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Very clean room and helpful staffs
We checked in the hotel in a hot summer night. Thank God it's not far away from the airport. It took about 45 Euro to reach the hotel by taxi. The staffs are efficient and helpful. And we have very cool air-conditioning at night. The room is very clean, though the toilet is a bit too small. The place is very quiet at night. It took less than 5 minutes to walk to the termini station and there is a supermarket right opposite to the hotel. A few good restaurant around the area and we tried a very very delicious home made paste in a nearby restaurant. Definitely a good choice. My wife said she will pick this hotel if we ever visit Rome again.
This is a pretty simple hotel but for the location it is great. It is less than 10 minutes walk from Termini station and even less time if you are arriving by coach (such as Terravision). I had no trouble finding the way to the hotel. It is true as some people said that the Termini area could be a bit rough, but this is mostly to the west side of Termini (towards city centre). On the east or north side, it is much more quiet and more residential. Staying near Termini is great for travelling around.
The hotel itself is small. You have to walk one floor up to the reception. The "superior" room I booked was not big in average standard. Bathroom was tiny too. One good point about the room was its cleanliness - almost spotless and sparking. I agree with the previous reviewer that an air-con room is essential, especially in the summer. I think only "superior" rooms have air-con.
Breakfast is ok and staff reasonably helpful. Most people stayed in the hotel were 20s something (including myself) and I haven't seen any family staying there.
Better than expected!
I think I agree pretty much with most people have said before. The hotel is pleasant and clean and the rooms are very spacious - surprisingly so for a city centre hotel. We were on the fouth floor at the front in "superior" rooms, so maybe the ordinary ones aren't so large. One caveat - as aother people have said the street is very noisy and you really do have to close the windows. That was fine in our room, which was air conditioned, but not in the children's room which only had a fan. They weren't too bothered but I don't think it would be satisfactory for adults. When booking, I advise that you explicitly check that your room has proper aircon.
The hotel is very conveniently situated for Termini and they are buses from outside or within 5 minutes walk to just about everywhere (as well as all the ones that depart from Termini). The place is easy to find - the instructions on their website are pretty clear. The hotel is in a wonderful palazzo with a marble entrance hall.
Breakfast was fine - coffee, cake and rolls. Once we had to wait five minutes for a table but so what!
The staff were friendly enough - it was useful to be able to speak some Italian.
All in all, I would recommend this hotel, so long as you book a superior room with aircon.
Sauber und absolut ruhig
Ideal für die Besichtigung Roms. Günstig gelegen (U-Bahnnähe). Auf dem Weg dort hin ein kleines Keller-Restaurant, dessen Inhaber zwar gewöhnungsbedürftig, dann aber überaus herzlich ist. Pasti der Spitzenklasse zu in Rom nicht üblichen vernünftigen Preisen. Das Hotel ist zwar, was das Treppenhaus betrifft, schäbig. Aber durch die Etagentüren, hinter denen das Hotel angesiedelt ist, betritt man saubere Gänge und dann auch gepflegte Zimmer der Standard-Klasse. Hervorzuheben ist die absolute Ruhe nach dem Hinterhof, die man bei vielen Hotelzimmern in Rom, die zur Straße liegen, schmerzlich vermisst. Lieber Ruhe als Sterne-Schnickschnack!
Having read generally good reviews of the Dolomiti my wife and I hoped it would live up to expectations and it more than did. It was about 7 mins walk from the Terravision airport shuttle drop off point. We arived later than expected at the hotel (about 1:00 am) and we were swiftly settled into our room with no fuss. We had booked a superior room over the internet and it was spotlessly clean and very nicely furnished with a small but really good bathroom. SAT TV with SKY and CNN, Fridge/minibar. The towels were changed daily and the continental breakfast was good and exactly as described by others. We paid 80 euros for the first 3 nights then 85 euros for the last night. All the staff were very friendly and gave us advice on transport places to go etc. They also recommended a good restaurant nearby that we ate in every night, with a 10% discount. The one slight criticism I would have is that the room could be a bit cool when you got back in after sightseeing all day at 5pm. It did have a radiator but you had no control over it. Not sure if someone complained but it did improve over the days we were there.
