Best Western Hotel Universo
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Bob was up early this morning (he usually is!) .... We've had internet access problems since being in Italy, but particularly bad here in Florence at this particular hotel. There seems to be a sweet spot before everyone else gets up, so that gives him time to update important things like Untappd and publishing this blog. We are leaving this little classy boutique hotel Firenze Suite this morning - but it has been by far the best hotel thus far. Bob is now on ...
Let me just say, it was so nice being back in Roma. Even though I am not a big-city person, I missed the fast-paced Roman life style in Trastevere.
I honestly didn't like Rome at all my first week but by the second week, I had branched outside the typical tourist spots and into some fun cobble-stoned side streets and piazzas. It was exactly how I originally pictured Rome; full of life and history. Each corner is unique and ...
... palm, so it got watered and then I returned to security and had to go through the same process again. Unfortunately I didn't feel well on the flight, it must have been something I ate for breakfast. I slept most of the way, apart from rushing to the toilet, the flight took about two and a half hours, luckily for us, someone picked us up at the Casablanca Airport. He was stand there with a whole lot of Australians who were on ...
... the experience though. You give the lady behind this podium in the front the size gelato that you want and then pay. Then you take your ticket to a counter where behind the glass is every imaginable flavor of gelato. The fun was that there are about a zillion people trying to give the two, yes two, gentleman behind the counter their ticket and get their order. Everyone was laughing and trying so hard to make a decision but no ...
... tent-maker scholar from eastern Anatolia. Perfect. Here our shared geographical journey ended, the finality of the moment palpable.
Thankfully, now the sabbatical work of reflection upon what we've seen can begin, and continue far past the sabbatical program. For me this is about no mere historical tourism, but rather what kind of Christianity I proclaim for the remainder of my ministerial career. And you already know the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
TravelPod Member ReviewsBest Western Hotel Universo Rome
Great hotel, good price, excellent location, friendly and helpful staff.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western Hotel Universo Rome
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!