September 24, 2004
The hostel is very accessible to backpackers as it is just up a hill from the train station in Mergellina. Note that you exit the train station, turn right, turn right again, go under the underpass and turn right into the road that will bend up to the hostel. Yes, if you could walk through the tracks you would halve the distance, but you cannot. You pass a little nightclub on the way up, which is built into the side of the hill, very interesting. We had a room on the front of the hostel, but were never bothered by noise.
The hostel charges 14 Euro for a dorm bed, 16 Euro for a bed in a double room, which we decided to get.
Our room looked out on a courtyard, on the railways, and out to the Bay of Naples. Great view, but our double room is small with a bunk bed and no towels (we didn't think to bring towels so we needed to dry off on clothes for the next few days: Bring towels). It has a private bath, and it was generous in size, but the entire room was the shower, as is often true in Italy. The toilet paper was set up so it would not get wet, and the arrangement worked just fine.
The hostel breakfast is a typical Italian hotel breakfast: brioche and coffee. The Coffee is instant put into hot milk, and tastes much better than we expected it to. I had chocolate spread on my brioche, similar to Nutella. Mark had both butter and the chocolate plus a peach topping with the consistency of honey. He said it was yummy. We were glad to stop for a second cup of coffee, a cappuccino, later in the morning from a bar. (In Italy, bars are largely coffee bars.)
From journal Weekend in Napoli