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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Madison Rome
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Madison Rome
Very Convenient Location
Arrived early morning at Rome airport and without much problem located railway to Roma Termini. Paid 9.50 euro for ticket purchased at tobacco shop. Be sure to validate ticket at yellow machine before boarding train. Nonstop rail trip was 30 mins.
Hotel directly across street from terminal on via Marsala. Arrival was before check-in so desk clerk directed us to leave bags in storage room. Room with double bed incl. writing table, mini-fridge, lamp on headboard, ceiling light and 13"color TV. Small but clean. Was hoping for a front room but ended up with a back one and a view of the back of other bldgs. next door. Bathroom also very clean and quite sizable with shower only; in addition, there was a closet as opposed to an armoir for hanging clothes.
A 2-night stay was 125 euro per nite (Sept.23-24). Breakfast was included with room but did not take advantage since it was served quite early. No major problems with hotel staff or service. For some reason, the hotel room numbers were not in numerical order--or so it seemed. Walked about corridor for 10-mins. before asking hotel employee for help in finding room. He of course found it in no time. The corridors are like a maze.
In the immediate area are inexpensive restaurants/bars/vendors and other budget hotels as well as banks/ATMs, souvenir shops and so on. However, via Marsala is a very crowded street peopled with Romans, tourists as well as beggars and the homeless and folks just hanging out and milling around the terminal. Warned about pickpockets but didn't personally encounter any. In general, via Marsala is a busy, bustling thoroughfare--with narrow street & sidewalk and much traffic and motorbikes throughout the day and night. 2-3 blocks in any direction from the terminal is more subdued and quiet.
This convenient location is ideal if regularly traveling via public transportation since buses, subway, Eurostar, etc. converge here. Would stay at the Madison again for its location and lively environment.
Lovely City - Not So Lovely Hotel Location
We stayed at the Madison hotel it was a nice hotel, although when we arrived there was no room for us, which was a bit annoying as we had booked 2 months in advance, we were offered alternative accomodation for one night in a hotel which was under refurbishment!! we had to wait until 2pm the following day to check in and unpack our bags. The area around the train station is quite rough, there are alot of homeless people and drunks around, i would not stay in this location again, if you want to stay somewhere nice then opt for the trevi fountain or spanish steps area which i feel are safer areas, particularily if all women parties are travelling. Rome is a fantastic city.
I loved the convenient location and great staff
We saw Italy by train and this was the BEST location of any hotel we had. Just off the Termini station area. We had plenty of options for restaurants. We walked to all of our sightseeing spots from the hotel. Felt very safe. We took the bus from the Termini station to the Vatican. The hotel was very clean and the staff was great. They booked our Carrani Tour (daytrip) from the hotel to Naples and onto a beautiful 40 minute water ride to Capri. I would highly recomment this! 7:30am. to about 10:00pm. 252Euros for two. It was well worth it. It included a four course lunch on top of Ana Capri and the unbelieveable 4 person canoe ride into the Blue Grotto Cave. BEAUTIFUL. The bus also had passengers continuing from Naples to Pompeii which they said was wonderful. The hotel has beautiful marble baths and clean, comfortable beds - room small, but it was great! Cab back to the airport was 45Euto. Breakfast was great - they even packed a quick To-Go bag for us when we went on our day trip!
Good for its class
Location is great - just in front of the Termini station, which makes it easy to reach Rome's attractions by Metro (or even by foot - Colosseum is 20 min. walk away). It's also very convenient to get from/to the airport, or other destinations in Italy.
The hotel itself is not luxurious, but still nice for its class: Clean, large rooms, large bathrooms (with a bath), nice breakfast, friendly staff.
If you're looking for a hotel in this class and location you can't expect to have a nice view from your window (and indeed you won't). A tiny problem was the lack of available electricity sockets - we had to unplug the TV to use our battery charger...
Bottom line: Recommended, ideal as a base for touring Rome.
Central location, clean, nice breakfast
We stayed in Madison hotel for 4 nights, 2 families in 2 big, spacious rooms. The rooms were large, clean and very quiet (quadruple windows).
Breakfast was very fresh and tasty and the staff very helpful. Location is great! Just in front of Termini station, we used the metro to almost all destinations. I would recommend it to my friends.
Madison Hotel-You would be MAD to stay here
What can I say about the Madison - Staff very nice and helpful,but thats the only good thing, Go above the first floor, where the carpet is dirty, All the walls in this hotel are not decorated by wallpaper or paint, but Foam !! yes, from top to bottom in the corridors and bedrooms, I hate to think of what would happen if a fire broke out, (It took me ages to get to sleep thinking about this ) And its so dull and un-inviting, Dark colours everywhere, I had to take photos of our room , to show them to everyone when we got home, As no-one would believe how depressing the decor was. The lift was dodgy, you could barely fit two people(very petite people) and 2 cases in there. It was a clean hotel, but for the money they are charging, they need to smarten this place up a bit and hire an interior designer !!We stayed there as part of a Sightseeing tour , and I can't believe it has a 3* rating !!! The area is very rundown , beware of pick-pockets(mostly kids) beside the main station,(termini) but it was good to get out of there and into central Rome on the metro. My advice is, if you are booking yourself , pay the extra money and stay in a nice hotel, in central Rome. We only had 3 nights here before heading to Sorrento to a beautiful 4* hotel (which fully deserved this rating) Definitley going back to Rome, but not as part of a tour and I will be checking out trip advisor before I book any accomodation