I was very pleased with this hotel and staying here made it a very enjoyable trip. I booked after reading reviews on trip advisor and though I agree the location isn't in the center of Rome, me and my sister had very little problems getting around (apart from the bus strike on the 24th - but to be honest that was out of anybody's control). I must add though, that the manager of the hotel was very kind enough to drop us near the vatican on this day to stop us hanging around for the bus :)
Transport is relatively cheap (well in comparison to the tube in London) and for 16 or so euros you can get a pass that is valid for three days - with the location of the hotel this came in very handy as most sites are just a couple stops away on the metro.
I'd say it is more of a 20-25 minute walk to the Vatican, which is not bad, but with all the walking you do in the museums (if you plan to visit them) and in the Basilica, it's probably worth booking the shuttle from the hotel and wearing comfortable shoes!
The room itself was very nice, a decent size and the hotel staff were very hospitable. We booked through lowcostholidays.com, so all in all a very affordable. Though initially there was an issue where we could not check in, this was all sorted very soon afterwards.
There are very little downsides to point out, but perhaps one would be the breakfast. Though there was a large selection of cold meals, I am partial to a hot breakfast egg/beans (though this is purely just my preference), I'm assuming this is not traditional breakfast in Rome so one must just do as the Romans do. Secondly, the wifi connection was a bit temperamental, it worked best in the lobby - but again if you're going for a holiday you probably don't want your emails or messages to be going off incessantly. I also had an argument with a waiter over an apple juice (petty I know), but when I told him it was not the drink I requested he was very abrupt and insisted it was not his problem and he had already opened it, I was less than impressed.
However, all in all it was a nice hotel and I would recommend to others eager to visit Rome. *Tip - it may be easier to take a cab from the airport to the hotel on arrival, I ventured to take the train but this proved quite complicated for someone who had never visited Italy before.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MANY REASONS TO CHOOSE US:4 Star Hotel, new, modern, tastefully and elegantly furnished, ideal for both leisure and business travelers;Located in a quiet residential location, only 1.5 km, about 20 minutes walk, from Vatican City, where you can visit the Vatican Museums and the imposing St. Peter’s Basilica, and also close to the Rome Cavalieri - The Waldorf Astoria Collection, the main Rome Congress centre; ... more less
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