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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 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 9.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    14 Jul 2021
    This has been the best hostel I’ve ever been too! The staff are angels, the place is beautiful and the atmosphere is divine. Cannot recommend more, been extending our stay for the matter haha :) Salvatore is such a lovely person in particular, well miss him very much ! Go here if you want to have amazing experiences
    France, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 10.0


    24 Jun 2021
    I've stayed in female room for 8 people. It is accually 2 big rooms. The location is the best, you can't get better. The hostel has a rooftop bar, which has the great view on the Etna and on the main street/square The staff is nice and very helpful. I fully recommend it!
    Slovenia, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    06 Jun 2021
    Good hostel , well located, it just lacks curtains to the beds to be perfect
    France, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    17 May 2021
    I rarely leave reviews for hostels, so that should tell you how blown away I was by this place! It’s in a fantastic location, with a view of Piazza Duomo, Piazza Università, and Mount Etna, and even a rooftop terrace. The staff was incredibly friendly and informed about all the best spots in the city, and not to mention how beautiful the space itself is. The roofs in the common area are covered with beautiful frescos, and cute elephants everywhere. If you are coming to Catania, Defense come here
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    23 Jul 2021
    I had the best time in Catania and I’m sure thanks to Ostelli degli Elefanti. Nice atmosphere, staffs always in good mood, comfy bed, cleaned bathrooms… Nothing to complain about! I’ll def come back!
    Italy, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    08 Jul 2021
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    04 Jul 2021
    Really nice place, well located and helpful staff. Cosy couch area outside
    Germany, Female, 31-40
  • 8.9


    09 Jun 2021
    Amazing staff, coffee and croissant are included in the price, the kitchen is available to cook, rooms are large and comfortable, there are lockers in it and curtains around the bed. The location is super central but then very noisy. The showers are quite small. There’s a view on the Etna from the hostel balconies. I recommend !
    France, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    23 Jul 2021
    Good location
    Italy, Male, 25-30
  • 6.9


    27 Jun 2021
    If they put you to the rooms that are not in the same staircase as the reception, you might not get barely any sleep. There’s a bar/club downstairs, which makes impossible to sleep until they close around 2-3am. I was expecting the hostel to be a great place to work since it has big common spaces but unfortunately it’s also very loud during the day time and sometimes there’s random school kid groups making a lot of noise. Keycards doesn’t always work.
    Finland, 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