Il Castello


Il Castello

Via Fratelli Bandiera 1, 96017 Noto (Siracusa)
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Poorly managed
7 June 2007
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Everything else!
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Nice view, good location when eventually found.
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Not recommended. As an HI hostel, they probably prefer catering to Italian school groups. Firstly, it's very difficult to find. I eventually found one online map service that had the street listed. When I e-mailed the place to ask where they were and if they could give directions, I got an answer stating that "there are busses that stop not far from here", i.e. an answer that was completely useless. Sure, the place is new and fairly clean, but there is no toilet seat (!) and the shower had the worst water pressure I have ever encountered. It's really beyond imagination. Just a slight splash. Showering thus took forever. I only met two staff members. One was nice, but he virtually only served me breakfast (Italian breakfast, i.e. useless). The other one was very rude on several occassions and even charged me 5 euros to leave the bag for a few hours, firstly trying to avoid giving me a receipt (i.e. under the table). Other cons are obviously the lock-out, curfew and the lack of any amenities whatsoever. All in all, with HI membership and all fees and extra charges, it turned out to be the most expensive hostel during my entire trip, and by far the worst as well. Go to Noto on a day trip instead, is my advice.

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Sasi
A good place to meet people
23 August 2004
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The review below (from Eve)is a good representation of the hostel. You have to take many stairs to get there but it is worth it. The hosts are very helpful, good beds, good breakfast (not much but tasty), good location, nice town. The only thing we didn't like; there is only one shower for 16 people(we went in august so there where many people in the room) and there was only cold water. But there is another shower down the hall with warm water. It is a great place to meet people. It isn't perfect but it is one of the best hostels in Sicily.

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Eve
Modern, inexpensive, friendly..good for Syracuse
29 October 2002
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Noto, is a small baroque village about 40 mins bus journey from Syracuse. If you like baroque architecture its for you but be warned it is very quiet and there isnt much to do. The hostel is incredibly clean, spacious with friendly helpful staff and one of the most modern hostels I have seen. Single sex rooms of 12 and there was only max 3 of us at any time, this was the start of September. Simple breakfast included in tarif as well as sheets bike hire available too. Day trips on bus to Syracuse (you can do it in a day) and buses to nature reserves and beaches available but check times as irregular buses, miss one you can be waiting 2hrs for the next. Train station too so you can carry on travelling towards the South side.

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