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Address: Via Vicenza 42, Near Termini, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Coordinates: 41.904394, 12.504461 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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A good, average hostel
This is a positive review. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the accommodations were fine, but the WiFi was less than ideal and the location was pretty far from most of the prominent sights in Rome (a half hour walk to Ancient Rome and an hour to the Vatican). That, coupled with the fact that the WiFi failed to work for me, despite help from their staff, moved this review from a 4 star to a 3 star.
Kind people, great atmosphere, and perfect location
We stayed for two nights and enjoyed every minute of it. The staff was super helpful in helping us find the must dos of Rome. We also loved the people we met there. Highly recommend this place!
Got me a bed at the last minutes, 24 hr reception, super friendly
I needed a bed last minute for a single night and the staff was super friendly and accommodating. The rooms were clean (with AC!), and although I didn't hang out in the common area or at the bar as I was there such a short amount of time, they seemed nice and full of friendly people.
it was staying here, tours & party that they organized was the best! i'll be back for sure!
Everything was clean, people friendly and helpful, good air conditioning, lockers in the room, and a lively bar at night! It is in a great location too. Only downside I can think of -- really long line for bathroom/showers in the morning, but definitely well worth the money.
At Alessandro Palace Hostel, the staff are lively, the bar is buzzing, and the pizza is free.
If you want to be smack bang in the middle of the most touristy, tackiest part of Rome, this is the best place to be. Located in the heart of Rome's transportation system, this is a great place to stay if it's literally just a pit stop, as the huge beast that is Termini station is just minutes away by foot. For those who want to be in a quieter, more cultural area -- look elsewhere.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Rooms are large with an odd choice of furniture -- what could have easily have been lockers is instead a useless set of cabinets without locks. (After our visit, the hostel did claim to be putting in lockers by December 2008). Some of the beds are built into the cabinet, so you go to sleep feeling like you're in a box -- it's all very odd. There's a bathroom in every room, which sounds nice and luxurious but the reality is not pretty. It's inevitable that when one person wakes up in a dorm room of eight or so people, everyone wakes up -- which results in a huge toilet queue come morning time. Other than the general bad planning of the bedrooms, everything is nicely clean and tidy.
Hostel bars are few and far between in Rome, but Alessandro's proudly boasts about their lively hub, which is a great place to mingle. There are also free pizza sessions here (every night from 12th January to 28th February 2009) -- maybe this is to make up for the lack of kitchen. There are often nights planned in the bar so if you decide to opt out, it's likely you'll be home alone -- people who stay in Alessandro's are generally party animal types. There's a great computer room with internet, but it isn't free to use. In fact it costs more than nearby internet cafes.
This hostel is huge and noisy with a focus on partying and having fun. With it (of course) comes a hoard of friendly, outgoing travelers. However, if you take away the fun factor, whats left? The free breakfast is pretty good and it's all relatively clean, but you can find much cheaper hostels in better locations if you're willing to sacrifice the bar.
Nice Location, Very Friendly Staff
I stayed here in March 2007 for three nights. The place is just a walkable distance from the central station and easily accessible to main attractions in the city. The best part is of course the very friendly staff. There is no curfew and it's open twenty-four hours. So it was easy for me to check out at 5:30 a.m. and catch my train at 6 a.m. The rooms and beds are clean and well maintained. I will recommend to anyone to choose this hostel. Good luck.
The rooms were pretty clean and breakfast was alright. Beyond that, can't think of much good to say. AC wasn't working in our room either night and they refused to give any kind of discount. Don't think I would stay here again.
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Lockers in Rooms
Safe Deposit Box
Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons
Wi-Fi in Rooms
Breakfast (4 Euro)
City Tours (32-55 Euro)
Lockers in Lobby
Pub Crawls (25-50 Euro)
Towels (2 Euro)
24 Hour Security
Credit Card Payments
Power Point/Sockets in Rooms
Genders: Males & Females
Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 16
Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages
Min. Age without Parent: 16
Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)
Curfew: No Curfew
Maximum Stay: 14 nights
Minimum Stay: 1 night
Open Dates: All Year
Reception Hours: 24 Hours
Size: Very Large (100+ beds)