It’s a newly constructed building from scratch. The interior is an exemplary show case of Italian contemporary interior design. The sinks, showerhead and toiler are high quality minimalist style. The kitchen is equipped with stove, pots, dishes and utensils.
The windows are thick double pane, and they are good for noise and cold insulation. The beds are sufficiently comfortable (depending on your preference, neither too hard nor soft), but the two twin beds we had were narrow. If you are a big person, you may find it restricting.
The hotel does not offer a place to eat, but if you exit toward the right and hit the main street, take another right, pass the gasoline station, there is an Italian restaurant that is always full of people. The price is very reasonable and portion big. Since it’s located in a residential area, you can find several cafes and bakeries.
One of the sons of the owner speaks English and is very helpful and open to learn new things. We appreciated his helpfulness.
Some discrepancies from the web site:
Although it states that it is a four star hotel, I would say it’s more like a four star residential apartment in construction quality, but with minimal services available.
If you are in Rome for sightseeing, I wouldn’t recommend this hotel as it is far from the center and the public transportation, while accessible, not very convenient. The reason being that the nearest bus does not come with frequently, and especially in the evening, if you need to return to the hotel from Piramide metro stop, the bus (#719) wait can be long. You’ll most likely spend up to forty-five minutes to one hour on public transportation one-way. Unless you really enjoy traffic Italian style, driving to see Rome is not exactly the best choice for a visitor.
The hotel is not easy to find on foot, especially in the evening. It’s located on a small street in the middle of a residential area with no visible sign from the main road and there are several streets with similar names. In fact we were lost for a while before finally finding it. It’s across from a hospital. Make sure you don’t go toward Ramazzini (west from the bus stop of Portuense / Forlanini), which is a big intersection, if you see that, you went too far and need to head back toward the hospital and continue east and cross the street to reach via Via di Vigna Jacobini, 48.
The building is so new that the early guests like us could smell the strong paint in the room. It was true as of October 2010. I think it will take few months for the odor to disappear. Another issue was that when we just came into the room, the bathroom had an overly strong deodorizer scent that is unbearable. So I turned it off. However, soon after, a nasty sewer smell appeared. I believe it is a deficiency in the plumbing design in the ground-floor rooms across from the reception where there is no S-shape drainage, which cause the sewer smell to backup into the room. Giulio was honest when I mentioned this upon check out and he acknowledged there is a problem with the bad odor and they were trying to fix it. I hope they fixed it by now. Otherwise, keep the bathroom door closed when you sleep.
The woman owner does not speak English. Her sons are not always around, so some times if you need to communicate it will be a problem. Echo another reviewer’s sentiment, we also had a sense of unease at check-in which we felt either there was a miscommunication or a lack of trust (not understanding Italian for the customer can cause a misinterpretation of their conversation). However, she was friendly and courteous.
They do not accept traveler’s check yet. So be prepared to pay by cash or credit card upon arrival. In this aspect, it’s not like most hotels (especially anything above two-star), this place requires full payment upon check-in. It could be a problem if you plan a long period of stay and later find out you don’t like the place.
Wireless network, while available, is not fully accessible throughout the property. From our room on the first floor across the reception, we did not have a usable signal. It was possible to get signal sitting outside, but that’s not very practical when the weather is cold or rainy. I had to rely on my 3G cell phone connection during my stay.
As a visitor, if you have to pay 20 euros more to stay in even a less decorated hotel in the center of the city, do it. While this hotel is not expensive, but it can really eat up two hours of your day of visiting just to get to your destination and back. Only if you have business to do and have a car and need to stay a week or more, this may be a suitable choice.
To help you get around:
The tram is not close to the hotel, especially if you have luggage. Therefore, if you are arriving in Rome by train, here is what to do:
If you are coming from Roma Termini, take the subway B line toward “Laurentina”, and get off at Piramide. Take bus 719 and get off at Portuense/Ramazzini, go about 400 meters toward the hospital, and pass the hospital by 40 meters, cross the street and find Via di Vigna Jacobini.
If you are coming from the Trastevere Station, go to the bus stop 774, get off at Portuense / Forlanini (H), which should about ten stops if the bus stops at every stop. Pass the hospital by 40 meters toward east, cross the street.
To get to a subway line from the hotel, go to the nearest bus stop, which is bus 719. You need to walk toward Ramazzini, that means you have to cross the intersection, and the bus stop is on the left hand
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