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10 Best Hostels in Rome, Italy


Rome offers incredible landmarks, mouthwatering cuisine, and for some of us, the chance to live out our Lizzie McGuire Movie. It’s no secret that Rome is one of the best cities to visit in Europe, but a huge part of your experience traveling in the city will be your choice of hostel. Everyone travels differently and you’ll want a Rome hostel that fits your travel needs like location, vibe, and cleanliness. Well, that’s where we come in! We’ve taken on the task of finding the best hostels in Rome so that you can enjoy a stress-free vacation to the Eternal City. 

Best Hostels in Rome

Dorm room at The Beehive hostel in Rome, Italy
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The Beehive 

The Beehive is easily up there as one of the best Rome hostels for several reasons. This clean and modern accommodation offers a non-party atmosphere that still promotes socializing in a small group setting. Guests can hang out in the courtyard and enjoy a glass of wine or play one of the board games with a new friend. The hostel also features an on-site bagel business serving up fresh, homemade bagels during the week, along with on-site laundry machines, a shared indoor lounge, and a communal kitchen with all the cooking tools needed to prepare a meal. Choose a private room for one or two people or go the classic hostel route and book a room in one of their shared dorms, which offers configurations of a four-bed or six-bed mixed dorm or a four-bed female-only room. All of the dorms also offer lockers for guests to secure their valuables. 

This hostel is ideally located a five-minute walk from Roma Termini Train Station, offering great proximity to attractions. The Museo Nazionale Romano, the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma are all less than a 15-minute walk away while the Colosseum is 15 minutes away by Metro. 

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Dorm room at the YellowSquare hostel in Rome
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Are you on the hunt for a party hostel in Rome? Well, then YellowSquare might be the place for you. Located four blocks from Roma Termini Train Station, this lively hostel is perfect for solo travelers or digital nomads looking for an upbeat social hostel where the wine flows freely. From the moment of arrival, guests can plop down at the on-site bar and spark up a conversation with a new friend over a cold beer or sign up for one of the daily hostel activities and tours. Planning to get some work done while away? Well, the hostel also offers a coworking hall with comfortable desks and printers. There are also plenty of shared spaces to hang out with other travelers, like the lounge hall with a ping pong table, the front patio where guests can people-watch the street traffic, and meeting rooms. Other fantastic on-site amenities include all-day food service, laundry facilities, luggage storage, bike rentals, and live music and DJs throughout the week at the Yellow Bar. Guests are only able to book a bunk in one of the shared dorms so long as they are between 18-42 years old. The hostel offers four- or six-bed female-only rooms or a four-bed mixed dorm room all with air conditioning and a secure locker under the bed. Private rooms are also available. 

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Dorm room at the La Controra Hostel in Rome
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La Controra Hostel

Those looking for a quiet hostel in Rome with private rooms close to the main attractions can’t go wrong with booking a bed at La Controra Hostel. Located a 10-20 minute walk from Villa Borghese, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon, guests will have no issue getting around the city on foot. Not to mention there are several restaurants nearby to choose from, including some great pizzerias and cafés.  

Inside, guests will find a no-frills hostel complete with three different kinds of air-conditioned private rooms: a double ensuite with a double bed, a triple ensuite room with a double bed and a single bed, and a quadruple room with a double bed and a bunk bed. Guests can start their day off by making a cup of coffee or tea in the shared lounge/kitchenette area, which features a kettle, microwave, and fridge. Those planning on an early arrival will be happy to hear the hostel allows luggage drop so guests don’t have to lug their stuff with them around the city until check-in time. 

