Tough luck! We know. But worry not, we found the 3 best hostels in Rome, Italy, for your next trip.
As many of you got to us asking where to stay in Rome, we decided to put together the best places to stay in Rome.
We collected the best design-led hostels in Rome for you.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Rome.
Shortcut for you:
- Generator Rome – best for Solo travelers and groups
- The Bricks – best for Couples
- New Generation – best for backpackers
- The Yellow Hostel – best Party Hostel
Wanna stay at a fun, cozy place and with a cool design? Keep scrolling then.
What about places to stay in Rome cheap and cheerfully? We’ve got you covered.
Here’s more of our handwritten hostel guides for Italy:
- COMBO Hostel in Venice. An old former monastery with rooms with canal views. See best hostels in Venice
- the coolest hostel in We Bologna, a hidden gem
- 3 best hostels in Florence
- 3 best hostels in Milan
- check out all the best hostels in Italy.
The 3 Best hostels in Rome, Italy
Let’s discover the top hostels in Rome for solo travelers, couples and friends.
Few years back, the budget accommodation in Rome was horrible – seriously! Luckily, this changed and now you can pick from these awesome hostels dotted around Rome.
At the end of the article, you will find the best hostels put on a map, as well as the main sights of Rome.
Important: We know, WiFi is a must nowadays, it is very important for you to keep in contact and updated on your social media. All hostels mentioned here come with WiFi.
Keep us also updated tagging #hostelgeeks on your Instagram photos.
- Generator Rome (best for Solo travelers and groups)
- The Bricks (best for Couples)
- New Generation (best for backpackers)
Quick Guide to Hostels in Rome
Here is some generic advice you should know about hostels in Rome.
Generic: There were and still are not a lot of great hostels in Rome. Over the last 2-3 years a few quality hostels popped-up. Now you can pick some cool hostels – YAY! Yet, there is many low-quality and cheap hostels to choose from. The standard of hostels in Rome is not as high as in Lisbon for instance.
Anyhow, this is why you are here. This is your guide to the 3 top hostels in Rome – and these are really cool!
Prices: in Rome and all over Europe, most prices depend on the season and of course special events like New Years Eve. Winter is cheaper than the super high season of Summer (July and August). You can score hostels for as little as 12.50€. In high season a good place to stay will be around 25€ per night.
Tourism Tax: In almost every major tourist destination you will need to pay a so-called tourism or city tax. This fee is usually not included in the price you find on Hostelworld and other booking engines. Do not get mad when you hear about it, it’s not a scam. In most European cities this tourist tax is around 3€/ night/ person.
When to book: Since Rome does not have a wide-range of quality hostels, we recommend to book your hostel as soon as you have your dates fix. This will avoid disappointment plus you skip the low-quality hostels.
Safety: Watch out for pickpockets in Rome, especially in the metro and the major touristic areas like Fontana di Trevi and Termini Station. Many hostels are located around Termini Station. This neighborhood is quite a sketchy area. Do not be afraid, just watch your belongings. Pickpockets usually do not use violence, same as in Barcelona. They “only” want your belongings.
Check-In and Check-Out: This is pretty standard, same as destinations like Paris and Barcelona. Check in time usually starts from 2pm – 3pm (14:00 and 15:00). Check out time varies between 10am and 12pm (10:00 and 12:00). You can leave your luggage at the hostel, some hostels offer this service for free, others will charge you a symbolic fee for luggage storage.
Big hostel guide: If you are new to hostels, check out our huge guide to hostels.
Here we cover super detailed articles about
1. Generator Rome
Generator Hostel in Rome is the #1 choice for hostels here. It is a hostel housed in a 19th century building.
You can choose from among 78 shared and private rooms that are tastefully decorated and come with practical, modern amenities from wall to wall.
Private bathrooms are available as well.
Every unit is well-stocked with clean towels and linens and has sufficient storage space for your personal belongings.
