Hostel in Bologna

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Hostel in bologna
Hostel in bologna

If you are planning a trip to Bologna, a great option to stay is to choose a hostel. In this article we will explain why staying in a hostel in Bologna is a great choice and we will provide you with a list of the most popular hostels in the city.

Bologna is one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities in Italy, famous for its medieval historic centre, soaring towers and tasty food. But it is important to know that the capital of Emilia Romagna is not only a tourist destination loved by art and culture enthusiasts, but it is also an internationally renowned university city.

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Why Stay in a Hostel in Bologna?

There are many reasons why hostels are a great choice for you accommodation in Bologna. First of all, they are generally much cheaper when compared to other establishments such as hotels and bed and breakfasts. This means that in this way you have the possibility to spend less and maybe use your budget to book a tour or visit some of the more than 30 museums in Bologna. Furthermore, given the central location of those we are going to suggest you will be close to the main tourist attractions.

Another aspect to take into consideration is that the hostel is a great choice for solo travelers or for those who like to meet other travellers. Often they offer a more social atmosphere than hotels: thanks to halls, kitchens and other common areas it is possible to socialize very easily.

Last, but not least, your travel experience will be more authentic!

The Best Hostels in Bologna

As already mentioned, we have created for you the list of accommodation facilities which, in our opinion, offer the best services and are generally more appreciated by travellers.

Combo Bologna

Combo Bologna awaits you with a warm welcome in the heart of the city. Located in a completely renovated historical building, the hostel offers private rooms and shared dormitories with bunk beds, all equipped with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

The property also has an equipped common kitchen, a bar and a games room.

Furthermore, guests can take advantage of the bicycle rental service to explore the city in a sustainable way. Its location is fantastic for discovering the historic centre, including the famous Piazza Maggiore and the Torre degli Asinelli, both of which are within easy reach.

The main train station is within easy walking distance, making the hostel a great base for those traveling by train.

Among the services offered to make your guests’ stay as comfortable as possible, you can find:

  • Breakfast: offered every morning, it allows guests to start the day with a complete and nutritious meal.
  • Free Wi-Fi: available in all common areas and in the rooms, it will allow you to always stay connected during your stay.
  • The left luggage: a place where you can safely leave your luggage, both before arrival and after departure, so you don’t have to take them with you while you enjoy your holiday.
  • Bike rental: allows guests to explore the city in an ecological and fun way.
  • Daily housekeeping: to ensure that the rooms are always clean and tidy.
  • The laundry service: allows guests to wash their clothes during their stay.

Dopa Hostel

Dopa Hostel is located in the heart of Bologna, a few steps from the main tourist attractions of the city. It offers a range of accommodation including private rooms and shared dormitories, all featuring private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi.

The property also has a common kitchen and the staff is always available to help guests with any needs. Furthermore, it offers a bicycle rental service to explore the city in a practical and fun way.

Located in via Inerio, in the heart of the city, it offers an extraordinary position. Literally a few steps from the university area it is a perfect solution for students. In the immediate vicinity are the beautiful Montagnola Park, the National Art Gallery of Bologna, Palazzo Poggi, Porta San Donato and Porta Mascarella.

For culture lovers, the Teatro Comunale and the Civic Museum of Natural History are also within easy reach of the property.

Finally, for shopping and nightlife, the area around the Dopa Hostel is full of shops, bars and restaurants where you can taste the typical cuisine of the city.

In general, it allows you to easily reach many places of tourist interest on foot and is an excellent choice for travelers looking for an economic and comfortable stay experience.

We remind you that breakfast is included and is available every day from 8:00 to 10:00. Guests can enjoy a wide selection of sweet and savory products, including croissants, fresh bread, jams, cheeses and cold cuts.

As already mentioned, free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, so guests can stay connected during their stay. In addition, several PC stations are also available in the lobby for guests’ use free of charge.

The reception staff is always very helpful and guests can receive tourist information and book excursions and events. In addition, luggage storage and laundry services are available.


The Nosadillo hostel in Bologna offers a wide range of services for guests, both the rooms and the dormitories have private bathrooms. The hostel also offers an equipped common kitchen, ideal for preparing your own meals, and a common room for socializing with other travellers. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and there’s also free luggage storage.

The staff are very helpful and friendly and the reception has a self check-in system for a quick check-in.

Included in the price is the rich breakfast buffet that will allow you to start your day in the best possible way.

Also in this case the structure is located in the historic centre, in via Nosadella, and can be reached in about 15 minutes on foot from the central station. Given the location, it is a good choice for those who want to get around on foot or by bus thanks to the numerous lines that pass through the nearby Piazza Malpighi.

Among the most significant places near the hostel we point out Piazza San Francesco and via del Pratello, two very popular meeting places among young people thanks to the presence of numerous bars, pubs and restaurants.

Tips and Things to Know Before Staying in a Hostel

If you’re thinking about staying in a hostel during your trip, there are a few things that are important to know in order to have a positive experience. This type of establishment offers an economic and social accommodation solution and a more informal atmosphere than other forms of accommodation. However there are some tips to help you prepare for this experience.

Choose the right one: There are several options in the city, so it’s important to choose the one that best suits your needs. Consider factors like location, amenities, reviews from other travelers, and price.

Choose your accommodation: as several accommodation options are available, from private rooms to dormitories, be careful to choose the one that best suits your needs in terms of privacy and budget.

What to bring with you: If you have chosen to stay in a dormitory, we recommend that you bring a padlock with you for your suitcase. Also consider carefully whether to bring valuables such as a laptop or a camera with you. In any case, it is good practice not to leave valuables unattended. In some cases you may need a sleeping bag or sheet to cover the bed, in some hostels you may also need a towel. We advise you to check the availability of these accessories before booking.

Read the regulation: each structure follows its own rules, so it is advisable to read the regulation before leaving. To cite a few classic examples, you may have to turn off the lights before a certain time or comply with the rules relating to the consumption of alcohol within the structure.

Respect other guests: being a social environment it is important to be respectful towards other people staying in the structure and with the staff. This means being discreet during the night, keeping the common areas clean and, of course, respecting the rules.

Make new friends: one of the best things about this experience is undoubtedly the chance to meet other travelers and share experiences. We recommend that you participate in the activities organized by the hostel.


In this section we have answered the most common questions asked by those considering this type of accommodation.

This type of accommodation is generally much cheaper than a B&B or hotel. Furthermore, the common areas are the ideal place to socialize with other guests, make new friends and share the travel experience. Although mainly frequented by young people, these structures are recommended for all those people who have a tight budget, love sharing and are open to new acquaintances.

The rates for a night in a hostel in Bologna vary according to the season, the type of accommodation chosen and the facilities offered, but are usually very cheap compared to other forms of accommodation.

The cancellation or modification policies n Bologna may vary according to the hostel chosen and may include penalties or loss of deposit.

Yes, as in other accommodation facilities, upon arrival it is necessary to show a valid identity document such as a passport, identity card.

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This article was written by:
Ivan Agolino
I am a curious traveler and I passionately dedicate myself to the search for new tastes and emotions. I have made Bologna my home and every day I venture into its alleys to discover some new secret that I transcribe in these articles. I hope I can convey all the love I feel for this splendid city!
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