We arrived at Termini (the main station in Rome) and found it a quick and painless walk to The Blue Hostel: it takes less than ten minutes and the street is smooth - aka great for rolling suitcases.
When we reached our street we couldn't see the Blue Hostel! Due to the fact that the building is listed, they can only have a very small sign on the wall. Luckily though, Blue Hostel is perfectly marked on google maps, so once we'd found the correct spot, and knew to look out for a small sign, it was easy to find.
At check-in we met Andrea (the manager) who was absolutely lovely. He gave us lots of useful tips and hints for Rome and made us feel right at home. He also gave us a customised map of Rome. This map was a goldmine - with really authentic Roman restaurants and hot-spots on it.
The Blue Hostel is housed in a former convent from the 17th century, all rooms feature 18th century wooden ceilings and parquet floors. Each room at Blue Hostel also comes with an en-suite bathroom, free (super fast) wifi, LCD TV, mini-bar and Nespresso machine.
The mini-bar had cold bottles of Roman water (water from Rome is some of the best water in Italy). The Nespresso machine had coffee from Naples, and also doubled up as a kettle for those that want tea.
The rooms have air conditioning (not so important for us as we visited in December, but extremely important if you visit in the summer).
All in all, everything was comfortable and beautiful and we couldn't believe we weren't actually in a boutique hotel!
There are still a few key differences between Blue and a hotel:
All in all, we were very impressed with Blue Hostel, thanks to its beautiful interior design, wonderful service and its ability to give you a good night's sleep, we simply couldn't believe that it was a hostel.
It's also a perfect mixture of old (fashionable decor, great hosting) and new (fast wifi, excellent coffee machine).
Add to that the perfect location and you are looking at a perfect stay. We highly recommend it for your trip to Rome.
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