Yellow Hostel in Rome Review

| June 15, 2012 | 18 Comments

We had been in Rome for ten minutes and were already dripping with sweat, grumpy, tired and a little lost. Carrying your backpack around in the Italian summer is no fun at all.

As we turned the final corner the sign for The Yellow Hostel Rome was like a beacon of light that got brighter as we saw the outside bar area and copious ice cold pints.

The Yellow Hostel in Rome


Yellow Hostel Rome Review

Dumping our backpacks on the floor in reception, which was thankfully cool and shady, we were greeted by friendly staff who gave us a comprehensive rundown of the hostel. As well as the free drink token everyone gets when you check-in.

Travel Tip: Also “like” their Facebook page to earn another free drink after you check-in!

Within minutes Fabio, the proud owner, came bounding down to meet us. If you get a chance to meet him, which is highly likely since he is there all the time, then you will find that he is super passionate about The Yellow, Rome and architecture and he loves to dish out free advice on what to see in the city.

In fact Fabio pretty much planned our itinerary which was great as he knew we wanted to hit all the must-sees and top free attractions. Using his local knowledge we even found the best spots for pasta and gelato. The best recommendation he gave us was Mama Angela’s restaurant which was right across the road and served incredibly tasty Italian food for a reasonable price.

The Yellow Hostel in Rome

The Yellow Hostel was actually voted Rome’s most popular hostel at the HostelWorld Hoscars by all its guests and for a good reason.

Yellow Hostel Rome Location

It’s location is perfect as they are situated only two minutes walk from a metro stop, ten minutes walk from the central train station and a twenty minute walk to visit the Ancient Roman Colosseum. Compared to other cities like London where you have to catch the tube for an hour, this hostel is perfect.

There is also free WiFi in the bar area and iPad rentals.

If you plan on staying here then make sure you are keen to have a good time. The Yellow Hostel really tries to make sure they always have a super social environment which is pretty easy when you have beds for 200 people!

A massive bar area provides seating inside and out with top notch yet budget friendly wine (2 euro for a huge glass), happy hour deals, beer pong tables, nightly events and after 11pm you can move downstairs to cut some sweet shapes with the in-house DJ.

The only flipside of this is that if you are in a dorm you shouldn’t expect to get much sleep. If you are lucky like us and stay in a private dorm then you won’t hear a peep from anyone. Total bliss.

Don’t forget that as well as all the great things going on within the hostel there is a pretty awesome city on your doorstep to explore. The Yellow has created an outstanding map showcasing all the highlights including Rome’s free excursions. We highly recommend speaking to their staff to get some travel tips on where to go and what to see.

Yellow Hostel Rome Food

Unfortunately a huge downside is that breakfast is not included and there is no kitchen. However feel free to eat your own food in the bar area as this is allowed anytime. They also have a cheap breakfast menu if you want one from 2.50 euro and up. Another thumbs up goes to their coffee with lattes, espressos and cappuccinos (from a coffee machine) which will help you get back on your feet after a night at The Yellow bar.

We were told that they are building a new kitchen area so hopefully in a few months time that will be up and running.

Travel Tip: If you use FourSquare then make sure you “check-in” every morning and reward yourself with a free coffee.

The dinner that they provide is definitely a highlight of the social scene. For a measly 3 euros you can gorge yourself on homemade pasta, lasagne, pizza, rice and broccoli. It’s a great way to save your pennies.

The Yellow Hostel in Rome

Yellow Hostel Rome Rooms

We stayed in a private double room which was fantastic. Thankfully it was not above the bar so it was really quiet and also very spacious. The room came with its own newly refurbished bathroom, mini-fridge, a table to sit at, TV, soap and ladies there was even a hairdryer!

The only downside was that there was no safe and our air-conditioning was broken so we had to stand right in front of the fan to get any relief from the heat.

Overall the Yellow Hostel in Rome is definitely up there with being one of the best hostels we have ever stayed at. For a backpacking couple who wants to meet some friends on the road, enjoy a drink or two, or even just chill out after an epic day sightseeing in Rome then the Yellow Hostel is for you.

The Yellow Hostel in Rome

Disclaimer: HostelWorld kindly put us up for our stay although as always our Yellow Hostel Rome review and thoughts are never influenced by them.

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Adela is one half of the New Zealand Adventure Couple who have been travelling since 2009. She loves the outdoors and has a real passion for Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Surfing (apart from being scared of sharks). She loves food and writes all our food posts. Consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Ayngelina says:

    It just goes to show you that people can have dramatically different experiences. I stayed there for one night a year ago and was in a terrible dorm. The people were out late, loud and inconsiderate. Perhaps the private room is the way to go.

  2. Two euro goblet of wine? Sign me up! Sounds like good times at The Yellow Hostel even with the few disappointments which I really appreciate you including. Hopefully the A/C is fixed and the communal kitchen is up and running soon!

    • We always tell it like it is Karen and make sure that we let the owner know that we will tell the truth as well. No point lying to our readers! I think the A/C was broken only in our room but it happens during travel sometimes so all good.

  3. Great review – sounds really fun. I love the travel tips. We (and by we I mean Dani 🙂 ) are obsessed with Foursquare and love that we can get a free coffee, as we (and by we I mean BOTH of us) are obsessed with coffee 🙂 We’ll definitely keep this place in mind for Rome!

  4. Like the sound of this hostel. I love how they are integrating social media to give you free stuff. Free coffee and $3 meals sounds great to me

    • Their owner, Fabio, is really switched on with Social Media. They have a fan base of about 5,000 on their Facebook Page in the matter of a few months. Amazing what people will “like” for a free drink haha.

  5. I’ve never stayed in a hostel, but if Rome is anywhere near as hot as Dominica, not having A/C would be a dealbreaker for me!

    • How can you never have stayed in a hostel Bret? You are missing out 😉 But yea the A/C not working did suck. Luckily the ice cold white wine and Perotti beer made up for it.

  6. Laurence says:

    Good review, plus handy tips for saving money! Win win 😉

  7. Doc Wends says:

    I just love the thought that this hostel is a great escape’s place to be in Rome. When my feet heads to Rome, I will definitely hit this place.

    Cheers from the Philippines 🙂

  8. Allan FL says:

    It was awful to me, the worst hostel I’ve ever been to. Someone took 300 euro from my locker and the staff just didn’t care. It was dirty, unconfortable and lousy.

  9. Steve says:

    Looks great, but I do need some air-con to survive these days

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