The swanky bar and restaurant, along with the posh café are hangout zones for days when you don’t wish to step out.
They are vibrant spaces to rest and relax, which also offer a wide range of deli-style delicacies and local classics from coffees to beers.
The rooftop terrace at Generator Rome is also lovely place. It is located at the 7th floor.
There, you can watch the gorgeous sunset after spending a day in the city.
You get free WiFi in all areas!
Generator Rome is only a 10 minute walk from the Roma Termini Central Station and closer to the Vittorio Emanuele Metro stop.
Thus you get access to affordable transport for exploring this amazing city.
If you happened to search for ‘places to stay in Rome cheap’, you’re in luck!
Situated in the middle of the up-and-coming Monti neighborhood, the hostel is surrounded by attractions like Colosseum and Roman baths from times gone by.
Nearby you will also find the barely known Basilica of St. John Lateran.
It is essentially located in a District known for the traditional old school vibe.
Sitting atop one of the city’s famed seven hills in one of the oldest areas of Rome, the hostel is situated right across the street from a food market showcasing the wide variety of Italy’s fresh local produce.
The name of the market is Mercado dell’ Esquilino.
Who stays at Generator Hostel?
Youngs around the world have stayed at Generator Hostel, giving a very positive feedback.
This hostel is well-suited for
- groups of friends
- solo travelers
To put it in a nutshell; it is a great choice for everyone.
What to know beforehand?
Cool located, it is one of the hipster places to stay while your vacation in Rome.
Great place to meet other fellow travelers and well located.
If guests are aged under 18, they can’t book dormitories as they are allowed to stay in private rooms only.
- solo travelers
- female solo travelers
- groups of friends
2. The Bricks Rome
The Bricks Rome has a beautiful terrace that offers amazing views of the peaceful green surroundings.
This place has a 24 room boutique structure, made up of private double rooms and shared triple rooms.
Every private room has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, oven, lockers, air-conditioner, a kettle, a bath or shower and a desk.
You can get access to free WiFi throughout the hostel.
A communal kitchen can be found on every floor.
While you can relax in the shared lounge during the evening or right after breakfast, use the self-service laundry room, or play in the games room.
Located in the green belt of Rome, in the Valle Aurelia neighborhood, you will enjoy a fresher and quieter environment than more central areas.
It opened its doors in the year 2016, and has been doing significantly well since then.
Yet public transport links you to the historical center and Rome’s most beautiful treasures. It is not in the city center. So if you’re okay with this, it’s a real top choice. If you prefer the city center, opt-in for the Generator Hostel above.
Who stays at Bricks Rome?
Recently renovated, The Bricks Rome has been designed to meet the requirements of demanding travelers.
Those who like ancient landmarks, art and monuments will find that Trionfale area is very interesting.
What to know beforehand?
Bricks Rome is located in a local neighborhood, Valle Aurelia.
It is a calm area to relax from the buzz of the city.
Even though the location is not central, the views and facilities will make up for the effort.
Bear in mind there is an age restriction in dorms – 18 to 45 years, but private rooms don’t have any.
The staff is very nice and helpful.
If you arrive late at night, let them know so they can arrange some food for you.
Bricks hostel is recommended for:
3. New Generation Hostel
Located in the heart of Rome, just 300 meters from the main sight Santa Maria Maggiore church, you’ll find the New Generation Hostel.
All rooms to stay in are air-conditioned, and you get to choose between en suite rooms and bunk beds in shared dormitories.
Having trouble understanding the Hostel room types?
Read: all about hostel room differences here.
With design-led bunk beds with actual stairs for getting on the top bunk beds. Yes, they do have stairs instead of ladders.
Each unit includes a separated space with private lockers.
All lockers come with electric socket inside. That way, you can charge your gadgets safely while you are not in the room.
On each bunk bed, you will find a private lamp and an electric socket.
Some rooms have exposed brick walls and striking ceiling with wooden beams. Ancient roman walls exposing history contrast very well with the modern furniture.
