I've noticed many hostels in Rome say they have an age restriction of 18-35. How strict are they with this and how do they check? I want the hostel experience of meeting new, fun people and don't need things to be perfect and hotel-like so I'm not going to be the "lady complaining about the noise or people drinking too much". Am I totally out of luck at the age-restricted places?
I'm not sure I haven't come across that. We're staying in Camping Roma and as far as I know they don't have an age restriction, well it didn't say on the website and I hope not coz my boyf's 36! Argh but he looks 25 (so he thinks he he). I'm sure you'll find something.
I didn't see any signs of that at the hostel I stayed at in Rome and their would have been a guy in the room I was staying in that would have been in his mid 40's-early 50's (or at least looked that age). They could easily check how old you are simply by checking your passport as that's standard procedures in most places around the world to check your passport. If you can't find a place maybe look at staying at Hotel Ivanhoe which despite the fact it is a 3 star hotel had a couple of Dorm rooms (the rooms aren't mentioned on the website, but I've stayed there twice so I know they exist). The rooms are alright, but seeing it is basically totally a hotel except two rooms which have 6 lower level beds it isn't a particularly sociable place so chances are unless you happen to be arriving to stay in one of the dorm rooms when someone else is, you aren't likely to be able to talk much to fellow travellers or socialise with them so it doesn't have the same sorts of vibes as is the norm for a hostel. It doesn't even have any TV room or anything like that to meet anyone.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 21, 2007, at 8:10 PM by aharrold45 ]
That's the thing. I would like to have the option of staying at a hostel in a great location that's a fun time for meeting people and I'm worried that those kind of places have an age restriction. I guess if it gets to the point where I really want to stay at one of those places I can contact them and see if they'll let me in. Thanks for the advice!