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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 9.1

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 8.9

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    18 Oct 2021
    I loved it! This hostel is probably one of the best hostels I have stayed in so far - it's clean, spacious and prettt! They offer free breakfast and free pasta every night, and the staff are all so nice. The location is great too, on clear days I could see the Etna from my room! Definitely recommend going here and I will be back for sure :) Cheers guys! :)
    Netherlands, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    13 Oct 2021
    Incredible week spent in the ostello degli elefanti, the atmosphere and the good vibes is the best, adding the free pasta and the terrace bar was the most complete hostel in which I was. 100% sure that I will choose it again next summer. 🥳🥳🥳
    Argentina, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    24 Sep 2021
    It is a beautiful hostel!! right in the middle of town. Free breakfast and dinner helps solo travelers to socialize
    Hungary, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    27 Sep 2021
    I stayed at the Hostel for three days. It is in the center of city, so close to everything. The staff is really nice, warm and helpful. I'd absolutely recommend you stay in the Hostel.
    Slovenia, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    22 Sep 2021
    One of the best hostel I've stayed at (as long you carry earplugs for sleeping). The hostel is beautifully located right in the centre of the city with good facilities, very nice staff a rooftop terrace and free pasta every night!! Because it is in the centre there is quite a but of noise until very late and starting early so be sure to bring some earplugs.
    Netherlands, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    02 Oct 2021
    Very nice place, good staff and great location. Love the terrasse and view.
    Norway, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    13 Sep 2021
    Rooftop bar is bit separate from the hostel, outside guests go there but still with guest discount. Free pasta every night, smack down in center and good spacey rooms. Very pleasant stay.
    Slovakia, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    13 Oct 2021
    Very welcoming and quiet atmosphere with friendly, helpful staff. I’d recommend it to anyone :)
    Italy, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    28 Sep 2021
    Our stay in Elefanti was very pleasant. The check in/out in not that convenient times was very easy, the staff was always extremely helpful with anything. Sometimes the bathrooms were as not clean as we would like, but it was all well balanced with the atmosphere and beautiful views from the rooms and the rooftop. The location of the hostel is definitely a biiiig advantage, and what was also very important for us was the fast working internet.
    Czech Republic, Female, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    23 Sep 2021
    The hostel itself is a beautiful one! Perfect venue and the rooms are really nicely set! The common area also beautifully done! The staff on the other hand seemed very upset and pushy. All together the hostel had more artistry guests so just joining a group on the balcony made u feel unwelcome.
    Germany, Female, 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