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Hostel Ospitalia del Mare

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Hostelz.com's Review
From check-in to the moment you leave Hostel Ospitalia del Mare, you will feel welcome and find a very clean and spacious place.

Location

The hostel is located in a historic building that used to be a hospital, a nursery, and, in its early days, part of the port (it functioned as a warehouse). Easy to reach on foot from the train station and only a three-minute walk to the beach, Hostel Ospitalia del Mare makes the perfect base for exploring Cinque Terre and Portofino.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rooms start with two beds up to eight. The rooms are big and come with private bathrooms and are exceptionally clean. Once you get the keys for the room and main doors, there will be no curfew or lock-out.

Common Spaces

There is a nice terrace, laundry, a fridge, and not-too-expensive vending machines. The hostel has no kitchen, but the reception will direct you to some of the local restaurants (some give guests of the hostel a 10% discount) with exceptional good and normally priced local food. Breakfast is included, but don't expect too much -- it is the basic Italian hostel tray. There are two for-pay computers for internet. Bed sheets and towels are also included.

Summary

Overall, the price is right and it is a great place to recharge your travel battery after much traveling. When you arrive in Levanto, you need to make sure that you show up at the hostel between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday, reception also opens between 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.).

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Great place ... clean, friendly, good location Early check in. 10min walk to the beach ... cinque terre is very very near. clean and breakfast included.  , age 31, usa ()
4   Good stay Spent 2 nights in Ospedalia and had a solid good experience. I've had a kind reception. The place is very clean, the common rooms, bed and bathrooms were all good. They have big wardrobes and chairs and space in the rooms for you to chill out and do anything other than sleep. It's well located and easy to find. I just found the stair for climbing up the dorm bunk bed, so if you have any difficulties with climbing, that may come to be a problem. Other than that, go for it.  , age 21, Brasil ()
3   Good basic accommodation Nice basic hostel. Stayed in a mixed dorm room and there were no locks on the lockers so nothing was secure. Breakfast was basic but adequate. Nothing special but a good price for the area with easy access to Cinque Terre and a nice beach.  , age 24, NZ ()
5   Great place! Thank you! Very clean and quiet Hostel. Location is excellent too.  , Estonia ()
1   Dormitory keys are capable of opening other rooms The hostel itself is well situated and is very convenient to get to the Cinque Terre. However all the dormitory keys are the same and are able to open each other's rooms. Wifi is only accessible in the main room downstairs which is often used by town folk for meetings. Wifi was prone to crashing when more than four users were connected. Blackouts were common. While staying in off season with only 11 other guests, we experienced several blackouts in a week. Rooms were not cleaned at all during our ten day stay, dust accumulated very quickly. Cleaner merely changed the bin liner.  , Australian ()
5  more expansive than other hostels i've visited in my life, but very good, i can accept to spend some euros more to have such a good place -- bathroom in your room daily cleaned, that's for me is not a little thing, 'cause it's like being in a hotel! levanto it's a really good point to start the visit of cinque terre. don't miss the golfo dei poeti, with lerici portovenere and tellaro, as beautiful as the little towns of cinque terre. and about the hospital atmosphere -- the fact is, it was actually a hospital and before also a church building. it is medieval, in my room in fact there was a medieval fresco. it's not so common!  ()
5  Very clean, hospitable with a good breakfast. Great town, away from the tourist bustle of cinque terra but perfect start off point to enjoy everything all the villages have to offer. Great pizzerias, shops, and restaurants in the town, convienient supermarket location. Go to the wine bar near the main square for a great glass of wine and hor'dours. Breakfast is addictive with yummy nutella. Showers are messy, but hot and strong. Cheaper than the other hostel in Monterosso as well. Would stay here again.  ()
4  I'd have given it a five, but the siesta reception lockout bummed me out and the internet was pretty expensive there. Awesome rooms, clean, private bathrooms, decent breakfast, nice staff, a little weird being an old hospital. Cool bar across the street. Levanto is a great gateway if you are going to the Cinque Terre, easily accessible by train and not full of tourists. Love the town, and check out the Enoteca down the street it's awesome. Beaches are also pretty cool in Levanto, actual sand!  ()

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