Via Ottaviano 6,, Rome, Italy
Doubles from: $28 to $55
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Located just a stone’s throw from the Vatican, the Pensione Ottaviano has a fun feel, with plenty of young people coming and going through the lively reception area. With an average age that hovers around 25, this place is probably not for those who like to be in pajamas and slippers by 10 p.m. For young travelers, however, it’s a great little find.
The pension is located on the second floor of an apartment building and has several dorms, some with a private bathroom and some with a shared shower area. In the rooms, expect tiled floors and metal frame bunk beds, with a locker available for each guest. The color scheme is bright and welcoming, and rooms look (and smell) very clean. Some rooms offer views of St. Peter’s Dome.
As far as the common areas go, there are several computer stations, a microwave and a communal fridge, as well as a “travel recycling center” for guide books and toiletries left by other guests. Free Internet access is available on the Ottaviano’s computers and with Ethernet cables (there’s no Wi-Fi).
Just a few steps from the hotel is the Piazza Risorgimento, where you will not only find many buses to take you to the center but also the tail end of the queue for the Vatican Museums. The Metro is a five-minute walk from the Pensione Ottiviano.
Note: There are only three communal showers, and as there are 24 beds without a bathroom, you could find lines at busy times.
» Samantha Collins, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
About this listing: EuroCheapo's editors have researched the Ottaviano Hostel and have included it in our Rome guide based on its location, room rates, services offered, and user reviews.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
About the Ottaviano Hostel neighborhood
Located across the Tiber River, the Vatican and Prati are unquestionably majestic. St. Peter's Basilica is the focal point of the Vatican, which is the world's only neighborhood that's also a nation. The Vatican and Prati area is pleasant, with tree-lined streets, wide boulevards, and newer buildings. This is a great area to stay, as hotel rates are often lower, hotel rooms bigger, and nights quieter than in other Roman neighborhoods. The area is two stops on the subway from Piazza di Spagna.