If you're on a budget and looking for a comfortable central locale to rest your head at night, just say yes. Despite its central location in a noisy neighborhood, Yes Hotel is on a quiet side street away from the bustle. Located just a stones-throw from Termini station, it's the perfect ground zero for navigating Rome's many sites or for planning day trips outside of the city.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Don't expect the typical Roman charm when staying in Esquilino. The neighborhood can be very dodgy, unclean or high-trafficked. Always take care when crossing the street as fast-moving trams, taxis and motorbikes rarely stop for anyone.
Rooms run on the small side in line with the price but include all the basics: satellite TV, a desk and A/C. Room decor is bland modern, yet clean and well-kept. Beds are firm but comfortable and well-stocked with plush pillows. Because of the hotel's position, very few rooms are sunny, but they will get pitch-black at night for a restful slumber. Store any valuables in the included electronic safe. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi makes the budget price an even better deal.
Several rooms face an inner courtyard where the trash is taken out, so the higher up the floor, the better. Ask for complimentary tea/coffee service in your room in case you sleep through breakfast.
Bathrooms are basic but well-stocked with towels. Toiletries include house soap and shampoo, so bring your own conditioner or anything you need anything beyond the bare minimum. Wall-mounted blow-dryers offer little in the way of power, but lit mirrors will help you put on your best face.
A bright, welcoming lobby is full of helpful staff eager to get you settled and on your way to exploring the city. Cameras run 24/7 to ensure your security. And an adjoining bar is a nice place to grab a coffee or glass of wine while you plan your agenda.
A small dining room serves complimentary breakfast. Multiple options cover the standards, whether you prefer sweet or savory.
The lobby bar offers cocktails or coffee throughout the day. Grab a complimentary glass of Prosecco and light nibbles at aperitvo before going out for the night.
The hotel is just a 5-minute walk Termini Station. The Leonardo Express from Fiumicino Airport will take you to Termini station in just 32 minutes, and bus lines offer even less-expensive options. It also makes it a great location if you're planning an early morning train trip to Florence or Naples. Metro and bus lines will connect you to almost any public transportation stop in the city. At Termini, be careful of pickpockets, and only ask for information at designated areas. Anyone offering to help you may ask for a generous tip afterwards, or may be working with someone else to clean your pockets.
While Termini is one of the few areas of Rome where it's difficult to find a good Italian meal, the train station's newly opened Mercato Centrale (5-minute walk) has an abundance of buzz-worthy dining options under one roof. Each station offers a carefully crafted delicacy. Be on the lookout for Tuscan hamburgers, Sicilian pastries, Roman pizza or Sardinian cheese. The market is open everyday from 8 AM to midnight. If you want a break from Italian food, Massawa Restaurant (6-minute walk) specializes in robust dishes from Eritrea that you can eat with your hands.
To mingle with young locals, head to The Yellow Bar (4-minute walk) which has a wide beer selection, well-priced cocktails, and depending on the night, live music or karaoke. Imperium Irish Pub (10-minute walk) is a quiet locale with a great selection of beers.