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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlante Garden Hotel Rome
It's true this is not a genuine 4 star hotel, but it's solidly 3 stars.
We stayed at the Atlante Garden in July this summer. The free pickup from the airport is a major plus because that saves you 50 Euros right off the bat (which is how much a taxi costs), particularly if you are getting in late. When we arrived, we were informed that we were staying at the "apartment" unit due to some issues (air conditioning?) that they were having in the main building. The apartment units are located about 3 blocks away - there's a dark entrance way after an unmarked gate (a bit creepy at night), and several units shared one phone. The room itself was fine. Dark (like many european hotels) but very clean.
We stayed at Atlante Garden for four nights in mid June 2003. The hotel is modest by American standards but the location 10 minutes from Piazza San Pietro on a quiet, shady street was very convenient. The entrance is very inconspicuous, almost easy to miss but this adds to the sense of low key privacy. Our room was quiet, well air-conditioned, furnished in an old-fashioned way and on a dark side (you can open three layers of blinds), which in Rome, in the middle of scorching heat outside, is a big plus. On arrival the free hotel shuttle was waiting for us at the airport but for the trip back to the airport there was a charge of 37 euro for two persons. There was no roof top garden but it looked like some remodeling was in its early stages or at least in the planning. In the bathroom there were some loose knobs in the tub but the whirlpool jets worked fine. One perhaps important point: if you go to the hotel website the picture shows not Atlante Garden but Atlante Star Hotel a couple of blocks away. That's where the covered rooftop restaurant is indeed in operation. Atlante Garden is a smaller and less glamorous hotel, but, again I would consider it a plus. Very nice breakfast buffet, international press each morning in the lounge. About 15 minute walk to the nearest metro (subway) station. Overall no major complaints. If you expect a low key but very adequate small hotel in a nice, safe part of town you will not be disappointed.
We were scheduled to arrive at the Hotel Atlante Garden on a Saturday following a wonderful week in a Tuscan villa outside of Florence, when we were told on arrival that they did not have our rooms (3) and they would be moving us to another facility...for one of the two nights, and that we would be returned to Hotel Atlante Garden the following night. We had all made these reservations using Hotels and were not pleased as these rooms were prepaid. I told the hotel manager that if we were moved, we were to stay there for the two nights, not one. They did pay for our cab, which transported four of our party, but our other twosome was told a whole different story when they tried to check in and the hotel tried to move them someplace else. We all ended up together with three rooms at a hotel that was a farther walk from the Vatican (Hotel Atlante Garden was chosen because of it's proximity). At first, two of the rooms were less than expected. This was remedied the next day, but this was not a four star hotel, which is what we paid for. Bottom line, after our experience and reading the reviews on Hotel Atlante Garden, keep looking!!
I was at the Atlante Garden for 5 days in January, and, despite having read other review that mentioned that there was no garden (I also did not see one) and that the Atlante Star is not so close (it is 2 blocks away), I think that for the price, it was a great hotel. In the old European tradition of comfort, the room is large, the bathroom had a large window that would open over the bathtub so you could actually have sunlight and the staff was excellent. They did pick me up at the airport and the breakfast was superior to equivalent US standards, with Expresso coffee, Tea, salami, mortadella, cheeses, juices, croissants, fruit, yogourt, boled eggs, etc. For $ 59.95 you can hardly get that in any motels these days. It was 1 block from the Vatican, there are Internet cafes 1 block away (cheap, $ 3 per hour email access), and there is an excellent restaurant right behind the hotel, Taverna Varrone, plus the shopping street just one block away, with all the major fashion names. I was very satisfied with this choice and would recommend it to anyone that wants to be in Rome, at a central location, close to Trastevere and the Vatican.
Do not stay at this hotel. I went to Rome with my girlfriend for the weekend and paid £300 to stay at the Atlante Garden Hotel for 3 nights. On arriving at the hotel we were informed that our room had been double booked so they decided to put us in a worse hotel in a much worse area of Rome. I asked for a refund which was refused and was told that I had to either go to this alternative hotel or sleep on the streets.
Just got back from a 3 night stay in The Atlante Garden Rome! Rome was great but our stay was ruined by our choice of hotel. The Atlante Garden was classed as 4 star and when we checked the hotel on its website the rooms looked beautiful and the sister hotel the Atlante Star which was advertised as being right next door was in fact a block away!
Ok for the price
Nice hotel for the price and a great location. The benefit of transportation to/from the airport is key. One problem, NO GARDEN!!
In order to see the "garden" you have to sneak up to the top floor and peak out a window through a locked door. The "garden" is at the sister hotel around the corner, Atlante Star. We didn't make it to see the garden at the Star.
The staff was very accommodating, the rooms are comfortable and they have CNN Europe available so you can keep up with current events.
We were extremely disappointed with this supposedly 4 Star hotel and would recommend people not to use it. This hotel and its sister hotel Atlante Star are shabby, in need of major repair and renovation. In our room the TV was broken, the bedside light was broken and hanging off the wall, the glass was missing from one of the spotlights on the ceiling, the towel rail was not properly attached to the wall, the cistern flush unit fell off the wall, the telephone in the bathroom was not properly attached to the wall. The light shade was missing from the light at the doorway at the entrance to the hotel. Walls in the stairways were in a severe state of disrepair, in some cases wallpaper was missing, plaster showing, repairs only partly completed. Water was leaking into some of the rooms of the hotel and into an ice bucket in the Atlante Star restaurant.