Giovanni’s Home, Naples: Hostel Review

by Rebecca

Giovanni’s Home is rated a very well deserved 9.3 on Hostelworld. So what’s so good about this hostel? Giovanni is one of the most welcoming hosts out there, making each guest feel valued. He also provides a locals guide to Naples, helping you to really make the most of the city, getting insight into the history and the must-see sights. Oh and he cooks a mean pasta dish.

Checking In

Arriving at Giovanni’s, I was welcomed with a massive bowl of delicious potato and cheese pasta, a home-cooked traditional dish. Giovanni made me feel welcome immediately, offering me water and allowing me a chance to chat with other guests.

After lunch, Giovanni gave me and one other guest a little personal welcome meeting where he told us about the history of the city with maps, videos, books and photos. Having a locals insight into what to do whilst in the city was invaluable and the information that Giovanni gave us would have been enough for someone that came without any idea of what’s in Naples to go away with a full itinerary.

We were given highlighted maps and show to our rooms with all the knowledge we needed to begin exploring.

Dorm Rooms

The dorm rooms were what you would expect in any hostel. I stayed in an all-girls room with about 7/8 others. The beds were comfy, and I didn’t fall off the top bunk (result). Bathrooms and showers are located just off of the kitchen but are fabulous.

The dorm rooms were what you would expect in any hostel. I stayed in an all-girls room with about 7/8 others. The beds were comfy, and I didn’t fall off the top bunk (result). Bathrooms and showers are located just off of the kitchen but are fabulous.

The hostel has an amazing outdoor patio area where all the guests can eat Giovanni’s home-cooked pasta dished together and is great to chill out on during a warm summers evening. The indoor common area was kitted out with tables, a lounge chair, books, a fridge and Giovanni had just got his own pizza oven and taught us how to make pizza, the most famous dish in Naples.

The many awards on display in the common room

Food And Drink

You have access to kitchen facilities and a fridge to keep food in. Giovanni is also one of the kindest hosts out there and loved to share his amazing pasta recipes with everyone who is staying. I was treated to an incredible potato and cheese pasta. Not only did we get to eat like a local but Giovanni will also teach you how to cook the dish so you can return home able to cook like a proper Italian.

Giovanni also taught us how to make pizza and shared some slices around the common room. Safe to say he will not let you go hungry.

There is also a water filter in the kitchen and plastic cups you can use.

Facilities

Giovanni’s has all the facilities you could need. As mentioned above, there are full kitchen facilities available.

There are gender-separated shared bathrooms with shelves of toiletries in case you run out of shampoo.

Free wifi is available and there are plenty of guide books to read.

Affordability

The cost of a bed in a shared room is about £14 per night – which is very reasonable. Make sure to book in advance as the hostel is very popular and fills up quickly.

Social And Activities

Although there aren’t any official social activities arranged, every day at Giovanni’s is sociable. This is a great hostel to meet people, have a chat and get to know others. Giovanni has created a hostel that feels like a home. People eat meals together, chat and laugh. The evenings are spent in the common room and the host will make sure he comes and talks to you, even if you are spending the evening catching up on your reading. You will not feel lonely here.

Top Tips

Be ready to learn all about Naples! Also, make the most of the culinary offerings. A lot of people come to Naples for the food so learn from Giovanni and learn how to make some amazing dishes but also make sure to listen to his recommendation of where to grab a bite.

Location

Giovanni’s is in a really convenient location. From the train station or bus station, just take the metro LINE 1 (LINEA1) (1.10 euro ticket) and exit at MUSEO. From there it’s a five minute walk to the hostel.

The hostel is in a great location within easy travelling distance of all the main sights.

Looking for awesome things to do in Naples? 

I really enjoyed my stay at Giovanni’s Home in Naples. If you want to find out more or book your stay visit the Hostelworld website 

Or visit Giovanni’s Website.

Thank you for reading my review of Giovanni’s Place. Let me know what you think in the comments below. 

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