I have had some SERIOUS good hostel karma lately. I booked my trip to Rome last minute with no gigs booked, so was able to pick my hostel for one of the first times this trip (crazy!) so I went all out, reading reviews on hostelworld.com and finally picked The Yellow, a party hostel with a great location and a bar. (very important to me as that’s where you meet friends!) and I’m so glad I picked this place.
Full Kitchen, full bar and restaurant, hair salon in house, tattoos upon request, big awesome stage to play, with an underground nightclub. There were lots of options for group cooking classes, burlesque dance classes, yoga, bike tours, and free live music from local AND traveling bands every night. This place is hugely popular with locals as well as hostel-stayers.
The staff and bartenders are so friendly, happy and always smiling. I unfortunately had to get some work done during my stay (one of the cons of working remotely) but I just used the wifi in the bar, and had Ed Sheeran singalongs with the bartenders and it made the time go by. I also would suggest spending a day hanging out at The Yellow bar on the patio, if the weather is good. That same day I finished work and figured I didn’t have enough time to venture out and be a tourist, so I ordered a pitcher of cheap beer and joined a group outside to share. They were all traveling alone/in small groups and we all hung out for hours and then rented Vespas the next day together to explore the city.
As a solo traveller, finding a place with such awesome community vibes is so priceless. Everyone here was so open to meeting friends that the last night, 2 of the girls and I were just full-on walking up to people who were sitting by themselves, bringing beer, and saying “hey who are you, why are you by yourself, come hang out with us” #howtomakefriends
We had the whole bar. Seriously one of my favourite weekends. I do have to mention one bad thing about this hostel….it is ALWAYS awake. It’s not really a place you go to have a great night’s sleep, so prepare your body. There’s always live music, and I participated in the play-to-stay program in exchange for free accommodation. My gig was fantastic, one of my biggest crowds yet (in a city where I have NO draw, so awesome) but since there’s always something going on, be warned, the rooms are always prettttty loud.
My last night there was a local troubadour musical group that did a concert on the rooftop, right as the sunset over Rome. Bella, Bella Roma. Such a magical weekend that I now need to recover from, because I am so, so exhausted, but my soul is so so happy. Ciao Bella!