The Study Abroad Blogs review of the Pop Inn Hostel Rome
Here goes, another one of my professional quality hostel reviews. This one’s about a little gem we found in Rome called the Pop Inn Hostel Rome. It ranked pretty high on my list of great places to stay while traveling abroad (and my hostel standards are relatively high), and this is why.
The staff was unbelievable, probably the most accommodating and knowledgeable staff I ever came across. Check in was easy, and before we went up to our room, they helped us go over a map of the city. They wrote down all the bus routes and schedules, the two underground routes, good places to eat, attractions to see, and places where students usually hang out. Everything they recommended was on point.
For all you nocturnal people out there, reception and check in is open 24 hours a day and there’s NO lock out period or curfew. You can stay out as early or late as you like.
As far as location, I have to admit you’re not exactly in the city center, BUT you’re not on the outskirts either. Both the underground station and bus depot are literally across the street, so getting transportation to pretty much anywhere in the city is convenient. And it’s in an extremely safe area. Just about every youth hostel in Rome is located within a 3 block radius.
Just a quick note – the drop off point from our airport transport to Rome was right in front of our hostel. If you want to follow in our footsteps, book your transportation to the city center with Terravision bus services.
They have personal lockers in the main room/ reception area as well. There’s no chance you’re fitting your suitcase or backpack in it, but it’s large enough to hold your passport, travel documents, and any other valuables you’re not looking to get stolen. On top of that, they do have free luggage storage as well.
Just as with everything else in the hostel, the rooms are pretty clean, and to top it off they come in and not only clean your room, but make your bed every day. Nothing feels better after a long day then coming back to a made bed.
The beds are bunk beds…no surprise there. There’s plenty of storage space, and if you’re having a bad day, I’m pretty sure the Sun yellow walls will brighten your mood. Nothing to brag about but nothing to complain about either.
Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks happens to be the good old lavatories. The hostel itself is 3 floors and each floor has its own bathroom, not each room. If the bathroom on your floor is malfunctioning, you may have to use one of the others on a different floor. I’m a dude so I had no problem walking around the hostel in my towel, but I’m sure there’s more discrete ways to get from one floor to the other.
The toilets in each bathroom require about 15 pushes of the handle before it actually flushes due to the fact that they’re ancient, however, they do flush. On a positive note, the showers are clean and they have hot water.
As you know, one of my requirements for a hostel to be worthy of my business is the inclusion of linens and towels. If they’re not included in the price, they better be cheap enough to rent.
Luckily, linens are included in every room, and, because my friends and I had our own five man room, they decided to throw in free towels as well. I don’t think that’s a usual perk but I would venture to guess it couldn’t be more than a euro or two to rent anyway.
I saved the best part for last – breakfast. Instead of the usual store brand corn flakes, toast, and instant coffee, Pop Inn actually gives you a voucher for a croissant and coffee/ cappuccino from a travel café/ diner just down the street.
There are about ten different varieties of croissants to choose from and plenty of drink options too (in case you don’t want a cappuccino). You may not think a pastry and a coffee will hold you over very long, but quality food, no matter how little, still goes a long way.
*apparently after doing more research, the private rooms are on a whole new level – much more comfortable, not to mention private bathrooms. However, because we’re college kids not looking to blow our budget, stick with the cheap rooms and take my advice from above.
I always recommend booking your stay at Hostelworld.com.
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