Pop Inn Hostel
Via Marsala 80,, Rome, Italy
Doubles from: $47 to $135
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located a five-minute walk from Termini Station, the Pop Inn Hostel is a bright, free-spirited place popular with younger travelers and backpackers. It’s a no-frills spot, but its pop art décor, themed rooms and colorful common areas provide a fun contrast to the busy (and occasionally seedy) area outside the hostel.
Pros: Convenient location. Fun, uniquely themed rooms. Really cheap.
Cons: Can get noisy. Some rooms do not have air conditioning. Strict cancellation policy.
The Pop Inn Hostel offers a wide variety of room types. Private rooms sleep between one and five people, and dorms, which sleep two to eight people, come in single-sex and mixed varieties (note that you must be under 35 years old to sleep in a mixed dorm, but there is no limit for single-sex dorms).
The rooms have fun themes, including an African-themed room, a “London Room” and (our fave) a “New York Room”—replete with a cityscape mural and a circular bed. Whatever the theme, rooms are basic, with simple furnishings and plenty of space to stow your stuff. Linens are included.
Dorms offer lockers, and guests in the smaller rooms can lock up their valuables at reception. Some of the private rooms have air conditioning, while the rest have fans—and the list of in-room amenities ends there.
Some “Superior” singles and doubles have private bathrooms, while the rest of the rooms share facilities. The shared bathrooms vary in quality. Some are a bit worse for wear, while others appear newer. Either way, the showers are fairly spacious and clean.
Towels are supplied in the private rooms, and dorm guests can rent them for €1 (with a deposit of €5).
The Pop Inn’s bohemian-style lounge is a great place to socialize, play board games or cozy up on the velvety red floor cushions and watch DVDs (most are about Reggae music) on the large flat-screen TV. Note: Since the smallish lounge is located in the same room as reception, TV-watching may prove challenging.
The hostel has no kitchen, but there are coffee making facilities in the common area, and breakfast is included in the room rate.
Wi-Fi costs €5 for 24 hours, and the two Internet stations are free for the first 15 minutes and then subject to a charge. The hostel has no curfew or lockout, and the reception is open 24 hours. Note: Be careful when booking as the Pop Inn has a strict cancellation policy. The hostel also accepts cash only and requires that guests pay in full upon arrival.
Guest reviews in brief
The Pop Inn Hostel receives rather mixed reviews, and is definitely suited to a younger, unfussy crowd. Guests are in agreement that the location is convenient and the staff is helpful and friendly.
Complaints on the whole are not surprising for budget accommodations, especially hostels: There is a charge for Internet, some rooms do not have air conditioning (although you can pay a little extra for a room that does) and the beds aren’t deluxe. Other guests dislike that there is no kitchen, and some complain that the hostel has an unreasonable cancellation policy (so be careful when booking).
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» Sarah Tighe, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
About the Pop Inn Hostel neighborhood
The largely residential area north of Stazione Centrale Termini is both convenient and affordable. Trains heading to Fumincino airport and across Italy depart from this massive station, the front of which is also a major bus and metro stop. Although not the most picturesque neighborhood in central Rome, lots of hotel competition can often mean good rates. The area is always crowded and sometimes a little seedy.