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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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Thank Gemma E
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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
Thank Spettacolopuro
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

The Blue Hostel is conveniently located. The metro station and Rome’s Railway Terminal are five minutes and ten minutes away respectively. Restaurants are plentiful and there is an ice-cream/gelato café is just around the corner. Convenience stores are nearby and one of them even sells Serie A match tickets to the Rome/Lazio matches (just ask the very helpful host for direction) .

The most distinguish feature of the Blue Hostel is its privacy. There are three rooms and they are separated from the rest of the building via a heavy metal door that does not seem to be out of place even in the fortified vault of Fort Knox. Whilst isolated, you will not find a sense of solitary confinement because of the simply yet homely décor.

The room themselves are spacious, clean and stylishly designed. My immediate impression is that this is more of a master bedroom than a hotel room. The attached bathroom has the traditional door-sized window which allows air to ventilate and is ideal for travelers who wish to do some laundry.

The host was very helpful in showing us how to get around Rome (there is a tourism office near the hostel also). Price wise the hostel is a tad more expensive than I anticipated. I happened to walk into a nearby hotel and its walk-in rate was not much more than the Blue Hostel.

For those who have problems climbing stairs, take note that there was no escalator when we were there and the climb could be taxing for those with knee issues.

Room Tip: We had the last two rooms along the corridor, I think the room before the last one is a better one.
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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