BEST WESTERN Hotel Mondial
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A great Roman Holiday
My wife and 3 adult children stayed at the Hotel Mondial for 4 nights 12/27 - 12/30. I made our reservation based on the reviews on this site. The proximity to the Termini train station allowed us to take the train from the airport and walk to the hotel. We were one block from a metro stop which facilitated travel to the major sites in the city. We also used taxis which averaged 7 euros to get where we wanted in the city. The staff was friendly and helpful. The free internet access in the lobby was a nice bonus. The complimentary continental breakfast was a great start to the day. We had 3 rooms, and all were quite large compared to our experience in other Euorpean cities. They were clean and comfortable. We would stay at the Hotel Mondial again.
Typical old-fashioned European hotel with good services
We stayed 2 nights at the Hotel Mondial in Rome last week. We weren't planning to stay there originally, but due to some complication, we ended up staying at Mondial.
Mondial is a rather typical old-fashioned European hotel (ie, old carpeting, old furnitues, a huge weight attached to your room key, etc). We usually prefer to stay in modern-style hotels, so we definitely didn't like the design at Mondial.
However, the hotel staff were very friendly, and our room was very clean and ok spacious. There were only two TV channels in English (CNN and BCC, as expected). The food selection during breakfast was not bad (cereal, croissants/breads, yogurt, etc).
Location of the hotel is quite convenient. The Republica subway station is just around the corner, and Termini Station is about 3-4 blocks away (15 min walk with luggage). To get to/from Termini, I would suggest walking since it might be a bit clumpsy to drag your bags up/down the subway, plus the subway might be crowded and you'd have to watch out for pickpockets.
If you are looking for a livelier neighborhood at night, you might consider staying around the Spanish Steps or Piazza Navona.
Staff was very good
I contacted the hotel to arrange transfers from the port to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport. Both of these transfers were excellent and well worth the euros.
The hotel was not exactly 400metres from the Trevi. It was very close to shopping and some of the sites. The Trevi fountain was approx. a 20 minute walk. We walked all over Rome and found the location fine. The taxi to Piazza Navona was 5 Euro's. The room was fine, it had a safe, queen bed and a desk with chairs. Not fancy but adequate. It was Clean and the walls were painted. No view as the windows were covered with shutters and didn't open. The bathroom was excellent and clean. The elevators were better than some of the five stars rome hotels we have stayed in.
The staff was helpful, spoke English and responded to e-mail quickly and efficiently. There was one internet computer availble to the guests by the front desk that was a unexpected bonus (no charge).
The breakfast room was lovely and the breakfast very good. Fruit, croissants, coffee, juice, cereal much more than we expected.
For one night it was the perfect hotel.
Okay Value; Convenient Location
The location: 3 blocks from the Termini, just South of the Piazza di Repubblica, and a block off of Via Nazionale, gave us great access to shopping, taxis, and buses. Most attractions were also within walking distance-or about a 5-6 EURO taxi ride away.
Through www.bestwestern.com we got a rate substantially below 200 EURO a night, including taxes and a full breakfast.
While we didn't expect to get the room shown on their website for our price, it did feel a bit like a bait-and-switch. We booked a triple with a queen and single beds, but got a large double room with two singles and a roll-away. The staff quickly assembled the two singles into a king, but the only place to put the roll-away was in front of the small sofa. Needless to say, it was a bit cramped, but workable. The room had dark walnut paneling and trim, with accordion-style closet doors, worn wall paper, a mish-mash of scarred cheap furniture pieces, and plastic table lamps, including two ugly white plastic bed lamps that looked like something out of a "Star Trek" episode. Unfortunately only one lamp worked. New bulbs solved the problem for two, but the others had shorts, which caused them to flicker on/off unexpectedly. On the bright side, the bathroom was very nice, with lots of space, Italian marble, and good fixtures (similar to other Italian hotels where we have stayed).
While the location had many benefits, just a few blocks east of the hotel is bordering on seedy. We were not accosted and never felt threatened, but night brings out a little rougher element. We saw a guy "shooting up" between two parked cars, just three blocks from the hotel. Thus, we'd recommend that you stay near the Via Nazionale or farther East if you venture out in the evening.
In the end, the Hotel Mondial was an okay value (after all, who comes to Rome to stay in their room?). Be prepared, however, for the possibility of a bit less than a typical 4-star experience.
We had a great stay. The room was nice and clean. The staff was very helpful. I would definatly stay here again. It is close to the transit and a nice walk to almost everywere else. Would highly recomend this hotel.
We stayed at the BW Mondial from 10th to 16th June 04 and I could not fault anything about the establishment.We had a twin room which was pleasantly decorated.Bathroom was perfect.We had room service breakfast which was always delivered at the time requested.The decor throughout was relaxing.Staff very helpfull and spoke excellent English--although they obviously appreciate it when you try out your Italian.Location of hotel is perfect for walking to tourist sites.Termini is only 5 mins walk away.Good for all buses and Metro.As the building is old the walls between We have been to many hotels around the world and the Mondial rates in the top selection.Aircon is controlled from within the room and so can be set to ones preference.Windows are very well sound insulated and there is no noise from the nearby roads.
cannot say enough to praise this hotel and the staff.
Well worth its 4 stars
Very impressive. Spotless, spacious, courteous and helpful. Excellent room with beautiful bathroom. Bedding changed EACH day. Decor sparse but elegant and in good order (unlike another reviewer I felt my room had been updated quite recently - maybe they were halfway through the process - I stayed in Sept 2003). If I return to Rome I would certainly go back to the Mondial.
Central location and nice staff!
We stayed at the Hotel Mondial during Christmas week of 2002. We booked 2 rooms because we had our 3 kids with us. I emailed them way in advance to block off 2 connecting rooms and to our relief, they did just that! Our luggage was delayed by Alitalia and the front desk staff was nice about speaking to the Alitalia people on the phone about our luggage in Italian. The rooms were fine and the beds were comfortable. The breakfast was good, not spectacular. We paid a total of 300 Euros a night for the 2 rooms including breakfast and tax, which I thought was reasonable for an expensive city like Rome. The location near the train station was very convenient especially for the direct train to and from the airport. If you stay here you will be happy. Don't expect super luxury, but a fine and dependable 3 - 4 star hotel. Eat at the Chinese Restaurant around the corner on Via Viminale - YUM!!!
Hotel Mondial - An adequate pitstop
The Best Western Hotel Mondial is conveniently located around the corner from the Piazza Republica Metro stop. The staff are polite and helpful with tourist matters. The room and bathroom were spacious and clean, although a decor update would not go astray. The bed and pillows were firm and of decent quality. The breakfast, consisting of: cereals, breads and sweet pastries, jams and spreads, yoghurts, cheeses, cold hard-boiled eggs and cold meats, juices, and coffee was plentiful and satisfying although no hot options were available. Overall, this hotel was convenient and adequate for a weekend getaway.
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