Ai Quattro Canti



The Review

With lovely people and a chaotic space, Ai Quattro Canti is a Palermo microcosm. We enjoyed our stay in this central, helpful, and cheap hostel despite its extreme filthiness. If saving a few euros and making friends is most important, this hostel is perfect. If you want comfort and leisure, go somewhere else. Just keep in mind that what you save on the accommodation will probably be spent on the hostel's fun "Sangria Night."

The Location

The location is fantastic. There's a grocery store right downstairs and famous, open-air food markets nearby. There is a lot of cheap street food around, too. The historical Palermo intersection after which the hostel is named, Quattro Canti, is very close. Therefore, most tourist sights in the city are within walking distance. The train station is quite close as well, an easy, ten-minute walk away that could be unpleasant at night. The hostel itself is hard to find -- just be patient.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Know that Ai Quattro Canti is really dirty, and, although the staff love their jobs and the hostel, they are quite lazy when it comes to upkeep. There are three bathrooms, two of which are in poor condition. There is rarely toilet paper and there's dirt everywhere. The dorms are spacious but a bit uncomfortable and without lockers. There is hostel-wide Wi-Fi.

Common Spaces

The whole place is very cozy -- it's a small hostel with perfectly sized common areas (not so big that they're lonely, but not so small that you can't fit). The high staff-to-guest ratio means there's always someone to give a passionate recommendation, good information, or interesting conversation. The staff are very helpful and very interactive -- upon arrival, they give you a rundown of what to do, eat, buy, and where to go with their custom photocopied map of the city. The hostel is stocked with valuable information on day trips including bus and train schedules. If you need one-on-one advice or recommendations for Palermo (or anything relating to southern Italy, for that matter), Ai Quattro Canti is perfect.

Beyond the filth and the great staff, the facilities aren't half bad. The TV is always playing movies or cable, with "Jersey Shore" as a staple. The kitchen is absolutely amazing, one of the highlights of the hostel, and is well-stocked with all the necessary cooking tools and condiments for serious gastronomy. There is also a laundry service at an extra cost, but a free clothesline to use. There is a lovely sunny terrace with a view of beautiful domes and blue sky. But despite advertising itself as a B&B, there isn't usually any breakfast.


If you don't mind the grime but you appreciate cheap, small, fun, and helpful hostels, choose Ai Quattro Canti for your visit to Palermo. (Just be sure to bring your own toilet paper.)
by JennaOwl Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Ai Quattro Canti" at Via Maqueda 124.)


Via Maqueda 124, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
38.113439, 13.362486 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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+39 339 2660963
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Not a hostel but a cozy home!
Veronica is the absolute best as well as her brother Guisseppe. They go out of their way to make you feel at home, provide everything you need, give you a complete map and explanations of anywhere and everywhere you would want to go or see in Palermo. Daily nights are organized which provides a great atmosphere to meet people centrally located am the #806 bus stop to Mondelllo Beach is 5 minutes away. Don't hesitate and book. Better than a hostel, it's a great value for a home.

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