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Lilliput Hostel
Via Principe Amedeo No. 94, 00185 Rome, Italy (Esquilino)   |  
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Ranked #290 of 726 Specialty Lodging in Rome
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“Great hostel - no problems”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2009

We booked through Hostelworld to stay at the Lilliput, as the reviews on there were mostly good. THEN I saw the review about the bedbugs! However, we decided to carry on regardless and were very pleased that we had. Due to the Italian way of inserting roads of differing names into the street you are negotiating, we had a little trouble finding the Lilliput. However, a quick phone call resulted in one of their staff being despatched to find us and lead us to the hostel. It is situated in a very nice courtyard, with fountain and goldfish, securely gated from the street. On arrival we were given a map, which was explained to us in detail, along with the numbers of the various buses to catch to The Vatican, Trevi Fountain etc. Having said that, Rome is very walkable and there is no need to use public transport, unless you are extremely tired after a long day sightseeing.

We were given a double room, which was actually two single beds pushed together, no problem with that as it was my daughter and I who were travelling. The room was quite small, but had everything we needed. We were close to the kitchen and bathroom. Both of which were very clean and tidy. We had access to a fridge, cooker and microwave and tea, coffee, milk and sugar were available for drinks at any time. A hairdryer was also provided in the bathroom and we were given two towels each (included in the price). The bedlinen was clean and fresh, but it wasn't changed during our three day stay, but we coped with this. The hostel is very well located in he Termini area, less than five minutes from the train/bus station. There are lots of eateries etc close by and we never felt in the least bit threatened at any time, even when returning to the hostel late at night. We had been advised to travel across to the Trastevere area for eating, as it is less expensive. On the night that we took the bus over there (one of the very few buses we boarded), we were very lucky to get a table at the Le Mani in Pasta restaurant without booking, and the meal was excellent and extremely good value. No wonder it is so popular, whilst we were there at least 20 people, in groups of varying sizes, tried to get tables. Be warned, the portions are huge, we shared the mixed anti pasti, and had a pasta dish each, plus a bottle of wine and coffees, total cost including service was less than 35 euros.

All in all we spent three wonderful days in Rome, which has so many sights that we only scratched the surface. We were lucky enough not to encounter any long queues, probably because we went mid week in October. Having been to Venice only four weeks earlier with friends, and paying almost £60 for two pizzas and four soft drinks in an out of the way pizzeria, I was very relieved to find that the prices in Rome were extremely reasonable in comparison. There is a large choice of street vendors, trattorias etc. and there is no need to spend a large amount of money keeping body and soul together. Even a meal for two in a restaurant very close to the Trevi Fountain cost just 50 euros, including wine.

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  • Stayed October 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2009

We made arrangements to be at this hostel when we arrived in Rome and confirmed our arrival time with the owner. When we arrived there was a note left on the gate telling us to call the owner. No one responded and we waited for hours. When we eventually met an employee they took us to another building a few blocks away. When we came back to the hostel at night we noticed black dots all over the walls. Upon closer look, we realized the room we were in was infested with bedbugs. They were everywhere, and ranged from the size of a pinprick to the size of a small pea. (This is huge for a bedbug and means they have been flourishing for some time.) We examined the walls more closely and found evidence of squashed bugs all over, evidencing the fact that the bedbugs were not just a recent phenomenon. It was disgusting. The mattresses were infested, and we couldn't sleep in the room at all.

We ended up sleeping on the floor in the foyer, and after complaining to the owner the following morning (she reassured us that there were NEVER bedbugs in her hostel) she promised us a refund, which we never received, even after calling twice. We also heard from other nearby hotel owners that many other travelers have had trouble with this hostel. Would not recommend this hostel to anyone; there are other equally inexpensive options in that same neighborhood. (!!!)

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2008

This was a very clean and private hostel. Our room was pink and had so much character. The owner was sweet and extremely helpful. It was close to Termini which means it was easily accessible to travel to the Vatican City or Ancient Rome, but not within walking distance. Very safe and in a residential area. I would definitely recommend this for young people who want an inexpensive place to stay but want somewhere clean and well kempt.

Stayed August 2007
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2007

The two of us stayed in the 6-person room with three bunk-beds. The room itself was large. There was only one bathroom in the whole unit, meaning we had to share it with the four other people in our room and four more in the next room. The shower was so tiny that even a skinny person like me could barely fit, and the drain wasn't working that well.

You had to be ringed in to the front gate to even get into the building and the person who could ring you in wasn't always there.

There must be better hostels with comparable prices.

  • Liked — Cheap
  • Disliked — Bathroom
  • Stayed December 2004, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Principe Amedeo No. 94, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
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Ranked #290 of 726 Specialty Lodging in Rome
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Number of rooms: 5
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