Lake Como Hostel La Primula II




The Review

Lake Como Hostel La Primula II is a cheap accommodation option in the otherwise-expensive Lake Como. You get what you pay for -- a rundown hostel in an old, somewhat-creepy building, used as overflow for its booming sister hostel, with no real reception or atmosphere.

The Location

It's located in the town of Menaggio, around an hour on the bus from the central Lake Como train station. After checking in at the sister hostel, we were sent up the street; the directions didn't add up and we found ourselves wandering in the pitch black night carting our luggage. While we eventually found the hostel, it's not an easy walk up the steep hill. The town itself is good for ferry connections to other towns and has fantastic views of the lake. Eating at the sister hostel is your best bet for delicious food.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are certainly spacious, but that is about all they have going for them. The beds are terribly uncomfortable, resulting in some very pained backs. The linen was clearly old with stains and holes all through, and the same can be said for the pillows. We were able to hire a shady-looking towel, although the manager was reluctant to lend them, continuously telling us "You do know this is a hostel."

The shared bathroom is average, with two toilets and showers on each floor; it's enough for everyone. However, the shower cabins are small and don't leave enough room for changing and there is no sign of any cleaning (at least during our three-day stay).

Common Spaces

As this hostel is connected with another on the lower street, it lacks common areas, and you are advised to head down there if you're looking to socialize. It does have a large room, packed tight with tables, the same ones that are used for the free breakfast. Despite the generosity of a free breakfast, there is not always enough food available for all guests. There are also a few scattered tables outside, where you could socialize, if the weather allows.


The hostel is one of the few around Lake Como, and it feels as though it is simply there to house those who can't fit in the original hostel. The free breakfast is the main positive, and the hostel does have some pretty amazing views over the lake, but not much else.
by Hannah Staff Reviewer
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The building
Breakfast room
Dorm room


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Lake Como Hostel La Primula II" at Via Monsignor Poletti, 71 (check in at Via IV Novembre, 106).)


Via Monsignor Poletti, 71 (check in at Via IV Novembre, 106), Menaggio, Lombardy, Italy
46.015654, 9.236062 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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+39 034432356
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