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Great short stay at the Hotel Saint Paul
We have just returned from a short break at the Hotel St Paul in Rome. the staff and welcome was reassuring and caring. The location although not in the centre of Rome was very easy for travel by the Metro to any areas of Rome. The breakfasts were wholesome and filling, recommendations for restaurants from the hotel staff for evening meals were very good. The rooms were clean and decorated to a good standard. It was the staff though who made the stay in the Hotel St Paul such a success, and we thank them for making our short break so great.
More a ymca than a 4 star
To start with if you are not from Rome, as i am and you haven't got your own trasport you are stuck in what can only be described as one of the most unpleasant and unattractive area of rome poorly linked to town. the hotel itself is a typical palazzo or palazzina just renovated or still under renovation as it was the case, scaffolding were adorning the outside of the building and plenty more was going on inside. We were there at the beginning of a rather cold February for bussines and the only reason the hotel was chosen was for the convenience of the location.Big mistake !! ..Although to be fair the staff were extremely pleasant ,friendly and helpfull the hotel itself was a big disappointment .
The heating in our room was clearly not working as it wasn't anywhere else in the building and after spending the first night kept awake by the loud noise of the useless heating system which incidentally only worked if the room key was kept in the slot( pointless if you are out all day ) we were given an other room and an extra blunket to no much avail as the heating clearly wasn't doing is job. The bathroom was very small and again poorly heated by a small towel rail.. Utterly pointless !! the shower cubicle was suitable for a dwarf ...even my wife who's 5 foot tall struggled to fit in it.
As for the breakfast i can only say that the selection of food was okay....ishh although the room itself was rather unwelcoming and very cold. Our rooms ( both the same ) were reasonably spacious but the so called king size bed was particulary small ( i am only 6 foot tall ). As for the deco i guess it's a matter of taste as Ikea produces better looking quality furniture and fittings.
The 4 star classification given to this place is clearly inappropriate and an up market YMCA would have been more suitable
Great hotel, friendly staff and fantastic value for money
What can I say? The rooms were comfortable, spacious and well furnished with well stocked minibars. The bathrooms were extremely well decorated with plenty of complimentary toiletries and there were more than ample towels, pillows, sheets and blankets. We had a room with a balcony and although it overlooked the road we didn't hear much traffic noise.
The breakfast was one of the best "continental" breakfasts I've had in europe with a wide selection of meats, cheeses, sausage (hot dogs), bacon, eggs, fruits, yoghurts, cereals and an extremely wide selection of pastries and breads. There was also a selection of hot drinks and fruit juices.
Perhaps one of the best features of this hotel is its reception staff who speak extremely good english. We found them helpful, polite and very eager to please. NOTHING SEEMED TOO MUCH TROUBLE!!!
Although a fair distance from the city centre, this hotel isn't far from the metro which leads you to the major sites. We found it easier to get a taxi from the airport and then find the metro to go into town once we had deposited our luggage!!! Excellent value for money - you would be hard pressed to find as nice and friendly hotel in the centre. A word of warning though, there aren't many restaurants or bars near the hotel but we just hopped on the metro in the evening and headed into the city!!!
Unfinished, noisy and out of the way
We stayed here for 3 nights in January 2005. Our first problem was that it took us about an hour to find this place from the 'nearest' tube - near being about 15 minutes walk as the maps provided were not very clear.
The website is misleading in how close to the city it is as it is 4 stops from colloseum, about 15 minutes and also at least 15 minute walk to the tube.
The hotel is trying to be nicely decorated but is cheaply done and in our room the shower and towel rail were coming away from the wall.
Also we were put in a room with scaffolding directly outside the window and the noisy construction work began before 7 am. We were then moved to a room further away from the work and without scaffolding once we asked and could not understand why we were put in the first room originally, when there were clearly many other rooms available.
The service was quite good and the staff friendly and helpful but you would be far better paying the little extra and staying closer to the attractions and maybe even getting a real 4 star hotel as this one clearly is not.
Just got back from 7 nights at this hotel and I cannot really think of anything bad to say.
The hotel staff all speak english, not perfectly but what do you expect when it isn't their first language. Had no communication problems at all.
The buffet breakfest was excellent, several types of meats and cheeses, with pastries, breads, hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage (well okay hot dogs), fruit, cereal, and so on. It was excellent and it is served from 7am to 10:30am, we slept in one day and made it down at about 10am and everything was still out and available.
