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General Group Booking Terms

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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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  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
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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

Come join us at Catania's most central Hostel, Ostello degli Elefanti.
Experience traditional Sicilian art, cuisine and culture with our centralized location for: Mt. Etna, the ocean, authentic markets and much more! Catania is the easiest point to access to all Sicily has to offer.

The hostel takes place in the art and music rooms of a palace that dates back to the 1600s. The baroque architecture style will amaze you as the delicious local cuisine fills you up. Our hostel offers complimentary breakfast, WiFi, luggage storage, maps and lockers. There is also a large common area for socializing complete with a bar. In our shop, we sell toiletries, guides and international fair trade products.

The dorm rooms are adorned with stunning frescos as well as private balconies to view the beautiful Piazzas on each side of us. The rooms are spacious with a lot of natural lighting and are furnished with desks, end tables, chairs and lockers. Our beds have individual curtains for your privacy.

Our gorgeous roof top terrace offers a panoramic view of Catania's historic center as well as Mt. Etna and other UNESCO sights.
Our young and local staff are here to help you experience what 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 24h
Check out before 10:30
Our reception is open 24/7. If you arrive during the night please contact us.

Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards.
Taxes included.
Breakfast available for a supplementary cost.

No curfew.
Child friendly.
Non smoking. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.9

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.6

  • Facilities 8.9

Latest Reviews

  • 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
  • 10.0


    14 Sep 2020
    Amanzing atmosphere&hostel! Very central on the main road! Staff was amanzing, they even offer free meals (breakfast&genius pasta pistacio) 10/10
    Austria, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    22 Aug 2020
    Bellissima location, le camere sono bellissime, con soffitti alti e affrescati, centralissima e non troppo distante dalla stazione. Speciale è lo staff! Disponibile, gentile, ho avuto il piacere di parlare con Marcello che mi ha spiegato tutto sulla città, e si vedeva che gli piace molto il suo lavoro! Inoltre da non perdere la terrazza, con meravigliosa vista sulla città è sull'Etna in lontananza!
    Italy, Female, 31-40
  • 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+
  • 9.4


    28 Aug 2020
    Perfect location. Good and complete facilities
    Argentina, All Male Group, 31-40
  • 8.9


    05 Sep 2020
    For sure the location of the hostel is outstanding and the view from the windows couldn’t be better! I also liked the staff, atmosphere, the design and the beautiful breakfast. All perfect, nevertheless the shared girl bathroom was a catastrophe and was not cleaned through the 3 days I spend I the hostel.
    Poland, Female, 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