Sandy Hostel





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Via Cavour 136, Near Termini, Rome, Latium, Italie
41.896750, 12.495560 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+39 064884585
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El peor hostal de Roma
Al llegar te encuentras con un ascnsor que hay que pagar y va con llave, así que tienes que subir varios pisos por las escaleras cargdo con las maletas. El piso es muy cutre y está todo muy sucio, el banyo da mucho asco, la habitación està muy sucia y las camas muy incomodas. Pero lo peor fué cuando descubrimos que habia chinches en la habitación. Habia muchas, una buena plaga y al decirlo, el chicho del hostal de limitó a hecharles limpiacristales, sin darnos ninguna solución. Decidimos irnos (llevar chinches a casa es una putada muy grande) pero el chico no nos queria devolver el dinero, argumentando que no habia ningún problema, que nos ivamos porqué queriamos. En fin un estupido, y finalmente, como no hubo manera de razonar y la cosa se empezaba a poner violenta, nos fuimos, a las 12 de la noche en medio de roma buscando otro hostal donde poder dormir. No vayais, en serio, los siguientes dias estube en otros hostales al mismo precio o más baratos, que ni punto de comparación. Limpios, agradables y sin chinches.
Age 28, Española
An ok place to crash for a night ... Not in summer
What you need to know first: if you stay here during Roman summer, you will be staying in one hot hell hole. There is no Air Conditioning, and it feels. During the night, it gets slightly more fresh, but only a little. Second: Sandy Hostel is something like big apartment on the top floor, with narrow winding stairs. Do not drag your things upstairs. Leave them below, take from administration the key to elevator and two 5 cent coins to pay for the use (hostel's administrator will explain how to use it), and you can get them up easily. This elevator really comes in handy, I even used it to get downstairs. There is a lockout. Kitchen: there is no kitchen. To boil the water, I had to borrow the kettle from stuff, and they seemed surprised that I would even want one. There is coffee making machine for everyone and one refrigerator in the corridor. The Rooms: are very small. I stayed in tiny room with two bunk beds. Beds: Aren't very good. These are bunk beds, which is fine by me, but and if you aren't careful, you'll be hitting your head when getting up or lying down. Beds are so small that you can't sit up on the bed. They were reasonably clean. Not awfully comfortable to lie in, but passable. Stuff: I've seen two guys. One seemed very bored to be there, and not very friendly, another one was more lively and I heard him talk loudly to other guests. They weren't rude, so no complaints. However, they just seem ill-suited for running hostel -- the whole thing had "stereotypical bachelor" feel to it. Some small and cheap improvements, like bracket in the shower, would make the hostel much more pleasant. Which brings us to below: Cleanliness: Bathrooms/rooms were cleaned daily by stuff, although there was certain dingy feel to everything, nevertheless. One time I had to use their "public" toilet and it was dirty, wet, and overall disgusting. I got an impression that owner uses this toilet themselves -- well, it about says it all. It was very noisy during the day. Well, hostels aren't mean to be slept in during the day, so I can't really complain. Internet: now, for internet connection, they have nice notebook. Fun: I don't think there is a common room at all, although I wasn't looking for it. You certainly won't be spending much time in your tiny room. Location: is very good. It is on Via Cavour, between Coliseum and Termini Station, very close to San Pietro in Vincoli, Santa Maria Maggiore, and you can get to Coliseum on foot. A lot of beautiful buildings in walking distance. Via Cavour is big touristy street, without special charm, but not bad. Metro Cavour is close to hostel. Overall: My impression was marked by the fact that right before that, I was staying in wonderful hostel in Venezia. Still, Sandy Hostel was the worst of the three hostels I've stayed in before, and lack of Air Conditioning together with small room made a LOT of difference in horrible heat of July. Great location. I don't have high standards and wasn't expecting a hotel, but I just … didn't like it there. Well, I wasn't robbed, there were no bedbugs and toilets worked. Conclusion: It is an ok place to crash for couple of nights, or better, for one night, during colder seasons.
This place was dirty i was worried about sleeping in the beds. The bathrooms were disgusting. You get your own key and can keep it and there is no wifi but 1 computer you can use with internet. There was no curfew and they had a luggage room which was nice but my boyfriend and i traveled together and always stayed in our own bed but in the same room and this hostel made us sleep on different floors. IT WAS SO HOT I COULDNT SLEEP!! Be aware though it was the only hostel left with availability because i was there end of july and got off the train in rome and walked to hostels trying to find vacancy. Don't stay here if you can.
Worst hostel Ive ever stayed at
Do not stay here. The location is the only thing this place has going for it. I think the staff are all potheads. One (dirty) bathroom for the whole place. When I arrived, no toilet paper and the toilet barely worked. Two days later, it broke late at night. The next day I went out to the beach and when I returned at 6 p.m., it still wasn't fixed! So the hallway smelled like sh!t for the remainder of my stay. I dont think it even occurred to them to fix it. They gave me the wrong key to my room so I got locked out. They have signs all over about keeping quiet at night, then they party and blast music until the early hours of the morning. I could go on and on and on about how bad this place is and come up with a great list of problems, but I dont have that kind of time. Just trust me -- avoid this place. I hope it gets shut down. No one should have to pay so much money for such filth.
  DIRTY-DIRTY-DIRTY!! Do not stay at this hotel. Bathrooms are filthy, shower courtain looks as it has never been washed, they don't even have a little rack to place your shampoo or soap, so you have to put them on the mucus-like floor where you think something alive will arise from beneath. Dorms are co-ed and smell like hell. Staff is careless and not so smart. It was my worst experience ever in a hostel, after many years of backpacking.
