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... rain. We had once again arranged for ground transportation to meet us at the hotel and to take to Civitivecchia which is the port city for Rome about an hour away.
Thankfully, as we drove out of Rome, we could see that the skies to the Northwest were clearing, and there were high hopes that we would be out of the bad weather by the time we reached the Silhouette. As luck would have ...
We flew into Rome (Roma) on Wednesday, July 11th and we were very lucky because the host of the flat we rented set-up a driver to pick us up at the airport. Otherwise, we are not sure how we would have made it to our flat. The drive from the airport to the main city of Roma was like sitting in Los Angeles traffic but with even crazier drivers and thousands of scooters shooting by you. When we got to our flat the hosts, Roberto and Jelena, were there to greet us and give ...
... going back to the room. We were surprised to see that there were still as many people there as earlier in the day. We sat around relaxing on the steps, taking in the Italian evening as the sun went down over Rome.
Finally we left in search of the metro station, got lost, and just couldn’t figure out where it could be. The map clearly showed it to be right there-ish... We decided to stop to buy some souvenirs. ...
... on my last trip here. Our next stop was the Spanish steps. When you see them during the day they seem boring and almost dirty. But at night, they are filled with people relaxing. Keats and Byron lived nearby in 1820. Georgia wanted to see the largest and most ornate McDonald's in the world, which happened to be close by so we went a bit out of our way to see it. Finally, we decided to head home ...
... to have a little time to myself after being surrounded by people for over a week. So I finished up there after about an hour, headed out into the main square and took more photos (of course) and then just strolled around Rome for a little while. It was so refreshing to be able to do just as I wanted. I went into a few souvenir shops and bought four scarves (all gorgeous), a shirt, a pin or two and ...
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Very nice hotel
A very nice hotel, with friendly staff and clean rooms (if a little small). A bit surprising that the entrance lobby is huge, with marble floors and a massive seating area, but you can't even get a cup of coffee and there is no restaurant or bar. The rooms are spotless with very nice bathroom, but as someone said before, only Italian tv channels (not even the ubiquitous CNN!) Breakfast is plentiful. Staff were very nice and helpful (especially when about a half hour after we had checked out I came staggering back in with a major nosebleed!! They ran for some ice and made sure I was comfortable. They couldn't have been more helpful!)The hotel position is fantastic, about 20 mins walk to the Colosseum, but right on top of the station with access to both underground lines and bus routes. The area is OK as well (didn't see any ladies of the night or other unsavory characters!). I would DEFINITELY recommend this hotel, and would definitely stay there again.
very small but clean room with good (twin)beds. Fresh towels every day. Friendly staff. Ideal location.
If you arrive at Ciampino take the Ryan air bus (also for not Ryanair travellers)at a cost of €13,50 return
ticket (open). It drops you at the right side of Termini from there it is approx. 100 metres to the hotel.Don't take the regular bus from Ciampino to the nearest subway station. The subway is already murder without luggage. The 4 stars which the hotel claims are clearly overrated. I would say a good 2/3 star.
Breakfast (buffet)is good and there is plenty but no variation. The bread/rolls where not always fresh. On two mornings(out of four) we had stale rolls (yesterdays??)The hotel has no bar and the rooms are to small to sit down after a days sightseeing.TV only has italian channels. Plenty restaurants next to the hotel where you can have a full evening meal with (house)wine for anything between €15 and €35 p.p.
Very nice hotel although rooms are basic,no tea facilities, badly located plugs - only one we could use was beside the door!. Excellent location for metro or buses (opposite termini)but downside of this being didn't feel safe venturing too far at night. Basic information from staff at hotel best to go to tourist office - just round the corner.You can walk to most of the attractions from the hotel but you will need to get the bus to the Vatican.
Good Location for busses and Taxis, Hotel should be 2 star. Smallest Bedroom I ever stayed in but it was clean. No english channells on TV so no News in English, make sure you do not stay toolong in this Hotel. No Bar, Terrible
Breakfast. do Not expect to get any Help from Reception staff, they do not understand engish. really if you can avoid going to Rome do.
Muy bien ubicado... buen hotel
Nos encanto la ubicacion para ser la primera vez que estabamos en Roma... a 2 cuadras de Termini asi es que nunca podras perderte. Lo negativo es que pedimos una habitacion para dos personas de luna de miel y al llegar el cuarto tenia 2 camas, pegadas. No es precisamente lo ideal para quien va de luna de miel... tenia bañera pero sin cortina ni puerta, asi es que despues de una ducha el baño entero terminaba mojado. Pedimos que nos cambiaran a una habitacion con 1 cama y nos dijeron que tenian otra pero la cama era mas pequeña que las dos juntas, decidimos cambiar. Efectivamente la cama era mas pequeña y tambien el cuarto y el baño, ya no tenia bañera, sino, ducha pero con puerta. Ahi nos quedamos, apenas cabian las maletas y nosotros, pero estuvo mejor. La television solo con canales en italiano si teniamos suerte de que se viera algo.
