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A few years ago I was looking for nice, budget friendly accommodation in Rome for a few nights, and stumbled across the Blue Hostel online. Those who know me will know that a hostel would never normally be my first choice (hey, I may as well admit it – I like luxury!) but this one seemed different, and the only thing that seemed ‘hostel’ about it were the prices.
A Sanctuary in Rome
The reviews on Trip Advisor were so great that I couldn’t afford to miss out (especially since I was a student on a very tight budget at the time!). Rooms start from around £26 per room per night and, unlike a typical hostel, each room is private with an en suite. You can choose from a single, double or triple room to suit your needs.
When we arrived at the hostel it was a little intimidating as it did just look like your average apartment block in Rome. The only thing that told us we were in the right place was the label on the buzzer. Luckily someone came down to meet us right away when we buzzed!
The building the hostel is located in is an apartment block and has residents staying there. The hostel itself is an apartment divided into separate rooms that lead off a main hallway. When you first enter the hall you think that the whole place is going to be extremely cramped, but once you get into your room you find it’s surprisingly spacious! I was amazed at how light and airy the rooms were, and how modern and clean everything was. I judge hotel rooms mainly on the bathroom (is there something wrong with me…?) and the one in our room was fantastic.
You are given a key for your room, the main door to the hostel and a key to the actual building the hostel is located in. The hostel doesn’t have a reception and so, apart from occasionally during the day and when the cleaning staff were tidying the rooms, there wasn’t anyone in the hostel. This might be a little intimidating for some, but I loved that I had my own sanctuary in Rome – I could almost pretend I lived there! And if anything went wrong the managers of the hostel were only a phone call away.
The rooms are basic, but very stylishly decorated. I loved the exposed beams on the ceiling. The room I stayed in had a double bed, bed side tables, a dresser, a wardrobe, TV and a full length mirror. So all I needed (and plenty of space for me to make a complete mess with my makeup!). The en suite was small, but had a waterfall shower and was very clean and modern.
The hostel also benefits from very fast WiFi which is a great bonus for internet addicts like myself!
The hostel is only 200 metres away from Termini station, where you can get a train directly to the airport. I prefer to walk everywhere on city breaks and although it wasn’t very close to the historic centre, both the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum are only about a twenty minute walk away. There are plenty of restaurants surrounding the hostel (although I did find the ones by the Trevi Fountain to be the cheapest) and just around the corner is a brilliant little Irish pub!
Termini station is a great place to grab breakfast and a coffee and, for the beauty addicts, is home to a Sephora. I only spent one or two hours in there. I promise.
Sadly I didn’t take many photos of the hostel while I was there (hence the photo credit) but it is such a little gem that I couldn’t not include it in my blog. If you are looking for budget accommodation in Rome then please check out the Blue Hostel. I can’t recommend it enough!