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Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western Hotel President Rome
We have just returned from 3 nights in Rome at the President Hotel. Booked this after taking a lot of time to study a lot of reviews on this site and feel disappointed .
The hotel is ok but definately NOT 4 star.
The rooms are small and adequate . There is no longer a room service and the in room brochure said a tea/coffee making service was available but when we asked they told us this was no longer available. The hotel is tired looking and dated in decor.The beds and pillows were some of the worst I have slept on very lumpy!!But the rooms were clean and smelt fresh.
As for the breakfasts well....not a great choice. Tinned fruits, bread (one style only) one type of cereal, sliced ham and processed cheese and the hot buffet was scrambled egg and limp bacon or tinned mini frankfurters...the coffee was not very nice and the water not hot enough for tea..but then it never is!!
The staff were pleasant enough.
The area is rather run down and there are very few places to eat nearby , there is an excellant pizzeria a few doors away though, the food is good and the coffee is excellant and if you walk up towards vittorio emannuelle station there is a fairly good restaurant called Romantica on the right , nice atmosphere and reasonable food. Along a bit further is a area of markets and shops that are interesting but rather seedy and not a safe feeling place at night .If you turn right when leaving the hotel and walk for 10 minutes towards San Giovanni there is a good department store called Coin and a outdoor market selling lots of clothes,some vintage stuff.
The underground station is very close and its only a 10 minute walk to the colliseum but this hotel is quite a way from any other sights of Rome.
You may want to look for something more central and in a better area.
Good Value, pleasantly surprised
Best Westerns in Europe continue to surprises me. This hotel is and old elegant hotel that seems to me was transformed to a BW to attract new customers.
The decor was old style, very clean and well attended with ammenities that seem to be carried over from the old owners. The rooms were...well roomie, clean and silent. We had three rooms and all three were nice.
The staff was very polite and helpful. When one of the member of our party of seven people tried to charge his camera he blew the fuse of the room and the lights would not come on. The staff came right away and fixed it...no questions asked.
The location is excellent with the metro station 10 meter 30 feet from the hotel and an excellent restaurant (that won't overcharge) next door. Breakfast buffet was awesome with eggs, juice etc.
Transportation was very easy to all the major attraction in Rome. I would definetly stay and recommend this hotel to all budget travelers to Rome.
This was the first stop on our Italy tour. Stayed for 3 nights. This hotel is very well located as you could walk to the famous collisium. in only about 10 mins. The metro was located directly out the door and down the street. Clean, efficent and fun. Nice rooms with comfortable beds as well.
Pleasantly surprised at how nice the hotel was after reading some of the reviews. Bedroom was exceptionally clean as was the toilet/shower room. Looked recently refurbished. Bed very comfy. Dining room was nicely decorated and the bar prices were very reasonable. Breakfast was fine with option of continental or scrambled eggs and bacon. Location was good, with a couple of excellent restaurants around the corner.
Metro stop just outside the door!! Will definitely use the hotel again when Scotland beat Italy in the next Six Nations!!!!!
I booked a double room here last minute on -------- and as such got a great deal (?195 for 3 nights). It was only then that I started to look at the previous reviews on this site. I left the site feeling quite worried about what we had let ourselves in for!As it turned out, the hotel was amazing - the staff were friendly, it was very clean. The rooms were spacious and well furnished, and the breakfast was adequate. One of the best bits was the free room service and breakfast-in-bed service, which we took full advantage of! (You tick menu choices on a door-hanger list and leave it on the door and receive your food in the morning)As for location - the hotel was in a nice area and right next to a metro station (literally 10 metres from the entrance) which was incredibly handy!All in all highly recommended, especially if you can get as good a bargain as we did.
Over priced and terrible service. The room was plain and simple. I recently had to stay an extra night in Rome and had no choice but to stay at Hotel Presidente and let me tell you for $150 Euro ($176 US Dollars) the place was not worth it at all! The location is great 10 steps from the Metro Station but the service was awful and the breakfast was not worth it, running eggs etc... I would much rather have a cup of coffee and a danish from the cafe down the street. As a Best Western Hotel, the Corporate office should do something about it.
Slightly above average
After getting over the shock of how expensive hotels are in Rome I finally took the chance on the Hotel President. I have traveled all over Europe and have always had satisfactory service from the Best Western Hotels.
