LOL Hostel



Hostelz.com's Review

The price at LOL Hostel is high, but this makes sense, considering there isn't another choice for dorms in town. You definitely get what you pay for -- adorable design, great service, comfortable beds, clean facilities.

The Location

The hostel is on the mainland, so it's a long walk away from the main sights in the historical center -- it's about halfway between the old city and the archeological parks, so the hostel isn't very close or very far away from any given attraction. Yet it's very close to both the train and bus station, maybe a minute's walk.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms and bathrooms are clean, cute, and comfortable. There are free lockers, free linen, and free towels. Not to mention the beds are ridiculously cozy.

Common Spaces

During the summer, LOL Hostel is probably a much more happening place. With a cute courtyard patio and an enormous common area, it's a great place to chill with large groups of people. However, in the less crowded times of the year, the big common areas seem lonely and socially awkward. That being said, LOL really is made with love. It's darn cute and the staff are wonderful -- well trained, polite, genuine, and eager to help out the haggard traveler. Each team member can perfectly recite a ten-minute-long Syracuse map lecture, which includes great information for what to do, where to eat, and a custom hostel map. Even the cleaning lady is wonderful.

Beyond the great staff, the amenities are also good. There is free Wi-Fi in the common area, television, computers for hire, a decent and well-loved kitchen, and a free breakfast. The breakfast is neither the healthiest nor of the best quality -- white bread, cereal, juice, apricot croissants, apricot condiments -- but it will do. The very thought of a free hostel breakfast is still a miracle, and we enjoyed it very much.


In essence, LOL Hostel is an expensive but cute and clean and helpful choice. For solo travelers, this hostel is the cheapest bet, but for parties of two or more an apartment could be much better for the budget. If you don't mind spending a little extra cash for serious hostel comfort in Syracuse, LOL Hostel is the place for you.
by JennaOwl
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
May 2012


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "LOL Hostel" at Via Francesco Crispi, 92/96.)


Via Francesco Crispi, 92/96, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
37.068160, 15.281635
+39 0931 465088
+39 0931 465088
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Fantastic hostel. Great location. Excellent facilities. Helpful staff.
Loved this hostel. Staff were so helpful giving us lots of information on good places to eat and local specialties. Very close to station and an easy walk to both the historic centre and archeological area. Fabulous kitchen, wonderful breakfast, and lovely environment including courtyard eating area. This hostel deserves all the accolades it has received. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Age 45, Australian
Friendly staff, clean facility, good breakfast, easy walk to all tourist sites.
Age 75, us
Excellent location, cleanliness and facilities at the hostel. Very friendly staff and they let me store my motorcycle in their yard. Very friendly price too.
Age 34, Malta
LoL Hostel offers a simple basic accommodation for those who seek a quiet place to rest in Siracusa. For those who want to stay very close to the train and bus stations in Siracusa, this hostel is also ideal. The Location LoL Hostel is conveniently located, very close from both Siracusa train station as well as the bus station. If you don't mind walking, the majority of attraction sights in Siracusa can be explored on foot from the hostel. Also there are buses to Ortigia very close from the hostel. Rooms and Bathrooms Each room has 4 beds and a bathroom. Each room is also equipped with an air conditioner which is great in hot summer days as long as everyone in the room agrees upon using it. The shower stall in the bathroom seems like standard European size shower. It is cleaned everyday but not immaculately clean. Common Spaces A communal kitchen is available for cooking. The common space in the kitchen as well in the library area is very spacious. There are no social activities organized by the hostel. Everyone is on their own exploring the city. Summary For the price of dorm room, it does not offer many services as other hostels. For example, there is no free internet. However internet is available on hourly rate. Also breakfast is not provided. There are no lockers at the hostel. They do, however, provide left luggage services for their guests. They also offer bike rental on hourly or daily rates. If you are looking for a quiet place to stay close to the train and bus station in Siracusa, LoL Hostel might be ideal. But if you want other compatible services and values, perhaps other accommodation options may offer a little more.
Bonnie Kim

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