The room was an *08 room and was perfect. I would recommend anything from the 2nd floor up. Our first room was on the 1st floor and we did not like the fact that workmen could see into our bathroom so we asked for a new room and got it right away without any problems, the staff was very polite and quick about it. The new room was a similar layout as the other, it was clean and had everything you could ask for. The shower is a power shower and was excellent. The air con/heat was sweet and allowed you to set the room nicely. The floor we were on was filled and yet we heard very little noise at night. Out of the 7 nights the bed was perfect, the temperature in the room was just right. Slept like a baby.
The location is perfect, considering the price you pay. This hotel was a lot cheaper than the ones right in the centre of Rome. The transportation from this hotel to Rome is way better than being in Rome and paying an arm and a leg. The 170 bus picks you up right across the street and takes less than 20 minutes to get to the main terminal. It also stops at some sweet spots before hand so you can get off and do the sight seeing. If you want to walk to the Metro goto Marconi station it is only 6 minutes away, YES 6 MINUTES ONLY! You just walk to the main road and go left and boom you are there. It isn't confusing or too far to go. The Saint Paul stop seems to take longer since it isn't a direct route.
As for things near by, there is some shops down the street if you take the bus for 5 minutes there is a load of shops (less expensive compared to the centre of Rome), restaurants are not great in the area although the shop next to the bus stop makes nice sandwiches and has great snacks too. By Saint Paul Metro keep going and the second street on the right there is a really nice Chinese Food restaurant (cheap and very good, I know when in Rome you should be eating pasta, etc. but it was the only place we knew would be open on Christmas Day for dinner).
The hotel is still having some work done on it, only on the outside and as I said the *08 rooms and anything before that is well away from the noise and to be honest I heard very little until I walked by during the day time, never had a problem at night or in the morning.
Overall the stay was great, the price was amazing, the staff were FANTASTIC (be polite and try to speak a little Italian it goes a long way as we saw and expereniced, trust me try to learn a bit), food was great, the location was perfect for us since it was in a nice area and close to all major transportation without the problems that happen around Termini (main train station) plus the buses are always half full and they come every 20 minutes while at Termini getting packed onto a metro car with 100+ people is not a fun day out.
We stayed as I said for 7 nights, get a 7 day Metro/Bus ticket and for 16 Euro and you will not have to worry about swiping, or validating anything. With that we saw everything we wanted to and more.
Had a great time and when I go back to Rome I will be staying here as long as the prices dont change too much.
Nice, new & clean but not conveniently located or complete
My wife, mother, son & I stayed at the Hotel Saint Paul for 3 nights around the middle of November 2004.
By our assessment this is a 2.5 to 3 star hotel (not 4 as it claims). It is a "new" hotel that was previously a University building and so is in between the buildings of the Roma University 3. It would be very convenient if you are attending the University.
- The rooms are new, clean and well maintained
- The breakfast was excellent and had ample quantities with enough variety to suit both a local and western palate.
- There is an excellent trattoria 50m away that provides outstanding local meals!
- Being "new" was an understatement - the Hotel is in fact still under construction so I would definitely make sure this is all complete if you are intending to stay in the next couple of months. We were awaken at 6:30AM by workmen on the weekday mornings who were painting the exterior of the building.
- If you are driving, and are staying on a week day - forget about parking. The University students double and triple park in all of the streets around the Hotel and there is no parking at the hotel.
- The location is very poor if you want to see the sites of Rome. There is nothing of note or interest in the surrounds of the hotel (The St Paul Basillica is right near the Metro - but not of great interest in comparison to the other sites of Rome). The Hotel is a 15 minute walk from the Metro (not 5 minutes as described by the hotel staff) and it is very hard to find the Hotel with the instructions from the Hotel. Best to catch a taxi from the Metro when first checking in to avoid walking the streets aimlessly.
- The lift broke twice in the 3 days we were there and the stairs were a challenge with heavy luggage. There was no assistance with our bags so it was tough going when we had to change rooms mid stay!
- The beds were very very hard.
- We had some challenges with our booking and the requested room types (we booked on ----------- and there may have been some issues in the communications of the information via email) however the staff were plainly rude and difficult in resolving this and at one time insisted that we go away and leave the hotel because we did not have a booking.
If you are driving and it is the weekend (so you can park), or you can afford to catch taxi's to/from the Metro, and want a clean and new 2.5 star hotel, then the Hotel Saint Paul may suit.
However if your goal is to see Rome from a convenient location, then it is just too far from anything of interest and the Metro to be convenient so I would suggest that you look at other options closer to the centre of Rome.