Ulisse Deluxe Hostel




The Hostelz.com Review

As a three-star hotel, Ulisse Deluxe Hostel is not a hostel in the usual typical sense, but it offers four dormitories for guests within the hotel, which can be a good option for solo travelers or guests on a budget.

The Location

Ulisse Deluxe Hostel is at the opposite end of Sorrento from the bus and train station; however it is only about a ten-minute walk to either along the flat main road through the town. The ferry port and the harbour are a ten- to fifteen-minute walk down the steep hills and stairs that are a feature of Sorrento, and the narrow streets of the Old Town are just a few minutes’ walk away. There are plenty of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of the Ulisse, although the hotel itself is situated on a quiet stretch of road.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are four separate rooms designated as dormitories -- two are for male guests and two for female guests. Each has an en suite bathroom and a mix of beds -- bunks and two singles, which may or may not be pushed together. There is not a lot of space and some of the rooms don’t have outside windows, which make them appear even more cramped or at least when they are at full occupancy. Towels as well as shower gel and shampoos and hairdryers are provided, and the bathrooms and large and generally clean.

The hotel heating system is linked to the air-conditioning, so it is one or the other throughout the hotel; when the weather outside is cold and the heating is on, you don’t have the option of the air conditioning and the internal rooms without a window can get very hot during the night. The hotel staff are happy to provide electric fans, but these do little to lower the temperature.

Common Spaces

There are seats in the bar, which is in the large, bland reception area, and there are also smaller seating areas upstairs on the landings at the end of the corridors. There is a brightly coloured dining room where you can take breakfast (for an extra charge) and a bar. There is a spa attached to the hotel, however guests do pay full price for the facilities. Also available in the corridors are vending machines for drinks or snacks.


The hotel/hostel has little atmosphere and nowhere really to socialise; provided there are other guests sharing your dormitory, however, you will meet and have the option to socialise with your fellow travelers. On the plus side, the reception staff are friendly and professional and will supply you with maps, information about the town, and details of any excursions that you might like to take. In a town where accommodation can be expensive, Ulisse provides value for money and a good base from which to explore the Amalfi Coast.
by Jane Clements
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Reception in the Ulisse
Dining room in the Ulisse
the large seating area in the Ulisse
The Ulisse
Social area in the Ulisse
places to sit in the Ulisse
The internal female dorm at the Ulisse
Female dorm at the Ulisse
ensuite bathroom at the Ulisse


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Ulisse Deluxe Hostel" at Via Del Mare, 22.)


Via Del Mare, 22, Sorrento, Campania, Italy
40.624498, 14.367423 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+39 0818774753
+39 0818774093
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Super nice and clean although loud
Ulisse is gorgeous! Nothing like a hostel! Clean rooms with TV and AC! Nice amenities, too. Our only complaint was how loud it was on the tile floors, you can hear chairs moving above you and people closing doors in your hallway. But if you've got earplugs, I recommend it, because it was clean and nicely priced.
  Used as a stopover point by big cruise ships, the small center of Sorrento can fill up easily with sticker wearing tourists buying expensive souvenirs. The town of Sorrento is a good base for those doing day trips to the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Capri and Ischia. And to walk through the main entrance door of the Ulisse Hostel in Sorrento makes 50% of the arriving backpackers turn around and think they are at the wrong place. The Ulisse Hostel was planned as a 4-star hotel, but did not receive the permits needed from the town's council. Now it offers 4 dormitories and many private rooms so it can stay open. The Location Just off Sorrento's main strip, nearly at the end of town and a 15 minute walk from the train station. A local bus coming from the station (Circumvesuviana Line) drops you off right in front of the hostel. Ask for the Marina Grande bus, it passes the Ulisse hostel on the way to the water front. Rooms and Bathrooms Welcome to one of the cleanest hostels in Italy. Dorms and private rooms all come with a bathroom. Nice wooden furniture and clean bunk beds make you feel homey right away. If you never stayed in a mid-range hotel, well, that is what they look like inside. Very clean sheets and soft towels, hot water all day and night and soft toilet paper are all inclusive. If a private room is in your budget, well, all rooms are bright and come with big beds and TV. Common Spaces Remember, the Ulisse was planned as a 4-star hotel, so that explains the well dressed staff behind the reception and the bar in the lounge. And the whole expensive looking interior of the hostel. Comfortable armchairs and couches invite for a normal priced drink and snack. Lean back and chat with guests from all over the world, some stay at the hostel after they booked with the big vacation offering companies and the hostesses responsible for those guests can be seen there every day. The hostels staff is rich on information when it comes to planning day trips and gives guests a discount for the swimming pool and spa underneath the hostel. Yes, a spa. Massages and much more a traveler wants is offered. Females will love the pedicure. The rich all you can eat breakfast buffet is an extra 5€. Car parking is offered in the garage. The internet and wifi comes expensive. In the lounge, a big flat screen TV shows many stations, including English news channels. Summary Enjoy the spoils of the Ulisse Hostel as long as they offer dorm beds to travelers, because once the hostel receives the necessary permits to run as a hotel, the dorms will be closed and budget travelers will not be able to afford staying in a luxury looking place like this. The Ulisse is not offering the cheapest beds, but sleeping there will be an experience.
Goller sonja
This place was supposed to become a 3 or 4 star hotel, but they did not get the license from the town of Sorrento. No it is a hostel with dorms and all kind of private rooms. When you walk in, you might want to turn around, the place looks to good and pricey to be true. Spotless clean, super friendly, close to all that is interesting, 5€ all you can eat breakfast with cheese, ham and salami, different cereals, bread and croissants etc. There is a spa with pool underneath and staying at the hostel gives you a good discount. The bar serves snacks and drinks. Bathrooms are big and very clean, sheets and towels are included. And the price is very ok for what you get.

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