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“Small and cosy” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rome City Hostel

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Rome City Hostel
Ranked #325 of 1,067 Speciality Lodging in Rome
Broadbeach, Australia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Small and cosy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

We stayed here for two nights in October. While it is a bit far out of the centre of Rome it is within 10 minutes walk to two metro stations and also has a bus stop handy. We were of the impression that we had booked a women's only room but when we arrived we were in a mixed dorm. This wasn't a big deal but something to keep in mind if you want a women's only dorm. The rooms are small with bunks but there was no rail on the top bunks. There were lockers provided but you need to provide your own lock. Breakfast was provided. Stock standard European breakfast of cereals, breads, juices and cake. There was kitchen facilities to prepare food if you desire. Clean and hygienic shared bathroom facilities. The staff were efficient and happy to help with directions. The lady (can't remember her name) was enthusiastic in recommending one of her favourite restaurants. Hearing her talk about it we just had to try it out and it was delicious! A real local experience which was great!

Down side - there are no locks on the rooms, they are just left open throughout the day. They were safe but sometimes made us feel a little uneasy.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Grenoble, Rhone-Alpes, France
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26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

Though a bit far from Roma Termini station, but the bus 310 stop 'Ippocrito' is just in front of it and nearest metro station 'Bologna' is just 7-10 minutes away. The hotel stuff (specifically the man who is in charge in the morning) advised and even made a plan of visiting important locations. They provide milk, fruit juice, coffee, tea, cereals and some cakes as breakfast.

There are two things which I disliked. Firstly, there is only one plug point in the room, that too in a odd place. You have to share it with other 5 of your room mates. The light is common as well. Secondly, by default they do not provide locks for the secure locker. They insist that you have your own lock and key. They provide some lock and keys based on availability by keeping 5 euros as deposit. But if you are not lucky enough to have one, your locker is useless.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Parantapa
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Davison, Michigan
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115 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

It is easy to get anywhere from this location via bus or metro. The staff was helpful in recommending places to eat and provided a city map and assistance. Rooms were clean and showers adequate.

Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2011

Simple and quiet accomodation up by the University. It was a little removed from the downtown centre but faily easy to access from the Metro. Staff were friendly and helpful. They had a kitchen, but I really didn't end up using it. The only problem is that I found their lockers to be a bit small - only large enough to put a bookbag.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Daniel B
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Melbourne, Australia
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68 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

Overall I really enjoyed staying at the Rome CIty Hostel. It's a really small place, I believe there are only 5 or 6 dorms. We stayed in a 6 bed dorm with bathroom.

Dorm was average sized, bathroom was clean and overall it was comfortable.

The staff were very friendly, and helped with any questions plus took the time to point out a lot of places on the map for us.

For the rooms with the shared bathrooms, there were two shower/toilets for use.

Breakfast included in the price from 7.30 - 10 (tea, cereal, bread, spreads). Small but equipped kitchen available for use.

The 'common area' is a few tables and chairs in between the kitchen area and reception, but it is cosy and allows you to talk to people.

Free computer available for use + free WiFi.

Checkout is 11am, towels for rent for 2EU.

Important to note a few things. There is no key for the hostel. The rooms do not lock, however lockers are provided (you will need a padlock or you can buy one from reception 5EU). To get into the building you need to buzz in, 24/7. The staff are always there so it's not too much of a problem, however some people may not be comfortable with this.

Nearby there was a pizza place, African food, cafes, pasticcerias, a post office, ATMs, tabbachi. The hostel itself is in the middle of the university district.

Bologna and Policlinico metro stations are both a 10 minute walk away. It is about a 20-25 minute walk to Termini, however there is a bus that goes from Termini to the front of the hostel (310).

For the price (22EU each p/n) this hostel was well worth the stay. It had a friendly atmosphere and was close enough to the metro that you felt connected but not too close to the dodgy area around Termini.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank silvericemaiden
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Alberta
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

Nice little hostel located about 15-20 min walk from Termini station and about 45 minute walk from the Colosseum if you don't feel like taking the metro just around the corner. Friendly staff that will answer any of your questions with a smile and pretty comfortable beds (if you don't mind the occassional squeak from your neighbor). Features rooms with or without ensuites, ensuite is nice to have but has 2 bathrooms for general use. Breakfast served from 7-10am, pretty good, cereal, toast with some jam, chocolate crust, coffee, tea. Would stay here again though book in advance to get a cheaper rate.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Narc780
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Milan, Italy
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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2011

Although it is a bit out of town center, there are 2 metro stops reacheable each in 10 minutes walk to/from the hostel.
Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite means that in the room there is a little but clean bathroom; 6 Bed Mixed Dorm have no bathroom inside but there are 2 clean bathrooms near the reception.
Rooms are pleasantly worm in winter and funny cool in summer.
Staff (4 person - 1 girl and 3 guys) is friendly and helpful and speaks only in english (there is only 1 guy that speaks italian).
But consider this:
No Towels in Bathrooms (carry on 1 from home), no shelfs to put anything on, no floor cloth outside shower to clean wet floor.
No Luggage Storage: only a tall and tight wardrobe inside each room that could contains a backpack but no a luggage (suitcase).
No Security Lockers on hire to close wardrobe, you have to carry on 1 with you from home.
Elevator (no needs to use it because hostel is at ground floor).
NO CAR PARKING (from GoogleMap it seems hostel have a parking with a green gate but it is not its belonging). In front of the hostel there is parking with fee in the morning (all days) but free during the night (so if you stay in Rome more than 1 night every morning you have to move to another parking), otherwise you can park free in Via Tiburtina that is 10 minutes walk far from the hostel.
For breakfast it offers a little kitchen with a boiler for tea (white, green and classic tea), coffè powder no moka, chocolate powder, few packaged snacks. If you use cups you have to clean them by yourselves. Sink often clogs up. No separate collection of rubbish.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Supergustator3
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Property: Rome City Hostel
Address: Viale Ippocrate 91, 161 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > San Lorenzo
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Ranked #325 of 1,067 Speciality Lodging in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hostel is ideal for families and those who prefer cozy and tranquil lodgings as it is in a quiet location. This Hostel is geared primarily towards private accommodations, either with shared or en suite bathrooms. Our international atmosphere and English speaking staff help make us a true backpacker's paradise. This Hostel will provides an ideal base for the Travelers & Backpackers to explore Rome's Monuments and Historical Place. ... more   less 
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