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“Would never go back.”
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Sandy Hostel
Ranked #582 of 1,093 Specialty Lodging in Rome
France
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Would never go back.”
Reviewed August 18, 2009

Ok, so unlike the other reviewers I went during the hot season to Italy and this hostel has no air conditioning so I sweated like I never have before. This hostel is located on the 8th floor (I lost count after the sixth flight of stairs though) so you are carrying your luggage up a million stairs and sweating your balls off. Then you get to the hottest part of the building which is the hostel and its even more boiling up there.

I had to take multiple showers in the evening, middle of the night and in the early morning to cool down my body and to get any kind of sleep!!!! I slept terribly and not at all sometimes.

The cleanliness is well below standard. They clean nowhere near enough for the amount of guests that they have at the hostel. There was little toilet paper, the showers were blocked so the water didn't drain properly and had hair in all over the place. Our shower didn't even have a shower door so after your shower you would get water all over your feet and all over the floor in your room-eww. Furthermore the bathroom was tiny so you were smacking yourself against the wall and shower and door all the time while drying off. It was soooo annoying.

Also there is one computer for the whole hostel and the Internet connection is sooooo slow and the room is sooooo hot. No window or anything!!!! I think they keep it so hot so that no one is tempted to stay on the computer for too long!! I know it stopped me from using it. Also the connection is soooo slow. Meaning that the words you type don't actually appear on the screen until like four seconds later. I used the Internet for the bare minimum in terms of emails and got out of there as soon as possible.

The ONLY redeeming factor was that the staff were friendly. They were helpful and advised us of how to get around town. Also the hostel is in a good location, close to the metro and to the main Rome train station, however once you get to the hostel, remember 8 flights of stairs!

I'm so glad we only stayed there for 2 nights!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 5, 2009

The thing that killed this hostel for us was that there was no heating, and this was in winter (early January!). They gave us thick blankets to help, but it's not a lot of fun freezing in your room. The bathroom was only ok; not the cleanest but tolerable. The hostel's also right at the top of the building, and the lift requires two 5 cent coins to work, and you don't really get 5 cent coins on your person often. The only internet access available was from the really really old computer at reception, and even then only at a certain time of the night.
I suppose the main redeeming factor is the proximity to the train station and the Pantheon. The staff were pretty nice too.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
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I have to say that this place is clearly run by people motivated by money. The standard of accommodation was definitely not worth the cost.

The staff, probably being paid less than they deserved, made up for a lot of inadaquacies.

I'd stay clear of Cheap Hostels (this is the franchise name) on whole.

  • Stayed March 2008
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Property: Sandy Hostel
Address: Via Cavour 136, 00184 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
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Ranked #582 of 1,093 Specialty Lodging in Rome
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Number of rooms: 6
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