So, the good, bad and ugly. The rooms were an ok size. By that, I mean bigger than the standard "European hotel" and smaller than the standard "American hotel". But my husband and I seemed to fit into the room without any problems. The room was clean and organized with an automatic shutter that can block out a lot of sun-great for sleeping in. The shower in the bathroom was very very small and we got the bonus bathroom with black mold on the tile floor.
As mentioned in the other review, the breakfast was anything but average. The eggs were still runny and rubbery, the bacon was not even close to bacon, the yogurt expired the next day, only plain cereal, one kind of cheese and sliced ham, and funky looking bread. We managed to eat and be satisfied but compared to other average hotels the breakfast is a 1 star at the most.
Now for the staff. We checked in with no problems. They spoke english every well and were very friendly. Even when there was a mix up in the rate of the room they seem to compromise and meet me at a price we both could agree on. They did not charge for local or 800 calls. No unexpected charges.
25 yards from the metro station. Not a bad location during the day-within walking distance of some of the major attractions. But, I was not comfortable in the area after dark.
If they would just improved their breakfast this hotel would deserve the 4 stars that Best Western has given them.
Great Location, shame about the rest!
The location of the hotel was excellent. Close to the Colleseum and right next to the easy to use Metro. However, as for the hotel itself, we were not impressed. It is a 4* hotel and therefore we were very surprised at the tired and dirty looking decor, the low standards of cleaning in the rooms and the lack of any tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms. The breakfast was plentiful, though very basic - Rolls, ham, cheese etc and something slightly resembling scrambled eggs, though I never actually built up the courage to try it. The staff were rather curt, though this may have been becaus we were English. The attack on Iraq has done nothing to engender our friendship of other E.U. countries. All in all, a lot of money for a hotel that is more indicative of a 2* rather than 4* rating. I would not go there again!
Beautiful hotel, great location
I stayed at this hotel last year as part of a tour group; thus, I didn't personally choose this hotel. Also, this hotel was an upgrade from where we were originally supposed to stay, so we got a great deal, apparently. It was my first trip to Europe, so I didn't have a basis for comparison as far as European hotels went.
According to the literature the tour was given: "This is a four star, first class hotel, traditional style. Located near the center of Rome, within easy reach of all the main tourist attractions and close to the shopping area on Appia Road. 2 km to the nearest station: Termini."
There was actually a Metro entrance right around the corner, the Manzoni stop. This made it very convenient as far as hopping on the Metro went, and it was indeed not a far walk at all to the Colosseum.
I am no expert, but it was not, I don't think, a typical Roman hotel in that old world kind of way--it felt much more modern and "westernized"--and indeed, it is a Best Western hotel, so that makes sense. It is very stylish and attractive in appearance when you walk inside, has a medium sized lobby with comfortable seating, marble flooring, a large dining room, and a bar.
The rooms were pretty spacious, especially compared to the smaller room I'd had a few days before in Paris. They were nice, clean, and comfortable. There were two small and comfy beds close together, a tv, mini bar/fridge, and a nice view of the city street below.
The bathroom was clean and nice, a good size as far as hotel bathrooms go, with a bidet and one of those showers with the annoying (to me, anyway!) hand held nozzles.
You couldn't call long distance from your rooms--had to use the communal phone booth in the lobby. This wasn't awful, but it was somewhat annoying at times.
Having just had an excellent continental hotel breakfast in Paris before coming to Rome, I was disappointed in the Hotel President's continental breakfast. I didn't find it anywhere near as delicious, but they got brownie points for making the attempt. The coffee was awful, the juice tasted fake. There were no amazing French croissants. I seem to remember them having scrambled eggs. But I just wasn't all that excited about it.
The night my tour group arrived, the restaurant was officially closed, much to the dismay of us hungry people. Our tour group guide sweet talked the manager into opening up for us and cooking us all some food, which was delicious and eagerly devoured.
It was his job, I suppose, but I still thought this was really good of the guy to do that, as he didn't have the food stocked that he needed, apparently, had to send out for it, he & his staff had to work beyond normal hours, & all for a bunch of cranky hungry Americans. It was certainly very appreciated by this cranky hungry American.
There was a nice little grocery right down the street, where I got some yummy provisions for hotel room picnics. A nice, inexpensive little Italian place down the street too, where I ate several times. Good location for walking *to* the sights and hopping on the Metro *to* the sights.
I think this hotel would be a good choice for someone who wants a central but not extremely special location, isn't too concerned about "quaintness and local flavor" in a hotel and is more concerned with standardization and appearance. Not that this hotel didn't have the Italian touch, but it did feel less "local" and more "standardized." Which is not a bad thing if that is what you want.