Stayed from Christmas through New Years. Arrived at the hotel using public transportation (train from the airport, metro from the Termini Station, and walk from Ottaviano stop) and I was relieved to not have to deal with taxis from the airport.
The room was spotlessly clean, with new linens and towels every day. The room was small - there was room for a small wardrobe, desk, and bed. The bed was smaller than an American double bed, but I like my wife, so it wasn't an issue :o) The bathroom had sink, toilet, bidet, and shower. Again, it was small, but I am 6'3" and was able to use all the facilities with no trouble. There was no street noise, but the interior walls are thin. Two of the nights our neighbors woke us up, but the rest of the nights were peaceful.
Breakfast is included in the price of the room and was good, with breads, rolls, pastries, crackers, meats, cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, juice, cereal, and made-to-order coffee. The hotel does not serve lunch or dinner, but there are 5 or 6 restaurants within a two or three block radius, but they keep "regular hours", not the longer "tourist hours" you might find closer to the Colesseum. We found the non-tourist restaurants to be better quality than the tourist ones. Find one with an Italian-language menu).
The hotel staff spoke english well and tried very hard to be helpful, though they had a hard time understanding our wanting to eat and shop like locals instead of tourists.
The location is very close to St. Peter's and Vatican Museum, somewhat close to the Spanish Steps, and somewhat removed from the Colesseum and Forum. The Ottaviano Metro stop is a 5-6 minute walk, and then it is a 10-15 minute subway ride to even the furthest sights (most sights a 5-6 minute subway ride).
I recommend this hotel highly if you would like to be away from the noise and tourist traps of the more crowded areas, and if you plan to be out all day. It will be slightly less convenient if you are the type that likes to return to your room a few times each day (as that involves the metro ride and short walk). Have fun!
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- Hotel offering modern comforts and amenities is located in the elegant neighborhood of Prati; 1 km from the Vatican. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Franklin Hotel Rome