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. This makes it even easier for you to plan. We tell you all the cons and pros of each location.
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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Rome.
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 is some generic advice you should know about hostels in Rome.
Basics you need to know: 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.
The RomeHello provides you with the opportunity to spend your time in Rome in a positive atmosphere that is brimming with energy and good feelings and where living in the city becomes a whole different experience.
It is a lot more than simply a place to lay your head down at night. It offers high-quality services to people from all over the world.
It is a chance to come in contact with people, their tales, and the one-of-a-kind life experiences that they have had, which may be discussed over a cup of coffee or a beer, while playing ping pong, or while taking a yoga class.
They have female-only and mixed dormitories that are both comfortable and stylish. If you are traveling with your family, they also have private rooms for you.
If you’re interested in meeting people from different cultures, book a bed in one of our bigger en suite dormitories.
A personal light, USB chargers, electrical outlets, and a shelf are included in each bed in a dorm room.
Location: Located in Rome, about a 3-minute walk from the Repubblica Metro Stop and a 10-minute walk away from the Trevi Fountain. The Vatican is 3.5 km away. The Quirinal is within walking distance of the RomeHello Hotel, which is located just one km from the Spanish Steps.
Ostello Bello Roma Colosseo has an excellent location in the heart of Rome and provides guests with air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi, and a communal lounge area.
The vibe is just amazing. It has a good atmosphere and for sure you will meet great people from around the world.
There are events every night, which is incredible. It is really clean and secure all around. It is recommended for solo travellers who want to socialise.
Ostello Bello Roma Colosseo not only offers guests access to a communal kitchen but also a BBQ for their use.
The hostel has evening entertainment as well as a front desk that is open around the clock.
The dorm rooms at the hostel each have a sitting space in them for guests. The Ostello Bello Roma Colosseo has a safety deposit box, and all of the rooms are equipped with a desk as well as a private bathroom.
Breakfast may be served in either a continental or a buffet style for the guests staying at the property.
Ostello Bello The Roma Colosseo has a sun patio available and if you are up to it, they have table tennis that you can play.
Location Roma Colosseo is only 5 minutes away from the Colosseum and 3 minutes away from Parco del Colle Oppio; the red subway line, Vittorio Emanuele is only a 5-minute walk away while the Colosseo stop it’s just a 10-minute walk away
The primary train and bus can be found at Termini station, which is in the center of the city and is just one metro stop away; the Colosseo stop it’s just 700 metres away; the red subway line, Vittorio Emanu
Location: 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.
The bar is also a great place to meet other fellow-travelers. Is there another crazy Party Hostel in Rome to check out? Of course, there are a few worth it your time and money. We have put together a special guide to the best party hostels in Rome.
Generator Hostel in Rome is a hostel housed in a 19th-century building. They do offer DJ entertainment every single night at their in-house bar.
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.
Location: Generator Rome is a short walking distance – only a 10 minutes – 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
To put it in a nutshell; it is a great choice for everyone. Yet we dare to stay it is one of the best hostels in Rome for single travellers.
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 a bed dorm as they are allowed to stay in private rooms only.
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 free 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.
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 Termini train station.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Rome.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Rome
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Rome best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
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