I stayed at La Controra Hostel for 6 nights during May 2015. I really enjoyed my time here. The hostel is divided into 2 floors. The reception and some rooms are on the top floor and the rest of the rooms on the next floor down. Everywhere in the hostel was very clean, the bathroom being much nicer than I had anticipated.
I stayed in a 4 person mixed dorm with ensuite on the lower floor. This room and about 3 others all share a kitchen area which is nice to meet other travelers. At no point did it get too busy at all. The hostel has a good selection of cooking facilities which meant I was able to enjoy making some pastas with local sauces. The room contains very large lockers ideal for backpacks or even small suitcases. The only thing to bear in mind is that you need to bring your own padlock for the locker (I think they might sell them if you forget).
The staff at the hostel were excellent. In particular Amelia who worked on the front desk was lovely and would chill and chat with everyone in the evening. On the upper floor is a social area with bean bags and a tv. Even when my personal towel got put in the laundry by the cleaners I was helped straight away to find it and was given a complimentary towel for the inconvenience. One other plus point is that the hostel is nice and cool compared to the outside temperature!
If i had to comment on some bad points of the hostel it would be that the pillows are extremely thin and barely lifted your head up. Also there was a generator just outside the window next to the bed which meant that it was a compromise of noise and heat when it came to opening the window at night. At times the wifi was a bit patchy in the room but was always very good up near reception Also one final point, which the hostel is not to blame for at all, is that one night during my stay there was the loudest snorer I have ever heard in the bunk above me. Since the strangling of loud snorers is regrettably outlawed, I would recommend bringing some form of earplugs just in case!
The hostel in in an area to the north of the city. It is a bit further away from the less friendly station surrounding area. It is near to the american embassy so you feel pretty safe. All major tourist sights are walkable with the coluseum being about 20-25 mins away. I only needed to take the metro once during my entire stay.
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