Art in accommodation has had some negative reviews and in part I do understand some of the critisisms. However, I'd like to give you a budget traveller's opinion.
There is no reception as such, only a room down the corridor and it isn't manned 24/7, that is why they ask guests to call or e-mail them of their approximate time of arrival so that there will be someone to check the guests in. During our stay we heard guests buzzing the doorbell and phoning the (empty) office, on hours on end. One unfortunate guest had arrived at the front door at 7am only to be let in at 9am by the lady doing the cleaning! So PLEASE contact them before you arrive!
The room was spacious, had two single beds chained together, a large wardrobe, table, chair, mirror, two nightstands, a ceiling fan as well as a table fan, which were both very much in need during our 8 nights of 30degrees C. We had two windows as well, so could have both of them open through the nights.
Fortunately the area was mainly residential so we were only disturbed on a couple of nights when the bin truck decided to stop by at 2:15am :O
Actually the worst noises came from the corridor and the doors of the other rooms and especially the shower/toilets. The corridor is of stone and the locks of the doors very noisy, quite jammed at times until you get the knack of using them (and during our 8 night stay I think we mastered this on night 5, but dear fellow guests, sorry for the noise all the same :D)
There are 2 shower/toilet rooms for the 5 rooms within the corridor, so really no need to queue for long. Both showers were powerful, there was liquid soap and toilet tissue provided. And yes, the "infamous cracked toilet seat" is still there, but we managed to use the loo without much physical or emotional damages done to us :D It really is just a cosmetic hic-up.
The breafast ticket system is still a bit of a mystery. I guess there are only a specified number of tickets availabe, so on two mornings we had to skip breakfast, once becuse we had to catch an early train and really couldn't even wait for the five minutes that it would have taken for them to get the tickets from the cafe.
The breakfast is served in a cafe called Ponzi's a couple blocks towards Termini station and it consists of a cappuccino and a sweet bun and when I say sweet I mean SWEET. They simply don't serve savory croissants at all and having a bun filled with custard for breakfast is quite a challenge!
So, in summary,
Location - 10-15 minutes to Colosseo, 5-7 to Termini station, 2 to the nearest metro station. The street itself mainly residential and reasonably quiet, several good restaurants nearby, we particularily like the local Indian Krishna 13 and Il Secchio nearer Termini.
Staff - very friendly, especially Paolo the patrone, but again, PLEASE try your best to inform them of your time of arrival, you really DON'T want to spend hours on end pressing the doorbell downstairs.
Rooms - spacious, had a fan and two windows, good mattresses, kept spotless although the beds were not made or the towels changed but I'm sure you could get new ones if you manage to catch anyone at the office. Also - and it feels silly that I even have to mention this - don't go there expecting Claridge's standards, the paint in the windowsills is flaking and the hinges of the windows are a bit rusty and the views from the toilet windows are of the next door neighbours laundry lines. That is why you only have to pay so few euros.
Sleep quality - as expected in a Roman residential area. Hope you won't have any party animals as fellow guests because the corridor can be VERY noisy.
One last thing, the wireless connection is very strong and fast, one of the only criteria my husband ever has when choosing a place to stay. And a guarantee for me get one more wink of sleep in the mornings :D
We would stay at the A i A again, for the price and the location. Thank you, Paolo!
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