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I fell in love with Rome for the first time around five years ago, aside from the historic culture and of course, beautiful buildings, the city boasts an endless supply of fresh pizza and pasta – we could say my love was a given. I had always planned to go back but had not got quite round to it, but as always life chucks in little surprises every so often and one them was an invite to the launch of Rome’s newest affordable accommodation – a hostel called The RomeHello.
Admittedly, I am not an avid hostel girl, I have stayed in numerous hostels across Europe but never a dorm, however, what drew me in straight away about The RomeHello is that it is a hostel inspired by street art, and by street art, they mean colourful works of art across all of the five floors.
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About The RomeHello
So before all the non-hostel readers click away, The RomeHello has private rooms (as well as mixed and female-only dorms) and they are really nice, nicer than some hotels I have stayed in before. The private rooms also have en-suites, a super comfy bed, and are located far away enough from the social area to ensure you still get a good night’s sleep (There are also 24-hour staff to ensure noise levels are kept a minimum after midnight). Private rooms start from just €60 per night, with dorms starting at as little as €14 per night.
As I mentioned before, the hostel is heavily inspired by street art, every floor is full of colour and murals, all of which were painted by artists from around the globe, it is super cool, and makes you want to explore more of the hostel in order to see all the pieces. My favourites were by the artist Facte from Mexico – you can find his pieces on every floor alongside the spiral staircase.
Another inspiring thing about The RomeHello is that it is not for profit after all the staff have been paid and money has gone back into the building, the remainder is then donated to charity – pretty amazing right?
We had a chance to the meet with the CEO Lorenzo while we were there, and he is honestly such a laid-back, nice guy, his family have been in the hotel industry for years, and the hostel came about after he saw in a gap in the market for a hostel that provides the social aspect without the constant partying – which I believe is exactly what he has achieved.
Amenities include the standard hostel communal area, including computers and a Nintendo Switch, a communal cooking area, as well as an outdoor courtyard area which works as the ‘hub’ of the hostel as well as plenty of lockers.
If you choose to stay in a dorm room, you will be provided with your own USB charging point, shelf and night light next to your bed.
Attached to The RomeHello is a bar called The Barrel, which I am told serves up a great burger as well as a wide range of beers and other alcohol. It is also where breakfast is served in the morning (included in the private room charge), again The RomeHello goes beyond here, as every morning it serves an extensive breakfast buffet, including waffles, yoghurts, fruits alongside the staple breakfast foods.
The RomeHello really excels in this area, often in big cities, I find affordable and centrally located do not come in the same sentence, but this hostel is in a great location for all main attractions.
The Coliseum: Twenty-minute walk
Termini Station: Ten-minute walk
Trevi Fountain: Twelve-minute walk
Spanish Steps: Fifteen-minute walk
On a side note, I thoroughly recommend walking around Rome if you are able to, there is so much beautiful architecture dotted around the city, it would be a shame to miss it by taking the Metro.
Getting to The RomeHello from Termini Station:
Take Via Giolitti in the direction of Piazza della Repubblica. Once at the Piazza, turn left onto Via Nazionale. The you need to take the first street on the right: Via Torino. You’ll find The RomeHello near the end of the Via Torino, at number 45. As I previously said, I would say this is roughly a 10 minute walk, however if you chose to get an Uber it would cost you approximately 10- 15 Euros.
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My stay at The RomeHello was part of a press trip, but as always all opinions are my own.