Alternatively, you could check out the 15 best Airbnbs in Rome – one of which you can enjoy Colosseum views from a jacuzzi!
Quick Guide to Hostels in Rome
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.
Big hostel guide: If you are new to hostels, check out our huge guide to hostels.
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. This makes it even easier for you to plan. We tell you all the cons and pros of each location.
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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.
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.
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
Explore the Hostelworld best hostels in Rome to suit your budget
Simple as that.
We went the extra mile and found two budget hostels with you in mind…
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 Termini train station.
Alright alright, we just threw a lot of information on you. You’ve now discovered the best hostels Rome has to offer!
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Your Smart Packing List
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