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1. Posted by yo_mama75 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi everyone,

I am travelling to Europe alone in October/November 08 for 7 weeks and I am looking for the best hostels for a solo traveller. I can afford apartments and hotels, but would like to stay in hostels sometimes so I can meet people and have some adventures! Lively areas with good transport options are preferred.

Specifically, I would love to hear about the best hostels in Rome, Florence, anywhere in the South of France, and Venice.

Alternatively, if you know of a good pensiones I would love to hear from you too.

Thanks so much. K

2. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

You could go to any of the hostelling websites to get information on individual hostels in any city/country. They all are reviewed by customers and are given ratings so it's best to check it out

hostelworld.com
hostels.com
gomio.com

are just the main ones. YHA hostels are geared more towards the more relaxed travellers. Most of the top rated hostels you'll see on hostel sites are either party hostels or have rediculous amenities. Most have all-female dorms so you should be fine if you're not interested in mixed dorms. You don't want to rent an apartment by yourself. That would be miserable I'd imagine. You should have no problem find a good hostel in Rome or Florence to fit any preference you may have. Same with the south of France. There aren't as many but the ones you'll find are adequate enough, though they may not be as flamboyant as those in larger european destinations. There are only a few hostels in Venice. Most people I've run across stay in one of the 3 or 4 campsites or stay in guest houses and so called 'budget hotels'. If you're looking for a hostel, book ahead of time! I really recommend the Residenza Santa Croce, but it sells out early. Venice's YHA hostel is located across St Mark's square meaning you need to ferry every time you come/go and the conditions are absolutely horrendous. It's like a boarding school really.

3. Posted by ShaLai (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Quoting NantesFC

You could go to any of the hostelling websites to get information on individual hostels in any city/country. They all are reviewed by customers and are given ratings so it's best to check it out

hostelworld.com
hostels.com
gomio.com

are just the main ones. YHA hostels are geared more towards the more relaxed travellers. Most of the top rated hostels you'll see on hostel sites are either party hostels or have rediculous amenities. Most have all-female dorms so you should be fine if you're not interested in mixed dorms. You don't want to rent an apartment by yourself. That would be miserable I'd imagine. You should have no problem find a good hostel in Rome or Florence to fit any preference you may have. Same with the south of France. There aren't as many but the ones you'll find are adequate enough, though they may not be as flamboyant as those in larger european destinations. There are only a few hostels in Venice. Most people I've run across stay in one of the 3 or 4 campsites or stay in guest houses and so called 'budget hotels'. If you're looking for a hostel, book ahead of time! I really recommend the Residenza Santa Croce, but it sells out early. Venice's YHA hostel is located across St Mark's square meaning you need to ferry every time you come/go and the conditions are absolutely horrendous. It's like a boarding school really.

Hi there,

You sound very familiar with Europe. Do you have any hostels to recommend in London? I would prefer all-female concept where I'll be staying alone with a tight budget.

Thanks loads!

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 8y

In Italy, I found that you can get really good deals on hotels. At the train stations there were usually people who worked at or owned hotels and were offering rooms for half the price. The hotels were usually pretty well situated and one I stayed at was an old castle just next to Duomo in Florence. Just remember to see the room before you pay for anything..

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting NantesFC

You could go to any of the hostelling websites to get information on individual hostels in any city/country. They all are reviewed by customers and are given ratings so it's best to check it out

hostelworld.com
hostels.com
gomio.com

are just the main ones.

You forgot Travellerspoint didn't you?!

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Quite a number of hostels got "female-only" dorms. The HI/YHA hostels are first choice for that, but there are others too.

For London check out the YHA/HI hostel at Earl's Court and at Holland Park. I also like the Meininger chain (I stayed with them in Berlin and Munich) and apparently they got a hostel in London.

In Rome, Florence and Venice I used www.plusvillages.com.