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Sunshine Hostel Reviews

Via Giolitti, 208, Rome, Italy

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793 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 75%Security
  • 70%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 74%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 68%Facilities

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The best thing about this place is the woman who owns it. She does the best with what she has. That being said this is a downtown rome hostel. That means high price for very basic acomodation. All the componants are there (exept lockers) but none of them are very good. If you're only staying 1-2 nights then definitely go for it. Otherwise go to wiki hostel, same price for a ressort rather then a bachelor apartment.


Rooms are as large as a football pitch, very airy and spacious. The whole hostel is clean and has a nice atmosphere. Especially Dany, who is the owner of the hostel, is very friendly, kind, smiling and helpful. The only negative point is the environment of the hostel. Streets around it are a bit scary at night, but it's worth staying there.


Pros: - The lady who worked there was very friendly - The morning cappucino and croissant was very delicious - Very secure and nice building -Well located for walking to the Colosseum -Decent WiFi Cons: -The men's bathroom toilet has no toilet seat and no lock -No public space -No 24 hour reception -Having to arrive before 2PM unless you notify them is strange, the man who checked us in after 2PM was quite rude Overall an OK hostel if you're just interested in somewhere to rest your head


The host was very nice and gives you a croissant every morning. The rooms and bathrooms were clean but the men's room didn't have a toilet seat. There's no common room to meet the other guests, no kitchen to use but a mini fridge in the rooms that comes in very handy. Everything is within walking or busing distance.


I had a wonderful stay at the hostel. The only thing is that the location is not fit for a young female travelling alone, as the ara seems unsafe. Next time I'd prefer a kitchen in my hostel or a common room, as I had to rush back after dinner before the area got even scarier.


Very clean and nicely decorated Super friendly staff! (they kept croissants for me, because I was leaving before breakfast every morning!) Very small, quiet and peaceful- perfect place to relax in hectic Rome In a very convenient place- close to Termini, metro, shops. City centre is in walkable distance The area felt unsafe. Was pretty scary to walk in the evenings When I arrived nobody was at the hostel, but I called the landlady and the hostel was opened in 5 mins! Overall- very happy!!!


We had a great time at the hostel. The owner of the hostel was really nice and she helped us with everything we needed. We felt like home. If we go to Rome again we will definetly stay there.

  • 17th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Croatia
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Set Wifi for the rooms!


The hostel is a bit off from the center but still in walking distance from everything. The area is not the nicest one but the owner is amazing and the hostel has a friendly athmosphere. A very simple hostel but perfect for a few nights stay. Nice when you get a fresh croissant and a cappucino in the morning.


Hostel is located in on a not very safe neighbourhood. Although is really near to train station. is not a good atmosphere around. They insist on knowing at what time you check in. I arrived almost 1 hour late of what i told them and the owner was very upset because of my delay and was actually a little bit rude. Above that, everything ok.


nice stay. great part of town and the people were friendly. only one mens toilet.

  • 19th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The lady who works there is nice and the hostel is very clean and well-decorated. Unfortunately, those are the only good things about this hostel. There is no common space so it's a terrible place to make friends. There aren't enough outlets to charge your electronics. I had to leave my phone/computer in a hallway outlet and hope that someone wouldn't take it. The thing that upset me most is that they say they have lockers, but they don't. I wouldn't have stayed here had I known.


It was an awesome hostel, staff is amazing, they are really helpful and also atmosphere was also awesome.

  • 11th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Turkey
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This is a charming hostel run by one lady, who is lovely. She's happy to talk you through Rome, give you a map and tell you how to get to where you want to go. Every morning you get a coffee and a cornetti (they're great), which is included in your room fee. The place is very chilled, but quite far from the centre. It's around a 20 minute walk from termini. Not the most modern hostel but it's well maintained and clean. Make sure you're there before 2pm!


We loved our stay at sunshine, the hostel is great and the staff are even better. The staff were really helpful with telling us where to go in Rome and we really appreciated the free breakfast. It is such a lovely and more homely hostel than the majority of hostels we stayed in prior and afterwards. We would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone wanting to stay in Rome.


Street numbering is poor which makes it rather tricky and confusing to find the place. Then, you still need to walk 15mn or so from Termini station. Staff are impolite and defensive (one is particularly rude!!) and take for granted anyone travelling from outside will easily reach the hostel, whether you're familiar with Rome or not?? Phone communication is hard as one number isn't working and no-one's answering on the other one.

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No frills, the offer is basic (room, shared bathroom, Roman style breakfast), but it was clean and comfortable, the folks who run it were very nice and accommodating and helpful with things like storing luggage. It is a little hard to find as the road numbering system is not straightforward and there is minimal signage outside. You can hear trains from the room as it is quite near the tracks but it was not too loud. Recommend if you are looking for something basic and affordable.


Staff and decor was amazing!


This hostel was great! The staff was so lovely and caring. We got a dorm room and the conditions were good. The hostel is a bit older so it's a bit run down But iT has everything you need so worth the money. Bathrooms were cleaned every morning so very clean always. BEST PART the cappuccino and pastries you get for breakfast!! So delicious!!!


The owner was very friendly and helpful!

  • 26th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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