Ostello di Corniglia, Cinque Terre

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Ostello di Corniglia is a small hostel in the town of Corniglia in Cinque Terre, Italy.

The Location

Corniglia is a tiny town, so no matter where you are staying, you are always centrally located. As of our visit, Ostello di Corniglia is the only hostel in Cinque Terre. It is in the third of the five towns, so it's perfect to break up your trip around Cinque Terre. Corniglia may not be a scenic as Vernazza or Riomaggiore, but is definitely pleasant to end your day, enjoy the sunset, and have a drink or dinner in one of the cafes in the charming centre. The hostel is quite a hike up from the railway station, so if you are traveling with luggage, you may want to take the shuttle bus to the town’s centre; the bus will drop you off right next to the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Ostello di Corniglia has one male and one female dorm. Rooms are spacious and contain four bunk beds, hosting up to eight guests. There is a socket next to each bed and there is a big locker for each guest next to its assigned bed, in which they are asked to stow their backpack and other belongings.

Bathrooms are situated at the end of the corridor and are also separated for men and women. There are two showers and one toilet for each gender. The shower door shines through and you can recognize the body shape of the person showering, so there is not a lot of privacy.

If you are staying in this hostel for several days you should be aware that Ostello di Corniglia has a lockout from 10:30 a.m. until check-in time. This means that you must get out of the hostel and cannot use any of the hostel’s facilities in this time. It is neither possible to leave your bags after check-out time nor use the bathroom or a shower before you continue your journey, which may be uncomfortable if you want to go on a hike before returning to Tuscany or Genova at the end of the day.

Common Spaces

The common area is the area that is between the rooms. There are two long tables with a few seats; there is also a coffee machine and a water kettle, plus you can buy a beer or some non-alcoholic drinks and there is a microwave to warm up your food (there is no facility to prepare your own food). The common room lacks any kind of atmosphere, and looks more like a hospital’s waiting area than a fun hostel’s common room.


You should not stay at Ostello di Corniglia for its vibe, but it is a good place to stay one or two nights if your goal is to spend several days in Cinque Terre and all that matters to you is a quiet place to spend the night.
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Ostello di Corniglia, Cinque Terre
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Ostello di Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Ostello di Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Ostello di Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Ostello di Corniglia, Cinque Terre
Martin Straatman
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-06-15

Clean, friendly, and good location

The rooms were clean and a good size. The bathroom too was clean. There was good space for luggage and clothes. The room had a view of the sea, and the town itself was very charming. All in all I'm very pleased.

Age 20 | Norway

Clean but disappointing

This place was a last resort for us, as our previous booking at another hostel had to be cancelled as they called us and told us our room we booked had flooded. Ostello Corniglia is clean and well maintained, but lacking. There was no kitchen, and what few facilities there was were for staff only. There was too many rules (cannot be in hostel between 11am-2pm and could not use any facilities during this time). The Wifi is the only thing that is free. Breakfast is extra and the washing facilities are quite expensive. There is also no atmosphere due to the restrictions that the staff put in place. And don't get me started on the clocktower outside my window that goes off on the hour every hour while you sleep. The town itself was lovely and probably the most untouristic of the 5. Probably due to the 360 odd stairs to the village, but if you are fit, there should be no complaints.


Clean and Bright

I stayed in mid-summer with my mom (who is 70). Very clean and updated hostel. Staff was friendly. No kitchen to cook, but there are tables in the lounge, breakfast was additional $5 Euro per person; included yogurt, cheese, toast with condiments and pastries, coffee and beverages. Women's dorm was bright and sunny with big windows. The A/C was not in use while I was there, so the windows were left open for ventilation; the local roosters and workers in nearby piazza can be noisy in the morning. I am a light sleeper and had trouble with the bright dorm (windows) and noise in the morning, but earplugs, an eye mask, and good sleeping pill help with that. Laundry was $5 Euro per load, no dryer.

Age 32 | USA

Clean and bright

Modern, newly renovated from school to hostel. Easy to find and centrally located with a market just steps away. Most staff were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. Spacious locker, quality bedding, great showers, lots of outlets and free WiFi. Only drawback is lack of kitchen. Overall, excellent value. Corniglio is best village for multi-day hiking, swimming and relaxation. Route 7a, 6d and 6 goes up and over to Manarola -- spectacular, panoramic views and trail is not crowded (2 to 3 hours with break in Volastra).

Age 69 | Canada

Helpful staff, easy to find location, clean rooms -- Ostello di Corniglia is not quaint and cozy the way some apartments of the Cinque Terre may be, but for a hostel it's perfect.

The Location

It's right in the center of town with a great location. Just follow the path/main road and you can't miss it next to the post office and municipal buildings, steps from the square. Like everywhere in the Cinque Terre, the views are great. You can't see the ocean (as from most places in Corniglia) but you can see the pastoral hillside and town.

Corniglia is a very tiny but cute town. It's on a hilltop, unlike the other towns that cascade down to water level. There are only a few "streets" winding around. You'll probably feel lost, but it's so small that you pop out again eventually. There are a lot of great hidden restaurants and cute shops. The road up from the train station is long and steep. You can pay to take the green shuttle instead. If your luggage is easy to carry, the steps at the end of the train station are the best way to get up to the town.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The place is modern and clean, with very high ceilings and big, curtained windows. You get bunk beds and each one is equipped with a nightlight and outlet. You also are assigned a huge locker and they give you the key, so no need to fit your own lock. You have to make your own bed, but the sheets are impeccable and you get a large (although thin and not absorbent) towel as well as a hand towel. All of this at no extra charge!

The bathrooms are large, bright, and clean; there are two enclosed toilet stalls with sinks. Then in the main bathroom area there are two sinks and two showers.

Common Spaces

The lobby is modern and well-lit. There are places to sit and hang out. The staff speak English and can tell you all about the hiking trails, and they have maps and train schedules. The hostel offers breakfast at low cost; you must reserve the night before. There are also cafes in town if you need something different.

They have a washer and dryer, which can be crucial if you're hiking and sweaty. The hostel closes in the afternoon, so make sure you check the hours because it will be locked and you can't get in. Also there is some rule against luggage storage in the Cinque Terre, so plan out your hiking carefully.


This hostel is clean, modern, and safe and its location is central. It's great for an overnight in the center city of the Cinque Terre.


Nice stay in Cinque Terre

The hostel, and Corniglia as a whole are very nice and quaint. The only problem is it became a major hassle to climb the 365 stairs or wait for the shuttle up to Corniglia from the train station. Corniglia is a nice town, but it shuts down quite early and there are better towns I would suggest staying in (Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Vernazza) if possible.



Location and Contact




Address: Via alla stazione, 3, Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

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Website Ostello di Corniglia Cinque Terre www.ostellocorniglia.com
Phone Number: 0187812559
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Facilities and Amenities

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Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Air Conditioning


Clothes Dryer


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area


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