When I arrived in Italy, walking into the Yellow Hostel in Rome felt like a dream. James and I had just finished a solid 32 hours of travel; 24 of them in the air. As our cab driver zoomed through the streets of Rome, my mind was abuzz with our plans for the week, but I really just wanted to lay down. And I was desperately in need of a shower.
The first thing I noticed about Rome is that the hostels seemed to be…lacking. But not The Yellow, though.
Guys: The Yellow Hostel in Rome is awesome.
What I loved about The Yellow Hostel in Rome
Located just a five-minute walk from Rome’s Termini sits this super welcoming property. Not only does The Yellow Hostel call via Palestro home, but its owners have formed a nice little community known as The Yellow Square. The square consists of the following:
- The Yellow Bar
- Mamma Angela’s Italian Restaurant
- CRH HUB Hair Salon
- The Yellow Hostel
You read that correctly. The Yellow Hostel in Rome has its own hair salon located within. They were running a discounted deal while I visited; unfortunately I’d just paid an exorbitant of cash in New Zealand to get a haircut mere days before. I would have totally supported this salon otherwise!
This hostel has a really chilled out living area, a spacious, well-equipped kitchen and even has an escape room.
We were fortunate enough to stay in a private room, which I was so grateful for after the long journey. The bathroom was small but sufficient, provided hot water and was equipped with new amenities. The bed was extremely comfortable – and massive. The fact that the room was sort of tucked away from the rest of the hostel was a blessing as it was a bit quieter!
What I REALLY loved about The Yellow Hostel in Rome
In addition to being centrally located with a welcoming atmosphere, this place offers some badass tours and courses. The Yellow Guides offer seven different guided tours, each led by locals. I’ll detail my experience a bit more in a later post, but I really loved the tours and course I participated in. The fact that The Yellow Guide hires locals means that we were able to gain some interesting perspectives that we otherwise may not have gained. It felt less touristy than guided tours I’ve done in the past and can vouch for its authenticity.
Should you choose to stay here when you visit Rome (and I’m sure you will because it seems everyone and their mother does – for good reason) I strongly suggest booking with The Yellow Guides. There is a bit of something for everyone – whether you’re into photography, exercising or history.
Wait, there’s a bar on site as well?
While I didn’t spend as much time in The Yellow Bar compared to some other guests, I can attest to the fact that this bar is pretty fun. One of the cooler travel experiences I’ve ever shared actually took place in this bar. The conversation went as followed:
Girl: Where are you from?
Me: Pittsburgh, what about you?
Girl: I’m from St. Louis, Missouri!
Me: Oh, cool! I used to live in Chicago. This is a long shot, but do you know *Brad S.?
Girl: I grew up next door to him! He went to school with my sister.
Me: NO WAY! He’s one of my best friends!
Us: Become insta-BFFs
*I don’t feel the most comfortable putting my friend’s full name. I cross-checked information with him the following day. What are the chances?! I love how small this planet is; The Yellow Bar solidified that notion. So, grab a beer at the bar while in town as you’ll never know who you’ll run into!
I also used The Yellow Bar as a meeting point for a reunion with an old friend who’s recently moved to Rome. I met Jay back in the day when I first moved to South Korea and hadn’t seen him in years! It was great to catch up over some cold beers and discuss life with him.
What could have been better?
In all honesty, it’s hard to think of something that needed improvement. However, I think it would be helpful if there were more front-of-the-house staff, as this hostel was always packed with people checking in, inquiring about a tour or extending their stay. It felt a bit cramped during peak hours, but was not a major issue.
Disclaimer: We were guests of The Yellow Hostel during our time in Rome. Regardless of this perk, as always – all opinions stated above are my own!