Ave Gratia Plena Hostel - Salerno Hostel, Salerno

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Superb renovation of old building into a luxurious hostel. Spacious, modern and very comfortable; very stylish bar. Staff are very hospitable and helpful. Excellent value.

Age 21 | Canada

Fine time in Salerno

I enjoyed my stay in Ave Gratia Plena. There were quartets from the local music school playing every evening and sitting with my new roommates on the balcony of the old church, overlooking the fountain and the musicians, under a blue sky, in the chamber of instruments. what could have been a more wonderful experience? The staff were very friendly. And cots, while not great, fine for a good night's sleep. Down the winding, narrow streets to the main promenade was a bit uneasy to follow and remember, but it was quiet "back home" and folks I met were great. Security was almost comical -- a locking cabinet in which we were allowed to store our packs had no back and could be "walked" away from the wall, if one was a thief. I just trusted in the spirits of the Ave Gratia to keep my pack safe for my two nights there in June 2007 since it would be my supply house for two months. Even after seeing many more hostels along the way throughout S. and N. Europe, I really enjoyed this hostel. Close by are Mt. Vesuvius and the Amalfi coast. What is not to love?

Margaret P.
American/ U.S.

Ok place in a great town

An ok hostel in a great location. My mattress was rather uncomfortable (never been flipped in its life), and while the place was not especially clean, it wasn't overly dirty, either. On the plus side, the staff was very friendly, and the location was unbeatable! It was in the heart of the old town, just off the main, pedestrian only street. There was a beautiful balcony looking over a courtyard just off of my room. Salerno is a five-star city! It is an easy base for seeing the Amalfi Coast, Pompey, and the Greek ruins at Paestum (highly recommended). It is touristy enough to have the amenities, but not too touristy to lose the feel of a real Italian city. It also has a very nice old city.


I'm studing in Salerno and I've been to 32 different youth-hostels and spent 467 nights in hostels and I can say for shure that this hostel in Salerno is one of the most beautiful ones i've ever seen.

(just 10,00€ for students)


This hostel was a huge disappointment. From the outside it looks rather picturesque but on the inside it's horribly dirty everywhere, from the room to the toilets to the rooms to the water fountain.

I stayed there on a school trip with our teachers, who were staying in a hotel just down the road. The difference in quality was obvious; although I only saw the hotel's lobby I would rather have had slept on its floor than on the hostel's grimy beds. And while I'm on the subject of beds, the one my friend stayed in was broken. It was obviously quickly assembled, as it was very unstable.

I refused to shower in our bathroom as the shower curtain was too short, so I showered in the male showers, having to leave the door open to see what I was doing as the light didn't work and there was no window. The breakfasts are stale and if you want a drink you have to buy it from a vending machine.

The only thing nice about the hostel is the staff. Overall, how this hostel doesn't break the Geneva Convention, I do not know. Do not stay here!

Outraged British Tourist

I stayed there three nights (2 in a dorm and 1 in a twin) in April 2005, as I used it as a base to visit Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and Capri. The hostel is 1500 meters from the station and not 600 meters, as said in the brochures. The walk from the station to the hostel is quick and nice and for 90 percent of it is all on the main central walking street. The final part is a little worse, but there's nothing to climb.

Just outside the hostel is dirty (and loud) as it is situated in the narrow, old part of the city. People in the hostel have all been helpful and nice (free luggage storage). The rooms were ok (maybe a little dirty) and the bathrooms also. Breakfast is a nice "cornetto" [sweet roll] (you can take how many as you wish if you go early and the hostel is not crowded) and bad beverages (chocolate and coffee, but I am sure they put water in it and not milk!!).

the hostel has been a good base for touring around, as Salerno is much more "livable" than the dangerous Naples! I recommend it.

