Agora Hostel, Catania

7.7
1,135 Reviews
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Agora Hostel Reviews

Good stay

We stayed here 2 nights and it was really good. The location is very close to the main square and the food/fish market. The staff are friendly and helpful and great for suggestions. The only bad thing is breakfast is very basic, but that's not a major issue.

Luke
2014-02-10
Age 30 | Australian

Cleanliness and Wifi could be better, everything else is good

The floors in the dorm rooms need to be mopped thoroughly as you cannot walk bare foot in the dorms. The wifi is switched off after 8pm and is slow. I had a cold shower on one of the mornings. However, the staff are helpful and friendly. The hostel has a courtyard out the front where they play live music and is popular with locals. There is selection of movies also. I have been staying here for years and, although the facilities are in urgent need of an upgrade, I would stay here again.

John
2013-05-06
Age 33 | Australia

Cold showers, grimy facilitites -- gross but a lot of fun

This hotel was fairly gross and the showers were perennially cold! But sitting on the balcony in the sun, eating fresh peaches from the market below, and hanging out in the bar made this pace casual, unrestricted, and pretty cool overall. Got a really cool room of girls from all over the world and we just went out and had a great time -- met some US girls from the navy base and went to an outdoor nightclub that was something out of Wham! Club Tropicana video!!

narelle
2011-04-10
australia

Bad first impression, but I gave it a shot and would go back

When we first arrived in the summer of 2008 we were unimpressed. It seemed dirty, but for lack of (reasonably priced) alternatives we stayed. The rooms turned out to be ok. The showers -- ice cold. The staff were really friendly and helpful though. The hostel is nicely situated right by the "fish market" -- which, by the way, offers much more than just fish. Put together a great lunch from what you can get there. I miss that place! There are also lots of cheap eats around the place. In regards to the pub, it got really lively at night. the crowd spills out into the square and its a good place to have a couple drinks after a long day. When it was time for me to hit the hay, the noise didn't bother me much and I slept quite nicely. Overall, I had fun at this place and loved the access to the market. I would stay here again.

LP
2009-05-23
Canadian

Awfil

This place is awful. The place was rather dingy and dirty, extremely hot upstairs and very loud as the windows and doors must be kept open to prevent totally roasting in the extreme heat. Then the outdoor restaurant they run is packed and very loud. You aren't going to get any sleep because of the heat or music and noise. The desk staff was gruff and not helpful at all. I stayed there exactly two hours and left, hitting the streets being prepared to sleep in a park rather than this dump. Do yourself a favor, save up your money, and pay a little more to stay someplace else. I've never ever left a negative review even when they deserved one. This place broke the camels back.

Bobby D
2008-08-23
USA

Fabulous, vibrant, friendly

Either I have really low standards, or a lot has changed since some of these reviews were written. The bathrooms were cleaned everyday, and were spotless. The rooms were hot, but the fan and big windows helped a lot. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, even drawing maps of weird bits of Catania for us! I loved our stay here, and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!

Kylie
2007-07-23
United Kingdom

Agora Youth Hostel is an alternative hostel in the centre of Catania right near the colourful morning fish market. The rooms are incredibly hot during the summer and stuffy with inadequate cooling (just ceiling fans), squeaky bunk beds crammed into rooms where there are loads of holidaying young Italians who come in late and usually end up sleeping more than one to a bed. But it is a cheap place to stay and they do have a bar.

The bathrooms are small and often dirty as there are not enough to cater for everyone. They have made some efforts with bright paint around the place but it still remains grungy. Downstairs they are doing renovations and it is quite spacious. There are computers with internet connections, a nice lounge with TV, and a small kitchen plus some useful tourist information. The restaurant/bar attached is a great place to get food at night for as little as eight euro for huge plates of risotto or pasta. It has funky music and is used in the morning also to serve the breakfast -- bread, cereals, coffee, tea, etc., which is adequate and self service.

The major drawback about the entire hostel and the bar is that not a single member of the staff seems to care about actually serving their customers. There is definitely a feeling that you are an inconvenience to all of them and that the least you bother them the better. It is hard to actually get any service at the table and the staff at reception often do not even bother to check you in. For example they may just indicate where your room is and how you find sheets.

In any case, it is the cheapest option in Catania and if you are on a budget then perhaps also the only option. The hostel is about a 20 minute long walk from the station, do get a bus to the duomo from where it is just 5 minutes through the fish markets. Alternatively if you arrive by bus from another town, ask to be let off near the fish market.

Jo
2005-12-25

April 2005: For someone who doesn't like cities, I loved Catania and the Agora Hostel. After reading the reviews I thought I should bypass Catania but I'm glad I didn't! The hostel is friendly (as Italian men are always!), and you may see Carlo there. It's relatively spacious for being in the center of the city. Saturday evenings are a classic. Go out for the passagiata (walk, excuse the spelling)and you'll forget that cars rule Sicilian cities. There are people everywhere. Great gelati and restaurants by the castle (mind your language, i.e. speak Italian). The bus to Etna leaves at 8:15 a.m. (a must-do, though don't expect to reach the top or see anything as mountain weather can be shocking!) Directions, from the bus/train station: follow the railway bridges all the way to the hostel (easy-peasy!) Depending on where your room is located, you'll either get no sleep (if you're over the bar), partial sleep (by the railway) or a great sleep (neither), so it's a gamble. Happy hour is until (after) 11 p.m. if that's your poison, the laundry and showers ARE clean and powerful, and breakfast is what it says it is! But go there, and make the most of a fascinating city and its surrounds.

Indra
2005-04-28

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Description

Agorà Hostel is the 1st and most convenient hostel of Catania

The Hostel is open all year round with 24 hour access, self-catering kitchen, washing machine, separate bathrooms for men and women, satellite TV and Internet access, lockers for each guest and bed sheets.

Two rooms on the ground floor are designed for the disabled.
Close to buses, the train station and airport.
The Hostel looks onto a quiet square next to the ruins of a Roman bath. The atmosphere is easygoing, and the meeting room is a cosmopolitan place where you can listen to music from all over the world.

Bar and restaurant.
Our hostel is fortunate enough to be built upon an ancient lava cave through which a tributary of the Amenano flows. We've built a restaurant and wine bar to take advantage of the rich ambience created naturally in this unique setting. The perfect place for a romantic evening in winter, a refuge from the summer heat, the ‘grotta' has proven to be one of our favourite attractions year round with locals and tourists alike.

The building of the Hostel dates back to the early 1800's and the rooms have "royal" vaulted ceilings and antique decorated tiled floors. The Hostel is situated in a historic piazza next to the "Pescheria", the fascinating street fish market where local fishermen sell the previous night's catch. The market has an Arabic style to it and is situated in the historical centre of Catania. The Hostel itself has a grotta underneath which dates back to the Roman Empire.

Location and Contact

Location

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Address: Piazza Curro, 6, Catania, Sicily, Italy

Agora Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Agora Hostel Catania www.agorahostel.com
Phone Number: +39 095 7233010
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller

Breakfast

City Tours

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Parking

Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bedsheets

Dinner

Towels

24 Hour Security

Bar

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

TV

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Pet-Friendly

Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: All Ages

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Large (60-100 beds)

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