In each room, there is also a fridge, and a private or shared bathroom.
Private rooms beds have a nightstand so you can keep personal belongings on it, while a fridge and table are also available.
To ensure a good night’s rest, they do have orthopedic mattresses on all beds.
New Generation hostel has an inside garden, resto-bar, TV lounge and a fully furnished shared kitchen.
If you want to check your email or post photos on your social network profile, make use of the free WiFi throughout the hostel.
The staff speaks fluent English. You won’t have any trouble when it comes to communication.
New Generation Hostel Santa Maria Maggiore is located near the Church Santa Maria Maggiore (one of the Holy Doors of the Giubileum).
It is just 10 minutes walking from the main station Termini.
The Colosseum and Foiri Imperiali (Imperial Forum) are a few steps away.
Since it is situated a stone’s throw away from both the Colosseum and Termini Station, you have access to metro and train links to all major attractions in Rome.
On Termini Station, you will also be able to catch the night bus.
Who stays at New Generation Hostel?
Those interested in Roman ruins, food, and sightseeing, will have a great time.
Couples are fond of this location, as it is just a few steps away from Colosseum and Imperial Forum.
What to know beforehand?
Price charged for the room doesn’t include breakfast.
Luggage storage facility is available at a surcharge.
You will also have to pay extra for the towels. So, remember to bring them with you.
Download our hostel packing list here so you do not to miss anything.
New Generation Hostel has modern and clean facilities, and they have a common area.
They do also have a garden, perfect for enjoying the summer evenings.
New Generation is recommended for:
Best Party hostels in Rome?
For those looking for party, Generator Rome is a top choice.it is the #1 in this list. They do offer DJ entertainment every single night at their in-house bar.
The bar is also a great place to meet other fellow-travelers.
Is there another crazy Party Hostel in Rome to check out?
Okay, we got you covered: The Yellow Hostel!
That place is the super hard party hostel. If some fiesta is what you are after, check in at The Yellow. No need to even think twice.
If you prefer to party with locals, I just marked some of my favorite night clubs in Rome on the map below.
Think about one this: for moving during the night time in Rome there are night buses.
Most of them stop at Termini. If you stay close to Termini, you will be able to move around easily.
The area directly around Termini is not a nice, clean area. There are a few homeless staying around, but as far as you don’t disturb them, it is safe.
Another great idea for enjoying the nightlife in Rome is joining a Pub Crawl. There, you can meet other fellow travelers.
What about the best hostels in Rome city center?
Termini area is considered the city center.
This is where the main station is located. The majority of the city’s most famous sites can be reached on foot within 30 minutes.
Termini station is a major public transport hub so it’s an ideal spot from which to explore the city.
Best hostels in Rome for solo travelers
Rome is quite a romantic city, they say it is the real city of love.
If you have a close look a the name, you will get why. Rome means love literally:
Roma = Amor
Statistics say the majority people visiting Rome are couples. But Rome is also a funny, cool city to visit when traveling solo.
If you are a solo traveler, make sure you stay at a social hostel.
That way, it will be easier to make new friends.
How about Cheap Lodging in Rome?
It can be tempting to opt for the cheap places to stay in and only look for a Rome cheap stay.
Keep in mind a bad location – or seemingly cheap areas to stay in – are often away from the city centre and top sights.
Yet if you are set on finding budget accommodation in Rome it’s possible.
There are of course cheap hostels in Rome. Here’s how to find them:
- Open Hostelworld with full list of where to stay in Rome on a budget
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
The Beehive Hostel Rome
Small and family-run by an American couple with a passion for travel, good food, environmental and social issues – Beehive is a reflection of this. It is a place where people interact with each other, with the city, and the community.
It’s cozy, warm and homey and as comfy as can be while still being budget friendly. The hostel has a vegetarian cafe with mostly organic/local ingredients where they make their own bread and desserts by hand, host pop-up lunches and dinners, and offer cooking classes.
