Two Ducks Hostel, Rome

Near Termini
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A hostel located 3 blocks from the train station. At least that's where the reception desk is. They also have a hostel next to the building at that location, but they own properties in several different buildings scattered around the general area. So if you book a bed there you really won't have any idea where you'll end up until they actually take you to your room. The conditions and facilities will vary depending on which hostel or pension they decide to put you in. The problem is that make no mention of this on their website or on the phone, so most people have no idea that they aren't getting a bed where they thought they were until they show up.
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Stayed here for three nights in June 2009. So, my friend and I had been booking really nice places and she felt as though we had not been "roughing" it enough. I expected a sh*tty place when we got there, but yet I was still surprised by how cheap this place was. After searching and searching for the hostel we walk five flights (can use a crappy elevator though) and get to a weird apartment, then we were told that we weren't staying there so we had to go walk some more in the Rome heat with our huge backpacks. Then we had to walk three or four flights and use this huge old key to open a huge old door. This is impossible. The woman who helps run the place could hardly do it either. After a few times I got it. There was no hot water until we complained to the owner who hardly speaks english, the breakfast was horrible and I wouldn't even consider it breakfast. The bathroom was dirty and there needed to be more considering there are like fourteen people in the apartment. I couldn't get dressed anywhere with having guy roommates and the bathroom constantly occupied. Oh, and you are basically left on your ass, like there is no receptionist or anyone. You live on your own. When we told the woman we had to leave early our last morning so we could not get the key deposit ourselves from the original building she said she would send someone to drop it off. Never did. It was our last stop and I felt so badly for this place that I left all of my beauty/body products as charity. If you have the money, like we did, don't stay here. It's decent if it's all you can afford.


Poorest of Poor!

We reviewed the website of this Hostel thoroughly before we booked our stay. Unfortunately, the website was very misleading! Upon arrival to Rome, we set out in search of our hostel using the address given on the site. However, once we arrived at our said destination we saw no sign of the hostel anywhere in site. The address was correct, but the hostel provides no sign or any label whatsoever. It is located inside a building but not clearly marked at all. We had booked our room online for four nights and received a verification number, but they had no record of this when we arrived to check-in. We were forced to pay a 10 Euro key deposit even though our doors did not lock. We never once used our key. Other misleading information on the website. There is a lockout everyday at 10 a.m. We were not informed of this when we checked in, but were rudely awakened the next morning and told to get out. The showers were not hot two of the four days we stayed here. The pictures on the website were also very deceiving. We stayed in a four-bed room, but the room was barely large enough to hold that many beds. The rooms were filthy, and we found dead bugs on the floor. On our third day at the hostel, we were told to move rooms because our current room was going to be renovated. When we returned that evening, however, there were guests in the room we were told to move out of. The staff was not friendly nor were they helpful. This hostel is not only unclean and uninviting, it is also very poorly run! All in all, I would say that the two ducks hostel looked more like an apartment with a few extra beds. It was not built to accommodate the number of guests they house.



Unfortunately for us we did not read the reviews of this hostel before we booked it. The hostel is close to Rome's big Termini station, which we thought was an advantage. Although it took us a while to find a small Calatafimi street. We still could not believe we found the place as the door bell button was not easy to spot. The reception is on the fifth floor and the lift is small (for two people with one luggage). After meeting a receptionist we were given the two sets of keys in exchange for 10 euro deposit for a set.

Then the surprises started. the key broke when we tried to look the room's door! To avoid loosing 10 euro for a broken key we used another set to cut a copy key (for 1 euro) in the city. They must be earning extra for broken keys (I know, unbelievable) as we saw someone's broken key lying in the kitchen.

