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Historical Traveler Reviews NH Midas Rome
Location: terrible, cost us a lots of taxi fare due to serviced shuttle bus was not at the exact location and short picked-up period.
Breakfast: we came with a group tour and we found that drinking water for the group came from tap water [served in jug] while in the other room for charged breakfast served with mineral water! So discriminate!!
Reservation desk: was not helpful when I asked for the name of a street in Rome where I'd start my tour, they said "not the hotel business" How come! it made me upset for the day.
NB: We were there during Dec 3, 4, 5, 7,2004
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I came here to research hotels before my trip to Italy in September. I was working within a budget, so I wanted something reasonably priced (around $100USD per night) but didn't want to sacrifice anything in terms of size, amenities, or cleanliness. I knew that meant I'd be staying a bit further out of the city - which I have no problem with - so I settled on the Jolly Hotel Midas.
This definitely is a "businessman's" hotel -- but hey, that's just fine by me, because businessmen typically have very high standards on places they will stay! The rooms were exceptionally clean, and the staff was very friendly and very helpful. Everyone we talked with on the hotel staff spoke English very well.
Our room was a very good size - it was definitely an "American" size hotel room, not the typical "European" size I've come to expect. There was even a balcony on our room where we could walk out and look at the skyline, sit and have a bottle of wine -- all in all, it was a very nice stay.
There is an ATM in the main lobby, just off the elevators - which is perfect for picking up cash for the day. If you need Internet access, there's a kiosk just a few feet away from the ATM which costs 3 euros per hour to use - very affordable for keeping in touch.
The courtesy shuttle runs 12 times per day, from early morning until just about midnight and takes to you Piazza Cavour. From Cavour, it is just a few short feet to walk across the river .... and then up the road to Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps. The shuttle was clean, comfortable, and only took about 15 minutes.
I would definitely stay here again, and recommend it to friends as well. It is out of the city -- you'll be depending on the bus or taxis, but if that's not an issue for you (it was nice to be out of the city at night, it was very quiet) you'll like this hotel!
Good hotel, questionable location!
Very few complaints about the Jolly Hotel Midas - my boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the hotel itself is very clean, staff friendly and provides most of the amenities you would expect from a hotel chain of this kind (restaurants/nice bar/pool/tv/spacious rooms etc). The shuttle service to and from central rome was excellent with coaches running regularly and on time - this however was an absolute necessity as the hotel is by no means within walking distance of any attractions
1.Distance from centre of rome
2.Poor breakfast (included in price but only consisted of Kelloggs cereals, ltd fruits, scrambled egg/ bacon and pastries - not as impressive as it all sounds though edible and a reasonable stomach lining for the day!!!)
3.Hotel is situated just off a major road - though it is set back off the road and is surrounded by beautiful countryside it doesn't provide the most perfect outlook!
4.Hotel guests unable to eat in the restaurant one evening due to hotel convention(s) which seem to take priority, did have the choice of eating outside on the terrace though?!
Not really worthy of a 5 in my opinion and only missed out on a 4 due to location - a good hotel generally if you don't mind staying outside of the centre in a hotel part of a chain.
Beware: A taxi should only cost 35-45 euros from the airport - we were stung for 55 - not too bad but they started quoting at 70!
The Jolly Hotel Midas is a first-class property. It has been designed and equipped to offer the best facilities for both tourists and conventions alike. Its three exclusive restaurants offer typical local dishes as well as international cuisine. Other amenities include air-conditioning, bar, business centre, beauty parlour, cable TV, concierge, car parking, direct-dial telephone and coffee shop. All of the guest rooms are comfortable and nicely equipped to give a feeling of being home while away from home. The Midas Hotel is a comfortable hotel with a modern and rational structure, which, has been planned and designed to welcome its clientele in the best possible way with the traditional friendliness and efficiency of the Jolly Hotel Chain. In this large 4 star hotel with its 348 bedrooms, amongst which a few junior and presidential suites, guests can relax or continue to work from their rooms. Alongside the three restaurants guests may try the charming American bar, with evening piano bar, the large swimming poll overlooking the Roman hills, and the leather good and the jewelers shops. The free shuttle service connects the hotel to the center of the Capital.
An excellent hotel in every respect. Superb location with an hourly free coach service to and from the city centre that takes 15 minutes.
A very friendly staff who could not have been more helpful. Very good hotel amenities including a pool.
The breakfast is excellent in terms of quality and choice.
Bedrooms are spacious and clean, and the air conditioning is very effective and efficient.
The hotel provides a limousine service to the airport at 45 euros. It takes 15 minutes.
We stayed from the 22nd August to the 26th August 2004.
I reccomend this hotel to anyone who appreciates comfort, cleanliness and convenience.
Comfort and convenience
We stayed at the Jolly Hotel Midas on June 2, 2004. It was clean and comfortable, and our room had a spacious balcony. The hotel is near St. Peters and is convenient to the route to the airport. The staff were courteous and helpful. The breakfast food was average at best.
The Jolly Midas Hotel
The Jolly Midas was a pleasant and delightful surprise. Located on the way in to Rome from the daVinci airport, we found a bus counter at the airport where my son and I travelled there for 13 Euros, as opposed to the 5O Euro cab rate. The hotel is large, clean, welcoming with individual balconies in every room. We had a marble bath, a good room: there is an exchange desk, a tour desk, stores, English spoken easily. The free buffet breakfast was so elaborate and generous that we thought we had stumbled into the wrong dining room. There is a free shuttle every hour into the Piazza Cavour, downtown Rome, the last one leaves from the Piazza at 11:30 pm. We used the safe in the room; there is also free internet, and about 5 English speaking television channels. There was a Panorama department store below us on the hilll where we bought wine, cheeses for our inroom refrigerator. This was our first trip to Italy and we chose a large hotel so that we could be assured of amenities, as well as English. The Jolly Midas met and exceeded our expectations (just bring the electric converter). Rome was great! We had six days, did so much, like being in a movie - find the Trevi Fountain at night, sun in the Spanish Steps. The Romans were helpful and animated. The Lonely Planet for Rome was our guide, and we did 3 structured tours through the hotel service. It was hard to come back!
Jolly Hotel Midas in Rome
Our room was very nice, firm beds, clean bathroom. There is a cash machine in the hotel lobby which we found to be a safe and convenient way to get daily cash as we needed it.This hotel is not centrally located (which is why I only rated it as average) but they do provide a free shuttle to Piazza Cavour (15 to 30 min depending of traffic) and the local buses are right across the street once you get to Piazza Cavour. It is a 10 minute walk to the Lapanto Metro to buy bus/train tickets. You can also easily walk the other way, cross the bridge and walk over to the Spanish Steps. The shuttle runs hourly more or less but not in the afternoon.Below the hotel is a large supermarket (1/2 food 1/2 everything else) where you can buy hot pizza by the slice to-go 1.60 Euro. You get there by turning left as you leave the hotel and walking down the stairway. You will also see a road leading over to another hotel. If you walk that way you will also find McDonalds and a sub sandwich shop below the hotel.We ate most of our dinners at the hotel. Excellent service, reasonably priced and complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Our room also included a complimentary breakfast, very good. I got a big smile from our waitress when I finally tried the cappuccino instead of my usual tea. You will love it.