We finally found this place after a bunch of searching around Piazza San Pietro. It looked promising with pirate octopi on all their signs and sort of a grungy, cool, hostel feel.
They advertised on the door that someone was there everyday between 11-2 and then also in the evening. We got there at about 11 and knocked. No answer, we waited, knocked, waited, knocked, asked people in the neighborhood. Finally, we went to buy a phone card and called them. A man answered and said he'd be over soon. We waited a bit, he came, checked us in, showed us the room, etc. The room is up a very steep and narrow set of stairs. It's pretty small, but standard with bunk beds and lockers. The kitchen is very small and the included breakfast is just boxed cereal that you handle yourself. There no full or part time staff, just the guy you have to call to be checked in.
After being there a couple minutes, my friend started having trouble breathing. The air smelled musty, and while it didn't bother me, she seemed to be having an allergic reaction. Even after the whole ordeal to get into this place, we obviously had to move since breathing is one of the more important things in life.
When we told the guy, he got PISSED. He said we had signed a contract and he wouldn't give us our money back. We threatened to go to the police (since the station's right across the street) and he said, "go ahead." We called another number on the door and the guy (owner?) was incredibly rude and insulting. He finally came down, talked to his employee, shoved our money at us and threw us out with a scowl and somewhat threatening manners.
Bari is not the greatest place in the world anyway, but there's no reason to torture yourself by coming here.
P.S. On our way to our replacement hostel, we passed a dessert festival in on of the old town squares and had the most amazing canoli of our lives! It was a Sunday near the end of March.
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