Davide Santi, 27 years old, Italy

After recently staying here for five days in April, I have to agree with the comment that this is like a "rundown mental asylum home!" Our first room had mould all over the walls, old hair on the pillows, hardly any of the doors locked, and the lighting was ridiculous! Our bathroom had more mould (now there's a surprise!?!), and we had what was like a tea towel for a shower curtain, therefore the floor FLOODED when you showered. It was so bad we had to change rooms to get out of this dump. We managed to change rooms, and the second room was "slightly" better. At least there was no mould!!! The breakfast was one stale croissant and a hot drink (which you had to pay for!) Definitely choose the hotel if you do not want to stay in the house of horrors!!


This place was BAD. The walls had mould on them and it kept growing. There was no toilet seat and no shower curtain. The breakfast was nice but that's all. The balcony was ok in the evening. The long walk up the hill was a drag.


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Liked: The staff were brilliant, the rooms were clean and well kept. The vibes are awesome and encourage a collective atmosphere, but has the potential for you to have your own space too. The location was perfect and sets you up about 15 minutes from the wharf that can take you to the remainder of the amalfi coast.

If you want to explore amalfi, skip the tourist traps, salerno is the way to go. I dont think i could have had a better experience - other than, they dont have cooking or laundry facilities. No biggie. Didn't like: -


Liked: Convenience, atmosphere, friendliness. Didn't like: Nothing!


Liked: The location (nice square next to an old church in the historic town centre), the house itself, its courtyard and the friendly and helpful staff were the best points. Didn't like: The bathroom in the corridor was very basic.


Liked: Es ist ein riesiges hostel in einem alten gebude und man ist relativ schnell in der stadt und in ca.3 min in einem supermarkt. Didn't like: Halbe stunde vom bahnhof entfernt und zu der zeit als ich dort war war ich fast die einzige und hab mich da sehr verloren gefhlt. Ausserdem gibt es keine kche. Und im badezimmer ist ein timer im licht eingebaut der zum duschen viel zu kurz eingestellt ist oder auch wenns auf der toilette mal lnger dauert sitzt man dann halt im dunkeln;)


We did a trip through Italy, booked two four star hotels (Rome and Napels) and one hostel (Salerno). Although the hotels had a high level of luxury, they could not compete with service level and atmosphere at the hostel. Definitely recommend everyone staying at the Amalfi Coast!


Liked: It's a very pretty hostel, the patio is very nice and the balcony as well, there are enough chairs to just hang around if you want. The place is clean! The showers are big and I never had to wait to take a shower. There is Wifi, the staff helped me with directions and info. What I really appreciated was that when I didn't realize I gave them too much money and they didn't either, they stopped me a few hours later to give me back my money even though I wouldn't have even noticed it. The location is really good, right in the historical center and 5 minutes from the beach (it's not the best beach but I don't think there are very nice ones in Salerno). It's like a 20 minute walk from the train station. Didn't like: The bed was really squeaky. And the lockers didn't have locks. But you can leave things at the reception if you want them to be safe.


Liked: Large room with 12 beds but the beds are far apart, Beds are good. No curtains! Good value overall. Didn't like: nothing


Liked: A great place in a great location. 2.00 curfew which came in handy for the usual inconsiderate ones.Stayed here with my 3 older kids. Affordable accom for the family. Didn't like: Would have liked curtains on the windows ( dorm C).


Liked: The building has so much charachter, it is in nice part of the city with restaurants and bars nearby. nothing is too far away really. The courtyard is very pleasant at night with the bar open.Nadia at reception is extremely helpful with directions etc and is vey friendly. Stefania at the bar also very friendly....makes a great Negroni!They provided lockers in the room which was handy however not really big enough to put your main luggage in as well. Didn't like: Poor ventilation at night, generally people shut all the doors at night and then there is no air! Bathrooms ok with great pressure and hot water but only 2 chairs to put your stuff on and feel quite exposed....


Liked: The place is really beautiful and safe and the staff truly helpfull and friendly. (And we had a free drink when we arrived :-)) Didn't like: It is REALLY noisy; if you stay in one of the shared rooms you'll ear music and people speaking from the downstairs' bar untill 2am. If you need calm choose a private room (they are higher) or find another place to stay.


Very good place to stay in Salerno and as a base for trips around Amalfi coast. Near to restaurants, Sita bus stop and to sea. Rooms facilities is basic, but enought. Breakfast very basic, each day that same, but good.


