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3 Best Hostels in Rome – Design-Led Hostels, Historic Buildings and Gladiators put on a Map

Time to bring out the 3 best hostels in Rome. Rome is a very traditional city. It has not a big hostel culture yet, and there is no 5 Star Hostel in the Italian capital.

Tough luck! We know. But worry not, we found the 3 best hostels in Rome Italy, for your next trip.

Shortcut for you:

  1. Generator Rome – great for Solo travelers and Groups
  2. The Bricks – best for Couples
  3. New Generation – top pick for Backpackers
  4. Extra: The Yellow Hostel Rome – fun Party Hostel

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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.

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.

You can check all the 5 Star Hostels worldwide here. We urge you to read as well our big guide and itinerary for best hostels in Italy. It will help you planning your trip.

We also cover special hostel guides for Florence, Venice and Milano.

In this article we cover:

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.

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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. This makes it even easier for you to plan. We tell you all the cons and pros of each location.

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.

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Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Generator Rome
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Generator Rome
🥳 Party Hostel:The Yellow Hostel Rome
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: The Bricks
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: The Bricks
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: New Generation Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: The Beehive Hostel Rome

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!

Read: Generator Hostels – a complete guide

Book Generator Hostel here

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A modern private room at Generator Hostel


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
  • solo travelers
  • couples

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.

Recommended for:

  • solo travelers
  • female solo travelers
  • groups of friends

Also: Generator is one of the leading hostel chains in Europe!

Book Generator Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: | Hostelworld

Stay cool at Generator RomeA design hostel in Rome? Yes, Generator Rome

Tmime to meet other fellow travelers at Generator Hostel in Rome

Wanna have fun in Rome? Head to the bar and find your partner in Crime for the night

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.

Book Bricks Rome here

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Welcome to The Bricks hostel, in Rome The Bricks rooftop terrace


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:

  • couples
  • families
Book Bricks Rome here

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Private cozy room at The Bricks HostelWanna cook? Help yourself at The Bricks

The Bricks Rome, dorm

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 have air conditioning, 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.

Book New Generation Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: | Hostelworld

Relax at New Generation Hostel Santa Maria Maggiore


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.

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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:

  • couples
  • Backpackers
Book New Generation Hostel here

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Old walls and modern design at New Generation Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Get cozy at the private room at New Generation Hostel in Rome

Details at the bunk beds in New Generation Hostel in Rome

Best Party Hostel in Rome?

For those looking for party, Generator Rome is a top 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? We have two!

The YellowSquare Hostel

Update: “Yellow Hostel” and “YellowSquare Hostel” are the same hostel. This property changed the name back in 2019.

That place is the super hard party hostel. If some fiesta is what you are after, check in at The YellowSquare Hostel. No need to even think twice.

It’s actually one of the best party hostels in the world.

Book The YellowSquare Hostel

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Alessandro Palace Hostel & Bar

Not only does Alessandro Palace Hostel & Bar offer bar events and party, they have:

  • A gym
  • Rooftop terrace w/ bar
  • Social lounge
  • 2x stylish restaurants

Expect cocktail parties, beer pong and karaoke. But no early nights.

Book Alessandro Palace Hostel & Bar here

Compare prices and read reviews at: | Hostelworld

Alessandro Palace Hostel & Bar is one of the best party hostels in Rome, Italy

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 train station is a major public transport hub so it’s an ideal spot from which to explore the city.

New Generation Hostel and Generator Rome and located on Termini area.

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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.

We do recommend you Generator Rome and The Beehive.

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:

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of where to stay in Rome on a budget
  2. Order the listing by price
  3. 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.

Book The Beehive hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

The Beehive Hostel is one of the best hostels in Rome, Italy

Rome City Hostel

What about a great backpackers Rome offers at a reasonable price? Welcome to Rome City Hostel.

This truly is the best hostel in Rome if you love a good free breakfast, a safe central location and friendly staff at hand 24/7.

It’s basic and clean. Rooms are spread over small dorms (4-6 beds) and double private options.

Book Rome City Hostel here

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Rome City Hostel is one of the best hostels in Rome, Italy

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Sex in Rome Hostels

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.

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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.

How do I find the hottest nightlife in Rome Italy?

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.

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We hope you will enjoy the Geeky Guide Rome, and Rome itself.

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What are the best hostels in Rome for students?

Youth Station Hostel is a Rome youth hostel which is also suitable for students. The city tax is included (3.50 EUR) and the freebies and great location help with saving money.

Note: there is an age limit of 40 years old which naturally attracts a younger crowd.

What are the best hostels in Rome for couples?

That's easily got to be The Bricks Rome. The private rooms are spacious and the neighborhood is quiet.

Thanks to the large rooftop and multiple shared spaces it's also easy to get a break from each other and mingle.

What are the best hostels in Rome for Party?

The Yellow Hostel is the best Party Hostel in Rome. The backpackers staying here are young, there is many activities and it has its own bar.

What are the best hostels in Rome for families?

Once again, The Bricks Rome.

Small families of 3-4 will appreciate that this hostel is purely made up of private rooms. That means no young party scene and a relaxing, spacious setting in a quiet location.

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.

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Over to you: questions?

Alright alright, we just threw a lot of information on you. You’ve now discovered the best hostels Rome has to offer!

Is there anything we missed? Anything you would like to ask?

Have you chosen your favourite hostel Rome Italy in this collection?

Then please please bother us and leave a comment below. We want to make this guide to the best Rome hostels 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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