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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Gioberti Rome
Good Location, Not luxurious but good base to explore Rome
Stayed there for 3 nites in Jul 2005.
Was initially a little worried after reading so many guidebooks that the Termini area is dodgy. However, when I was there, I didn't get that impression at all.
The hotel was literally just 3 min away from Termini, metro station and also bus terminal making it a very very convenient place to explore Rome. Because of the short distance, (and it's along a large street), you don't really feel unsafe at all. The area is not the most picturesque but it's not really dodgy.
I would agree that this is definitely more 3* than 4* (using US & Asian standards... have not stayed in that many hotels in europe, don't compare it to your novotels or holiday inns). There are 2 elevators that take you to your room, so don't have to climb long flights of stairs like in many other italian hotels. Room amenities are adequate but not luxurious. Bed is comfortable but pillows are too flat (seem to be a common problem in Italy hotels). Bathroom is clean but the shower cubicle is very small, larger size folks might have problems fitting into the cubicle (I'm a petite Asian gal and already find it small).
There are only 1 receptionist & 1 porter at the reception area... but they are rather helpful. No problems storing your luggage there before you check in or after you check out.
Overall, it's the most expensive hotel but not the best hotel I've stayed during my Italy trip... but I think it's adequate & comfortable for a leisure traveller who wants a convenient hotel base in Rome.
Great Accomodtions, No Problems
We just returned from four nights in the Gioberti. The hotel was very clean and our room (triple) had all the necessary ammenities (safe, sat. TV, fridge, etc.). The desk staff was most accomodating allowing us to leave our luggage there prior to our room being ready and also while we took a three day train trip through Italy. They helped us with restaurant and other city and transportation suggestions/requests. Location near the train station was convenient although the people and businesses in this part of town can be a bit seedy at night (this isn't the hotel's fault). Cont. breakfast in the morning was great (meat, cheese, cereal, bread, coffee, juice, yoghurt, milk, tea) and plenty of it with a lot of seating (7-10 am). I read the review about the staff being rude in the dining room, but I didn't need to interact with them and they were not a factor for us as everything was available and refilled promptly. I would definitely stay here again. It may not be a four star for every location, but it was a great experience and we needed nothing that wasn't available. And this was all while the hotel was very crowded, so I can only imagine they would be even better during non-high season times.
Again more a 3* than 4*
Myself and partner have just today come back from 3 days in Rome staying at the Gioberti.
We had no problems with the staff they were helpful enough. The hotel is situated right next to the Termini which is very handy for using the Metro although this did mean there was a constant level of noise which you could still hear with the shutters and windows closed, but when you have walked around Rome all day you usually fall asleep in 5 minutes!
The room itself was ok, it was clean and tidy and there was enough room for the 2 of us.
The only thing I wasn't particvularly happy with was the bathroom, it was a good size had a bath with a shower over it, but the shower was very tatty and not very powerful I wouldn't normally expect this standard in a 4* hotel.
The hotel overall wasn't too bad but I think there were little things we noticed that let it down and which made it more of a 3*, such as the paintwork on the walls, the edges of the carpets just cosmetic I guess but we still noticed them.
I think overall the Gioberti was fine for 3 nights and a good place to have as a base but if we return to Rome again I think we will splash out on our hotel.
More a 3* than 4*
We spent a number of nights at the Gioberti Hotel in Rome.
The hotels location is seconds away from Rome's main Train / Bus / Metro station and not bad walking distance to all main tourist attractions.
We personal did not have any problems with any staff but did find the hotel to be much more of a three star than of a four. Why
Our room was averaged sized a few floors up from the ground with a small washroom (No bath even though asked for), only a small shower with help cord within its cubical, good idea shame about the brown gunge along half it's length.
Unfortunately however the room was no way soundproof as advertised, with both the shutters and the double glazed windows closed correctly you could still hear the cars, bikes, trams, going past at night and the beeps early in the morning, most nights you could hear the people / tv in the enjoining rooms.
Liked the fact the room had it own small digital safe however was disappointed that it did not have a kettle (yes typically English, tea and all) plus the room had little useable storage (one shelf broken, two very very small draws)
The room door had no means of checking who was at it (spy hole / security stop) which I have found in many two star hotels around the world. Very rarely used the tv as there was only CNN in English, the rest was in Italian or pay per view.
Would say the hotel was good for use as a base to see and experience Rome/rest your head, but just that.
We stayed here for three nights in October. The hotel was clean and comfortable and the location was excellent for transport and sightseeing. However having stayed all over Europe in 4* accommodation found the decor, facilities and breakfast very dissappointing. We have never come accross staff who are so rude and unhelpful Our first morning was awful, there were not enough tables for the amount of guests, we had to continually ask for every item of crockery and cutlery, when the waiter managed to respond he was uncivil and ordered us to wait, I eventually managed breakfast with a spoon and saucer, the cups never did arrive!
We will definately visit Rome again, it is a wonderful city, but definately will not be staying at the Gioberti.
Don't stay here!
On a positive note, the location was great- just across the road from Termini (excellent transport links via bus, metro & train). Now for the problems...1. Toilet flush stopped working. We were told to go down to reception (from top floor) to collect a key for a different room. No help was offered with moving luggage...2. The room we were moved to had single beds. We had booked a double...3. Our room key was deactivated on a daily basis, which is not what you need when returning from sightseeing in weather of 35 degrees. We told them each time when we were checking out, but this made no difference...4. The hot water stopped working on the third day. We had to wait in our room for 90mins until it had been fixed...5. No compensation was offered for any of the above inconvenience. In fact, when we checked out, they charged us for pay TV for each day of the stay, including twice on the first night when we'd had to change rooms! We had at no point entered the room number, but were told that we had to pay anyway because we'd switched the channels on whilst flicking through on the remote.
I have never encountered this many problems in a hotel before and have never had to deal with such unwelcoming, rude and uncooperative staff (with the exception of one woman who tried her best to be reasonable but kept being overruled). Rome's a beautiful city. Don't ruin the experience by staying here!
La Bella Roma
Spent 5 nights at Gioberti. Very private Hotel, quiet, clean, comfortable, good quality accommodation. Location really good for exploring Rome. Spent the day wandering the wonderful streets of Rome Half an hour from Trevi (by foot). Then collapse for an hour and out into the local area to eat. Wonderful eating places close by. Can't wait to return to Rome and Gioberti.
We started our Italy trip with three nights at Hotel Gioberti, which had been included in a hotel/air package purchased from a promotion on a travel web site. The hotel exceeded our expectations. It is located just a block from the main entrance of the bus/train terminal. (We had trouble finding it because we walked out a side entrace, thinking it was the main entrance. The terminal is huge.) Its location is wonderful for transportation connections: taxi stand, metro, bus, and train all right there. We asked for restaurant suggestions, but were disappointed in the hotel's suggestion (Eva). So we found some on our own (go across the street on the right side of the Opera). Nothing special about the hotel lobby. No restaurant, bar, or common areas. But the rooms were quite nice. Our two rooms on the "3rd" and "4th" floors were very quite. Good AC system with a fan that could be set to run constantly.
Firm king bed. Bath was attractive with a bidet (no tub). TV included English channels. Staff was respectful. Don't expect full concierge services, though. For a very nice room and great location, Hotel Gioberti is a good choice.
Enjoyed the Hotel Gioberti
Spent 3 nights at Hotel Gioberti. Had room on top floor facing the street. Was pleased with the close proximity most attractions. Also noted that with being across the street from the termini, and with all the traffic, was not disturbed by the noise. Very clean and nice decor in rooms. Would stay there again