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  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 1 week prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

Cancellations must be made 30 days in advance. No exceptions.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Ostello degli Elefanti

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Property Description

Come join us at Ostello degli Elefanti - Catania's most beautiful and central Hostel. Stay in a noble family’s palace adjacent to Catania’s most famous, and prestigious, piazzas. Experience traditional Sicilian art, cuisine and culture in the UNESCO protected old city. Catania is the ideal location to access all that Sicily has to offer.

No other hostel offers you the same easy access to Mt. Etna, the port, the beaches, historic markets, galleries, museums and other landmarks. Catania’s top night-time entertainments – the bars, restaurants and piazzas are all concentrated within a radius of a few hundred metres – from the relaxed ambience of the bars and kiosks in front of the spectacular Castle Ursino, to the chic bistros and pubs in Via Gemmelaro, the cocktail bars showing live football matches in the beautiful Piazza Bellini popular with the younger crowd, to the contemporary pubs of Via Vittorio Emmanuele.

The heart of the hostel is situated in the stunningly painted rooms of a palace that dates back to the 1600s. The baroque architecture and celebrated frescos will amaze while the rooftop – complete with one of Catania’s most in-demand cocktail bars - offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline and Mount Etna – Europe’s largest, active volcano.

Our hostel offers complimentary breakfast, WiFi, maps and lockers. You can enjoy large common area for socializing, balconies over Via Etnea – described as one of Italy’s most beautiful streets – and our famous rooftop cocktail bar in the evenings.

The dorm rooms are designed with your comfort in mind, with various layouts to choose from ranging from dormitories with eight beds – including a female only dorm – to three, four and six bed dormitories, as well as two private rooms with en suite shower rooms. The rooms are spacious with a lot of natural lighting and are furnished with desks, end tables, chairs and lockers. Our beds have individual reading lights, and curtains for your privacy, as well as access to power to keep your mobile topped up, or your other devices running.

Our dynamic and multilingual staff are here to help you experience the best that Catania has to offer.

Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival.
In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay.

Cancellations must be made by 10,30 am the previous day.

Check in starts at 14:00
Check out before 10:30
Our reception is open 24/7.
If you arrive during the night please contact us.
Payment upon arrival : we accept cash, credit cards, and debit cards.
City Taxes are included.
No curfew.
Non smoking, except in designated balconies and the terrace.
Laundry and drying facilities are available. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.9

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 9.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    31 Oct 2020
    Amazing atmosphere for the lone traveller. Free breakfast and free evening pasta is a great deal. Roof terrace and balconies overlook central square. Would definitely recommend and will be back!
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    13 Oct 2020
    Wonderful hostel. Can't beat location. Super friendly staff. They try to enforce masks/distancing, but it's like herding cats. As expressed in many other reviews, fairly loud. But that's owing to location on a musically-aligned town square and also a noisy social room inside. Good wifi.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    30 Sep 2020
    Very nice hostel at a great location. Nice views from balconies and the roof top terrace. Excellent value for money.
    Sweden, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    28 Sep 2020
    Great place! Check it out. Had lots of fun. Thanks :)
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    21 Sep 2020
    Amazing hostal ! Great staff, free breakfast, free dinner and welcome drinks, I guess it can’t get any better. The hostal is very very beautiful, right in the city centre and the people there made Catania feel like home. Highly recommended. I wish I could have stayed longer.
    Italy, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    17 Oct 2020
    Best Hostel in Catania, with free pasta, perfect location, rooftop area and good vibe to meet people.
    Scotland, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    23 Oct 2020
    The 3 beds room was huge and very comfortable, with a lovely view from the balcony. There were free pasta meals every single night and the hostel was quite filled even for covid time therefore it was easy to meet people and chat. I’ll definitely choose this place next time I come to Catania. I don’t think you can find any better. To get next level, would be awesome to have same main door opening system on the 1st building than on 2nd, as it was a bit annoying always having to ring the entrance.
    France, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    16 Sep 2020
    Very friendly staff. Breakfast included and often even a nice freshly cooked pasta dinner. There are group rooms of 8 beside the lounge and dining area and smaller rooms in an adjacent building. We stayed in a quieter smaller room and it was fine. The hostel is very well located overlooking the Main Street Via Etna. We stayed four nights before moving to a monthly apartment. Would stay there again.
    Canada, Male, 41+
  • 8.0


    23 Oct 2020
    Noise, noise and more noise. The hostel is right in the city centre so lot of noise coming from the street. My room was next to reception, so noise constantly from there. Next door was the living room where they play loud music until after midnight. People going to the terrace bar making noise too. And even the roommates. So definitely not a place to rest. Apart from that, the rest was good. If you are a party person, I recommend it.
    Spain, Male, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    10 Oct 2020
    The location of this hostel is brilliant but it is quite noisy during the day and early morning - road sweepers cleaning up! Also another concern was general hygiene of the place, I didn't really see any cleaning happening and the mens toilet just had diluted hand soap - felt uncomfortable being there. Also there was no real effort from staff to give recommendations and tips about the city, sort of had to find out on my own :/
    England, Male, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Children's Play Area
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Internet Access
  • Internet café
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • Games Room
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wii