If you google this hostel you will see reviews of other people saying how their key broke as well -- weird. There is only one bathroom on the first floor to share among twelve people. But even this was not working properly. When I flushed the toilet the water from the tank above started to leak on the floor and the wall. In the evening the flush did not work at all! We had to use a bucket to flush the toilet! Plus, the hot water was very low pressure in the shower room. After complaining to the receptionist we were advised to use the other bathroom on the fifth floor! The hostel advertises that they provide you with the linens. Only lower sheets were provided (no upper sheet) and we were left with a smelly blankets. The kitchen is very small (three chairs). There was only one knob on the gas cooker, so you couldn't use more than one hob at a time. Plus the knob was inserted incorrectly so that someone left the gas on. My friend smelled the gas when she entered the kitchen and did not know what to do because knob was in off position. The receptionist reacted with a confused face when I asked her how to switch off the gas main supply! (Zero points for health and safety!) We switched it off ourselves finally. I don't recommend this hostel to anyone unless you like adrenaline rush and improving your survival skills (gas leak, cold shower, using bucket to flush the toilet, being first to get the croissants in the morning before other travelers, maneuver to avoid being moistened by a leaking water tank, having to climb to the fifth floor's bathroom to brush your teeth, finding the key-cutter in a busy Rome to replace the keys that break easily). Ridiculous!


There are many better choices in Rome.

Stayed 4th and 5th Feb. '08. I was initially on first floor of the apartment building with three dorms (potentially twelve people) to share only one combi loo/shower. But we were invited to go to fifth floor if that combi loo/shower was too busy! Bad news is that I had bedbugs in bed so in the night was transferred to fifth floor anyway, where there were more bathrooms but very cramped conditions. kitchens also very small. Only good thing was the location. Staff were nice but didn't offer to refund me the difference in cost between four-dorm I had booked (buggy) and the six-dorm I had to transfer to. Only one sheet provided, to cover mattress. No upper sheet, just blanket, not hygienic.


Not that flash.

This hostel was close to Termini, clean and safe with no curfew, but that's all there is to recommend it. In addition to the main hostel there is also an apartment around the corner with two rooms, which is where they placed me. There were no staff on hand. There were no lockers in the bunkroom (shared with five others). The water in the shower never got above tepid -- ok in hot summer but I doubt it would be in winter. The bunkroom was cleaned once a day, but we had cotton blankets on the beds and no top sheet, and the blankets were not changed when someone left the hostel. Although it's close to Termini it's on the wrong side really. I changed hostels for my last night in Rome, and was far more impressed with the new place. I would not stay at Two Ducks again by choice.

Other directions are a bit confusing (I got lost) -- Via Marsala runs along one side of Termini, on your right if your back is to the tracks. Once it crosses Via Solferino it becomes Via Voltumo. Via Calatafimi is very small, and not marked on some maps.

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The room we stayed in was clean with four beds (not stacked bunks, which made it more comfortable). The staff was helpful and competent. Kitchen and toilet facilities were modern and clean. For those who need showers everyday, this is not North America. Guests will probably be happier at a hotel with more than one toilet and shower per floor. The hostel was in a good area, close to the main train station and a supermarket less than five minutes. Directions to the hostel were not adequate. Here are mine. Leaving the station -- walk to the right. Find parallel street Via Marsala and walk left. Continue walking three to five minutes. Pass Via Gaeta until Via Calatafimi. Turn right on this cul de sac and walk seventy metres. Two Ducks is on the right. Only an intercom panel gives the name of the hostel.



Two Ducks Hostel is a safe and quiet place ideal to spend few days in Rome represents an ideal solution for all those travellers who have a limited budget for their stay in Rome but at the same time don't want to renounce to all those standard comforts to have an unforgettable stay in Rome.

It's just few steps far from the railway station "Termini" and main metro and bus stations located in Piazza della Repubblica, in front of the Diocleziano's Terms.
It puts at disposal of the guests rooms for 6 and 4 people perfect for families and small groups. Double and triple room(shared bathroom) available on request.

Two Ducks Hostel hosts young people coming from every country who want to discover new cultures and becoming more experience in Roman history. From here it's easy to join with 10 minutes walk the Roman Forum and the Campidoglio Hill as well as the Colosseum, the Quirinale and Barberini Square wher famous Triton's Fountain by Bernini stands in the center.

Many bus lines passing close to the Hostel well link this area to all the others of Rome. A metro connection Termini with Spanish Steps and the Vatican State pass by the hostel. Finally a very comfortable location for all those travellers who mainly want to visit and discover the secrets of the historical centre of the eternal city. the reception open 24 hrs a day.

Our staff will be at your complete disposal in helping you with any need you should have while in Rome.

Location and Contact




Address: Via Calatafimi 41, Near Termini, Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Website Two Ducks Hostel Rome (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: +39 06 45442890, +39 3207951005
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning


Concierge/Info Desk


Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities


Credit Card Payments

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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