Cheap Hostels/Hotels in Italy?

Sep 10th, 2007, 06:11 PM
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Cheap Hostels/Hotels in Italy?

Hey, I'm going to Italy from October 9th to the 20th. I will be looking for cheap places to crash in: Venice, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, and the Aeolian Islands. Ideally the place will be flexible, as in no cerfew, between 15 and 40E, and have a touch charm and character. I will definately go with reccomendations if you guys have direct experience. Unfortunately Lonely Planet isn't much help, since "budget" often seems to mean 75E+. Thanks everyone!
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Sep 10th, 2007, 06:21 PM
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Well, if Lonely Planet was no help, it's really unlikely this site will be, as it caters primarily to people who've got budgets bigger than LP ones.

Have you looked into staying in monasteries/convents? Might have curfews, but your budget is really, really slim and it might be your only option.
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Sep 10th, 2007, 08:36 PM
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As above, if LP/Thorn Tree can't help you, nobody can. They know their stuff. I think 15 euro in Venice, Rome, etc. for a bed with charm and character is totally not a reasonable request.
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Sep 10th, 2007, 08:54 PM
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Convents are possible in the 40 Euro range in some of those places, but you might have more luck with 50 Euros. There are some B&Bs in the 40-50 Euro range. But you are going at a busy time, and the cheapest, best places are long booked up, for the most part.

Basically, I think you should accept you will need to stay in hostel dorms, and probably spend 25 Euros per night at that.

But take a look at:
www.hostelworld.com (not only hostels)
www.ratestogo.com (sometimes miracles happen at the last minute)

and search the board for convent info.
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Sep 11th, 2007, 12:19 AM
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Hi Luna - The website for the Italian Youth Hostels Association is:

http://www.ostellionline.org/

On the Amalfi Coast I recommend you stay at the hostel in Positano:
http://www.brikette.com/

Hope this helps ...

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Sep 11th, 2007, 01:57 AM
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hi blackluna,
lol, from a couple of the posts above, I'm glad to discover that I'm in such wealthy company! Who knew?
Meanwhile, Here are one or two possibilities on the Amalfi Coast.
"Sorrento Holiday" (outside Sorrento in Sant'Agnello") This is a B&B, has rooms on the top floor of a nice building, with a shared kitchen. Very convenient to buses (for Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, which is 5 minutes away) and the Circumsuviana train (for Pompeii). They also rent rooms to Language school students. The name of the nice woman who runs it is Madda. +39-329-429-3295. www.sorrentoholiday.it email:[email protected]
I stayed there for several nights a few years ago and had a good experience. I wanted to stay in a place that allowed me more exposure to the Italian language than I could get in a hotel with alot of American tourists. It was fine.

In Atrani, a small village between Positano and Amalfi, you can often find signs for "affitamcamere", or "rooms to rent". These might might be a room in someone's home and can be a reasonable solution to save money. you can follow the link I gave you, or go to the village and ask or look for signs posted. I have no direct experience but would not hesitate to do this if necessary for budget reasons. I have a friend who had stayed in these rooms numerous times when visting the AC. Atrani is tiny, but has a good beach.

In Furore, chick this place, rooms are less than 40E:
http://www.emmeti.it/Welcome/Campani.../index.uk.html

As Steve James mentioned, the Brikette Hostel is in a good location for Positano:
http://www.hostelscalinatella.com/
and one in Furore which is in a former monastary and caters to hikers.
In Praiano there is il Gelsomino, I think they rent rooms at around 50E. http://www.ilgelsominopraiano.com/welcomeeng.htm

Finally, you can do your own search here:
http://www.costadiamalfi.it/italiano/affittacamere.htm

On Lipari in the Aeolian Islands, you'll have people who come to meet the ferry who want to rent their rooms, and you can pick one of them. Try to establish a price and see the room before you commit. I stayed in one for 3 nights on Lipari and can't find the names in my notes! But it is on a little side alleyway of off the main street that is filled with plants, cats, and a pet bird- you can ask, everyone knows the woman who rents these rooms. Again, I stayed there and then later moved into a hotel. But I learned alot more about the Island from locals I met by renting these little rooms!

Good luck to you, I'll be in Italy at the same time, so good luck to both of us!
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Sep 11th, 2007, 05:52 PM
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Thanks everyone who has replied so far. I respect the fact that I am looking to travel cheap and I am especially greatful to those who understand the sometimes need of shoestringing. I will definately consider all reccomendations, and would love more if possible. Thanks again!
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