It is a well known fact that there are many extraordinary Roman Hostels. Many are award-winningly welcoming. Several have free breakfasts.

Some are buried so deep in the bosom of urban Italy that it is a miracle that anyone finds them at all.

But which will have you steaming for under a fiver? Why is there a bathtub in the laundry room? And will you get away with whipping up a plate of Gnocchi after lights out?

These excellent subjects and more shall be tackled in my EPIC guide to the best hostels in Rome. So no matter your hypercritical outlook, your off-putting habit or your love of ‘fragrant’ cheeses, there is a perfect hostel waiting just for you.

Let us investigate further…

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    What to Expect from Hostels in Rome

    So you’re finally backpacking Italy like you promised yourself years ago, and are looking for something of questionable quality in the way of shelter?

    Excellent. You are in capable hands, and I’m going to deliver the highest quality Roman hostels (which aren’t too far from the top attractions) right into your soggy mouths, like a bird mama. There remains some overpriced trash which is worth avoiding.

    It is truly astounding how much of the old stuff is still around…

    For the planners out there, it’s worth knowing that Rome gets booked up every summer, very quickly. If you don’t want to pay an extremely high price, book 5 or 6 years in advance (haha, ok maybe it’s not that bad). But don’t wait around for those hostel prices to go down!

    The top hostels are fun, efficient, and actually pretty organised. There are lots of chances to meet your fellow traveller, drink wine, and explore the experimental atmosphere of communal dinners…

    The 5 Best Roman Hostels

    There are some excellent hostels out there in the city of Rome! You will be moving on to your Itinerary planning in no time…

    1. Overall Best Hostel in Rome – The Bee Hive

    The Bee Hive
    The Bee Hive is our number-one hostel in Rome
    • $$$
    • Family Run
    • Fresh Homemade Bagels
    • Outdoor Terrace

    Since 1999, the Beehive has been welcoming travellers to the infallible streets of Rome. As a small, family-run hostel, this hostel has unbeatable character, and even comes with a Bagel store on-site!

    Tea and coffee are complimentary, and there’s even free wine up for grabs, in true Italian style. Be sure to download their free app to get top tips and travel hacks to max out on your time in Rome. If you’re looking for the best things to do in Rome, don’t hesitate to ask your super-friendly hosts!

    Why you’ll love this hostel:

    • Cooking classes and communal dinners
    • Cute courtyard garden
    • Chill and homely atmosphere

    If you’re looking for a real home away from home, without compromising on sociability, The Bee Hive hostel is the ideal spot for you. Whether it’s chilling in the garden or sharing a comfy dorm with your fellow travellers, the social vibe is one of the best and friendliest in Rome. It’s a hostel that backpackers love!

    Note that this is not a party hostel. While you’re close to all of the action, the hostel itself is pretty chill and calm. You’ll be guaranteed to have a peaceful night here, so if your main goal is to get hammered every night, you might want to choose a different place.

    The Bee Hive offers different room types as well, from mixed and female-only dorms to private rooms with (or without) en-suite bathrooms. You’ll get a super comfy bed, no matter which room type you choose!

    2. Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Rome – The RomeHello Hostel

    The RomeHello Hostel
    • $$
    • Beer Pong
    • Yoga!
    • Live Music

    The EPIC RomeHello Hostel has a world-class reception with a free drink on arrival. This hostel shines amongst its peers for its great location near the Termini train station and awesome atmosphere. If you fancy a day trip, it’s easy!

    The decor is funky and modern, which lends the hostel an impeccable vibe. Live music, foosball and even a PlayStation make this a top place to hang out. Solo female travellers will love the cosy 3 person ladies-only dorms.

    Why you’ll love this hostel:

    • Sensational atmosphere
    • Clean and Reliable
    • Live Music and great entertainment

    The location of this hostel is unbeatable, being super close to the metro at Rome Termini. Rome is great if you are a walker because every attraction is around 15 minutes away from each other. The Colosseum is around 15 minutes away.

    For the digital nomads, there is a great working area and apparently ‘flawless wifi’. You shouldn’t have any issues cutting through a backlog if you fancy it! Breakfast is another 7 euros, but is all you can eat! You can definitely stock up and save yourself an expensive lunch if you want.

    There are indoor and outdoor common rooms, A/C that works, and lockers if you need them. The RomeHello Hostel is definitely one of the best out there!

    3. Best Budget Hostel in Rome – Freedom Traveller

    Freedom Traveller best hostels in Rome
    Freedom Traveller rates are usually around $10 lower than other hostels around
    • $
    • Free Breakfast
    • Self Catering Facilities
    • Garden/Outdoor Space

    Offering free coffee & breakfast every morning to kick start the day, Freedom Traveller is one of the cheapest hostels around. The guest kitchen is perfect if you ever get tired of pasta and pizza (or exploring other Italian cuisines) and fancy whipping up some home comforts.

