This is the second post in my Rome Recap series (yes, I just invented that title now) (because deadlines), but I promise there are some about the conference coming up. If you just can’t wait and want the inside scoop (Mom) send me an email!
Note: I received a discount from GoMio in exchange for agreeing to post about my experience with the hostel! All opinions are my own and so on and so forth.
When I went abroad for a semester, the in-flight movie was Taken II. It was a pretty bad choice.
As a young person who loves to travel but makes minimum wage, I’ve gotten pretty familiar with the hostel scene, and fortunately I’ve never had a terrifying experience. (Although here’s a post about meeting strangers in hostels!)
So when I started looking for a place to stay on my recent trip, I found GoMio hostel booking and decided to go through them. Their website says that they’ve been around for 10 years, but I’ve never used them before.
The booking process went very smoothly, and I chose the Freedom Traveller hostel, which looked great online (and in person!). Since I was traveling alone, I didn’t want to go with anything that seemed sketchy or in a bad location. I have only one gigantic complaint about the GoMio process, however, and that is that my card was charged twice: once when I first booked, and again, randomly, a few weeks later. This ordinarily wouldn’t be a huge problem but I was traveling and needed to buy a train ticket and I got home with $3 in my checking account. The charge was withdrawn the next business day without any action on my part.
The actual hostel was great. It’s located a couple of minutes from Termini, which is the main train station in Rome, so it was very convenient for me to get a bus to Piazza Navona or a train to Vatican City.
I selected a four-person room and was given a room on the first floor, very close to the reception, which was a little noisy at night sometimes but the convenience and security outweighed the late-night chatting. The room had a private bathroom that was spare but adequate and cleaned each day.
The Freedom Traveller was a lovely hostel with a whole bunch of amenities, including a free Italian breakfast (a coffee and a croissant) and free wine and chips every night. Neither of these were super-fancy, but I think little things like that make traveling so much easier. There was also a kitchen and luggage lockers that you could use your own lock on that were provided for free. There was a small back garden and a common area with some chairs and tables.
Best of all? Free wi-fi allowed me to stay pretty much connected to everyone back home while I was gone.
Except for the glitch while booking, my experience with GoMio was very positive. I will definitely be checking them out for affordable and safe accommodations for my next trip.