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Locarno Youth Hostel
Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

Probably the cheapest place to stay in a town where everything is expensive. Compared to any other city this hostel would be extortionate, but for Switzerland it's value for money.

Rooms were basic - I stayed in a twin with bunk beds and a sink - it would have been nice to have the option of a double bed at this same price.

However it was quiet at night and the buffet style complimentary breakfast was excellent.

For budget travellers it would be nice to have an option to prepare your own food and drinks, plus access to a fridge etc, as eating out in Switzerland doesn't come cheap!

Staff here were really friendly and multi-lingual. I would definitely stay here again.

Good location not far from the Piazza Grande.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 26 December 2012

Youth hostels in Switzerland are a word apart. We love them. This was a terrific deal, less expensive by far than any of the hotels. We decided to splurge a little and take a private room with bath. There were private rooms with shared baths in addition to the normal dormitory rooms. The room was clean and comfortable. Breakfast was delightful. The food was great, and so was the company. People young and old from all over the world. The staff here are proficient in many languages, and they are extremely helpful. One young woman spent a lot of time helping us to figure out train and bus connections to Malpensa airport and nearby Lugano.

We enjoyed sitting out on our small balcony in the evening and listening the the animated voices of the many young people sharing stories.

The hostel is a very short walk from the center of town and the lake. We would stay here again if back this way.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Located close to the city center, the Youth Hostel Locarno is a great place to stay, especially if you are traveling with kids !
A really clean and well maintained. I can only recommend to take the half board proposal. The evening dinner is good and well served (but be on time, you are in Switzerland !)
From Locarno, you can easily go to Ascona if do you want to see another $World$ !
A visit to the Valle Verzasca is a real must if the sun is there. Walking along the river is really wonderful !

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2008

Youth Hostel Locarno was a very fun and clean hostel in a great location. There was a large breakfast room, ping pong table, and outdoor terrace. My friends and I found it very close to the main square (only a 5-8 minute walk) and just a bit farther to the train station.

The rooms were nice, and our 6-person dormitory had its own bathroom that was cleaned every day. The bunk beds were more comfortable than at some other hostels and each had its own reading light and shelf. The only bad part was the hassle of having to assemble our own bedding -- it took a good 10 minutes to get the sheets on the bed and the comforter stuffed in its cover.

The best part of this hostel was the included breakfast buffet. There were SO many choices, and I was astonished with how good the food was for a hostel. The bread was amazing, and there was nutella, butter, and at least four different jams to put on it. There was cereal, granola, yogurt, juice, milk, cheese, meat, and fresh fruit. We ate a ton each morning and no one cared. I would go back just for breakfast...

I definitely would stay at this hostel again.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with friends
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Locarno Youth Hostel

Address: Via Varenna 18 | 6600 Locarno, Locarno 6600, Switzerland
Region: Switzerland > Swiss Alps > Canton of Ticino > Lake Maggiore > Locarno
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Locarno
Price Range: £35 - £148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Locarno Youth Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Because the Canton of Ticino is located almost at sea level (at an altitude of 192 metres), it is possible to enjoy a Mediterranean climate from springtime until the end of November. It also means that a large part of life at the "Palagiovani" is spent outdoors - for example at a "Grigliata" in the inner courtyard surrounded by the building's three wings. Naturally, nearly all the modern double and four-person rooms have a balcony. And it's also pleasant to get together on the veranda or under the pergola. ... more   less 
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