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Dorm room at the RomeHello Hostel in Rome
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RomeHello Hostel

RomeHello Hostel is the perfect laid-back hostel for those who want to socialize and unwind in their spare time. Guests can choose from a 10- or four-person mixed dorm, a bed in a three-person female-only room, or book one of their private rooms with an en suite bathroom suitable for anywhere from two to four people. All rooms have air conditioning and all of the beds in the dorm-style rooms come with individual USB plugs, an electrical outlet, a reading lamp, a personal shelf, and a locker. Start the day off with the hostel’s buffet breakfast before heading out on the town to explore attractions. RomeHello boasts some cool shared spaces, including a courtyard with ping pong and foosball, an on-site bar/café, dedicated workspaces with computers available, and a large communal kitchen with stainless steel appliances, vending machines, and plenty of counter space to prepare meals. 

This amazing hostel in Rome is located just a few steps from Teatro dell’Opera di Rome and Roma Termini Train Station. Several popular attractions are within a 15-20 minute walk away, such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Roman Forum.  

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Dorm room at the Ostello Bello hostel in Rome
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Ostello Bello

If you and your group are on the hostel hunt for a place in the heart of all the action, then Ostello Bello could be the right fit. This lively hostel is located about a 10-minute walk from the Colosseum, offering excellent walking proximity to popular attractions such as the Roman Forum and the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. 

This hostel boasts excellent amenities, such as weekly activities like barbecue parties on their rooftop terrace, a large lounge with workstations for setting up a laptop, instruments, board games, and a courtyard to enjoy a cup of coffee and a good book. Upon arrival, guests can enjoy a complimentary arrival drink, and then check in their air-conditioned dorm or private room. Configuration of dorms includes three-, four-, five-, or six-person mixed or female-only rooms. Ostello Bello is a great hostel for those who are looking to cut their costs down by cooking as there is a large communal kitchen with complimentary coffee and tea. Other fantastic on-site amenities include laundry facilities, a 24-hour bar and reception, and a lovely selection of breakfast items for a reasonable price. 

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Dorm room at the Free Hostels Roma in Rome
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Free Hostels Roma

Free Hostels Roma, located just a few blocks south of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, is definitely one of the coolest hostels in Rome. This hostel offers a lively social atmosphere with a modern on-site bar, a large terrace, and a 24/7 reception. What really sets this hostel apart is its well-designed dorm rooms, which feature modern, custom-made bunk beds with sliding doors for maximized privacy, a personal shelf, a lockable drawer, as well as a personal electrical plug, a USB plug, and a reading light. Travelers can choose to book a private room, which can sleep anywhere from one to 10 people, or book a bed in a two-, three-, four-, five-, six-, or 10-person air-conditioned dorm room. After a day of exploring Roman sites, guests can head to the outdoor terrace to mingle with other travelers or whip up a meal in the fully equipped communal kitchen. Those who don’t feel like cooking their own meals can indulge in some food from the on-site café or head to one of the nearby restaurants for a bite. Other noteworthy amenities include luggage storage services, laundry facilities, and board games. 

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Dorm room at the JO&JOE Roma hostel in Rome
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This Boho-contemporary styled hostel offers a clean and comfortable stay just around the corner from the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. With such an incredible location, guests can walk to attractions like the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace, and St. Paul’s Within the Walls Church in five minutes. Plus, the Repubblica Metro Station is only a few steps away, offering great access to Vatican City and Villa Borghese. 

Inside, the hostel boasts a stylish motif with colorful walls and mosaic ceilings; perfectly blending a contemporary style with the Old World touches of this restored and renovated monastery. There are several eye-catching spaces to hang out and meet fellow travelers after a day of touring, like the bar/restaurant, common area, courtyard with a fountain, meeting room, or rooftop terrace. Guests can choose to book a private room with a terrace and private bathroom or opt for the classic dorm style in a mixed or female-only room. Perhaps the best part of this hostel is its accessibility for those with mobility impairments. JO&JOE ROMA offers both accessibility-friendly bunks in a shared room and accessibility-friendly private rooms. 

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Dorm room at the Alessandro Palace & Bar in Rome
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Alessandro Palace & Bar

Alessandro Palace & Bar is an excellent hostel located just a few short steps away from Roma Termini Train Station and Castro Pretorio Metro Station. This affordable hostel offers not one, but two on-site restaurants and bars with drinks and bottles of wine for €10 or less! Not to mention those aren’t even their Happy Hour prices. The on-site bar gets bumping too, with live music and karaoke offered Thursday through Sunday. 

