Hostel Review: Plus Camping Roma
When I turned up on Easter Sunday in Milan, I didn’t expect that I would end up that night in Rome; luckily I did. I loved Rome, and during my stay in the city I stayed a place called “Plus Camping Roma”. And although this place is well outside the city center, it is much like a city in itself. If you’re looking for somewhere cheap to stay, or want to be outside the center of Rome, this is the place to be. Think of it almost like a backpacker’s resort.
The accommodation here is quite varied. They have everything from really nice bungalows, to already set up tent dorms, to open tent and RV sites. For the price, the housing is a steal here. You’re not going to get glamour and chandeliers, but they accommodation is all very well put together and cozy.
This is where Plus Camping Roma excels. They have everything you could ever need here. There is a supermarket, pizzeria and night club/bar on site. They have a pool and games area. There is also an internet center and wifi throughout the property. In reality, there is nothing that is missing from the property. It is essentially a little city within a city.
Fun and Atmosphere
This property is set up in a way that you never have to leave, which is both a good and a bad thing. On the positive side, the fact that it is well out of the center means that the bar is packed every night of the week and there are always cool people to meet. The downside is that all the facilities don’t exactly encourage you to get out and explore the Roman lifestyle. Still, the hostel does a decent job of organizing activities to get you off-site if you so desire.
The staff was great. They were always willing to help in any way that I needed them to. Moreover, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the fact that the majority of them spoke near perfect English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and, of course, Italian. So this is where all the linguistics majors find jobs after University. All in all the front desk staff was great. There is a night security guard as well who was also very helpful when I showed up after midnight unannounced.
So this is where it gets tricky. The location is not good. The fact that it is well outside of the center doesn’t bother me at all. The problem is that it’s also a long way from any metro stop. To get downtown you’ll need to catch the metro to one of the last stops on the line and then jump out and wait for a bus that seems to come only once an hour or so. I understand that some people want to be out this far, but I found it to be a hassle.
On the bright side, the hostel does organize transfers to the Vatican City for just a couple Euros. I would like to see them shuttle people to the Coliseum or somewhere more downtown as well.
I had a great time in Rome, and despite the location I really enjoyed staying here. It gave me the chance to explore the city during the day and then escape at night. I would highly recommend this place, as long as you don’t mind the distance to the center of town.
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Overall Score: 86