Best Western Hotel Universo
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What a city. Rome is amazing. And hectic and manic/crazy/totally full-on, but mostly amazing. We stayed at the Best Western Hotel Universo, which is 2 blocks from the Termini metro station. Very convenient location, and a great location to stay in with heaps of restaurants close-by and walking distance to almost everything except the Vatican, …
... not alot of tourists visit and to be honest, had it not been a part of the ticket, we probably would have been one of those statistics. If you get to Rome, you need to see this wonder as well. Although not preserved as well as the Colosseum, there are a lot of ruins and you can still get the layout of what was there including this was once central Rome, roads leading to Rome, churches, castles etc and with an experienced guide, it ...
... class in Ravenna to understand more how mosaics work. I hope we will get some history on the ancient work and how it compares to the more modern work that is produced today by artists. Crazy how mosaics are so popular in Italy but now as much so in US. ...
We slept in until our bodies woke up on their own, around 11. Its amazing how one night on a sofa bed can kill your back…we are both stiff but happy we got good sleep.
Still moving pretty slow, we decided to just do one thing today…Ostia Antica. We caught the metro to a commuter train that goes towards the beach. The train was HOT with no A/C and packed with beach goers. By the time we got off, we ...
... I only had a glass of my wine before I passed out. It was such a perfect honeymoon day, our future husbands are going to have a hell of a time topping it!
We can downstairs the next morning to find our personal table of breakfast since we were the only guests left in the hotel that day. We were looking up ferry, bus, and train times online for a while, but Elba transportation is very unreliable and there wasn't much information online. We went to the ferry to ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Great hotel, good price, excellent location, friendly and helpful staff.
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We were so concerned about the winter/spring reviews of this hotel that we contacted Best Western HQ in the states before coming over.
Don't stay here
I really didn't enjoy my stay at this hotel. First of all, the lobby is deceptive- the rooms are nothing like the same standard. Our twin room was tiny, dark and smelly with a view of scaffolding outside. The bathroom sink was also leaking and dirty so I asked them to change our room which they eventually did but the next room wasn't much better. The breakfast was average but on the whole this hotel should never be classed a four-star, even in Italy.
Having read the more recent reviews of the Universo, I decided to add in my own from last year.
We stayed for a night at the Best Western Universo on June 25, primarily for its proximity to the Termini. I am boggled as to how this hotel rates four stars; the Best Western Canada (three stars),
It's not that bad
We stayed at this hotel for 3 night and found no problems .Staff very helpful and food good. Ideal location for all the sights .would stay again .
Universo is just fine.
I sweated bullets when I stumbled on the March, 2004 reviews the night before we left for Rome. The Universo turned out to be just fine. Our room was great with a really nice shower. The bed was firm and comfortable. The room decoration was Italian modern (not my taste, but fine in my hotel room). The lobby was nice, and the staff was helpful whenever called on. The breakfast was more than ample, with a wide variety of choices, and very good quality. There is construction in a part of the hotel, but nowhere near our room and we never heard it at all. The location near Roma Termini is very busy, but couldn't be more convenient to transporation and sightseeing. The Expedia map of the location is wrong, however. The hotel is three blocks SW, not NW of the front of Roma Termini.
What a dump
spent three nights at this really bad hotel from the 19th march 2004.
the reception staff when we arrived were very unfriendly and impolite and rude. we had to wait 4 hours for a really bad room to be cleaned.
when we finally got in it we had to have the lighting on all the time as the window could not be opened due to the building work right outside the window so we spent 4 days in darkness with no daylight. the awful green colour of the room was disgusting, it was like a padded cell. not worth trying to complain because nobody spoke any english.
the only good thing was the location. i recommend you not to stay at this hotel.
We found the hotel excellent and the services (buffet breakfast) most acceptable
We were to Universo Hotel on February 2003 for 3 nights. We were very disappointed from the hotel, the rooms were small and not in a very good condition. The view was an old and dirty wall and we could see and HEAR the AC installation outside (it was quit noisy). The breakfast was poor and bad quality. We met friends at Rom and they lived in a 3 stars hotel in the same road, they paid less and the hotel was much better.
So Universo can impossibly have 4 stars. The only positiv aspect was the very good location, the hotel is only a few minutes walk from Termini Station and from there you can reach very easily all attractions in Rom. But we would never return to Universo.
Staff very unhelpful, breakfast poor
We were a group of 11 women (well behaved) staying for 5 nights.The buffet breakfast was of very poor quality, particularly the hot beverages.Building work on the hotel started at 7 am, and the rubble shoot was positioned directly outsided the window of one room.At different times throughout the week-end various members of the reception staff proved to be most unhelpful, unco-operative and downright rude.We would never stay at the Universo again, even for free!