Dolomiti-Clean and Comfortable
We were very happy with the Dolomiti, when we visited beginning March 2006, as it is a clean and comfortable hotel-with all basic amenities. Bathrooms are slightly small but not so small as to be inconvenient in any way. Rooms are a nice size, and since we had large bags, they even gave us a bigger room- without us having to ask. The breakfast was sufficient and the best we had in our entire trip-even better than some 5 star Hotels we stayed at. Staff was very friendly and accomodating.
The main station in Rome, Stazione Termini, is a 5-7 minute walk from Dolomiti. This area is very safe, as opposed to the other side of Termini, which is quite seedy (the McDonalds' side). There are supermarkets close by and many restaurants. And if one wants to take the shuttle to Ciampino Airport, the shuttle charges 8 Euros and leaves from near the Termini Stazione.
My husband was quite put off by Dolomiti as we go out of our taxi and he saw the outside-the old building it is situated inside, but dont judge this one by its facade-the hotel is on the 3rd floor but they have an elevator, and the insides are nothing like the outside.
Hotel Dolomiti - Meets the need
We stayed here in September 2005. This hotel is fairly central, 5 mins walk from main bus / train station Termini. You could walk to the Trevi Fountain in about 25 mins. It is in a block that has different hotels on every floor. The lift was very slow. We found it noisy only on one night when a tour of what seemed to be students arrived but other than that it was fine. Breakfast is basic but sufficient. The double room was clean but the air conditioning did not work but was fixed immediately when we reported it. Overall I think this hotel is good for the location and the fact it is clean. Do not pay extra for a balcony as the view is a tiny not much to see "coutyard". It is a waste to spend all day in a hotel when you are in such a wonderful city as Rome...so really I would not be too overly concerned about where I stay if you plan to sightsee and be out and about all day. For people travelling with Ryanair, the Ryanair commuter bus to the city stops near this hotel - walking distance which is handy.This is a safe enough bet when looking for a hotel in Rome. It is not luxury but it clean, central, a good bit above basic and the staff are helpful. I would stay here again.
Very noisy and cold
We stayed in the Dolomiti for 4 nights over New Year's, which is one of the top seasons in Rome. While we realised that EUR 127 incl. breakfast for 2 is a bargain for Rome at this of year, we had certain expectations, as the hotel has been recommended by one well known travel guide and at the time of booking had a very favourable review by a tripadvisor member.
We had booked over one month in advance, requesting a quiet room. This had been confirmed. On the day, we arrived well before check-in time to be told that the last quiet room had just been given away to s.o. else who had more or less walked in off the street 5 mins earlier. Not only did we not get an apology, it was made clear that they would charge our c/c, if we walked out. A good start to our Roman holiday.
And oh, the noise. We found ourselves in a room with single glazing facing one of Rome's busier arteries. Trucks, ambulances, scooters 'round the clock. But the worst problem was that there appears to be aboslutely no sound proofing whatsoever between the rooms. We could have joined in in the conversations next door, if only our Italian were better. We got a very good understanding of the personal hygiene habits of our fellow travellers, including their gurgling routines. We could tell, when they opened the mini bar. A few nights more, we would have been able to distinguish between bottles and cans being taken.
The first night, we had a family with two rather restless infants next door, then a couple who felt the need to get up at 4:30 a.m. for a lively discussion. By the third night, an Italian couple had moved in, who invited other around for a party until 3 am, oblivious to the wall-banging by other unnerved occupants. And oh, noone there at the 24/7 reception. On our last night, we were woken at 4 am, given the privilege of sharing a very intimate moment with our neighbours. At least a story to tell, I guess.
Also, the heating was turned off during day time, so when you got home at night, it was very, very cold in the room. We were sleeping with our jumpers on! By morning, the room had warmed up a little, though barely reaching 18 degrees at any time.
Heating could not be adjusted in the room.
Contrary to the other reviewers' experiences, we met only staff who were practically unable to communicate in any language other than Italian above a very basic level.
btw: If you consider staying there in summer, a/c will be charged extra. That much we found out.
The hotel has satellite TV, but only Italian and a couple of French channels.
