We stayed at this hotel for one night after a flight cancellation forced us to quickly find alternative accommodation. After our arrival, the reception staff seemed somewhat confused and disorganised but after a minute were able to find us on their system, provided us with the wifi internet code and gave us our key. We were told to go up to the 5th floor to our room. Once we reached the 5th floor, we buzzed in (the building was also used for private apartments) and entered our room.
My initial impressions were that the room was spacious and clean, although very dated. It looked like it was last decorated circa 1993. It was in dire need of modernising. The system where the key needs to be inserted into an electric point to power the room was new to me and this together with the lack of toilet roll in the room required me to call the manager up to the room for assistance. He was prompt and helpful.
The wifi was free for 3 hours, provided you only wanted to have one machine connect to it. After that it was at a fee. This wasn't as advertised. I think for 160EUR a night, they could at least provide free global wifi. Ditto the 'free breakfast', which was actually 5EUR each. A little dishonest as this was advertised as inclusive of the bill online.
The double was actually two single beds pushed together, and neither were particularly comfortable. The TV had a multitude of Italian channels, but nothing international at all. Again, a little poor when most of the hotel's clientèle is surely from abroad.
Overall, this was not an unpleasant experience, just a dated hotel that could really do with a shot in the arm. With some money spent on it, it could be a lot better. Great location for anything Vatican-related. Management were helpful but they should look at what they advertise and try to honour it. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend this place. We were fortunate to find anywhere, and I guess at the eleventh hour, you take what you can get.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Amalia Vaticano, situated in a late 19th century "Palazzo" is only few steps from the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel an the metro station " Ottaviano S.Pietro. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom, LCD TV. Telephone, hair-dryer, safe, air-confitionig.Wifi free for Superior rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amalia Hotel Rome