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Ostello della Gioventu - Il Castello

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Via Fratelli Bandiera 1, 96017, Noto, Sicily Italy
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Updated 30/05/20

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#9 of 184 in Noto
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Set within a fantastic Castle Bornonico, the Youth Hostel "The Castle", offers accommodation in family / double and multiple rooms with bunk beds. All rooms have private bathrooms. We are seconds away from the beautiful Cathedral Basilica today. The Hostel offers the possibility of a tan within a beautiful natural solarium, all golden stone of Noto! See you there!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
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Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
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Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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Jon_Janet wrote a review Nov 2018
Maidenhead, United Kingdom406 contributions141 helpful votes
We chose this accommodation for its proximity to the main street in Noto: a set of steps next to the hostel leads directly into the heart of the city with good access to the Cathedral, other main sights and the bars and restaurants. Particularly when returning after an evening in a restaurant, you need to be fairly fit to use the steps but this is an antidote to the good food that you can find. Bear in mind that this is a hostel, but one in an interesting old building with marble floors and great views over Noto. There is a mix of private accommodation and dormitories with their own bathroom and shower. Our room for two was huge with a comfortable bed; it was clean and well maintained. The reception staff were friendly and extremely helpful with advice on parking and where to visit in the town. Wi-Fi was available in and near the lobby and there was a decent continental breakfast thrown in. You can bring a car and park outside or nearby if you can find a spot: ask reception to find the parking spots. Our only downside was that our Satnav had difficulty locating the entrance from the address. Perhaps a better location indicator would help. But we did get there and can recommend it. Highly recommended providing good value for money.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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JoKlimczak wrote a review Jul 2018
Tartu, Estonia1 contribution
This place was a treat :). The baroque pearl of Noto stole my heart, magical town and on the top of that Il Castello was like a cherry on top of birthday cake:). Amazing place with magical, breathtaking view on town. Clean, and huge rooms with lovely and always helpful hosts. Will be returning there on and on.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Kate J wrote a review Jul 2018
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I stayed at il castello with my friends this week and we stayed in the private room for 3. Our room was perfect with an incredible view!!!! Beds were made every day which was amazing, the staff were extremely friendly and the view from our room was phenomenal. Highly recommended !!
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled
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Koksijde wrote a review Jul 2018
Europe13 contributions11 helpful votes
We loved the view from the room, the location. You got stairs to climb to get there (or take the car, of course) . We arrived without reservation and got the last room, huge familyroom for just the 2 of us. Loved it. Excellent value for money
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Date of stay: June 2018
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James B wrote a review Jun 2018
San Antonio, Texas157 contributions79 helpful votes
Not speaking much Italian, we did not know from the establishment's name that it is actually a youth hostel. But they do offer double lodgings for couples, with extra, empty beds in the room. Interesting old building with excellent views over the historic center of town. Adequate, basic breakfast, but superb, high ground location and super-helpful desk host. Lots of stairs, elevator not working. Take it for what it is, but we stayed during the town's busiest festival of the year. Difficult to get reservations.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Steven D wrote a review Sep 2017
London65 contributions27 helpful votes
Very helpful and friendly staff - so would recommend just for them - the hotel was a youth hostel so needs some updating if they are going to turn into a Hotel - little things like a shelf in the bathroom, or soap dish in the shower would make a difference. We had fantastic views over the roofs of Noto - quite stunning - very easy to walk down to the centre - but plenty of steps to walk back up at the end of the night - for our stay it was ideal and I will probably be back so that's recommendation enough
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Date of stay: August 2017
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AnnetteAtiya wrote a review Jun 2017
Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands44 contributions9 helpful votes
we l eft our booked accommodation because we were so disappointed by reality compared to online photo's that we booked last minute at the hostel. Such a friendly hosts and what a location - we got a huge room (with a lot of extra beds...) and access to the rooftop with again a beautiful view. Nice breakfast with a lot of nationalities. Showers are very basic but clean. Airco is working!
