REVIEW – Cool Hostels – Ostello Bello Grande Milan, Italy



duomo milanSo you may have noticed for my social media that I have been enjoying the amazing food in Italy. I have wanted to go for so long and when my friends and I decided to have a cheeky weekend away, we managed to find some super cheap flights to Milan. We needed no more convincing. I asked some fellow travel bloggers where to stay and the answer I got back was Ostello Bello Grande

Describing themselves as the ‘Superior hostel Experience’, I cannot disagree. This hostel boast Free WiFi, Free Breakfast, Free Evening Snacks, a Free drink on arrival, a large kitchen full of free food, free Tea and coffee. I love FREE stuff!



The Reception and Bar are open 24 hours and the staff are super friendly and helpful. They did laugh when we asked them where we could get spaghetti carbonara at 10am.

Facilities included two open air Terraces with hammocks (Yippee), ping pong and fussball tables, board games and a fully equiped console and TV lounge. The hostel felt brand new and the six person, on suit dorm we were in was so comfy and clean. The also have the biggest collection of Lonely Planet Guides I have ever seen.


How to get there

Ostello Bello Grande is only 100 meters from Milan’s Central Train Station. There you can find Airport shuttles to Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo airport, the green and yellow subway line, buses, tram and, of course, train to all the italian cities. It took us 50 minutes from Bergamo airport and was just 5 Euros one way.

What to do in Milan

The Duomo square is easily reachable from the hostel. We took the 20 minute walk but it is just 3 subway stops away at a cost of 1.5 Euros.
The Isola nightlife district and the Alcatraz Club, the famous shopping street Buenos aires are two stops on the subway. I thought it would be expensive but we were paying just 5 euros a drink on a night out. I don’t know if Italy doesn’t understand the concept of a Jager Bomb or if it was just lost in translation. We ended up with half a glass of Jager and a splash of Red Bull served as a long drink! YUCK.

Shopping is what Milan is famous for. I am a bit too poor for the fancy shops. Plus I HATE shopping! Yep that’s right, a girl that hates shopping! But some of the designer shops were huge! I was hoping to see a few famous people lurking around but I think Posh and Becks must have been busy that weekend.


 My verdict

The staff were fabulous. So friendly and helpful. They come from all over and have travelled all over so really know how to make a great hostel. Plus they also have great knowledge about the city. They had an answer for every ‘Where can we eat this?’ and ‘Where can we party dressed like this?’. They speak multiple languages and really added the extra touches (Yay Free welcome drink and places to leave your bags when you have checked out).

The hostel is so laid back but very social. There were always people around either playing instruments, eating the amazing free food or just chilling out. It was very comfy and clean and very quiet when I needed to sleep and in the morning. This is very important to me. I need my sleep. Ostello Bello Grande is a great base if you want to shop, party or just take in the sights of the city. One of the best hostels I have stayed in!


There are two more hostels in the chain. One right in the city centre by the Duomo Ostello Bello and another that has just opened in Myanmar Ostello Bello Bagan.


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Bruno B @ Geeky Explorer October 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

I love the concept of hostels but I’m quite picky about them. As I’m getting older I more and more need my sleep. This seems quite a good option though!


sallymunt sallymunt November 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Definitely a cool hostel for us more ‘sophisticated’ travellers!


Justin Miller October 31, 2015 at 1:50 am

Hey great review that place looks pretty hip! I would love to stay there.
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travelling chingrita October 31, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Great post! Love the outdoor patio.. looks like you had a lovely time :)
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Jolanta | Casual Travelers November 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm

Hostels can be so much fun I wish I could still use them. Unfortunately, can’t really do that with two kids :( Ostello Bello Grande sounds like a great place, and that bookshelf with guidebooks definitely looks appealing! Thanks for sharing your experience.
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Holly November 1, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Sounds like a great hostel. Hammocks is all I needed to read lol that and FREE. I don’t like shopping either so I am with you on that too.


Tim Kroeger November 2, 2015 at 3:21 am

That place looks great. I’ll check it out when I am in Milan next time :)
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