I've been in Hostel Beautiful for one night with a friend. We'd booked a twin room with shared bathroom. Reaching the hostel is just a quick walk from Termini station, which is definitely a plus. The neighborhood is certainly not nice, which you would reasonably expect from an Italian hostel so close to the train station, so that was no surprise and for one night, we sure didn't mind.
Finding the place is kind of difficult though, because there are no signs on the street and the hostel itself occupies a flat on the 2nd floor of a building. When we first arrived, the guy at the reception was not really nice, spoke no Italian at all and actually spoke a really poor English as well. The guy from India that was on shift during the night, however, was really nice and friendly, but still, he spoke no Italian and was not able at all to help us with directions and information about the city.
Our room was really spacious, with a nice, big window and lots of free space. Unlike the hall of the hostel, which smelled really bad, it was pretty clean. The beds were comfortable and there was even an extra blanket in the closet. Thank God, because there was no heating!!! It's the end of November, and outside it was about 8 degrees. In the room there was actually one radiator, but unfortunately it was off.
The worst part, however, was this: The bathroom was across the hallway, meaning that we had to walk past the reception and past the main door in order to reach it from our room. Seriously NOT pleasant.
Our room was in fact right next to the reception, and apparently the walls are very thin, because we could clearly hear the reception guy talking on Skype - so he could probably hear us as well. Kudos for the privacy.
The bathroom itself was pretty dirty, only one toilet for both men and women, showers not working really well, no hairdryers.
Positive points are the location and the fact that it is open all night long, so you can go out and enjoy your night and go home whenever you want. They do not have a proper night shift, though: The reception guy sleeps right in the reception area, on the floor, and you simply wake him up when you ring the bell. You do feel sorry for him.
We didn't have the highest expectations about this hostel, but we were pretty disappointed nonetheless. I am sure you can find a better accommodation in Rome for about the same price.
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