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Response from Davide C, Proprietario at Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello
Responded 13 Aug 2017
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albettinelli wrote a review Dec 2016
Province of Milan, Italy3 contributions2 helpful votes
I spent in this Hostel three nights, as main location for visit this area. The room is very big with bathroom, clean, comfortable, and quite, there are all comforts as fridge, air conditioning, air drier, tv, also there is an amazing view over the city. Breakfast with typical local food, sweet and salad. The hosters are very kindly and nice. Noto is a beatutiful city, located between Ragusa and Siracusa. Noto Bay, is a beatutiful sea and beach area.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled
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Julia Z wrote a review Sep 2016
Toronto, Canada54 contributions40 helpful votes
We stayed at this place for two nights in September. Location is brilliant, right in the middle of the city. Our room had access to the huge terrace overlooking the Cathedral. Free parking on the street right at the hotel's door. I should agree to some points in the previous review - room was a bit spartan with Ikea bed and mattress, but the shower was newly renovated and super clean. Let's be fair - if you pay around 50 euros per night with parking and free breakfast in simply best location in town, luxury is nor included. Again, we came there to see Noto, Ragusa and Modica, meaning we came in just to sleep and take a shower. This place has served the purpose 100%. Overall, I can recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Emilia F wrote a review Aug 2016
Boston, Massachusetts79 contributions14 helpful votes
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This place has absolutely misleading pictures. The absence of any picture of the bathroom is not by chance. I have uploaded some pics for other people to see it. The real problem is that somewhere this place is advertised as B&B and we fell into this trap. This is NOT a B&B, it is a hostel and it has all the features of the hostels I used to sleep at when I was a teenager on holidays with my friends. You will find several bunk beds next to your double bed (guess why you couldn't see them in the pictures), terrible bathroom without anything, just one towel that has to do it all (not even one more for the hands!), humidity stains on the walls and bad smell. But don't get me wrong, it is quite good as an hostel, just it is an horrible Bed & Breakfast and you should avoid it if that's what you are looking for.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Davide C, Responsabile reception at Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello
Responded 2 Sep 2016
Gentile cliente, le rispondo in italiano, ho notato che le sue varie recensioni, scritte in italiano o in inglese, sono per la maggior parte orribili, in tutto il mondo (forse è un suo personale problema con il mondo intero???) ma tralasciando i commenti, la informo che le foto non sono assolutamente fuorvianti anzi, se nota ci sono moltissime immagini caricate dai nostri clienti. Signora cara, ha scelto lei il nostro ostello, in piena democrazia e libertà, senza trappola alcuna, e poi mi parla di trappola????ma di cosa stiamo parlando????il nostro è un "signor ostello", conosciuto in tutto il pianeta, in tutti i siti in cui siamo inseriti è pubblicizzato come un OSTELLO e, se posso permettermi, è un ostello bellissimo, pieno di armonia, pulito da uno staff impeccabile, rappresenta gioiosità e trasparenza, al fine di rendere al meglio il soggiorno dei nostri clienti, a quanto pare lei non ha colto il senso. Credo fermamente che per scrivere una recensione come la sua ci voglia un gran coraggio e molta responsabilità, ci ha criticati in un modo ripugnante, le sue non sono critiche costruttive, ma sono solo commenti gratuiti con il solo perfido scopo di rovinare il nostro nome ed il nostro lavoro, che facciamo giornalmente con passione. Sfido chiunque a scrivere il contrario, sì Signora, siamo molto delusi, una recensione così è inaspettata e dura da digerire ma andremo avanti, non ci faremo schiacciare dai suoi commenti così cattivi senza motivo. Si faccia un esame di coscienza per ciò che ha scritto e si chieda se ha senso infangare il lavoro altrui così gratuitamente. Saluti e cordialità vivissime.
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US$57 - US$83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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ItalySicilyProvince of SyracuseNoto
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello
Which popular attractions are close to Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello?
Nearby attractions include Centro Storico (0.2 km), Corso Vittorio Emanuele III (0.2 km), and St. Nicholas Cathedral (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ristorante Manna, Gastro Matto, and Trattoria La Carretteria.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Ostello della Gioventù - Il Castello?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (0.2 km).