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Ostello Villa Olmo
Ranked #24 of 32 Hotels in Como
Reviewed 2 October 2012

It doesn't look like much and the lockout time is a bit annoying, but it really is worth it! Breakfast is included in the price (bread, coffee, juice, cereal) as is wifi in the garden and dining room. It it literally 2 mins around the corner from some of the most gorgeous buildings on Lake Como and the staff are SO lovely. The husband and wife are so caring and lovely - the man acts as chef/bar person/all rounder and it was like having a family looking after you in Como! In terms of the price of other accommodation vs location and cleanliness - this really wins out. It is about an easy 15 minute walk to the main Como S Giovanni station. Would definitely come back here and recommend!

Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
3  Thank abridg55
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Reviewed 30 September 2012 via mobile

If you dou don't mind the male-female dorm seperation, this place is just perfect. The staff is nice, the rooms and showers are clean, and the breakfast is great, with full of aroma Italian coffee. We recommend it with all our hearts.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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3  Thank bionicpig
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

This is one of the best hostels that I stayed in during a recent trip to Italy - clean rooms with lots of air, lockers, garden, good showers, food on offer very good. Very friendly, trusting and patient staff with a wealth of info and tips. Seems to be a family-run hostel.

25 minutes walk from downtown Como, Lago di Nord Como train station and Como bus station, 15 minutes from Como San Giovanni train station. Bus stops outside hostel - costs €1.25 into town

No charges for wi-fi, 50c for 15 minutes to use their computer.

Drawbacks are almost incessant traffic noise, hostel closed with no access between 10 and 4 and no cold food or drink storage.

Room Tip: North West side is noisiest.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank cannonballdaze
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

This was our third visit and the first time we had stayed in the family room. Very quiet, clean, spacious, but what makes Villa Olmo Hostel so special is the incredibly lovely family running it. The husband is a terrific chef, his delightful wife (or another lady, possibly their daughter?) is the first point of contact for guests. They are both extremely welcoming and the food is terrific and extremely well priced. This year they have expanded on the free breakfast and now offer even more. The evening meal is a must have option.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank ourmaminhavana
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

I have stayed at this place twice now, once in 1998 and once in 2009. Same owners. The lady that runs the place is very helpful and friendly. She has a wealth of info on touristy things to do. The rooms were clean. Off street parking is available fortunately. Nice place. Unfortunately had to sleep in the men's dorm and couldn't be with my partner, no exception to this rule.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank l1ves2travel
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

Villa Olmo Hostel is a great place to stay in Como on a budget. The staff is very helpful for sightseeing, and super friendly. The beds are in single-sex dorms, and my fellow travelers were very considerate while I stayed there. The hostel is located a pleasant walk to and from town, or the local bus stops right in front if you have luggage. I would recommend Villa Olmo if you like the camaraderie of a hostel, and don't mind giving up some privacy for a bargain price.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank stubby6
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

Ostello Villa Olmo is family owned, and a nice, friendly hostel.

There are two single sex dorms. The female dorm consists of about 32 beds (8 beds are in a seperate room with a door). There are low dividing walls to make it feel more private. There are three showers and three toilets for the whole dorm.

The male dorm is only about 10 beds, open plan, also with three showers/toilets.

There are lockers provided for all beds, however the door to the dorm itself doesn't lock.

The hostel itself is about a 15min walk along the lake into town, or you can catch a bus directly outside (which also stops at both train stations).

Marcella, the owner, is lovely, very helpful and speaks very good English.

Wifi is free in common area and there is a computer available. You can buy bus tickets cheaply from reception too.

Breakfast is included in the price and is a white bread roll with butter and jam, a coffee/tea/hot chocolate, a juice, and there is milk and cereal you can help yourself to, plus a some sweet biscuits.

Each night, the common area serves meals very cheaply. The husband cooks these meals and the food is fantastic (I highly recommend it). At the cheapest for 5EU, you can simply have pasta of the day and bread, or the most expensive is 10,50EU for a first course of pasta, a second course of meat and vegetables, plus bread, water or wine, and dessert. They also sell pizzas and salads.

Negatives for me:

- Hostel is closed between 10am and 4pm. You cannot access the hostel, or check in between 10 and 4.

- There is a MIDNIGHT curfew. The gates are closed after this and you are not able to get in.

- As the female dorm is so big, it can be quite loud.

- Lots of traffic noise from the street.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank silvericemaiden
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Additional Information about Ostello Villa Olmo

Address: Via Bellinzona 2, 22100, Como, Italy
Region: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Como > Como
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 32 Hotels in Como
Price Range: £20 - £38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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