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