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Historical Traveler Reviews ARS Hotel Rome
Stayed in Hotel Ars for three nights in February 2005.
The hotel is excellent. Very clean and modern. The rooms are a good size and the staff are very helpful and friendly.
The bus trip into the City Centre is fine - the buses are frequent and the bus stops well signposted - it takes 15-20 mins. It is nice to head out of the City to a quiet hotel after a hard day of sightseeing in the busy city centre.
I will use the hotel again and recommend it to others.
We stayed at the ars hotel in sept 2003. We had a double standard room which was lovely, very modern and clean. Being out of town was not a problem at all with such reliable buses. My only advice would be not to get a taxi from termini as being tourists we were ripped off! the buses are frequent and only take approx 20mins to get to the hotel. The all inclusive breakfast was basic but was fine to keep us going for the whole day! We found the hotel staff very pleasant. We would definately stay here again. Do agree the shower is very small!!!!
Some good, some ok but more good than ok.....
I stayed at the Ars Hotel for a week at the end of August '04. This is a modern very contempory hotel which is a 15-20min bus ride from central Rome (if you are used to using public transport to get around then this isn't to bad at all). The buses are about 2 min walk away and service both Termini station (bus 90) or Republica-->Piazza Venetia-->Coliseum (bus 60). There is also a night bus route that passes close to the hotel. Tours that advertise they will pick you up from your hotel will not come out to the Ars hotel as it is not central enough.
My double room was clean and contained a mini-bar, TV (around 30 channels ,1 English channel "BBC News"),internet connection (if you had a laptop),good aircon,hair dryer.
My room only had a shower (no bath) in the bathroom and it looked like it could have done with a scrub but was acceptable. I stayed for a week and the sheets where not changed everyday, towels where changed daily. So on the whole the room was good.
Breakfast was the normal continental affair with croissants, rolls, 2 types of cereal, cold meats (ham,salami), slices of soft cheese,canned fruit cocktail,tea,milk,water, freshly made coffee (espresso,cappuccino,Americano),fruit juice (yuck concentrate stuff) so nothing special but it does full the gap and keeps you going for a few hours if you full yourself up.
The staff where very helpful and friendly.
So on a whole I would say this hotel is very good if you compare it to others in the same price bracket.
If you are looking for a modern base to explore Rome and don't bind a short bus journey then this hotel is perfect for you. If you want something in central Rome of the same standard then pay more money.
The hotel offers a shuttle service from the airport for 40euro, if you shop online you can find cheaper shuttles. I caught a train and then bus and this only cost 6 euro each and took about 40min and was quite easy
Ideal place to stay
We stayed at the ARS Hotel for 3 nights and were glad to be away from downtown Rome, which I experienced as loud and overcrowded. The ARS hotel is situated in a side street of private villas and looks really charming. Although you just have to walk down the street for two minutes to reach the next supermarket and bus stations on a busy crossing, it is absolutely quiet as soon as you close the windows. To the city center, you have to take the bus (90 express, goes to main station) or the 60 (goes to sights like Colloseum). It's a 25 min. ride for 1 Euro (valid 75 minutes) (tickets for 3 days: 11 Euro) - the only minus: buses are regularly overcrowded and the ride deos not feel really good for your back - a true adventure!
Rooms are not too big but elegantly furnished. The style is modern and furnishing looks new. There is a double bed, a minibar, two chairs, a desk, cupboard and safe. I think it was airconditioned. Our bathroom was tiny and so was the shower (only room for one person in both cases) but it was very clean and elegant.
The breakfast buffet offers two types of cereal, ham and cheese, fruit salad and delicious Roman dolci such as croissants filled with jam or vanilla cream. You can have tea, juice, coffee and water. The staff is extremely friendly (apart from those doing night office I must say). They recommend the best restaurants you can imagine in any quarter of Rome you are interested at.
We really enjoyed staying at the peaceful oasis away from the busy streets of Rome and would definitely go back!
As far as Rome is concerend, here are my experiences: take at least 2 full days to see the city. To visit the Vatican Museums, go there at 7 am or shortly before they close (2pm), everything else is torture. If you like sweets, try Roman icecream - it's delicious! Between Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori, there is a little store called Il Fornaio - it has the best little cakes I've ever eaten! If you want to experience true Roman food, go to Trattoria Lo Scopettaro at Lungotevere Testaccio, 7 (hotel recommendation). The chef serves a traditional menu (5 courses) you will never forget! Well thta's it - hope this review has helped, enjoy the European city that never sleeps...
Nice, quiet and secluded
Ars Hotel is about 3 miles from the city centre, you need to take the 90 Express bus from the Centre of the Colosseum district and take 30 minutes, and a great deal cheaper than Roman taxis! The hotel is really tucked away on a back street and there's not much to do nearby, although the restaurant recommended by the very friendly English speaking staff is superb, which is round the corner. This hotel is modern, clean, extremely quiet and good for couples, try and request a room with the large windows though, we only had two skylights. Well worth going up a star rating in Rome.
This Hotel was orginally a house, and whilst it has been superbly updated and modernised, it is nonetheless a small hotel, situated outside historic Rome city Centre. Bus services from Hotel to city centre are excellent, but travelling time is 20+ minutes from Hotel to Termini Train Station. This may not suit all!. The hotel boasts a gym, with sauna and steam room but this is not technically true. There is a tiny room allocated for 4 pieces of gym equipment, and there is NO sauna or Steam room, but a steam shower is available. However, the staff are superb and go out of their way to make your stay as fantastic as possible. If you don't mind the buses, it's lovely, but if you do want to be close to city centre, then go elsewhere!
Extremely good value
Hotel Ars, despite its rather unfortunate name, is a great place to stay in Rome. It has recently been refurbished to an extremely high standard and in a modern but comfortable style. The reception staff were extremely helpful and recommended a lovely local restaurant for us to visit. This was full of locals and was not on the tourist trail at all. The centre of Rome is a bus ride away but this passes the end of the road. We booked online and got a very good deal for our stay. I would highly recommend this hotel to other guests.
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