    Get in on the happy hour from 7 pm-9 pm, with free wine and snacks for all! They have free, unlimited WiFi too; it even stretches into the classic Italian garden! The freedom traveller hostel Rome is the perfect Roman base for budget travellers.

    Why you’ll love this hostel:

    • CHEAP!
    • Free walking tours and pub crawls
    • Great Garden

    It might not be the newest hostel, but what it lacks in pristine age it makes up for in experience (as always)! This hostel still has a great atmosphere, so if you’re looking to meet other travellers and make other friends, don’t worry about that.

    Pick up one of their free city maps to get started if you’re new to Rome! The friendly, multilingual staff are on hand to help, whether you need directions to the local bars or want to borrow a hairdryer.

    Rooms have lockers, and there are both female-only and private rooms available. Comfortable beds, friendly staff, and a great outdoor area make this a top-budget hostel!

    4. Best Party Hostel in Rome – YellowSquare Hostel

    YellowSquare Hostel
    The YellowSquare is one of the best party hostels in Rome
    • $
    • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
    • Self Catering Facilities
    • Breakfast €2.50

    If a hostel has a nine-hour long happy hour you know it’s gonna be the best party hostel in Rome. YellowSquare is known for its DJ nights, beer pong tournaments, and free iPad rental for getting the party started in your dorm.

    It’s one of the cheapest hostels in Rome and easily the coolest in terms of vibe and party feels. On top of knowing how to throw the best parties, The YellowSquare staff are super clued up about Rome and are always on hand to recommend day trips and off-the-beaten-track hidden gems in the Italian capital.

    Why you’ll love this hostel:

    • On-site nightclub with fat parties
    • Rooftop Yoga Classes
    • Walking tours, bike rental

    While the main focus of this hostel is definitely having a great night out, it offers so much more than just partying. If your hangover allows it, head on up to the rooftop terrace in the morning to join one of the free yoga classes. There’s no better way to start the day than getting warm and flexy (ED: AEESH, what is this website coming to…).

    Hang out in the welcoming common room or play a game of pool with some new pals! If you need to get some work done on your laptop, there’s also a separate area for Digital Nomads.

    When it comes to location, this hostel shines as well. You’re within walking distance of Roma Termini and other public transport options. If you don’t want to walk around, simply rent a bike at the reception. And while you’re there, pick up one of the free city maps as well.

    5. Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Rome – Ostello Bello Roma Colosseo

    Legends best hostels in Rome
    • $$
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • Social Events
    • Strong Free Wifi

    So you’re a digital nomad looking for a place to knuckle down and tackle some new projects? Then the Ostello Bello is exactly what you want.

    As part of a larger hostel chain, it might not be quite as ‘authentic’ as some of the other top hostels in Rome, but it makes up for this in reliability, cleanliness and having some amazing spaces. There’s even a rooftop terrace!

    Why you’ll love this hostel:

    • Top-tier views over Rome
    • Live Music and Karaoke
    • Top Location

    As a digital nomad, you tend to make up for the time you spend palming your keyboard in hardcore playtime, and the Ostello Bello Roma gives you access to a great range of activities to keep you entertained during your time off.

    The location is amazing, only 5 minutes away from the Colosseum and 3 minutes from the Vittorio Emanuele red subway line. You’ll find there are some great local places to eat nearby!

    Female-only dorms and private dorms are available upon request, and rooms are opened via an application on your phone. Lockers are provided. The WiFi is also free, fast, and reliable!

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    More of the Top Hostels in Rome

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    More Cheap Hostels in Rome – Comics Guesthouse

    Comics Guesthouse best hostels in Rome
    Comics Guesthouse is one of the coolest and best cheap hostels in Rome.
    • $
    • Cafe Onsite
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Tours & Travel Desk

    This is the 2nd of our budget hostels Rome has. Comics Guesthouse is easily the coolest hostel in Rome for all the dorms are themed around, you’ve guessed it, comics! If you’re down for a lazy day in Rome you’ll feel right at home in Comic Guesthouse’s common room complete with sports channels and movies too. Free WiFi throughout the building means you can watch Netflix in bed if you’re over-exploring for a few hours.

    The Comic’s team regularly hosts parties and theme nights, and the guys and girls in reception will give you the full rundown of what’s on when you arrive.

