Where to Stay on the Cheap: 5 Cool Hostels in Rome to Try

cool hostels in rome

I love Airbnb as much as the next person, but when I’m traveling alone I prefer to stay in an inexpensive, boutique hostel. When you hear “hostel”, you might think of bed bugs, snoring neighbors, and shared dormitories. But, it’s 2017–guests expect a lot more than what they used to and boutique hostels are popping up in every city in the world. With a little bit of research, I’ve compiled this list of inexpensive, cool hostels in Rome for you to try out.

The Beehive

Location: Two blocks to Termini Station, ~20 minutes from Colosseum, Trevi Fountain

cool hostels in rome

Cost: ~$42

The BeeHive is by far the coolest hostel on my list, and I’ll definitely be booking a room on my next trip. With a cafe, a lounge, a garden and the option to rent a private room, suite, dorm bed, or even apartment, this hostel is the perfect place for people who are willing to spend a little more for a bigger, clean, private space.

4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

Alessandro Palace Hostel

Location: Near Termini Station, ~20 minutes from Colosseum, Trevi Fountain

cool hostels in rome

Cost: ~$25

There are actually two hostels associated with Hostel Alessandro, but the Alessandro Palace Hostel is the one you ought to check out. It’s the original and is one of the only hostels in Rome that has its own bar. It’s pretty famous (and old) as far as hostels go, and it’s a selected member of Europe’s Famous Hostels.

4 stars on TripAdvisor.

La Controra Hostel Rome

Location:  ~15-minute walk from Termini, but a central location to historic sites: Repubblica, Barberini, Villa Borghese and the Spanish Steps.

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Cost: ~$83

You might notice that most of the hostels on this list are super close to Termini. While Termini is a really convenient place to be, especially if you plan on traveling outside of Rome, I prefer to stay near the center if I can. La Controra Hostel Rome is right by the Spanish steps, which makes it pretty easy to see all of the classic touristic monuments.

It may not be as chic as the other accommodations on this list, but it’s still rated a neat 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, so it definitely makes our list of cool hostels in Rome.

The Yellow

Location: ~10-minute walk from Termini, ~31 minutes to the Colosseum

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Cost: ~$31

When it comes to cool hostels in Rome, The Yellow is where it’s at. Not only is it notorious its party scene and a great place to meet other young travelers, they also offer a ton of deals. If you book through their site you receive discounts on anything from tours, to museum admissions, to food + drink. This one is a must see for anyone looking for cool hostels in Rome, and I’ll definitely be booking a room for a few days in the future.

4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

Generator Rome

Location: ~10 minutes to Termini, ~20 minutes to the Colosseum

cool hostels in rome

Cost: ~$33

There are two Generator Hostels in Rome, and I’ve stayed at the one pictured above, located right near Termini station. It’s clean, the staff is friendly, and the rooms are inexpensive.

Generator is a brand you can trust, and they have chic boutique hostels all over Europe. If you are ever traveling and need a place to stay, you can book through Generator and know you’ll get quality no matter which city you’re in.

4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

Bonus for the Ladies: Hostella

Location: ~6 minute walk to Termini, ~25 minutes to Colosseum

cool hostels in rome

Cost: ~$39

This one is for the ladies. I included Hostella here because as a female solo traveler, I know that sometimes you need to feel a little more secure at night. Rome is generally a safe place, but it’s great that Hostella Rome is an option for us!

4.5 stars on TripAdvisor


Have you ever stayed in any of the hostels above and had a bad experience? Any other cool hostels in Rome you want to recommend? Let us know in the comments below! 

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  1. I was fortunate enough to stay with a friend last time I was in Rome, but if I’m ever lucky enough to go back I’ll definitely be referencing this list. Personally, I think the Beehive sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the list!

  2. Love this! I’ve always been more of an Airbnb person but this makes me want to give hostels a try—especially The Beehive. Thanks for the tips!

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