This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Rome. To help you make friends with Rome before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Rome, also known as the Eternal City, is the capital of beautiful Italy.
There are also numerous opportunities to meet people from all over the world all over the city if you are social and talk to people. The Spanish steps are a great place for tourists to hang out, listen to some locals play the guitar and sing, and meet new people.
Rome is not a dangerous city if you don't make yourself a target. That means not wandering around with a map in your hand or wearing obviously touristy clothing (fanny packs for instance). Also, attempt to have an air of confidence about where you are even if you're totally lost. You can still ask for directions, but don't make it obvious that you're lost.
It's a super busy with a LOT to see, so make sure you book in advance and spend at least a few days here.
Read: When to book hostels? For spontaneous souls & pre-planners.
All things Hostels Rome
The majority of the hostels in Rome are clustered around the main Roma Termini train station. These are labeled on Hostelz.com as "Near Termini." The area is so dense that there will often be multiple hostels located in the same building.
The neighborhood surrounding Termini station is touristy and unimpressive, but it does make for a convenient central base for exploring the city centre (plus hotspots like Santa Maria Maggiore), especially since both of the Rome metro lines also intersect at Termini and most bus routes also connect there.
When you're wondering where to stay in Rome, we recommend the Termini area for convenience.
Some top hostels near Termini include:
- Rome City Hostel
- Palladini Hostel Rome
- Alessandro Palace & Bar
- Generator Rome
- YellowSquare Rome (aka The Yellow Hostel Rome)
- The Beehive Rome
Looking for youth hostels in Rome? A good Rome youth hostel worth checking out is Casa Olmata Youth Hostel Rome.
You'll also find a number of excellent Rome hostels in other parts of the city. For hostels in other areas of Rome, do pay attention to the location of the hostel. Some are located a long ways from the city center, which is fine if that's what you're looking for, but it's good to be aware of the location before you check availability and make your booking.
Piazza Bologna is another good spot, not too far away from Termini. A good hostel here is Youth Station Hostel.
Roma Tiburtina is the second largest train station with good connections to the city. We recommend Roma Scout Center in this area.
Are hostels in Rome safe?
Absolutely. Hostels in Rome Italy are as safe as all hostels around the world.
Yet as always, it depends on who is staying in the hostel and how careful you are with your valuables. At the end of the day, you can never predict someone else's motives. So! Always use a locker and keep your valuables close.
Have a read of our full article which answers the question: Are Hostels Safe? Including 11 safety tips for hostel travel.
How much are hostels in Rome?
This depends on the season and location within the city. It's always best to use Hostelz.com to do a price comparison. You can find a wide range, from cheap hostels in Rome to boutique design with a bigger price tag.
What hotel should I stay at in Rome?
There are so many places to stay in Rome, including cheap hostels, many guesthouses, airbnb Rome and also hotels in Rome. Yet, we'd always recommend staying in a hostel in Rome Italy.
That's because many of them offer free breakfast, free Wifi, private rooms and air conditioning - hotel standards at hostel prices.
Regardless, if you really want to try out a hotel, you can find over 140 on Hostelz.com, just use the filter and search for 'hotels'.
Similarly, if you are looking for a guest house, you can find +400 on this site!
Just remember; always check the location, rating and reviews before booking.
Written by local enthusiast for Rome hostelsHostelz