    Alessandro Palace Hostel & Bar

    Hotel Alessandro Palace & Bar best hostels in Rome
    Alessandro Palace Hostel is a great hostel for solo travellers and one of the best lively hostels in Rome.
    • $
    • Bar & Restaurant Onsite
    • Fitness Centre
    • Late Check-Out

    Choosing to stay at Alessandro Palace Hostel is a surefire way to make new friends, head up to the cosy rooftop terrace and bar or take a pew at the downstairs restaurant and bar and get to know your fellow nomads. As a top hostel in Rome, Alessandro Palace Hostel offers guests access to their fitness centre, a real treat for a hostel! Even one of Rome’s Airbnbs would be hard-pressed to keep up…

    Although there is no fully equipped kitchen guests have access to a communal fridge and microwave to make simple meals. The Alessandro Hostel Rome offers the chance to stay fit, and make friends all whilst taking in this amazing city.

    Hostel Trastevere

    Hostel Trastevere best hostels in Rome
    Hostel Trustever is a good pick for solo travellers, but it can get noisy
    • $$$
    • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Free App Guide to Rome

    One of the top hostels in Rome, with enough beds to host 110 people a night, the top hostel for solo travellers in Rome has to be Hostel Trastevere. Housing over 100 people per night means solo travellers have it easy when it comes to meeting fellow travellers and making new friends in Rome.

    Spacious and well-lit, Hostel Trastevere has its own onsite bar, cafe, and restaurant, meaning solo travellers need not scour the streets to find their fellow backpackers.

    Best Hostel for Couples in Rome – Blue Hostel

    Blue Hostel best hostels in Rome
    Blue Hostel is our pick for top hostel for couples in Rome
    • $$$
    • Housekeeping
    • Free WiFi
    • Free City Maps

    Easily the number one hostel for couples in Rome is Blue Hostel. Many would argue that Blue Hostel is more of a boutique hotel than a hostel, but its spacious private rooms are ideal for couples visiting Rome. Every room has its own lavish en-suite with steaming hot showers. The rooms are stylish, even romantic…when in Rome! The Blue Hostel is within easy walking distance of the Colosseum and other must-visit tourist hotspots.

    Youth Station Hostel

    Youth Station Hostel best hostels in Rome
    Youth Station Hostel is one of the number-one hostels in Rome
    • $$
    • Self Catering Facilities
    • Airport Transfers
    • 24-Hour Check In

    The Youth Station Hostel is a great budget hostel in Rome, designed with the modern backpacker in mind. The dorms are bright and spacious and the staff is always around to offer travel tips, tricks, and hacks to get the most out of your trip to Rome. This is a great place to come if you want to meet and mingle with fellow backpackers. As a highly recommended hostel, Youth Station books up quickly, especially in high season and during festivals so be sure to book in advance.

    Funny Palace Hostel

    Funny Palace best hostels in Rome
    Great for couples, Funny Palace Hostel is one of the top hostels in Rome
    • $$
    • Free Breakfast
    • Tours & Travel Desk
    • Laundry Facilities

    What makes Funny Palace Hostel a great youth hostel in Rome is the fact they have both private and open dorms. This means that if you’re travelling to Rome with your crew or accumulating friends on the road you can have a whole dorm room to yourselves; hello private party! Funny Palace Hostel is within easy walking distance of Termini station making it a great stop-off for interrailing explorers.


    Legends best hostels in Rome
    Legends is the best cheap hostel in Rome.
    • $
    • Free Breakfast
    • Self Catering Facilities
    • Tours & Travel Desk

    On top of offering backpackers some of the cheapest dorm rates in Rome, Legends also chuck in a free breakfast, free WiFi and a guest kitchen too! It’s almost like staying in a bed and breakfast in Rome!

    Legends is totally one of the best budget hostels in the Eternal City. Simple, spacious and super friendly, this hostel is legendary by name and by nature. They also have no curfew and no lockout as an added backpacker’s bonus!

    Palladini Hostel

    Palladini Hostel best hostels in Rome
    Palladini Hostel Rome is a top backpackers hostel in the city
    • $$$
    • Self Catering Facilities
    • Cafe Onsite
    • Laundry Facilities

    If you’re looking for a high-end hostel, then Palladini Hostel Rome (with mixed dorms, female-only dorms, and some chic private en-suites too) is for you! Arrivals and departures at Termini station can’t possibly get any closer than at Palladini Hostel, just 300m away from the station entrance. No excuses for missing your train from here! To add a further touch of class, guests at Palladini Hostel are awarded complimentary wine and Champagne! It doesn’t get much better than that!

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      Legend R.G

      Legend R.G best hostels in Rome
      Legend R.G is a top-budget hostel in the city
      • $$
      • Free Breakfast
      • Self Catering Facilities
      • Tours & Travel Desk

      Backpackers come away with nothing but smiles from Legend R.G, some even naming it the best budget hostel in Rome. With a free breakfast included in your room rate, you’ll be perfectly fuelled up and ready for a full day exploring Rome. You don’t even have to stray too far from Legends R.G before you start hitting Rome’s touristic highlights, it’s also super close to Termini station too. The staff are super friendly and always happy to help a backpacker get the most from their adventures in Rome.

