My friend and I stayed at the Crosti Apartments for 6 nights at the end of October 2011.
When we arrived in Rome airport- we followed the signs for the airport shuttle bus (TerraVision) to the Termini main station. It cost 6 euros for a single. 40 minute journey into Rome. The bus drops on Via Marsala (which is the East side of the termini) Walk north, up the road, turn right on to the main road, and follow it down past the Conad Supermarket, then turn left on to Via Castelfidardo and the hotel is on the right, about 8 mins walk. Once at the hotel we were greeted very warmly, and our bags were carried to the apartments. There is another small supermarket on the way, and it is literally 5 mins walk away from the hotel.
The apartments do have a crazy 70's lift- which is completely safe, tiny and fun. We were lucky, everyone closed the doors while we were there so we never had a problem. We had an apartment without a balcony (which was fine as it was October, although it was 22c!) If you want a balcony, it would be worth calling ahead and requesting one.
Our apartment was compact but not small with dishwasher (tablets were left by cleaning lady for us) fridge, cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer, washing machine (no powder), iron and ironing board. safe (not big enough for lap top) Storage was great. No English channels on TV- but that’s half the fun. There is washing up liquid, clothes and tea towels also.
Coffee machine- with free fresh coffee every day and free bottled water.
Beds were comfortable, had air con. As two girls travelling together we felt very safe- there is a telephone and you can ring the hotel is you need anything.
The area is very safe. We went to the Italian restaurant next door- it was ok, not amazing but suited us well for one night as we didn't want to go far. There are some lovely cafe for breakfast and take away pizza slices around the corner.
The metro is 3 mins away. You can walk everywhere in Rome, but We wanted to save our feet so used the metro to the Vatican, and to the Colssium station. Buy a 75min single ticket when you go there for 1 euro. This will get you to where you want to go. Buy the all-day travel card for 4 euros, if you’re doing more than 2 journeys.
Rome is very expensive! So having an apartment was fantastic as we could cook. Buying Wine and beer etc. is cheaper in the supermarket, and you can cook on the cooking hob or microwave. We made fab pasta dishes, bread, cheese, meats; take away pizza with salad and bottle of wine! Fraction of the cost from the restaurants. This made our entire holiday much cheaper than normal city breaks.