The Beehive is located nearby Rome’s main train station Termini.
Any discounts for the hostels in Rome?
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All 3 hostels put on a map + sights
We put here the 3 best youth hostels in Rome on a map together with the main sights.
Here you have our list of the Must do in Rome:
- Villa Borghese Park
- Trevi Fountain
- Pantheon- the entry is free, but you can get an audio guide for only 5 euro for Pantheon here
- Basilica Our Lady in Trastevere
- Imperial Forum – buy your tickets for Colosseum and Imperial forum here (audio guide included)
- Piazza del Popolo
- Bocca della Verità
- Castelo Sant’Angelo – If you wanna enjoy it at the fullest, go for Sunset. Colors are amazing at Castelo Sant’Angelo during sunset time. Buy here Castelo San’t Angelo entry.
- Altare della Patria
- Saint Peter’s Basilica
- Vatican Museum – get the fast track entry to Vatican Museum here and avoid queues.
- Piazza Navona
- Catacombs -discover the underground burial chambers with a 3-hour Catacombs tour
Wanna have some fun in Rome?
Then check out these 32 FUN things to do in Rome.
Sex in Rome Hostel
Sex is part of the hostel life, especially when staying at Party hostels. There is no need to pretend it is not. That is not to say, hostels are only about sex – NOT AT ALL!
We wrote a big guide with 5 dos and donts of having sex in Hostels.
Especially rule #5 is important to remember. Otherwise you may end up being a porn-star. Because: hostels have cameras!
Read: How to have sex in hostels in Barcelona here.
About the Life and Nightlife in Rome
Full of history and beautiful moments, Rome will remind you of the Ancient Roman Empire.
Down ancient backstreets, on cobbled streets, history waits to be discovered.
Download our best kept secrets for Rome here.
But Rome isn’t just a museum; it is a city showcasing food, art and street culture scenes to rival any other European capital. Easy to walk around, Rome is also very safe.
And the Nightlife in Rome?
The easiest way to have fun while visiting Rome is to head to Campo di Fiori.
There, you will find many pubs offering parties. When they do close, they might advise you where to move next.
If you wanna party as locals do, bear in mind how Italians go out:
Firstly, Romans meet for a drink. They normally meet on a square (piazza) and drink outdoors.
Head to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere or Piazza Trilusa and join the party crew.
You will find bars and supermarkets nearby to buy a drink.
Afterwards, they will head to a Night Club or Disco.
I marked the funniest, craziest party places on the map.
To move around, you will have to use the night bus or taxi.
5 Secret Things to do in Rome
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What to expect?
- get a magic view – seriously unique in Rome
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- a place to enjoy the Italian Aperitivo with locals
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We hope you will enjoy the Geeky Guide Rome, and Rome itself.
Cheap flights to Rome
Still haven’t got your flights to Rome? You’re lucky then.
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Go and check out Kiwi.com to find cheap flights to Rome.
Read our full review of Kiwi (including how to find the cheapest flights and how to book).
More Hostels in Italy
Alright, since you already made your way to the North of Italy, we encourage you to go ahead and explore more. Italy changes so much; from region to region; from North to South.
Therefore, check out all the best hostels in Italy.
Here are all our hostel guides in detail:
- best hostels in Venice
- best hostels in Bologna
- collection of best hostels in Milan
- best hostels in Florence
And here are our travel guides. Seriously, get these guides, you will LOVE our secrets:
- Where to eat in Venice – on a budget
- Hidden Gems in Bologna
- 5 Secrets tips for Rome – the guide
- 5 non-touristy things to do in Florence
Find all our guides to the best hostels in Europe here.
Over to you: questions?
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Then please please bother us and leave a comment below. We want to make this guide to the best hostels in Rome as useful as possible. Your question actually helps us to understand what information we may have forgotten or isn’t detailed enough.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries