Youth Hostel Bolzano is super clean and well laid-out. It was by far the nicest of the five hostels we stayed in during our trip through Northern Italy.
The hostel is very centrally located. It's just across the street from the train station and an easy walk from the main tourist information office and other sites in town. If you have a car with you, the hostel can provide you with a street parking permit that makes parking (otherwise very expensive) quite easy and free.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Our room had four beds (we think all rooms have similar layouts). There is a lock on the room door and locks on each of the large lockers in the room. It has its own shower room and toilet room. The beds are comfortable and linens are provided. There is no air-conditioning, but the windows open sufficiently. Bring extra cash -- they require a deposit for various things (the lock-key in the rooms, a parking permit if you need, use of the refrigerator).
The shower is a push-button type -- a little annoying but not bad. If you want a quiet room, one on the back of the building is much better. Ours was on the front side along a busy road and the road traffic was loud most of the time.
The kitchen is small, but sufficient. The big downside -- it wasn't open at all hours, so you couldn't store food overnight and get it out in the morning before check-out. There is a TV room with one computer and lots of brochures about the area. The outdoor seating is great, and accessible until about 11 p.m. There is not a book exchange or game room. It is a somewhat social hostel, but not the best networking spot ever. Most guests are younger and a little loud, but they are not loud at night.
Overall, we'd recommend it. However, we strongly urge you to ask for a room in the back of the building if you want a respite from the road noise up front.
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