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