on September 11, 2013
The Yellow Hostel is a fine choice for budget travellers paying a visit to the ancient city of Rome. Located within close proximity to the Roma Termini train station, it's convenient for persons who enjoy independent travel. I arrived at the Yellow Hostel after a ten minute walk from the station. The staff at the check-in counter was very efficient and their mannerisms were warm and friendly. The welcoming atmosphere immediately put me at ease and the check-in process was quick and painless. There were several brochures for guest tours in the lobby, and even a bowl of complimentary candies was available. After signing all of the appropriate documents, I was given my keycard and shown to my room. I found it to be rather spacious by European standards, and regardless of being closed in for air-conditioning purposes, there was a pleasant 'oh-so-fresh' sent throughout the room.The hostel room which I booked was a four person dorm room and at that moment, I appeared to be the only occupant for the night. I stored my belongings in the locker provided and peeped into the ensuite bathroom. The bathroom was roomy and featured a surprisingly large shower area. All of the furnishings were spotless and I could tell that it was recently cleaned.The dorm bed to which I was assigned wasn't previously made up. This is one of the main drawbacks with European hostels, as some tend to present you with a set of linen at the check-in counter for you to prepare your own sleeping quarters. Although this may annoy some people, at least guests can be sure that they are sleeping on clean bedcloths. For me, this was a relatively small deal, when all things were considered. I was staying at a great location in central Rome for less than 25 Euros per night, so I wasn't about to complain about the lack of all-inclusive house keeping!After settling in, I went downstairs to visit the onsite restaurant and bar. There were approximately ten sets of tables and chairs, and the dim lighting gave the interior a 'pub-like' atmosphere. The crowd at the Yellow Hostel was very easy going. Many patrons simply hung out at the bar, sipping on various brews which were available on tap. I ordered myself a mug of beer and took advantage of the free wifi to check a few emails on my phone.Another seating option for guests looking to relax, is the small verandah outside of the lobby. A few tiny tables and chairs create an ideal spot to enjoy a drink and observe the local street scene. The Yellow Hostel is best suited for young travellers or for older tourists with a sense of adventure as there is a definite party scene at night. There aren't any frills and luxuries, and the greatest benefit to be had is the low price of accommodation in an expensive city. If you're willing to do without room service and bell boys, the Yellow Hostel can't be beat!
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