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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Patria Rome
I stayed at Hotel Patria for 3 nights in August and was quite happy with the hotel, having seen quite a few negative reviews after I'd already booked and paid for the accomodation.
Our room was decent for a 3 start, local, family run hotel. The room was clean, larger than we expected (although it was an odd shaped room) and the bathroom was relatively modern. My biggest complaint was that the shower had a removable showerhead which often fell quite hard on my head whilst in the shower.
The hotel was in a good location, near Piazza della Republica and on the north-west side of Termini. Lots of restaurants within a 5 minute walk. The main sites (Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, etc) are a pleasant 10-15 minute walk away. The Vatican is about a 45 minute walk or a 15 minute subway ride.
The hotel has cheap internet access and offers a breakfast which was included in our price. The breakfast was very average (coffee and crossiants), so we tried it one day, then went to Cafe Dagnino every other day in the arcade across the road on via Torino.
The staff at the front desk were pleasant and helpful, except for the older man that was at the desk in the mornings. I suspect he was the owner. He seemed quite rude and would grunt at the customers.
We got a good deal through the travel agent with one free nights accomodation. Overall, it was a decent hotel by European standards (which in my experience are lower than the USA and Aussie standards), but if I return to Rome I would probably try staying closer to the main sites.
An Awful Hotel
This is one of the worst hotels that we have ever stayed in. It claims to be three stars but is lucky to be two. We were bumped along with two other couples we were travelling with to another hotel on our first of two nights - having to drag our bags to another hotel half a mile away and then back the next day. They claimed they were "overbooked" but we feel that this may be part of a pattern given other reviewers have had the same experience. The atmosphere was stuffy, the service poor, the rooms unclean - there were silverfish crawling around our room! - and the towels were an inadequate strip of cotton cheesecloth type material. What was galling was to find other hotels in the vicinity that looks much nicer for significantly less cost which means the Patria as well as very unpleasant is poor value. This hotel is an insult to Rome and to international travellers who are expecting something reasonable. We could not recommend the hotel to anyone. If you are seeking a hotel that is clean and comfortable with good service and reasonable value then give the Hotel Patria a very wide berth.
I read with interest the comments on Hotel Patria as we had bad experience there. We booked and prepaid accommodation for 5 nights in June, with a break of one night when we would be away to the south of Italy. Although we had paid for a double room, when we arrived in the evening, we were given a single room. The room was so small that the table and the two single mattresses had to be squeezed in between the two walls cheek to jowl. Of course there was no space to walk through or to place the suitcase. The tariff notice on the table indicated that the room rate was 180 euros. The hotel moved us to a double room the following day without an apology and this room was 210 euro a night. This means the hotel pocketed an extra 30 euro by cheating on its guests.
Before we left for the south of Italy, I reminded the hotel staff that we would be coming back the following night for two nights and that we had paid for a double room. When we came back and were given the room key, I opened the door with trepidation. Sure enough, it was another single room and in much worse condition. It was old and smelt musty and looked like it had been a store room before. This time there was only one bed which was so small that two standards pillows could not fit onto it without the edges hanging over the sides of the bed.
The tariff for this room was 150 euros. When we protested, we were simply told "we will move you tomorror". Again, no apology, no exlanation.
We were moved to another double room the next day, the shower was terrible. The water was a fine mist and splashed everywhere except on us. The drain hole was half blocked and we had to turn off the showere after less than a minute to stop the bathroom being flooded. We had to do that several time for one shower.
Hotel Patria is well located but there are many 3 stars in the vicinity. Will we go back to it again? No!!! Would you return to a hotel which is devoid of business ethics and treats its guests with contempt?
Comfortable and well located
We spent four nights at the Patria and whilst it was ok, we would probably look elsewhere next time.
The room was clean but even with the airconditioning going most or the time and windows open at others, we couldn't seem to get rid of the musty smell.
There are no washing or ironing facilities available at the hotel and the nearest laundry is a good 10-15 minutes walk so make sure you pack your drip-dry and permanent press clothing.
The breakfast is your basic continental fare but the coffee is fairly ordinary and you will probably have to queue as the room only seats 19 people and there are nearly 50 rooms in the hotel.
