Best Hostels in Genoa

3 Best Hostels in Genoa – Tranquility, Wine, Architecture and the Sea.

If you’re looking for the best hostels in Genoa, look no further.

First, welcome to Genoa, Cinque Terre’s cousin who should be as well known but isn’t (for now). This city in Italy is filled with a remarkable architecture, surrounded by the scent of Italian delicacies.

Genoa has a glorious history and a bewitching charm, which is sure to send it flying from a ‘hidden gem’ to a ‘must-visit place’ in a couple of years.

But for now, enjoy the intimacy of this city, which will make you feel like you’re visiting your Italian grandmother on the Mediterranean coast, and your only job is to munch on some delicious pasta and Cheese focaccia.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Ostello Bello Genova - best for Social Butterflies
  2. OStellin Genova - best for Female solo traveler
  3. Marathon Hostel - best for Backpackers

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Munch away. We’ll focus on giving you the best hostels in Genoa that are centrally located and fit any solo travelers, friends, family, couples, or backpackers’ dreams.

We also have guides on the best hostels in Milan and the best Hostels in Cinque Terre.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

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Quick Introduction to Genoa

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Genoa have an average price of around $27 per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room has an average price of around $100 per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelz.com or Hostelworld.com.

Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

When to visit Genoa: This is a year-round destination! Winters are mild, summers last from April to October, and the festivals are never ending with over 40 events throughout the year.

How long to stay in Genoa: 2 days should be enough for you to see every major sight of the city, but you could easily stay more and find something to do or somewhere to relax.

Transportation in Genoa: Locals either use public transport (buses and metro) or walk. The town is made of many narrow streets, so we recommend walking if you can, as it will make you discover all the nooks and crannies of Genoa.

Keep in mind that you won’t find any taxi apps here, so you’ll need to find a taxi station (or ask your hostel staff to book one for you).

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The 3 Best Hostels in Genoa are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Genoa.

  1. Ostello Bello Genova – best for Social Butterflies
  2. OStellin Genova – best for Female solo traveler
  3. Marathon Hostel – best for Backpackers

We put all accommodations on the map, incl. our own tips for restaurants, things to see, and more.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: OStellin Genova
👫 For Socializing:Ostello Bello Genova
🎒 for Backpacker:Marathon Hostel
🙎‍♀️ Female Solo Traveler: OStellin Genova
👯For Groups:Marathon Hostel

1. Ostello Bello Genova

Ostello Bello Genova is our top pick for very social hostels in Genoa. This is because the overall atmosphere is very friendly, and the bar of this hostel is very popular with local university students during the weekends. 

Here, you’ll find:

  • A garden
  • A shared lounge (with hammocks, billiards, and table tennis)
  • Aterrace
  • A bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Karaoke
  • A shared kitchen
  • 24/7 reception
  • FREE breakfast
Book Ostello Bello Genova here

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Ostello Bello Genova Terrace

Apart from the positive vibes flowing throughout the property, we really like the decor of this hostel.

It’s based on a ‘nautical’ theme, so you’ll find boats that serve as couches, submarine-like doors, and various sea creatures painted throughout the walls.

Location:  Genoa hostel in the center of town. Nearby popular points of interest include the Gallery of the White Palace and Palazzo Rosso.

The best choice in Genoa for

  • Social butterflies
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Ostello Bello Genova Ostello Bello Genova Lounge Ostello Bello Genova Dorm

2. OStellin Genova

OStellin Genova is located in one of the best areas of Genoa, and we think it’s great for female solo travelers.

This Genoa hostel has the following facilities:

  • A kitchen (fully equipped)
  • A lounge
  • A fireplace
  • 24/7 reception
Book OStellin Genova here

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OStellin Genova Dorm

We really like how spacious their rooms are, how comfortable their beds are, and the big size of their lockers.

This hostel has two different ‘parts’: the hostel itself and the dependance.

The accommodation can host up to 25 people and has a lounge, kitchen, and reception. The depandence has four private rooms, a big kitchen, and another lounge area, but no reception.

Overall this is a great hostel pick for Genoa, regardless of why or who you are traveling with. It has something for everyone, from young students to couples, families, and older travelers. 

Location: Genoa hostel in the heart of the historical city center. Most of the city’s main attractions are a 10-minute walk away in all directions. We think this is a great hostel to base yourself in if you want to explore nearby Cinque Terre as well.

A great choice for

  • Female Solo Travelers
Book OStellin Genova here

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OStellin Genova Lounge OStellin Genova Kitchen

3. Marathon Hostel

Marathon Hostel in Genoa is housed inside a historical building and decorated in industrial-era design. This is our favorite hostel in Genoa for backpackers. 

It has great facilities:

  • A fitness center
  • A shared lounge
  • A bar and restaurant (with vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free options)
  • A karaoke
  • A shared kitchen
Book Marathon Hostel here

Check prices at:
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Marathon Hostel Lounge Marathon Hostel Dorm

We really like their bar as it’s frequented by travelers and locals and provides a great and easy space to socialize.

The beds are very comfortable and have curtains, USB outlets, and individual lights. They come with personal lockers and a drawer under them for storage.

This Genoa hostel is quite big as it has a total of 150 beds, so you’re sure to meet at least one (or 149?) person you’ll get along with. 

We also like the fact that they use passwords instead of key cards, which will come in handy if you’re the type of person who always misplaces your hostel keys.

Location: Genoa hostel in the city center, near the town’s main shopping street, Via XX Settembre. Restaurants, cafes, and a few bars surround the area. Nearby popular points of attractions include the Palazzo Ducale and Matteotti Square.

This is one of the best hostels in Genoa for

  • Backpackers
Book Marathon Hostel here

Check prices at:
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Marathon Hostel Bar

Marathon Hostel Kitchen Marathon Hostel Gym Marathon Hostel Lounge

Best Hostels in Genoa for Solo Travelers?

Our top pick for solo travelers hostels in Genoa is  OStellin Genova.

It has great facilities, a wonderful social and familiar atmosphere and is very well located.

Book OStellin Genova here

Check prices at:
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OStellin Genova Lounge

What about the cheapest hostels in Genoa?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Genoa.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Genoa
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Genoa best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Genoa and the best Genoa hostels that are available.

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