Two uni friends and I stayed at Hostel Mancini at the end of September 2010. Originally booked for 2 nights, we ended up staying for 3 and the staff was able to accommodate us.
We were three in a room which had two single beds and a bunk bed, and ensuite bathroom. The room and bathroom were perfectly clean, beds were comfortable, and the room had a small terrace/balcony with french doors that opened up so that we could get a nice breeze.
The owner was fantastic, very friendly and more than happy to give us a suggested itinerary for our stay. He pointed out great restaurants (including the nearby Da Michele, birthplace of pizza and featured in Eat Pray Love - super cheap, and fantastic! Worth a visit!) and was also sure to warn us of the potential dangers of pickpockets/drive-by thieves on mopeds etc. Being three girls, he made sure that we weren't carrying handbags (thieves on mopeds slice the straps or the bottoms of the bags, grab your bag/stuff and speed off) and that we weren't out too late at night. At his suggestion, we went to Capri for the day and had a fantastic time.
The concerns that people have mentioned regarding the location are fairly accurate. While I wouldn't call it "ghetto", as someone did below, I would say it's not the greatest. But that's also in keeping with Naples as a whole - run down, not well lit, and lots of groups of men sitting on doorsteps after dinner talking about football together (and whistling/chatting at girls who pass by). I was never without my two friends, and together we felt safe. We never brought more than 50 EUR at a time with us, and kept our cameras (which aren't great anyways) attached to our wrists the whole time. I wouldn't recommend a solo female friend to go there alone at night, but I'd say the same about the city as a whole (not just the hostel) and during the day she'd be fine.
Free Wifi/WLAN was an added bonus. Breakfast, included, wasn't much but was better than nothing (bread/toast with jam, cereal and milk, coffee).
The one downside was the man who watched the front desk at night - he was rather strange (but since we were always three together, he didn't make us feel uncomfortable) and watched movies on his tv at very high volume. Our room was right across from the desk, and we could plainly hear every word of the movie from our room with the door shut. Thankfully, we'd all brought along ear plugs and were able to get to sleep without a problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostel Mancini Naples is a small and central located hostel in Naples, Italy, renewed in 2011. It offers many types of accommodations ideal for individual travellers and also for families, groups and erasmus students. Hostel Mancini is located right in front of Napoli central railway station and local trains to Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Pompeii and Sorrento. Few minutes from the hostel is also located the harbour where you can pick the ferry boat to reach Capri and Ischia. We will offer you a free city map at your arrival to show you how easy is to reach the most important city touristic attractions with no worries and how to make easy and cheap day trips to Napoli surroundings. The hostel is 5 minutes walking from "Pizzeria da Michele", the most famous pizzeria in the world. ... more less
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