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Very good jumping off point to visit Rome
We stayed at the King four nights. You pay for the location, good service, and a room. The hallways and breakfast were nice and clean, the room with two single beds is tired and needs freshening. A pain not having a hook for the shower head. Not a bad place overall and very fun location.
Glad we were only there one night!
We stayed here our last night in Rome, and it was such a dump! The walls were filthy, the paint was peeling, the bathroom moldy, the TV broken and the beds were two separate twin beds. We were on our honeymoon, so we weren't pleased with that! The lady who checked us in was nice, but the rest of the staff was rude.
We requested another room, and they said they had one other. It involved what the others said: multiple elevators, lots of stairs, loooong hallways. We figured it was a wash, so we stayed in the room we had.
Before we stayed at this hotel, we stayed at another 3 star called the Hotel Rex (near the Termini), and it was miles better than this one! I couldn't believe they were both in the same class of hotel, because they couldn't be more different. We received both of the hotels from priceline, by the way.
I wouldn't recommend this place at all.
What Do You People Want From A 3 Star Hotel
We stayed here for five nights in March 2004. The rooms were clean. The decor has seen better days, but the staff are fantastic, friendly and will do anything for you. The location is fabulous - BUT - AVOID EATING AT THE RESTAURANT DOWEN THE STREET - LA TAVERNETTA DEL PESCATORE. It advertises 'home cooking' I dont think so. The guy charges 5 star prices for the worst food we had EVER eaten. No one finished their starter, and three of the four at the table had one mouthful of the main course before leaving it. The last person has two mouthfuls. The bill made London prices seem cheap. We paid E200 for one bottle of house wine, 4 starters and 4 main courses. Stay at the hotel, its basic but cheap. DONT eat at the restarant - unless you have good travel insurance
We arrived, expecting the lovely hotel advertised on the internet, but were sadly disappointed. The room was a hike of some distance, including lots of stairs as the lifts were pathetic and non-existant after the third floor. Inside the room we were horrified to realise that our lowered expectations had to get even lower. It was oppressive, dark and dirty. I'm afraid I can't tell you anymore as we both turned around, lugged our cases back down and found another hotel. Please don't stay at this hotel!
Glad it wasn't me that booked it!
The good and the bad reviews are all painting a picture we recognised (apart from the grossly optimistic 50 yards to Spanish Steps- more like 400!).
The hotel straddles a theatre hence its strange layout (and noise from productions and rehearsals). The rooms we had were in great need of a makeover. Old, tired, damaged. The toilet bowl in our room hadn't been properly cleaned for ages and the shutters were absolutely filthy. But linen and floors were clean.
Breakfast was eccentric. Awful, watered down orange juice, very little fruit but plenty of cakes and after the ham ran out when I asked for more I was given enough for a week!
As one of our party said, the best thing to be said about the hotel was that it was not her who booked it! But it did not prevent us having a great time in Rome and it is very convenient for the main attractions.
Stayed at the King Hotel for six days starting March 18, 2004. I found the location terrific, the staff helpful and friendly. It is a bit quirky with the halls and elevators but this only added to its charm.
There are two beautiful outdoor areas and the rooms were just fine. I really enjoyed this hotel and it added to a wonderful trip!
Fantastic Location and Great Value for Money
I stayed at this hotel in January 2004 and had a whale of a time. The Hotel is located about 50 metres from the Spanish Steps and the Subway Stop Barberini. Breakfast is excellent by Italian standards and includes Hams, Salamis, Cheeses, Yoghurt etc. I booked the hotel direct online and saved a fortune...
King Hotel - I don't think so!
This was a surprise birthday present from my boyfriend to me and it sure was a surprise!!Like the other reviews my partner had booked an air con room and all we got was a machine that only worked slightly (if you stood right next to it) when a big tube was sticking out of the window - don't they know air con doesn't work effectively with a window open!!The bathroom was also dirty, the shower was mouldy, the toilet was - well - stained. The room was very dark as well - it wasn't good.We moved rooms but only the next day and after a sleepless night due to the heat (August 03).The new room had a proper air con unit which worked and did keep us cool, the bathroom had also been re-fitted and was sparkly clean. Ask for Room 404 if you must stay there!!On a positive note - the hotel was in an excellent location, walking distance to Spanish Steps, shopping areas, Trevi Fountain. The staff were pleasant - even after the grief we gave them - but unfortunately I wouldn't recommend this hotel.Sorry!!
Decent value/Good location
King Hotel has a great location in Rome offering short walks to the Spanish Steps (great hang out location at night) Trevi & Pantheon..short walks to the Forum, Colloseum and most museums. We pre-booked out accomodations through an agent and I requested all AC rooms on all hotels. When we arrived I asked and confirmed this detail and was told it was an AC room. After dragging our bags across the hotel to an un - AC room I was furious and called to desk. As mentioned in previous review, some rooms are not located and accessable by elevator. Upon calling to desk we were promptly moved to an AC room (on our own no porters) which was cool, clean and comfortable. I think they just try you first to see if you will complain about no AC...maybe in December I wouldn't but with the heat wave in Italy in August '03 I was not about to settle for the 1st room. Breakfast was good...typical Italian style with ham, cereals, cheeses, breads, yogurt. Nice breakfast terrace for lounging and eating. Desk staff in particular Roberto was very helpful offering good restaurant recommendations as well as making reservations and calling ahead for us (which I recommended doing). Ladies don't count on the hairdryers in the rooms....they are present but not very good in general.
King Hotel is hardly regal!
The King Hotel is a good value considering its excellent location near the Spanish Steps, but our stay did not reflect the hotel's advertising. We had confirmed an air conditioned room, but were given one with just a weak fan; the management said that when they advertise "all rooms with AC," that means AC or fan. In the June heat, it was unbearable without real AC. (Eventually they changed our room to an air-conditioned one, which was comfortable, but the experience soured us.) THe hotel also advertises itself as having an elevator, but this is only true for rooms in one part of the building. If you stay on the far side of the hotel, you have to drag your luggage up and down several flights of steps (with no help from the "porter"). The staff was consistently unhelpful, even rude. On the positive side, the breakfast was plentiful and served on a pretty outdoor porch.