En general, volveria a quedarme, porque esta muy limpio, el lobby es grande, el desayuno esta muy completo, y tienen buen servicio.
Above average hotel. Location was excellent- within walking distance of all major attractions and v. near Termini if you want to use metro, bus or taxi. Rooms were clean and adequately furnished. The shower was positioned over the bath and there wasn't a screen but this didn't prove to be too problematic. Fresh, clean towels everyday. Lifts to all floors.Reception staff were very friendly and even helped to improve our limited Italian!! Breakfast was cold buffet and you could have as much as you wanted.Recommended.
Central to all sights
We have just spent a week at this hotel with another couple, both booked double rooms but both got twin beds pushed together, found myself falling down the crack between the beds a couple of times!! They were comfy enough though-nice and firm.
Room was clean & adequete with dressing table, bedside cabinets, wardrobe (which contained a safe), and a tv with only one english speaking channel which was a music station (our friends seemed to have different channels from us!?!)
Our shower was over a small bath, my hubby couldn't use the shower as it was not very high up and he couldn't fit under it, thankfully we had the bath! our friends had a shower cubicle but water pressure and temperature went up and down so beware if showering children as it can become quite scalding.
Towels were changed daily and bedding changed once mid week, I was annoyed at having to ask twice for a toilet roll!!
Can't fault the continental breakfast on offer-cereal, rolls, french toast with cold meats, cheese, honey, jams etc, fresh fruit, yoghurt and plenty coffee and juices to choose from.
The hotel reception is a lovely area with comfy sofas to chill out or wait for your friends to come down!
The corridors had a weird smell but once in rooms it was ok.
Staff didn't seem all that interested and managed to order our taxi to the airport for the wrong time, we didn't even get a thank you or goodbye when we left.
We found the location to be great because we could always find our way back again as it is very near the termini which was handy for using the metro and handy for all tourist attraction.
I would recommend this hotel if you are looking for a basic value for money place to stay and you can fill up with as much breakfast as you can eat before you set out for a days sightseeing!!
A word of warning - Beware of taxi drivers at the airport-They rip you off, ours switched a 50 for a 10 and said we hadn't given him enough so we took it back and handed over another 50! (that was after charging us double what we paid for going back again-He must have seen us coming!!) so count the money out into his hand so you know what you've handed over.
Great location (and room - eventually)
I booked a non-smoking twin room for myself and a friend, but we were given a double bedroom that smelled of smoke. The receptionist tried to convince me that it was two single beds that could be split and that it was a non-smoking room. As I could see it was a double bed base that could not be separated into two, even though it had twin mattresses, I was annoyed to be treated like an idiot. There were also ash trays in the room, which seemed illogical if it was non-smoking. I was told in a po-faced manner that we would have to wait an hour and were eventually given a family room with a smaller child's bed and two proper twin beds! It also smelled OK and we were very happy with it. After this everything was fine. The location is perfect, the rooms are well soundproofed, and the breakfast buffet was OK (but where was the hot buffet mentioned in a previous review?). The mini bar was reasonable, but we were most disappointed to have a black and white TV with no satellite channels and a channel changer that didn't work. Nevertheless, I would stay there again because it is excellent value for money. I would hope, however, that next time I am given what I have booked.
Was ok but.....
Rooms very very small and the hotel smells of cigarette smoke (maybe it was just my room 119) - receptiona area is lovely and the staff are great.
Breakfast was good and the location is excellent.
The breakfast area is old and in need of paint but it was ok - i would stay here again defin. given the location and the price.
Excellent hotel.. The staff were wonderful, the bedrooms were clean spacious and sound proofed. The free soft drinks from the mini bar also made a pleasant change. The hotel is central to all tourist spots so I would recommend this hotel to anyone. The buffet breakfast with hot and cold choices could not have been better. We arrived at this hotel with no reservation as our previous hotel was full on arrival and managed to negotiate a discount. The staff spent a lot of effort ensuring we could stay for the remaining 3 days. As a final plus the hotel allows free internet access and use of a printer which was a lovely inexpensive way of keeping in touch with home.
On a scale of 1 to 10 I would rate this hotel as a 9.5..fantastic and if I ever return to Rome I would definately stay there.