A stunning national park of five picturesque coastal villages sitting on dark, craggy cliffs along the edge of the brilliant azure waters of Ligurian Sea, Cinque Terre is as gorgeous as it is interesting. From south to north, this province comprises the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso, each with its own charm and persona. So, where to stay in this beautiful part of the Italian Riviera? The area has no branded hotel chain, but the beauty of exploring this spectacular coastline is staying at vacation rentals—or affittacameres (rooms for rent), as they are called. Here are the best hostels in and near Cinque Terre, Italy.
The basic, clean Ostello Corniglia features gender-specific eight-capacity dorm rooms with beds available for just under 25 EUR (27.70 USD), making it a great budget hostel in the heart of the town of Corniglia. The rooms feature dishwashers and electric kettles, lockers, and common bathrooms. There are also private double and triple-sharing rooms available, each with their own en suite bathroom. Further, Ostello Corniglia offers guests the use of shared facilities, including a lounge, free WiFi, a beautiful garden, a bar, daily continental breakfast, and wonderful views of the area.
Located in the fairytale-esque, ethereal hillside village of Framura, around 25 km (15.5 miles) farther north of Monterosso along the coast, Perla del Levante Hostel boasts the fact that it offers unparalleled, unobstructed views of the village as well as Ligurian Sea. A gorgeous open sun terrace makes up for the simply furnished but comfortable rooms, which have a shared fridge, a kettle, and even a microwave. WiFi is free in the common areas, and guests can even enjoy authentic Italian buffet breakfasts at the property every day—either in the garden or the breakfast room.
In the very heart of the village of Porto Venere, 25 km (15.5 miles) south of the village of Riomaggiore, lies the beautiful Ostello Porto Venere, housed in an early-20th-century structure with huge sea-view windows. The hostel features 50 beds in 9 rooms, with room sizes ranging from dorms to twins. Each accommodation is blessed with lots of natural light, an en suite bathroom with lockers, and a desk, with each bed having a reading light. The property also has meeting rooms as well as a communal area with vending machines, a kettle, a TV, and a fridge.
Located on the main Via Prealba street in Levanto, which is around 12 km (7.5 miles) north of Monterosso, is Ospitalia del Mare Hostel, with gorgeous views of the town and just 300 metres (985 feet) from a stunning sandy beach overlooking Ligurian Sea. Housed in a historic structure, Ospitalia del Mare features spacious dorm rooms with lockers, reading lights, and shared bathrooms with showers. Guests can lounge on the terrace, which has a comfy sitting area. The property also features free WiFi and a great breakfast in the morning.
In the ancient village of Biassa, in the heart of Cinque Terre National Park, 8 km (5 miles) east of Riomaggiore, is Ostello Tramonti, a value-for-money hostel with gorgeous views. Offering free shuttle services to and from Riomaggiore, the property features 14 quad rooms with shared bathrooms as well as a private room for those who want solitude. Ostello Tramonti has free WiFi, a shared lounge with a TV, and even a small library for bibliophiles. There’s also a bar and restaurant on-site for guests to enjoy a meal or a drink, especially in the evening, with stunning views of the ancient town and the beautiful blue of Ligurian Sea.
Right next to the central station in La Spezia on the Italian Riviera de Levante lies the spectacular Ostello Viсino, which is just 2 km (1.2 miles) from La Spezia Port. The hostel features extremely clean, modern eight-bed dorms with comfortable bedding, along with shared bathrooms with a shower and a hairdryer. The place has free WiFi, and free delicious Italian breakfast is served at the property every day. What’s more, the town of La Spezia is just 20 minutes from Riomaggiore, so all the best that Cinque Terre has to offer is within your reach.
Address: 30 Via Alfonso Lamarmora
Price: from 30 USD
In the heart of La Spezia on the Italian Riviera de Levante, just 1 km (0.6 miles) from Port Mirabello and only 300 metres (985 feet) from the ferry terminal, lies Grand Hostel Manin. This place is a great choice for staying on the edge of the wonderful Cinque Terre National Park in Italy, around 20 minutes from Riomaggiore. The units at Grand Hostel Manin are all air-conditioned, with some of them even featuring balconies offering superb views of the Riviera and the gorgeous Italian town. The rooms—which are shared six- or eight-bed dorms, with all-women options—all feature clean communal bathrooms. What’s more, the property has free WiFi, shared lounges, a well-equipped kitchen, and also free breakfast.
Located right next to La Spezia’s central station, 5 Terre Backpackers City makes for a great stay. Every room here feature terraces with views of the town and the lovely garden, where a stroll in the morning does wonders for the mind, body, and soul. Accommodations at 5 Terre have clean shared bathrooms, while the property itself has free WiFi, a shared lounge, a huge well-equipped kitchen, and even a bar. Guests can enjoy both à la carte and traditional Italian breakfasts every morning before stepping out to explore La Spezia and the wonderful Cinque Terre National Park, the first village of which (Riomaggiore) is just 20 minutes away.
You have to endure a good climb to get to the cutesy Antico Hospitale in the heart of Framura, around 25 km (15.5 miles) north of Monterosso, but it is definitely worth it. The hostel’s rooms feature comfy beds and a wardrobe, shared bathrooms with a shower and even a hairdryer, along with views of the great big expanse of Ligurian Sea. There are also family accommodations for people looking for privacy. Antico Hospitale has a superb common kitchen, perfect for whipping up meals if you feel up to it. There’s even free WiFi as well as a shared lounge, making this place a great choice to stay near Cinque Terre.
Address: Località Costa di Framura 52
Staying in Cinque Terre
The lovely region of Cinque Terre National Park on the Italian Rivera is a beautiful place full of ancient history and picturesque outdoors. Live like a true local by staying at these gorgeous but affordable hostels in the tiny villages in and around Cinque Terre, Italy, which will go a long way in making your holiday all the more memorable.
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