Booked our trip through travel republic and stayed for 4 nights (29th October - 2nd Nov). Once arrived at Fiumicino airport, had a minibus take us directly to the hotel for about €30 altogether. The hotel is down a side street so easy to miss, but once known your bearings you'll find where it is. Check-in was quick and easy, was able to check into our room for 12pm when the check-in time is 2pm.
Our room was on the first floor and had the view of the street hotel entrance, no loud noises, very clean and good sized room. Had a safe in the room, tv with bbc world news and mtv music - only English channels - a mini bar and a hairdryer in the bathroom. Breakfast was at 7am til 10am every morning and it was ok, with fruit, coffee machines, juices, breads, meats, cereals, yoghurts, eggs, bacon, sausages, croissants. Best to get there a bit early as you'll be waiting for a table.
The location of this hotel was great, right up the road from the termini station so can easily get here to and from airport. Close to the subway lines aswell, as can reach all the main places you'd want to see. But best to walk everywhere also as get to see everything. The staff at reception give you a map which comes in handy. We brought the Roma Pass at the airport and on our second day used it for the colosseum, the palatine hill and the roman forum as those places count as one ticket. Can also use this for metro/subways. Very good for jumping the long queue at the colossuem. Didn't use the buses and only used the subway once to get to the Vatican, as walked everywhere else. Attempted the subway again on our last day to get to the villa Borghese but was so overcrowded, decided to walk.
Plenty of really good restaurants around the hotel, even though we did ask the reception desk for any recommendations when we got to it and realised it was quite a bit expensive and empty we looked down the street and come across one called 'Elettra ristorante' and had lasagnes. Very good and good priced, came back to this one on our last night. There's also 'Gran caffe del passeggero' and 'ristorante il condor' - very good spaghetti Bolognese. Not many restaurants did this but just spaghetti with tomatoes.
With the Vatican, we didn't book our tickets online before we went as we just walked to it and noticed the huge queue around the walls which is a min of two hours waiting time, so we had a very good guide with lots of information and had headsets and earphones which cost us €82 and I think it was worth it.
Other things to be aware of are people trying to sell things on streets and while your eating when sitting outside the restaurant such as souvenirs, squeaky toys and men with tons of scarfs over their arms waving them at you to buy one. But just no thank you will do and carry on. Spanish steps - there are men with bunches of roses and I fell for this when it happened so quick, there was three long roses in my hand and then the man talks to you asking where you're from and then he puts his hand out asking for money. Once you give him a coin or two as they will not go because you had taken them, he asks for more. They also try this by coming up asking where you're from, asking if you like football/rugby and start putting string on your finger and ask for money - don't fall for it. Also the traffic and the way they drive, if its zebra crossings its meant to be give way but cars don't stop so either run or force your way across as then the cars will stop and the lights don't stay green for very long either so it doesn't give you very long to cross the roads.
Overall, great stay and probably would stay again, good sized room and bathroom, large comfortable bed after a long day of walking, my only problem would be the Wi-Fi as it didn't work at all to say we were on the first floor and its free but no connection. Leaving the hotel checking-out the tourist tax was €3 per person per night. Confusing when trying to buy tickets for the Leonardo express back to the airport as it didn't say where to buy them from in the termini - one of the shops for €14 each.
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