We stayed at this hotel for 2 days to open our 18 day vacation. We had pre-arranged a car service to take us from the airport to the hotel; and, then from the hotel to Termini for our train trip to the port of Civitavecchia. Upon getting in on the afternoon after our overnught flight from North America, we just wanted to eat and sleep. We checked in and did just that. The room was large and comfortable, although they had set us up with 2 single beds even though we had specifically requested 1 bed (not a huge deal-we just pushed them together).
We ate at the hotel bar. The service and presentation was great. The food not so much (don't expect much flavour). A bland margarita pizza for lunch and a tastless hamburger for dinner. The good news, for us anyway, is that it set a low expectation for the rest of our trip, which turned out to be amazing.
For those coming from North America, you need to understand that European hotels are very different: room card in a socket to keep the lights one, bidets; no free internet; limited english channels and almost no baseball or american football.
This hotel provides you with a shuttle that takes you into town. The bus drops you off at in front of the Vatican walls. The schedule and map that you will be provided are accurate; and be sure to turn it over for some additional information. Here is why.
On a rainy day in Rome, we just missed the second last bus of the night. A small footnote next to the time for the last Rome pick up suggests that the last bus picks up from 500 meters from the Octaviano station at a specific address. THIS IS NOT TRUE. The bus picks up and drops off at the same location all day and night. We were standing in the rain for almost an hour at the wrong spot, based simply on this little footnote next to the last time slot. If in doubt ask.
In any case, we had a day pass for the metro; so, we were not that concerned. We decided to take the Metro back to the hotel and then a connecting bus. We had read that the bus stops right in front of the hotel. We ended up at the end of one of the bus routes with the bus driver because we got on the wrong bus (after asking the Metro staff at one of the stations and ignoring my better judgement). Eventually we got back to the hotel; but, had we just looked on the back of the map that was provided by the hotel ,we would have known the correct bus to get on (our mistake). We did speak to the person at the desk abot the shuttle bus situation; and, we hope that they will correct the confusion; but, just in case, ask the bus driver where the last pick up will be (this will spare you some grief and time).
We arrived in Rome on September 01st (our 3rd trip to the city); and, others have written about the crowds to get on the shuttle buses. We did not experience this for ourselves; but, it would not surprise me. Also, keep in mind that there is no seating outside the hotel. There are maybe 5 chairs and a table or 2 set up for the smokers; and, there is an outside patio area for the bar; but, if you are waiting for the shuttle, you will not have much opportunity to sit and wait (unless you can score yourself one of the 5 smokers seats).
The pool was closed for our stay (which sounds like a common thread from what I am reading-it might be worth asking if this is important to your stay).
Enjoy your trip to Rome. There is lots to see and do (and you will eat well, I hope).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Meliá Roma Aurelia Antica hotel is located in Via degli Aldobrandeschi 223, just a few minutes form the Via Aurelia and the Ring Road (raccordo anulare) exit Aurelia-Citta del Vaticano. The hotel is a magnificent modern structure surrounded by 10 hectares of Mediterranean park in a very quiet area close to the airport Fiumicino and just a few kilometres distance from Vatican city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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