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Hostelz.com's Review
Perfect for the traveler who wants the best of both worlds--a quiet town and access to the bigger cities--Ostello Tramonti stands between Cinque Terre and La Spezia. It offers access touristy locations and small getaways. So, whether you're a relax-on-the-beach traveler or a hike-to-the-nearest-town person this hostel is central to it all.

The Location

Ostello Tramonti is located in the small mountain town of Biassa--a quiet, beautiful location from which to explore the surrounding areas. A bus stops directly outside the hostel every hour or two to take travelers to the port town of La Spezia to the east or the first town in the stunning Cinque Terre hike, Rio Maggiore. The hostel provides bus schedules upon arrival and the cost of the bus is only a euro or two depending on where it is headed.

If guests feel adventurous and would rather skip the bus Rio Maggiore is only about two kilometers from Biassa on foot. Just walk straight up the main road until you see signs for Rio Maggiore and Cinque Terre, then follow those.

The town of Biassa, although small, offers a pizzeria with a view of the La Spezia port in the distance between two mountains. The view is particularly beautiful at night and the pizzeria tends to attract the hostellers as well as the locals. It's a great place to meet people and often converts a regular dinner into a dinner and dance party right there on the terrace.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms are clean and small. Each bed is numbered and assigned along with a locker and the lockers are large enough to fit a hiking backpack inside.

The shower rooms are shared by each hallway. They are clean and provide a decent amount of space, however they are co-ed. The shower doors are frosted glass and for privacy in the room the main door must be locked, denying anyone else the ability to shower at the same time. During our stay at this hostel we did not encounter any problems with this (and, indeed, there is one shower on each floor that is a private room), but for large groups this may be an issue.

The toilet rooms are all separate and there are quite a few of them on each floor.

Common Spaces

The clean and cozy common areas of this hostel cannot be topped. There is a TV room with soft couches and a book exchange shelf. The staff is happy to lend English DVDs to guests who just want to relax and spend the night in. Next to the large TV room there is a glass enclosed breakfast nook. Breakfast is two euro and is well worth it: yogurt, cereal, coffee, tea, milk, juice, croissants, jam, Nutella, the works. And the best part of breakfast is sitting in the glass room and looking over the terra-cotta houses and the central stone bell tower rising above the town. Absolutely breathtaking and perfectly clean.

Summary

A great hostel for meeting other travelers, finding your own private getaway town, exploring Cinque Terre, and feeling generally well-taken-care-of, Ostello Tramonti is a winner. Choose to do everything possible in the nearby towns or relax and rest in Biassa. Either way this hostel is a great choice.

by Gigi Griffis

Exclusive Hostelz.com Review
September 2007

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Ostello Tramonti Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Recommended out-of-town accommodation Very helpful staff! Convenient shuttle service ensured hiking opportunities in the Cinque Terre. Considerate roommates and friendly hostel community. Would recommended this hostel!  , age 40, USA ()
5   Perfect for budget travelers to see le cinque terre It is a small hostel, in a small town with not much to do. But it's exactly what you want and need if you don't have a heap if money to blow and you want to see le cinque terre. The guys Andrea and Diego are great, really friendly and happy to help. The beds are comfy, the bathrooms clean and there's always tonnes of hot water, all you really need after a day of trekking through the highlands.  , age 25, Australian ()
4   Great place, mediocre location The room was great. Very clean, comfortable bed, wifi access, lots of travelers. My complaint was the distance from cinque tierre. We had to pay one euro for the hostel to drive us to the towns (which was only a 10 minute drive) and the hostel had limited shuttles so you had to plan your whole day around the shuttles. I would have preferred to get a hostel in one of the towns and be able to come and go as I wanted. We found a hostel in riomaggiore that was the same price and right in town. Live and learn.  , age 31, USA ()
5   Excellent place to stay at Cinque Terre Ostello Tramonti was the perfect place to stay when I visited Cinque Terre for several days. It's not in one of the five towns, but rather up in the mountains in its own little village -- a scene I would never have found myself in if it weren't for staying at this hostel. It gave me a view into local life with easy access to likely what you're going to Cinque Terre to see -- the coast and five coastal towns. From the hostel, we were given rides down and back each day, so most of my time was spent running around and between the villages, but the time I did spend at the hostel was always good. Andrea ... he is an excellent hostel manager and guy to meet. I'll be back no doubt.  , age 23, United States ()
5   Great hostel and great staff This place is awesome. You get an awesome view of la spezia from the dining area in the hotel. The sheets were super clean and the owners are so nice. Great and cheap shuttle service to the sea.  , age 51, italy ()
2   Bedbugs Beginning october 2012. I stayed for 2 nights and left with bedbugs, which cost me a lot of money to get rid off and a day in my travel calendar to treat for the bedbugs. No understanding from the staff on the hostel.  , Denmark ()
3   Typical institutional HI hostel There are no bedbugs here. The place is super clean and the mattresses were in very good condition. Staff are a little gruff, but not outright unfriendly. The biggest problems with this place are the lack of a kitchen and the lockout and curfew rules. The town is tiny, although we did manage to find a small bodega to buy some stuff. We stayed in September and the place was almost empty and pretty depressing. That being said, it was a good place to get info about cinque terre, we learned here that the hiking trails had been closed due to mudslides. A good place to stay for one day to see cinque terre, but don't stay more.  ()
4   A good place to stay This hostel is in a beautiful location along the waterfront. It has its own private beach and is a 5 minute walk to the ferry station, gas station, a small grocery store, and a ten minute walk to the village center. There's a huge kitchen with a staff that can cook up a mean Italian meal and a bar. There's also lot's of information about tours, boating, biking. The only complaint I have is about the time restrictions. The hostel is closed from 14h-17h for a "staff break." There is a midnight curfew, everyone must vacate their rooms after 10h so they can be cleaned, everyone must shower before 23h. Other than that everything was great! I'd stay here again!  , United States ()

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