Hostel is close to Termini and most attractions in Rome. Rooms are not super but good enough to stay and clear. Breakfast is weak, they send u a restaurant just cross to the street and they give u one drink and one wass-up :) to eat. Place is safe and people working in here are fine. Our stay was nice and comfortable. Dont wait too much, they just give u fine bad and something to eat but if u have small budget,it ll be a good choice for you.
We arrived late on Tuesday 5th of October, anxious to sit down after a long journey and rest. The reception is on the 1st floor of the building and there's quite a few steps up which is bad if carrying heavy luggage. The lift didn't respond to us, so perhaps it's a private lift. The people in reception were friendly but incredibly unhurried in their approach to us checking in, so bring oddles of patience. The room itself was in the next building, so we had keys to the building, the apartment and our room. Room was en-suite, with a tv, wardrobe, air-conditioning and a bed-side locker between the beds. Quite a small room, with horrendously marked walls (like black streaks done by shoes) but it suited us fine. Breakfast in Italy consists of a cappuccino and a pastry, so don't expect anymore. At reception each morning they give you a voucher and you go across the road to the Bar, where everything was freshly made. Rooms are tidied everyday and fresh towels given most days. The beds are actually comfortable!!!
Unique Quality: Excellent location...only 5 minutes to Termini, yet away from the homeless people and bad smells. Some gorgeous restaurants just around the corner, literally. A supermarket is on the next street, which is cheaper for buying bottled water and fruit than Termini. Staff were helpful and friendly. it was great being away from reception because it gave you a feeling of independence...and quiet!
First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my
question about hostels and tour groups. As a newcomer to VT, I was
ecstatic to see that so many people actually responded to my first
forum question! I so appreciate you helping me out with my first
trip to Europe; your information and tips were extremely helpful.
And now that I've gained more knowledge and encouragement from
experienced travelers, my friend and I have decided to travel on our
own and forget about the tour group!
So-- since we're going independently, I naturally have more
questions about hostels, transportation, and meals in Florence,
Rome, and Venice.
1. If you have ever stayed in any of these lodgings, I would
love to know their positive AND negative aspects: Tourist House
Liberty (Florence), Hotel Astoria (Venice), Hotel Belvedere
(Venice), and Hostel and Hotel Il Papavero.
2. Also, how do you recommend getting from the airport to
the hostel or hotel?
3. What trattorias or osterias in these cities would you
recommend to the money-lacking traveler? And as odd as it may
sound, are there any places that sell eggs for breakfast? I'm going
to need a protein boost each day before exploring!
4. One last thing: I have always wanted to buy a Carnevale
mask from Venice, and now is my opportunity! Which shops are the
best? Which shops are tacky and touristy and should be avoided?
Thank you for your patience!
We found a really great place that has some really special masks. There are only a few on the walls as they take the owner quite a long time to complete. They are the nicest that we have found in Venice.
When you get off the water bus at the Accademia bridge there is a street to the right side of the Accademia Museum, I believe it's called C Gambara, and the shop is about 100 ft down the alley (the last shop before you turn left).
The masks are not cheap, but the quality is high. We enjoy our mask every day as it hangs over our door on the wall.
Masks are all over the place. The one I visited that was the real deal is called Ca'del Sol. See my VT Venice, local customs page for photos. Ciao
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Address: Via Castelfidardo 50, Rome, 00185, Italy