Staying at The Yellow Hostel in Rome: A Review

Staying at The Yellow Hostel in Rome: A Review

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! 



  1. Megan Indoe
    June 20, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    HAHA you seriously never hear those stories where someone is like do you know so-and-so? AND they never never never know who they are. What are the chances! Wow, The Yellow Hostel sounds awesome, the location is great and there’s a bar and salon inside?! We will have to check this out when we go back to Rome one day!

    • June 21, 2017 / 7:52 am

      It was really weird the next day when I sent him a photo of she and I and he was like “what?!?!” that’s when I knew she wasn’t lying. It’s a small world after all!

  2. June 20, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I love stories like that when you run into people who either have a full mutual friend, that you actually know or who are from the same place as you while traveling! I love that! Also, this hostel looks like the bomb! I’m hoping to make a quick stop a few places in Italy before going to Croatia next year and this is definitely where I want to stay in rome! Cheers!

    • June 21, 2017 / 7:51 am

      I know!! It was completely random and awesome. I highly recommend this spot. Let me know if you have any questions!

  3. June 20, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I usually don’t’ look into hostels when I travel, but this place looks awesome. I have never seen a hair salon inside a hostel! So glad you had an amazing stay especially after being in the air for 24 hours.

    • June 21, 2017 / 7:45 am

      This place was super lovely. If I stay at hostels, I usually only stay in private rooms as I’m not into the dorm life anymore. It was in an excellent location as well! I rec if you make it over there anytime soon =)

  4. June 21, 2017 / 3:56 am

    Ok, this really does sound like the perfect hostel! A cool name, a hair salon, bar, AND it’s in a great location? It doesn’t get much better than that. Also, the world really is such a small place. It’s crazy how connected we all are even half way around the world.

    • June 21, 2017 / 7:47 am

      I know it really got me thinking about the __ degrees of separation! I wonder how many people I know will meet or know eachother — it’s definitely something that happens within smaller towns or even cities, but halfway across the world was pretty unique!

  5. June 21, 2017 / 7:59 am

    A hostel with a salon adds to make the already beautiful hostel even more tempting. I am a hostel person and would definitely love to try the Yellow Hostel while in Rome. Glad that you had a great experience there! Loved the bar area.

  6. June 21, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    This is way nicer than the hostel I stayed in! Now I know where to go next time. So many cities don’t live up to the hype, but Rome is incredibly full of places to explore and is certainly never going to be boring.

  7. June 21, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    The world of hostels has definitely improved since I went wandering in my early 20s! This place looks amazing, and I loved the story about the chance meeting in the bar — not even six degrees of separation there! I do like the idea of a private room, if Andy and I were going to give this a shot, and the location seems ideal. Now, I just need to get ourselves back to Rome!

  8. June 21, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    Yellow Hostel sounds like an amazing place to stay in Rome. It is so cool they have a restaurant, hair salon, bar. I haven’t been to a hostel that also has all that. Sounds like a great place to meet people as well. I would definitely go here if I travelled there by myself. Thank you for letting me know about this place:D

  9. June 22, 2017 / 4:13 am

    The Yellow Hostel looks like a great place to stay in Rome. The fact that they have so many amenities ensures that they must be giving many of the full fledged hotels a run for their money. Also the fact that it is always full vouchs for its quality.

  10. June 22, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Sounds like a great place to stay. I love those small world coincidences. We are relate far more connected than we realize! I love that they have a salon there. I had the hardest time finding one when I was in Switzerland. And a bar is what we all need from time to time. It looks quite charming!

  11. Veronica P.
    June 23, 2017 / 10:37 am

    I am so happy that you had an opportunity to stay in a private room. I personally never stay at shared dorms. But I suppose that in cities like Rome it could be a solution in terms of prices.

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