The hostel style has an elegant feel with marble touches throughout the accommodation. Guests can start their day with a free cup of coffee or tea in the lounge and then cook up a nice, hangover-absorbing breakfast in the communal kitchen. There are private rooms available, along with an array of mixed and female-only dorm rooms either with or without an en suite bathroom. All of the rooms are air-conditioned and all dorm room beds come with a locker, a personal electrical outlet, and a reading lamp. Other awesome amenities offered include luggage storage, an air-conditioned common room, an elevator, on-site vending machines for late-night munchies, and 24-hour reception. 

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Dorm room at the Generator Hostel in Rome
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Generator Rome

Those looking for a hostel where you won’t be cramped in with 15 other travelers should consider booking a bed or private room at Generator Rome. Located a block away from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, this is a good hostel in Rome for those who want a quiet setting that is close to all the action. Guests will be within a 15-minute walk of Roma Termini Train Station, the Domus Arena, and the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore. 

This wheelchair-friendly hostel in Rome is perfect for those looking to get some work done or stay in a relaxing setting. Generator Rome offers cozy common areas with plenty of seating, along with board games, an on-site bar and café, and laundry facilities. Easily the best part of this hostel is its rooftop terrace, where guests can unwind in one of the hammocks with a book, play a round of foosball with other travelers, or simply soak up the sun with a bottle of wine. There are several private rooms available that can sleep anywhere from one to six people, along with mixed and female-only dorms available in a three-, four-, or six-bed dorm room. All rooms come with air conditioning and all dorm rooms feature bunks with personal plugs (both USB and electrical), a shelf, a reading lamp, and a lockable drawer under the bed. 

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Dorm room at the Palladini Hostel in Rome
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Palladini Hostel

Are you looking for a hostel with a vibrant social scene and an excellent location? Then look no further than the Palladini Hostel. Located just a block away from the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, guests of this hostel will be within a 15-20 minute walk of some of the top sites in the city, like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Colosseum. Palladini Hostel even offers daily free walking tours at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.! The hostel also boasts plenty of convenient shops nearby, with several bars and restaurants just steps from the door and a grocery store a two-minute walk away. After touring the Eternal City, travelers can return to the hostel and join in on one of the hostel’s wine party nights, which is hosted three days a week. There is a well-equipped kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals and plenty of common areas with seats for socializing or working. 

At this cheap hostel in Rome, a double private room with two single beds is available, as well as dorm-style rooms with bunk beds for four, six, or eight people in a mixed or female-only setting. Every room in the hostel has air conditioning and the dorm rooms have lockers for guests to store their valuables. 

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Before you know it, you’ll be saying arrivederci to your home country and living out your vacation fantasy in the Eternal City! Now that you’ve read up on the best hostels in Rome, you can look forward to your trip knowing that you’ve booked a reliable hostel with everything you need for a memorable holiday.



  • I have to disagree with your review of Funny Palace Hostel. I booked three nights there. Sure, the laundry service was nice and the free breakfast at a local cafe was a special touch. However, the beds were uncomfortable, there was no atmosphere to speak of, and it was behind the train station and about as far from everything as possible while still being considered “in town”. My experience didn’t match your description at all! Since I wanted to stay in Rome for about two weeks, after my reservation at Funny Palace ended, I booked it out of there and stayed at Ciak Hostel instead. By far a better experience. I can’t believe Ciak didn’t make it on your list!

    • Hey Jessica thanks for your comment. Most budget hostels/hotels are near the Termini Station and not in the dead center of town. And from the Termini you can easily catch the metro to pretty much anywhere in Rome. It is actually one of the main reasons why people like Funny Palace Hostel so I am not sure why you would say it is far away from everything? Oh and Ciak Hostel didn’t make it on your list because their ratings are below the ratings of the ten hostels listed above.

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