Best budget places to stay in Rome. There’s a nice mix of my favourite luxury hostels and budget hotels to choose from, depending on your budget. Hope you find the guide useful and if you are visiting Rome, do checkout my other guides to the best cheap eats in Rome and 16 local Roman dishes you can try
Perfect for : Couples ,Solo Travellers and Art Lovers
The RomeHello has the unique distinction of being Rome’s and possibly the world’s first street art and social enterprise hostel. World famous street artists from all over the world such as Alice Pasquini, Facte, and Victoriano were inviting to decorate the walls of the hostel and the end result is colourful, inspiring and adds energy to the place. It reminded me a lot of one of my other favourite luxury hostels: the Gallery Hostel I love the idea that a hostel can double as a creative space and act as a platform that allows local artists to showcase their talent. The idea of inviting street artists to decorate the walls of the hostel was born from owner Lorenzo Busi’s passion for graffiti art. As a former graffiti artist himself he had witnessed first hand the power these artists had of inspiring change in places where there is little hope for change. That theme of inspiring change continues with the hostel’s unique identity of being also a social enterprise. The problem of high employment amongst the city’s youth and also people from disadvantaged backgrounds inspired Lorenzo to focus on employing hostel staff from disadvantaged backgrounds. One staff has Down’s syndrome, few are asylum seekers and refugees. For this reason alone, this hostel gets a massive thumbs up.
More about the hostel. It enjoys a fantastic central location just a short walk from Termini train station and Repubblica Metro station. The Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps all within a 20-minute walking radius.
The Beehive Hotel and Hostel, Rome
Right next to Termini station, this eco-conscious hostel-meets-hotel in Rome is an oasis of calm in this fast-paced city, complete with a garden and an organic vegetarian café that offers generous portions of locally sourced, home-cooked goodness.
A hybrid of a hostel, hotel and a holistic retreat, The Beehive is the perfect place for unwinding after a day of exploring Rome. Just two blocks from the chaos of Rome’s Termini Station, guests are ushered into their blissful garden area, an oasis of calm and the perfect place to mingle with fellow guests while enjoying a glass of their organic wine from Umbria (€8 a bottle, €2 a glass).
Enjoy the contemporary design elements of the place like the Phillipe Starck inspired chairs at the reception, the warm coloured interiors, Steve’s beautiful family portraits and facilities like the basement organic café.
The owners, Steve and Linda Brenner are passionate locals and have some great tips to share to make your stay more enjoyable, like recommending the best Gelateria in town (a subject of fiery debate amongst the Romans). Breakfast is not included in the room price, but if you do splash out, it is a real treat. You have some exciting options ranging from scrambled tofu with veggies or Juk: Korean Rice Porridge (has to be ordered a day in advance) or French toast with fruit and honey. They also host pop up dinners, lunches from local chefs, a yummy weekly vegan aperitivo buffet, cooking classes plus a fab monthly storytellers’ event.
The Yellow Square
Perfect for: Couples, Solo Travellers, Party Lovers
The YellowSquare is possibly the greatest party hostel on earth. This hostel has been designed with the idea of you having the wildest night of your life. There are a lot of cool spaces within the ‘Square’ where you can easily meet your fellow guests: greatest of which is the Yellow Bar. However, it would be a huge mistake to label the YellowSquare as just a party hostel. The YellowSquare is a bold concept in hospitality where guests can eat, party, sleep and work in one space. A hostel is no longer just a place to rest your head. You can catch a local band in action. Go on a food tour of Rome with a local or enjoy a cooking class preparing something typically Roman like a pasta guanciale. If you are travelling for work you can catch up with work in their brand new co-working space. Even get your hair cut in their recently launched hairdressing salon. There are plans for even an escape room. Yellowsquare is a very exciting fun space.
The Yellow caters to all types of travellers. If you are travelling solo and want to meet people and party in Rome then the ensuite dorms are perfect here. (There are non-ensuite dorms available too). Equipped with reading light, power outlet and lockers- they are comfortable and clean. Plus, most importantly in summer the ensuite dorms have air conditioning.
If you are looking for something more peaceful and relaxed, their private rooms in the newly launched Yellow Hotel across the road are great. They are equipped with a private en suite bathroom, direct-dial phone, independent Air Con, heating, a safety deposit box, hair dryer, mini fridge and wired Internet access. The Yellow Bar across the road is where all the action happens. With some of the cheapest drinks in town, a regular programme of events that includes great local bands and DJ nights in their basement nightclub, Arcade. The cherry on the cake is the downright bizarre yet entertaining Tonika -a kind of x-rated fitness live video is one way of describing it. If that doesn’t get your pulses racing, you can sign up for a fee and grab a seat on the ‘Rollin Bar’: a magical mystery tour of Rome by night. Imagine a van with strobing lights, half crazed backpackers knocking down unlimited booze on offer accompanied by the surreal beautiful view of Rome at night.
The hostel serves a la carte breakfast available from €2.50 and up. Plus most importantly, they have a proper coffee machine here. There is an all day menu where you can help yourself from burgers to salads. Pretty decent fare for a hostel. My preference would be to dine at Mamma Angela’s Trattoria across the road. Great selection of antipasti, fab bruschetta and amongst many other dishes they serve a fantastic Roman classic: cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper)
Hostel offers a variety of great walking tours and organises cooking classes in the new basement kitchen of the hotel area. Kitchen is available for use by all hostel guests.
In the new hotel building, there is also a ‘movie garden’- a hidden inner courtyard where you can watch classic movies or just relax with a book during the day and chill.
In terms of other key facilities, the hostel has a laundry service. For a small fee they will take care of your dirty clothes.
To summaries, crazy, sexy and fun are the three words I would use to describe the YellowSquare experience. If you feel young at heart and want to party like its still 1999, then you will love the YellowSquare forever. If you are not the partying, social type and looking for something placid then look elsewhere. YellowSquare is so much more than just a party palace. It is an experience that will stay with you for years to come.