In summary, the hotel is comfortable and well located but the value for money is borderline.
Smelly rooms, rude staff
We had 3 nights in this hotel and it would have to have been the worst place that we stayed during our 6 weeks away. The room was awkwardly set out, wreaked of stale cigarette smoke and the window opened onto a dirty vacant lot. The shower was awful and the rose kept dislodging from its stand. Friends staying there on a different floor were no better off and were near the staff toilet and heard every flush! Breakfast was a joke..cornflakes only offered, no fruit to speak of with dodgy looking pastries and bitter, tepid coffee. The breakfast room was not much bigger than our bedroom but was required to service the entire hotel! We ate there the first morning and althought breakfast was included in our stay, did not go back! The staff did their job and no more, there was no facility to borrow an iron and the only redeeming features were the free use of internet and the hotel's central location.
As It Is
My wife and I stayed 5 nights in May 2005 for our wedding anniversary. The one problem you might find is that you have to wait for a table for breakfast as they only have 19 seats in the breakfast room. The breakfast is the usual continental fare, bread rolls croissants cereals cheeses and jams with fruit juice coffee and tea on offer. The hotel is located in a handy position to visit the main sites in Rome all within about 15/20 minutes walking excluding St Peters. Being the furthest away it is easily reached by bus from the end of the street (100 mts ). Bus number 40, 62, or 64. or take the Metro from Republica to Ottaviano station and the short walk into the Piazza. The Hotel is clean, Towels are changed daily, and the staff friendly and helpfull. If arriving from Termini rail station or Airport bus, walk up to Republica across the bus station and turn left down Via National take the first road on the right (about 50mts ).The Hotel is then on the left 100 mts. There are several restaurants and pizza houses in the close area. Would we stay at that Hotel again ?. YES we would. Enjoy your stay.
Very satisfied resident
We stayed at the Hotel Patria, Rome during March 2005. It is a lovely little hotel and very good value for money. The rooms are clean and comfortable with a well appointed bathroom. Staff are helpful and friendly. The very central location was ideal. This is the place if you're looking for good basic value. We will definitely be back!
Great location and clean rooms
Hotel is centrally located and within walking distance of termini central train station. All the the major sights of rome are close to this hotel, the trevi fountain, spanish steps, pantheon and piazza navona are all within walking distance. Hotel is nice and the rooms are very clean and are cleaned well every morning. I have booked again for this year!!!
We stayed in the hotel Patria in October, 2004. It is very centrally situated and very near Termini Station (5 minutes walk) and the Metro (2 minute walk).
Staff were friendly, helpful and had good English, and were a useful source of information for the usual tourist enquiries.
The room was smallish but sufficient for our needs as we spent all day sightseeing. The bathroom was very clean but did not have surfaces for laying out our toiletries.
Continental breakfast was basic but adequate and the breakfast room was non smoking. We asked for a non-smoking bedroom but there was an ashtray on the table nevertheless. However, the room did not smell smokey.
The air conditioning was not terribly efficient although this was not too important at the time of year we visited.
We had a pleasant holiday, though we would probably try another hotel next time.
Patria possibbly could be good
My daughter and I just completed a trip to the UK and Italy. We had limited time in Rome and at the start of our trip we were booked into the hotel Augustia which is apparently a sister hotel to the Patria. When we booked into the Augustia we told them that when we completed our tour of Italy that we would be arriving back in Rome very late at night and that we were booked into the Patria and they said there would be no problem as the hotels were one in the same and they had 24 hour reception so no matter what time we arrived there would be no problem. As it turned out we arrived back in Rome at approximately 9.30 pm and went directly to hotel Patria. Wen we arrived we were told although we had booked a twin room only a double was available (we had booked our rooms three months in advance - and paid for them). However, when we got to our room we found it to be a single room, with one towel, one glass. one bed, slightly larger than a small double bed, but considering we had been travelling all day and had to be up at 5.00 am to go to the airport to catch our flight home we said nothing. Even when we went downstairs early in the morning to check out the consierge on duty at the time asked us for the other room number when he saw two of us were checking out from our room - still no apology or explanation. Now we are home, very upsetting.