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Blue Hostel
Ranked #2 of 1,178 Speciality Lodging in Rome
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

What a nice place to stay. My son and I were in Rome for 3 days in May. The room is in a great location, is clean, very quiet and private. When we got to the hostel we were met by Marchelo who helped carry our bags upstairs and gave a great overview of how to get around and where to find the sites we wanted to visit.

Fantastic room, great location, great price and very clean. Just be ready for the stairs :) But then again if you are going to Rome you should be ready for walking anyway ;)

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

A very nice place to stay in.
At first, we had some problems reserving this room.
(1) The owner initially refused to send us a formal confirmation letter that we can submit to the embassy as proof of reservation. The owner explained that this is due to people "using" the reservation to secure a visa and then cancelling
(2) I misunderstood the initial price quote of the room provided by the owner via email. The price quoted was per person, not per room and we almost cancelled the reservation because it was too expensive for our budget.
The owner, Ercole, was very pleasant to communicate with and everything was eventually sorted out.
The room is very nice and we were welcomed warmly and given a very nice "crash course" of central Rome :) places to see, places to eat, transportation, etc. Very nice. I would forever be grateful to them for recommending the San Crispino gelato store and pointing out exactly where to find it. :)
One negative thing about that crash course: They managed to convince us to buy the Roma Pass and said it was only 25 euros each. Considering that the Colosseum was almost half that price, then the pass is worth it due to the unlimited transpo it gives you also. He pointed out where exactly to buy the pass, but when we bought them they were 30 euros each! A bit bummed about that, since every euro counted with us, but we didn't dwell on that for long :)
On arrival, you have to ring the blue hostel bell, otherwise, you can't get in. You have to go up 3 flights of stairs to reach the hostel and along the way, use a couple of keys to finally get in your room :)
On the first night, the wifi kept disconnecting every 2 minutes for some reason, but it was fine for most of our stay.
The room faces the courtyard and is very quiet. The room is very clean with hot water available. There is also a mini-ref. Check to make sure that the ref does not turn off along with the electricity of the room when you leave the room, otherwise, things you store in there will not be cold when you get back (it happened to us, but Ercole graciously checked and fixed it for us)
Overall, I would say that this is a very nice hostel. Very close to the termini and very nice owner and hosts. Very clean. And it has airconditioning! From what we heard from other tourists, this is not something you will always find in Rome :)
For the price, I should say that it's a bit on the expensive side, considering that there's no breakfast included and includes 2 stairs (3 including the building entrance) to climb. The location is very good, though. The price conparisson is with the inns we stayed in other cities/countries (Paris and Venice, for example), and not with other hotels in Rome (we didn't get to see other hotels so we can't compare), so the price might actually be the rate in Rome. Maybe :)
All in all, if you can shell-out this price for a room, then this hostel is a very good choice.
If you need to leave your bags after check-out, they may recommend the baggage counter at the termini, which is a good service. But take note that it's 5 euros per bag for 5 hours (I think). Can be quite a lot if you have a lot of bags and will leave it for long. Afterall, it's free to leave it in the hostel. But then, it's more convenient to leave it at the station if you're taking the train out of Rome anyway. Your choice :)
Overall, I would recommend this hotel if your budget permits :)

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank kenshen
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

This room was perfect and so was the location. There wasn't much extra service - so stay here if you want privacy.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Beautiful room, very clean, with an antique character (wooden ceiling), totally renewed bathroom, and a very friendly owner. Owner gave us good information and a map on arrival. Would definitively recommend this romantic setting for couples.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank An J
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Location: very conveniently located, close to both metro and railway station. Plenty of restaurants, bars and pubs are at walking distance.
Privacy: top noch on this side of things, a private yet not isolated room.
Comfort: room is very comfy, extremely quite. You will enjoy a good night of sleep.
Great value for money, overall a smart choice.

Stayed: April 2012
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Address: Via Carlo Alberto 13, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 1,178 Speciality Lodging in Rome
Price Range: $99 - $264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed in a former convent built during the 17th century, with an amazing location between Santa Maria Maggiore, Termini Station and the Coliseum, Bluehostel provides fantastic double or triple rooms.Every room at Bluehostel has en-suite bathroom and shower, air conditioning, Lcd TV, free wifi and wooden floors.The rooms are daily cleaned and tastefully refurbished and are decorated with excellently preserved traditional ceilings. ... more   less 
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