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Review of Ostello di Verbania

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Ostello di Verbania
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“Great stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed for 4 days in late July. Despite the busy time we managed to book 4 nights the morning we arrived (since we didn't have a credit card). For the first night, we got a nice and spacious double bed room (shared bathroom). For the following 3 nights, we had to switch to a dormitory (shared bathroom).

- very friendly, straightforward and helpful staff!
- spacious building (rooms, dormitories, bathrooms, breakfast room)
- great location (5 minutes to Pallanza,ristoranti etc.). It is a bit steep, but that only counts for the first 100m (cobbled pavement).
- great view over the lago (from the balcony, garden, dormitory...)
- good parking area in front of the entrance door
- good breakfast (home made pies/cakes)

All things considered, we would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Sammamish, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

The location is perfect - just a short walk to the waterfront. We went to Jambalaya Cafe and it was a fun place to get drinks and food. We were the only people staying at the hostel on a Friday night, but we had a blast. There is Nintendo and game stations, a book trade, and an amazing breakfast in the morning that is included. There is not travel or information desk and they are not helpful, so we went to the tourist office right in town and got advice and maps. Great deal for the location and breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tmingi
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London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

This was a sad experience. The location indeed is nice and the building impressive but that's about it. Very sad because the place could be nice. But obviously nobody cared at all for a long time. It is run down and things are old, wobbly and broken. We froze sleeping on old and cheap matrasses. We didn't dare to take a shower. We found only one working power socket. There was no internet for us whatsoever. If staff was nice or helpful then we wouldnt complain. But they were impolite and complicated. So we also noticed the "design" that someone must have chosen. It's not only the heating that is not working. We didn't feel welcome.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Michael G
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2012

Stayed here for 2 days in May. The area of Verbania & around lake Maggiore is absolutely beautiful, and as you would expect prices are high so this was the cheapest option for Verbania at 50 Euro per night.
The location is ok. To get to the Lake you have to walk down a very steep cobbled walkway, which in wet conditions is a bit slippery and dangerous, especially if you have walking difficulties.
Check in took a long time as there is very few staff around, so had to wait 20 mins to check in because of queue.
Public area cleanliness is at a poor standard. The shared bathrooms were terrible. Not one of the showers had a working lock, this is bad when you could have any stranger walking in at any moment. So you had to hold the shower door closed as you shower. The toilets were always out of toilet paper too. And there was no soap to wash your hands. These are really basic hygiene requirements and this place failed miserably, to the point that my girlfriend became quite sick after eating breakfast here, so our stay was blighted badly because of it.
The rooms are also very noisy. It is a very big old building and sound travels from room to room, constant doors slamming and a few unruly young travellers running wild.

Everything here comes at an extra cost, even towels are extra at 3 Euro's per person.

I have nothing against classic 'hostel type' places, I have stayed in many of them. But when they fail to meet the absolute basics, it fails completely as an operation. Best avoided.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rhenen, The Netherlands
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

This hostel is located in a stunning villa in the upper class neighbourhood of Verbania: Castagnola. Don't go there without a proper map or satellite navigation or you'll get lost. Castagnola is a maze: narrow, winding streets. It is also recommended to explore the surroundings with a car. The two city centres of Verbania (Intra and Palanza) are a few kilometres apart. The hostel has a nice parking lot in the garden, right next to the building.

The staff was very nice and helpfull. However, it can happen that staff is not available at the reception during opening hours and you have to explore the building to see where the staff is. During our stay I believe that there was no staff in the evening and night. They'll lock the door and give you a numerical code to unlock it. Sometimes some of the guests can get quite loud in the evening and there is no staff to supervise.

The facilities are very basic and clean. The rooms are large, even the bath rooms are large like ball rooms. I did not like the shower because of the button you have to keep pushing and the irony smell and taste of the water. Furthermore I saw ants in pretty much every room of the building. You can tell some of the beds are pretty old, because they are hollow in the middle. You will automatically roll back to the middle of the bed!

The breakfast is great, with fresh pie and/or cake every day.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Monique B
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Utrecht
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2011

This hostel is very impressive to see, both its location and genuinity/size are beautifull. Breakfast is more than ample.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dirckfando
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Perth, Australia
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38 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

The hostel is in a beautiful old building, however it is very spacious inside. There is large common rooms, lots of balconies, an outdoor area, and free WiFi. Beds are comfortable, there is safe storage and the showers are good as well. The breakfasts were terrific, plentiful with a good range. There is so much to see in the area. The hostel is less than 10 minutes from the ferry terminal, and only about 20 minutes from the beach. This place is great!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank VVV77
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Property: Ostello di Verbania
Address: Via delle Rose 7, 28922, Verbania, Italy
Location: Italy > Piedmont > Lake Maggiore > Verbania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Verbania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Ostello di Verbania 1*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hostel was born in the town of Verbania Verbania in a luxurious villa of the early twentieth century, set in 3,000 sqm of parkland, overlooking Lake Maggiore, a stone's throw from the historic center, the tourist hub and commercial center of Verbania . A totally renovated and offers all the comforts for an unforgettable holiday. The Hostel in Verbania is the ideal place for those who want a relaxing holiday close to nature, for those who want to play sports, for those wanting a bit of healthy relaxation. The town of Verbania offers its guests many opportunities to have fun through sports, culture, culinary arts, family fun all in the extraordinary natural setting of Lake Maggiore. You can spend your vacation by choosing from a trip to the Monte Rosa and the Val Grande National Park, guided tours of the Natural Parks of the Devero and Veglia, boat trips to the Borromean islands and the nearby town of Stresa, you can visit the nearby Switzerland and skiing at nearby ski resorts. Our professional staff aims to make guests' stay pleasant with information, help and tips about the city and events. The hostel is open to all groups, families, couples, backpackers of all ages .. choose the formula that best suits your needs. The Hostel in Verbania is a partner of AIG and the Hi Hostelling Internationa "Italian Youth Hostels Association" ... more   less 
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