Rome – my favorite Italian city I love with the deep of my heart. Not only due to the size of the city (you really can cross this city in a half a day without using any public transport), but also due to historic value, breathtaking fountains and amounts of squares you can chill and enjoying unique Italian experience! So, if you are looking for the best hostels in Rome, you are in the right place!
The first time I was in Rome – it was the year 2012 and there was still an economic crisis so there were not so many tourists in the middle of October 2012. Lately, I have appreciated this very much (lack of tourists, not the Economic crisis, of course), because just 2 years later it was a hell to walk through the city (in the same period of the year – half of October) due to amount of the people traveling that time to Rome – as me:).
Same time – my first visit in 2012 was also the first time I have used a hostel for my accomodation. As I have traveled with my mom, was this choice quite risky and I had no idea how it will look like – I just knew it is very close to the city center, price is very reasonable, we should have breakfast and newly renovated double room – this was all I knew about the accomodation before traveling.
What a surprise it was when we have come with the airport transfer bus to Termini Train station (very nice place by the way) and realized the property is just 50 meters away from this bus stop – in a quiet street just around the corner!
After checking-in, we figured out another great thing – our double room (newly renovated and decorated that time) was hidden so well so we did not hear much noise in the night and had a modern and very comfy double room for a great price! Unfortunately, this hostel is not valuated so well by other travelers and due to my older experience with this property it won‘t be listed here – but if you are curious about which hostel it was, you can find it and book here.
Let‘s now look at the best hostels in Rome and be ready for a ride! Because where else you can stay in a building build in 17th century or feel like in the movie Holiday in Rome, well?
#1 Blue Hostel
You do not find dorms in this hostel, but designer family rooms if you wish to stay in some – other than that this property offers mainly double and triple rooms – all with private bathrooms. Rooms are also equipped with air-conditioning, LCD TV, free wi-fi and wooden floors.
Blue Hostel is located in the city center – close to all important places within convenient walking distance including Colosseum.
More traditional kind of hostel and the Italian kind itself – RomeHello Hostel becomes very popular lately and is very well evaluated by former visitors due to friendly and helpful staff, great location, modern look, and cleanness. There is also free wi-fi available, café and a vending machine available in this property.
You can find there several kinds of dorms and also private double rooms and female dorms. All bunks have their light, plugs, a shelf and a USB charger for mobile phones. Towels could be borrowed at the 24 hours opened reception. The artistic design scheme is visible in the common areas of this hostel, there is a beer garden, lounge, and bar available for its visitors!
Located just 7 minutes’ walk from Termini station is this hostel a great starting point for discovering Rome!
If you are looking for a unique, new hostel concept in the heart of Rome, this hostel could be one of the best choices! This property offers high-quality service and comfortable accommodation at a very affordable price a few steps away from the most important ancient sites of the eternal city.
There is a 24 hours opened reception, free wi-fi within the whole property and there is an international breakfast buffet ready each morning in a fully equipped common area. Big terrace is a great place to chill out and meet other travelers, you can also use the bar, which is a part of this hostel!
Another new hostel in Rome – close to Termini Train Station and all Rome´s sights – is called Meininger Roma Termini hostel. This property has been opened in 2018. This hostel offers free wi-fi, 24 hours reception, fully equipped kitchen, snack machine, hotel bar with lounge and game zone.
There is all-you-can-eat breakfast available (not for free), luggage lockers, laundry machines and also garage for those, who travel by car! There are private double and triple rooms as well as dorms available. Towels are available in the double rooms only, so do not forget to take yours if you plan to stay in one of the dorms!
All rooms are equipped with a flat TV-screen, private bathroom with high-quality furnishing, there are linen and luggage lockers available in each room as well as reading lamps and socket are available for each bunk.
#5 The Yellow
Yes, you can see correctly – this hostel is a party hostel but the party means here – there is a nightclub directly in this property! So, if you want to go to Rome for partying, this is a great place to stay (at least you do not need to go far when you get drunk, right?). There is a bar, where you can watch live rock bands and burlesque shows or even grab the karaoke mic yourself!
The hostel is located in the heart of Rome, close to Termini train station, where there are also metro and buses to the city center and just a few minute’s walks to all important sights.
You can enjoy private rooms as well as mixed or female-only dorms. All rooms have clean sheets, air-conditioning, and free Wi-fi. There are deposit boxes and luggage lockers in the dorms (not in each) and each bunk has it‘s reading lamp and socket available. You can also cook a family meal in the common kitchen or use the hostel restaurant instead.
As you can see each hostel has its own pros and cons and I would have trouble to choose only one when planning to visit Rome for the third time. Still, it always depends on what is the purpose of your trip and with whom are you traveling. Rome is a fantastic city, but its popularity becomes very crowded, especially during the season – mid-March – May, and October – November.
Going there in Summer months could be very annoying due to a high temperature so I would not recommend it. Going there around Christmas would not be such experience due to air humidity and therefore cold feeling even in higher temperatures than we have in middle Europe those periods of time. So the season months are really the best for visiting Rome and if you go there during weekdays, it would not be such crowded.
Honestly, I have never had so big wow moments during traveling than in Rome – see Colosseum and Pantheon for the first time was such experience I cannot describe – it needs to be experienced by yourself. The history talks to you from the first moment, the sacred feeling in Vatikan when staying on the St.Peter‘s square or visiting the St. Peter‘s Basilika (based on my opinion is this church the most beautiful church – at least in Europe) would touch even the most incredulous person. So even though there is a lot of tourist around, is Rome a place worth to visit!