Paulina Silva
  I spent a week in Rome in December 2005. I decided to try Sandy Hostel for 4 nights and their sister Bella Roma for 3 (see my other review). I flew with Easyjet into Rome Ciampino, a small airport about 12km south of the city centre. Sit on the right of the plane and you'll get great views of the city and St Peter's as you approach to land. This airport's future was probably in doubt before the advent of the low cost airlines and is now busy with Ryanair and Easyjet flights. However, this means it does not have a direct rail link to the city centre, the metro line A which runs north-west to south-east stops about 4km to the north-east of the airfield. Don't be tempted to take Easyjet's coach transfer to the "Termini" central railway station. You see a big sign for this as soon as you enter the arrivals lounge. It costs €15 return or €8 single. All you need to do is step outside the terminal and take an orange bus run by "Cotral" to the end of metro line A and the stop called "Anagnina". These buses run every 40 minutes and cost just €1. They alternate between a direct service (about 20 mins to Anagnina) and one that goes via the adjacent town of Ciampino (about 30 mins to Anagnina). If you happen to get a bus that goes via Ciampino, you could get off here and take the overground train into Termini railway station instead. However, this means you might just have to get back on the metro there, so don't bother. It is clear when you have reached Anagnina, as it is a large bus station and you will see the red "M" for the metro. Go down the steps and buy the €1 ticket which lasts for 75 minutes from the point of validation (stick it in the ticket machine as you go through the barrier). So, total cost to anywhere in Rome, 2 Euros compared to Easyjet's 8 Euros for the central station. For Sandy Hostel, the metro from Anagnina to Termini will take about 25 mins, so allow about 1.5 hours total from the Airport, allowing for waiting time for the bus. When you get off the Metro at "Termini" go upstairs and find the last platform number 24. Now with the tracks behind you walk straight out and into the middle of the adjacent bus station. You should now see Via Cavour (Cavour Street) on your left. Walk down Via Cavour on the left side 7 blocks, about 500m. The entrance to Sandy Hostel is unsignposted and is a set of black doors just after a Hotel entrance and before a shop selling American Indian clothing ! The buzzer is on the right. Press it and they will let you in. You walk up a stone staircase all the way to the top. The hostel is on the 4th floor. The staff were friendly when I arrived. One of two Greek girls took my money and gave me a free map of the city and suggested some places to go. Inside the Hostel is very small, essentially just about 7 rooms off a narrow corridor, a flat conversion. Although some rooms have a shower and toilet inside, most don't and there are just 2 shower and toilet rooms. However, this didn't seem to be a problem in the mornings and I rarely had to wait. The dorm rooms have 3 bunks in and adequate lockers (bring your own padlock). The mattresses were quite thin but comfortable. Clean sheets and a pillow case are provided and there are 3 blankets which you can use. The windows are double glazed and fitted with shutters so the sound and light insulation is good during the night. However, the biggest issue is the lack of any heating in the room. As this was December it got quite cold in the night, so don't forget your pyjamas! I would have been very cold without mine. One of my days in Rome was non-stop rain and so I was cold when I returned to the hostel. The only way to get warm was to have a shower. Happily, the showers have gas combination boilers and provide ample hot water any time of the day. The next biggest issue for some will be the complete lack of any kitchen facility for cooking or drinking. The male cleaner was actually living permanently in my room and cooked there from time to time on his own portable electric stove. What would really improve this hostel would be if they converted the first room on the left as you enter (this is on its own) into a kitchen and lounge area. This would enable you to get to know some people and have some refreshments. As it was, a few sat in the corridor which barely wide enough for 2 chairs making sandwiches on fold out tables. HOwever, one advantage of this was that it was quite quiet at night because there was no real opportunity for people to speak to one another (unlike Bella Roma - see my other review). On the plus point, the hostel has many cafes and Internet cafes close by. I used the one that is literaly right next door. Internet access starts at 50 Euro cents for 15 mins. The location is typical for a city centre close to a station, a little bit scummy and full of hotels and hostels, but I loved it and would recommend it. The hostel is only 5 mins walk to the Station one way and 5 mins to the Colosseum the other. If you go to the Chinese restaurant next door or the Pizza Esquilino opposite, be sure to agree the service charge before you go in. I got 5 Euros added onto an 18 Euro bill (28%) at the latter. Also, be careful in the many pizza and pastry bars if they invite you to sit down - they will charge you extra. This happened in "Big Bens" also just around the corner. All in all, I liked this hostel and would recomment it. Especially, given the price - I paid only 11 Euros a night (£7.50) by booking using - if I had booked direct with the hostel it would have been 14 euros. At this price and in this location you can't complain. If travelling alone, I will return. Rich D, England, UK Email origin.sandyhostelreview@ NOSPAMPLEASE
Rich D
  My friend and I stayed at countless hostels on our trip, and this one was so nasty! I would never recommend it to anyone. They may SAY there's Internet and no lockout, but the guy laughed at us when we said we wanted to use the computer. The blankets were damp and dirty, and thrown in a ball on the floor. The lockers had half-eaten food and garbage in them. Not to mention the building itself looked abandoned. If we hadn't put a deposit down online, we would have left.
  We went there in March but at night it's still pretty cold. There weren't any heaters in the hostel so it's rather cold at night, though they provided us three nasty blankets, which were very heavy. The two public toilets/bathrooms were disgusting and at the time we arrived, one of those was out of order! That means there was only one left for all! Besides, the toilet was smelly and narrow. The shower was weak and only lukewarm. And be prepared for stairs that are four-stories high (you have to pay for the lift). And there is actually a lockout from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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