BEST WESTERN Hotel Villafranca
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Hotel Villafranca Rome
After reading several reviews from this site, I decided to book a room at this hotel. I took the Leonardo Express train from the airport to the Termini Station and walked the very short distance to the hotel. Upon arrival, the staff were very welcoming and professional. Being a single traveler, I did not book a large room, but when I arrived, I was given a double room for the same price. I was not going to complain. The hotel has a lift to take you to each floor. When I entered the room, I was pleasently suprised at how nice it looked. The hotel must have gone through renovation recently as there was nice paint, nice floors, and ceramic tile in the bathroom. All of the fixtures looked nice and maintained. The television was small but since all of the channels are in Italian, I didn't watch it at all. The room had a mini-bar but I also did not use it. There was a small balcony outside the window, but it was on the inside of the building so there was nothing to see.
After getting settled, I went to the front desk for directions and was given a map of the city. The staff pointed out the locations of the metro stations and several stores in the area. The staff also mentioned that they could book tours directly with a company if I was interested. I took them up on it and went on two tours outside the city and they went very well. The tour company picked up and dropped of at the hotel which was nice.
In the morning, the hotel provides breakfast beginning at 7am. There was eggs, sausage, ham, pasteries, juices, coffee, and many other things to choose from. The food was prepared very well and tasted good.
Over all, I enjoyed staying at this location and would definately return. The location is away from the noisy streets but close enough to walk to several of the main sites. It's proximity to the Termini Station and metro stops makes it very easy to get around Rome.
Clean and convenient
Stayed at the Villafranca after reading some outstanding reviews on this web site. Sent a fax in advance asking to pay extra for a superior room. Situation of the Hotel is quite convenient for the main railway station only 5 minute walk. Was given a small room on the 3rd floor despite my fax! Room was clean and had a mini bar, hairdrier and all the other usuals. Bathroom was very nicely appointed. There are a lot of Hotels in the area and a lot of restaurants nearby. Large bottles of "Nastro" beer 5 Euro at the bar or 1 Euro from the supermarket round the corner. Loved exploring Rome, sigtseeing bus from the Station very good.
Good breakfast, nice neighbourhood
In august 2003 and 2004 I stayed in Hotel Villa Franca. Both times the rooms were excellent. Their staff is very nice. The airco works very fast. Rooms on the 5th floor have a balcony (ask for a room on the street side) that's where I stayed.
Breakfast contains bread, cheese, ham, eggs (boiled and srambled), sausage, fruit, cake coffee, tea, juice and more.
The hotel is situated away from the noise. Termini station is not more then a 5 minute walk away, but make sure to take the right exit. The busstops are next to Temini station.
You don''t have to take a taxi to this hotel. Just take the Leonardo Express train, duration: 32 minutes. And it will save you money (taxi about €50 and the train €9).
When you want to make a city tour go to busstop platform D (next to Termini). Here you can get all your information and buy tickets.
If I visit Rome again I'm sure I would stay here again.
We were overall very satisfied with the hotel. The service is very good, staff are helpful and it is very clean. We booked a superior room and when we arrived at the hotel we were allocated a room on the 3rd floor, the room itself was clean but it was extremely small with a tiny bathroom and shower, not what you expect from a superior room! We immediately asked if there were any other rooms available and we were given a room on the 6th floor. This room was very spacious with a nice big bathroom and a balcony with sun loungers and table and chairs! I would definitely recommend requesting a room on the 6th floor when booking. The rooms were cleaned everyday and fresh towels were provided everyday also. Termini train/metro station is about a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel but there is a metro station just 1 minute from the hotel. There wasn't much choice of cafes/restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the hotel and it is quite far out of the main tourist areas, we were happy to walk everywhere during the day but used the metro at night time to get around. There's a bar in the hotel though that is open 24hrs. If you do stay at the Hotel Villafranca DO NOT use their 'limo' transfer to/from the airport! We booked this to the airport and the car was not a limo just an executive type car but the driver had a death wish! He drove at 170km per hour and weaved in and out of other cars! Much safer to take the train!
This is a great little hotel in Rome. The staff was extremely helpful, air conditioning worked in the room, good location (a walk from the train station and close to Ancient Rome as well), a good breakfast selection in the morning and nice rooms. Would definitely stay here again.
My husband and I wanted to take his mother to Italy, so we decided to try Rome. After reading so many of the reviews, I was very confused about finding us a hotel. If the location was good, then people said the place was a dump, and vice versa. We decided to just go with the Villafranca. The price was good, the location is good, (very close to the main bus terminal, which will take you just about anywhere that you need to go.) The place was so clean, even my mother-in-law said it was, and if the hotel isn't clean, she can't sleep there. The staff was very helpful, when my husband called to find out about transportation from CIA Airport, the deskclerk asked if we wanted a personal driver to pick us up for 50Euros. We went with the driver from the Airport and back.
We got in late at night and left very early in the morning, so that worked out very well. The breakfast buffet was wonderful, Eggs, Sausage, Cereals, Fruit, and many kinds of bread. We were all very happy with our stay at the Villafranca, but bring things to do in your room at night, the hotel does not offer any amenities, and every channel on the TV was in Italian. That was fine because we were able to go to bed early and get an early start with our sightseeing. We would recommend this hotel to our friends.
Excellent value hotel
I stayed here over New Year 2003..one of the quietest hotels I have been in, yet very close to metro and main railway/bus station and as long as you take the right exit on arrival no need for cabs only 3 stops to main sights on metro....helpful staff and comfortable rooms.....
Spent a couple of days in Rome this past Summer in August of 2003 and it was amazing. The hotel is in walking distance of many of the major tourist attractions...and right around the corner is the Central Metro Station. Visiting a place could not be as easy and fantastic as it is staying at the Best Western VillaFranca Hotel. When I return to Rome I wouldn't have it anyother way than to spend it at the VillaFranca. The staff, service, and rooms are exceptional. Without a doubt, the Best Western VillaFranca Hotel in Rome has my seal of approval.
I stayed at the Villa Franca in November 2002. It was a short walk from the main railway station (no taxis required) in a quiet street and an ideal location for visiting the sights of Rome. A metro station is about 250 yards away. Nearby is a selection of sensibly priced eating places. The hotel staff are friendly and helpfull. Would I stay there again? Yes, I hope to visit again in November 2003.
Just back from a trip to Rome where myself and three friends stayed at the Best Western VillaFranca. We had superior rooms on the fifth floor. I think the rooms have been recently refurbished and have nice fully tiled bathrooms. Well worth the small extra payment. Booked online with BW special rates which provided great value. Rooms are very clean and fresh towels and toiletries are provided every day. Good selection for breakfast included scrambled egg and sausage. Located about 5 minutes from the Termini station in a quiet side street with a Metro station 2 minutes round the corner from the Hotel. You can walk to most places if you like. A good value reasonably central small hotel with helpful staff.