Not a bad hostel if you must visit Salerno. My tip is to go a little further north to Sorrento, far nicer and a lot more to do.

Think of this hostel like an old nunnery, this is what it looks and feels like.

The breakfast is extra and is very basic, its 50 50 whether its worth the money.


It is a youth hostel, located in a beautiful old convent. The Staff was friendly, the location clean.

My Bed was a little too old, therefore was a bit unconfortable.

I would come back.


Nice breakfast and people. Lots of street noise in our private room, less in the dorms. Very difficult to drive to, and quite a hike to parking or the train station.


I'm planning on going back to this hostel because I felt like home. It's close to a lot of nice (and cheap) places to eat and it's right in the historical city center. I had an amazing time there and wish to come back soon!


very nice place, big, well located, everybody was really helpful. Is not exactly what you expect for a "youth" hostel, at least not in spring. If you like a more quiet place, it s your choice


Excellent Hostel, Clean, Great rooms, historic building, central, close to restraurants and everything you need. A great place to stay.


Its far from the station (25 minutes walk) but its a very good choice. We had acess to internet, laundry and a nice and cheap restaurant.The staff is great!!



Since 1650 the Ave Gratia Plena, according to the will of the town of Salerno, has been a convent for �maidens and girls on the brink.�

In 2003, updating its �mission� of hospitality, it became the address of the Salerno Youth Hostel, offering comfortable rooms ensuite.

Let us welcome you into this 17th century convent, nestled in one of the oldest streets of the historic town centre and still maintaining its original architectural structure while providing modern services.
Without forgetting the simple and essential style which defines us, we offer our guests all they need to enjoy a very pleasant stay: multilingual staff, 24hrs reception service, wireless connection, electronic keys, welcome corner and much more.

Our hostel have been the first in Italy to receive the Hi-Quality
Certification, issued by the world organization for our network, the International Youth Hostel Federation.

The building, situated in the heart of the historic town center, is just a few meters away from the sea and some of our rooms face the nearby 11th century Cathedral, with its Arab-Norman bell-tower.
The old Longobard bard town, with its maze of alleyways, the old churches and the noble families' palaces are all within walking distance, just as the promenade, perfect for a relaxing walk.
The wonderful beaches of the Amalfi Coast, with gems like Amalfi itself or Positano, are easily reachable thanks to comfortable landing places and another boat trip will take you to the 'not-to-be-missed' Isle of Capri.

The ancient history of this area is close at hand too, as quick journeys by bus and train will take our guests to discover Pompeii's archaeological site and the imposing Greek temples of Paestum.
Those who prefer staying in town can find little gems in the historic center, like the old 'Giardini della Minerva' botanical gardens, where the Medical School of Salerno started from, while the artisans' workshops and the goldsmith tradition of the old 'Via Mercanti' will surely tempt the shopping-lovers.
At night, it will be perfectly safe to take a walk through the narrow streets of the historic town center, throbbing with life thanks to the many bars, pubs and wine shops, where you can taste the delicious typical food of our area.

Otherwise, our visitors can enjoy peace and quiet in the hostel, relaxing in the cloister, lulled by the water flowing out of the 17th century fountain, or on the 4th floor sundeck, which affords a fantastic view of the historic center and the sea.

Above all, what we strive to offer our guests are good memories: of our hospitality, of our professional working team and of the magic and silent atmosphere that can be felt among the ancient walls of this building.
We believe in constant improvement and this is why we can assure our guests that they can trust us when they choose their next holiday.

We look forward to seeing you at Salerno!

Location and Contact


• Public Transport: 50 meters
• Train Station: 500 meters

Address: Via Dei Canali, Salerno, Campania, Italy

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Website Ave Gratia Plena Hostel - Salerno Hostel Salerno www.ostellodisalerno.it/
Phone Number: +39 (089) 234776
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby


24 Hour Security


Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool


Wheelchair Accessible

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7 AM - 11 AM & 3:30 PM - 12:30 AM (07:00-11:00 & 15:30-00:30)

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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