      Roma Scout Center

      Roma Scout Center best hostels in Rome
      Roma Scout Center is the best party hostel in the city
      • $$$
      • Free Breakfast
      • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
      • Air Conditioning

      The staff at Roma Scout Center are second to none, friendly, helpful, and super clued up about what backpackers are looking to get out of their time in Rome. Roma Scout Center is perfectly kept, really clean, and the dorm rooms offer you plenty of space to spread out in. Be sure to pop by their restaurant and try their Cacio e Pepe, it really is as good as they claim it to be! Rome Scout is a great youth hostel in Rome if you’re keener on culture and an early night than a wild night partying.

      Mosaic Hostel

      Mosaic Hostel best hostels in Rome
      Mosaic Hostel is a great hostel for couples in Rome
      • $$
      • Free Breakfast
      • Tours & Travel Desk
      • Air Conditioning

      This hostel’s convenient location means that it comes highly recommended. On the same street as Mosaic Hostel, you’ll find classic Italian restaurants serving authentic food, supermarkets to stock up on snacks, and a couple of Laundromats too. If you’ve come to Rome in search of fine wines you’ll be chuffed to hear that Mosaic Hostel is right next door to the city’s oldest and most famous wine bar (named Trimani).

      Român Holidays Hostel

      Român Holidays Hostel best hostels in Rome
      One of the best-located hostels in the city 2021
      • $$
      • Self Catering Facilities
      • Tours & Travel Desk
      • Games Room with Wii & PlayStation

      Roman Holidays Hostel is just a 15-minute walk from the Colosseum and the impressive Trevi Fountain, ideally placed in the heart of Rome’s touristic hotspots. Just a heads up, you have to pay for your stay on arrival in cash. If you forget, no worries, the team will point you in the direction of the nearest ATM just around the corner.

      The common room is a great place to hang out if you don’t fancy venturing far, the Wii and PlayStation will keep you occupied for hours if you find yourself having a touch of cultural overload in Rome! Român’s Holidays Hostel is one of the top hostels. Rome for travellers of all kinds.

      Hostel Des Artistes

      Hostel Des Artistes best hostels in Rome
      Hostel Des Artistes is one of the best youth hostels in Rome
      • $
      • Bar Onsite
      • Microwave for Self Catering
      • Tours & Travel Desk

      The Hostel Des Artistes is a hostel-come hotel offering guests the choice of budget dorm rooms or reasonably priced private rooms. They have a bar, and it is a classy little hideaway open ’til late. They are ideally placed within easy reach of both the Vatican and Rome’s biggest draws like the Colosseum. FYI, they only accept guests aged 18-30 in dorm rooms; over 30s must fork out for a private room. As a Rome backpackers hostel, Des Artistes offers everything an easy-going traveller could need.

      Rome City Hostel

      Rome City Hostel best hostels in Rome
      Rome City Hostel is one of the best budget hostels in Rome
      • $
      • Free Breakfast
      • Self Catering Facilities
      • Terrace

      Although a little way out from the heart of the action, Rome City Hostel offers guests the chance to stay in an authentic Italian neighbourhood away from the hectic tourist centre. You can get to all the main sights and landmarks very easily from Rome City Hostel and the team at reception is on-call 24-hours a day to help backpackers with everything from arranging airport transfers, tickets to the opera, or a bust lightbulb.

      The free breakfast is simple but helps save guests a little extra money, making Rome City Hostel a brilliant youth hostel in Rome.

      Generator Rome

      Generator best hostels in Rome
      Generator is one of the best social hostel chains in all of Europe
      • $$$
      • Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Onsite
      • Late Check-Out
      • Laundry Facilities

      As one of the leading hostel chains in Europe, it didn’t seem right to miss Generator off the shortlist; they certainly deserve a mention. Super modern and getting the social hostel vibe on point, Generator is a favourite hangout for those travelling to Rome on a weekend. The generator has been designed with the modern backpacker in mind, they adopt the laid-back Italian way of life while keeping everyone well informed about what’s going on in and around Rome.

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      Final Thoughts on the Best Hostels in Rome

      High price tag aside – Rome is a backpacker’s paradise and one of the world’s premier travel destinations.

      Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you’ll have a better understanding of which of the best hostels in Rome are best suited to your needs and budgets.

      If you can’t decide, my highest recommendation is The Bee Hive. It’s centrally located, has a buzzing atmosphere, comfy beds and you’re sure to make some new friends here. Those for me are the best features of any hostel.

      If you think I’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit me up in the comments!

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