I just returned from a five week backpacking trip, where Cinque Terre was our last stop. We stayed in the Ospitalia del Mare in Levanto, and I wanted to give you some comments about it since you had none on your site yet.
The hostel is just a couple years old, so it is very nice. The rooms have either 6 or 9 beds, all single-sex rooms. Breakfast, linens, and towels are all included in the price of the room. The bathrooms and showers are in the rooms, so you don’t have to leave your room for a shower. The showers are a bit small, but the water pressure is amazing. And they stay hot for the entire time you are showering! Wow. The reception staff speak many different languages, including English, so it is a perfect place for any traveler to stay!
Levanto is just one town north of the Cinque Terre, so Monterosso is just a short train ride or hike away. I really enjoyed my stay in this hostel and would recommend it to any other travelers who plan on coming to Cinque Terre.