Breakfast is served in a crowded room, where tables have been crammed in at such a density that a slightly bigger-than-average person wouldn't stand a chance. The 'buffet' offers a few roles, sweet pastry, jams, and sliced processed cheese as well as muesli and some fruit. Average at best, but okay.
The location is convenient, close to public transport and still walking distance to just about anywhere.
To give the hotel some credit, the rooms apparently have been done up recently and are pretty and very clean.
Internet access is free for 10 mins.
As for the staff: They are friendly, if you are friendly first, but ignore you otherwise.
All in all, it is impossible to ruin a holiday in Rome. But, if you want a cheap and clean place and don't mind the noise, why not chose the YMCA? At least you'll be spared some types of noise :)
Completely concur with the previous review. Called last minute from southern Italy and this was the only place in the lonely planet budget section that had a room and that only a double share bath for 80 euros. Don't be fooled by the outside it is nicely renovated and absolutely spotless with good english by those manning the desk and phone.
My husband and I stayed at Hotel Dolomiti for the second time recently and found it to be very good value overall. Our first visit was 3 years ago and we shared a bathroom to save money that time. We had no problems, all facilities were always spotlessly clean, but decided to spend the extra for private bathroom this time. All accommodation in Rome is expensive, especially when you're converting to AUD, so our choice came down to how much we were willing to pay. We said last time that next visit we would stay in the centre of Rome, but finding availability was difficult and it was so much more expensive we couldn't come at it.
Hotel Dolomiti is in the Termini area, which means about a 20-30 min walk to the sights - Navona, Pantheon, Trevi, Spanish Steps. Or more likely you will catch the Metro from Termini to Spagna and walk from there. Unfortunately in Rome there are no Metro stops through the middle of town. The Castro Pretorio stop is closer than Termini to Dolomiti, so go there to catch the Metro to Colosseo for the Colosseum, but for Spagna you will need to go to Termini and change trains anyway, so probably just as easy to walk.
The hotel itself is fairly typical Rome - old building in need of superficial work, 4 floors with different hotels on different floors. Reception for Dolomiti on 2nd floor. V small lift which moves very slowly! Otherwise stairs. You will have no choice but to carry your own bags, so make sure you can lift them! English spoken at front desk so easy to check in and out. Everything extremely clean and tidy. 24 hr reception and they buzz you into your floor (our room was on 4th floor) so feels very secure. We found it very quiet and peaceful. Our room was v large for Europe, where you often get a room only slightly larger than the bed. There was a fridge, small bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet and basin, double bed, desk, wardrobe, tiled floor, air con, tv and small window. We felt the air con was necessary even in Oct when we were there because still quite warm weather and room got stuffy without it. No English channels on tv.
Breakfast really excellent for Italy. Crusty rolls, juice, coffee (ask for a cappuccino, they won't offer), various jams, jam filled donuts, croissants (a bit dry), cornflakes, coco pops, tea, room temp milk, water. Small buffet style. Water from the tap is totally fine to drink. You'll need to practice your Italian (buon giorno, cappuccino per favore, grazie) on the waitresses who will be friendly if you are friendly first!
The location is safe and about 7 min walk to Termini (this is where you catch the train to/from the airport too). There are a few restaurants around, but generally a quiet area. If you can afford it, I would try to stay closer to the centre of town, but keep in mind that we find it more convenient to be close to a Metro stop so that you can easily get to places a bit further away like Vatican, St Peters and Colosseum. Metro is reasonably priced - we got a 3 day pass from a machine at Castro Pretorio which had instructions in English.
If you don't mind sharing, you get a good cost saving sharing a bathroom.
Some tips on Italy generally - always say buon giorno/buona sera to the shopkeeper when you enter a shop or restaurant. Say buona sera/ciao/grazie when you leave. Dress smartly if wanting to go into any of the shops around Via Condotti. Trains in Italy are generally excellent, but you will have to drag your bag up into the carriage - floor is probably about waist height when you're standing on the platform. And then need to get it into overhead luggage racks. We found it easy to book train trips online (trenitalia), then pick up the tickets at the machines at Termini. Don't forget to validate the tickets in the yellow machines at the end of the platforms just before you get on the train.
Have a great trip!
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