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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Fleming Rome
Not as bad as some reviewed
I recently stayed at the Grand Fleming Hotel in Rome. As other reviewers state, the staff were aloof and were not truely welcoming. The room was clean albeit very small. When my wife was fixing her hair at the dresser, I had to climb across the beds to get by her. This is a big tour hotel....in the time we spent before out tour departure there were as many as 5 tours staying in the hotel at one time. I do believe that the location and distance from downtown Rome were over exagerated and did not cause any real hardship. There was a bus stop one block from the hotel and travel time to Vatican City was under 15 minutes. The busses ran frequently...we never had to wait more that 5 minutes. The line ended at the vatican but one could get off a block sooner and access the underground at the San Pietro Station.
OK if in a tour
This is a large, modern hotel in the north end of Rome (Fleming district). It caters to tour groups, which are bused in daily in great numbers. The pluses of the Fleming is that the rooms are well priced. I paid 90 Euros per night for a single room. It was clean, of ok size (150 sq feet), and fairly well appointed. (The hotel was remodeled in the 1990s, I think). A similar room in the heart of the city would be at least twice as much. In addition, the hotel is in a residential district, so noise is usually not a problem. The downside of this place is that it is not near anything of interest. Historic Rome is about 20 min away by cab (about 10 Euros), which can be inconvenient, and is a very different experience from staying centrally. In addition, the staff is rather indifferent to guests, probably because it is conditioned to serving tours, i.e., nonrepeat business. So, it lacks the charm and personal touch of other Italian hotels. Overall, I would stay here only if you are on an organized tour, which will be busing you everywhere, if you are willing to put up with the inconvenience to get a nicer room for the money, or if, for some reason, you have business in the N. end of town.
To start my review i will mereley say "DO NOT STAY HERE". We booked in & paid for 4 nights accomodation over the internet & only stayed for 1 night. We lost over $500.00 & stayed at alternative accomodation. Upon arrival we were rudely spoken to by the reception staff & who stuggled to speak english. The rating on the front of the hotel & on the internet states its a four star property in all seriousness there can't possible be a star rating for this hotel as i don't even think it would make a 1 star. The breaking point was when in the heat 30 degrees the airconditiong was not working. When we called reception to ask about this problem we were told "IT'S NOT WORKING OPEN YOUR WINDOW" then i was abruptly hung up on over the phone!! Please who ever reads this don't waste your money, pay a bit more & stay in the city of Rome eg: Vatican City.
P.S. This is not in the city of Rome it is quite far!
I was sent to this hotel because there was a problem with my original hotel. This is their sister hotel. THe staff here was very rude. They argued with the cab driver about paying the bill for the ride from Santa Costanza. The room was fine-large, quiet, very clean however the room was so warm and the air conditioner unit did not work. I opened the window however it was very noisy. When I requested my passport back 3 hours after I ahd arrived they were not through with it. There are not buses available into the city. When I went to have breakfast in the morning the restaurant staff needed a ticket that I ahd not been given and when I went to the front desk they acted as if I was bothering them. When asking about transportation to the airport they were sketchy.
I would not NOT stay here if I were going to Rome.
Not the best night
I was let down by another hotel so my booking at the Fleming was last minute. That said, they did have my details and I was checked in within 2 minutes.
I went for a walk in the square which has some decent shops. There are more if you venture a bit further.
The room was comfortable enough and the shower good.
I settled in for the night and within about 3 minutes was scratching my feet.
Then my legs. Then just about everywhere else!
At 2 am after restless sleep I felt my forehead and found a huge lump from a bite. It was clear the bed was infested with bugs so I had to get up, make the bed and cover it with every towel I could find.
As I write, I am still scratching.
Like being back at university dorms
ï10 kms north of Rome â can you legally call that Rome?
ïair conditioning only between 16:00-24:00 although it gets very warm during the day also! When I enquired at the desk I was tersely told: âonly 4-12 and besides itâs going to rain today so you donât need it!â
ïwe shared the hotel with many coach tours including 77 American teenagers on our floor who treated the floor like a university dormitory leaving their room doors open all evening playing guitars etc
This hotel appears to cater mainly to coach tours (which we were (COSMOS)) but being a very large hotel means many, many coach groups all trying to get breakfast at the same time - talk about organised chaos! We felt more like a herd of cattle than paying guests.
Nice little 'Peoples Service' bus will run you into Rome city directly from the hotel for very little money but journey will take at least 1/2 hour.
Spend a bit more and get a hotel IN Rome
Great if you learn the bus system
On this trip we stayed in London, France and Rome. Of the 3 hotels, this was the nicest room for the money.
The hotel is on the north side of Rome.
Do yourself a favor and study the bus system. I understand you might want to avoid the metro system because of pick pockets.
Friendly neighborhood, with a cute farmers market in the square in front of the hotel.
Staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast was delicious - good capuccino!
My time in Rome
I just returned from a 15 day trip to Europe. I went with my wife who is from Europe so we were not total tourists. I spent 2 nights in Rome and it was awful. At the airport I was told my several taxi drivers that I could not catch any bus to my hotel, and I would have to pay 50 euros for the cab fare. There was no tourist imformation avail. I could not even find a map. We stayed at the grand Hotel Flemming, and the staff did seem like they wanted to help us. They failed to give up a wake up call. Every place we ate we were over charged while locals paid lower prices. We were charged 10 euros at the colosseum by a man in a roman centurian costume to take our picture (with our own camera) The city was dirty, smelled of urine, and grafitti covered mamy downtown bldgs. I am sure many parts of Italy are nice, But I will never go to Italy or rome again. .....Sorry
4 star hotel but way outside Rome center
You'll have to catch a cab ($12 Euro) or take the city bus ($1 Euro) or the People's bus ($3 Euro) to get to/from Rome center. The hotel is located in a little suburb about 8 miles from downtown Rome and hosts a small outdoor market in the square out front each morning. The hotel seemed to cater to the tourbus crowd, but it and the location was very quiet and relaxing. We found a great family-run restaraunt in Fleming downtown (about 10 minute walk) and relaxed and played cards in the hotel's spacious lounge after a long day of sight seeing. The rooms were modern and not too small (nor very large) and comparable to a "normal American" hotel room. Next time, I am sure we'll stay in Rome center to be closer to the city - and we'll pay much more for a lot less!
Great hotel, but outside City Centre
We stayed at the Hotel Flemming in November. The staff was helpful, the food in the restaurant fantastic and the rooms average. This is a great hotel if you're on a budget as it's a great value for the money.
However, getting to/from town takes a good 20min by taxi and can be quite costly. I'd recommend this hotel more if you're using it as a base to tour the surrounding areas.