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“Basecamp....... thats about it” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel Cambridge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Palestro 87, 00185 Rome, Italy (Castro Pretorio)   |  
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Ranked #709 of 1,263 Hotels in Rome
Scotland
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7 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Basecamp....... thats about it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

This was our first trip to Rome so we were looking forward to it, and knew we would spend most of the time out of the hotel as there is more than plenty of sights to see, however we still wanted to enjoy our time at the hotel when we were not sightseeing. Firstly the hotel is not in the best of areas, and the building isnt just fior this hotel, there are others attached to it. The staff, as is typical with Italians, were not very pleasant. They were never openly rude, however i dont think they know how to smile, or even went out there way to be friendly. The one and only real plus point is it is located 5 mins away from the main termini, which is very handy for getting about to all the various sights and locations, however be advised no matter what time we seemed to go the metro was always busy. Breakfast in the hotel consists of cereal (corn flakes or coc pops) a roll, selection of pastries and 2 slices of toast ........ in a packet. And again to demonstrate the staff, every morning i had to ask for something, a bowl, spoons, a cup for juice (which you will also have to use to store milk for your tea as they dont offer it for you). It is a small dining area, which also doubles up as a bar...... however its closed untill someone asks to have a drink there. Hotel offers wifi, but only in a small room on across from reception. Our room, seemed more like an old office, high ceilings with that sort of sqaure pollystyrene you find, and the bathroom was a small box in one corner. It was concrete floors, which helped in making the room cold to stay in, no heating, and the air con was switched off the whole time. It basically was a tired and worn looking room (corners dirty and peeling, hole in the main door, bath stained, bathroom smelt), also the bathroom isnt well laid out, expect to have the sink in your face whilst using the toilet. Sleep quality wasnt the best, as apsart from having the one wafer thin pillow, there was also the fact there was a dip in one side of the bed, and each morning you were woken up to the sound of cars, shouting from outside and sirens. The other thing was there was nothing in the area for going to at night, a few restaraunts in surroundings streets, but not like somewhere you can go for a drink unless you went up to the main termini area, but its not a walk where you can stroll and enjoy the ambience of the area, simply walking up with lots of tall buildings and the odd occasional passer by. There was no dinning on offer within the hotel. There is a telly in the room, however unless you speak italian there is no point having it switched on. Overall unless your happy with just having a bed for the night then this is fine, if your looking for more to a break with something to do at night, i wouldnt recomend here. Rome Is a fantastic sightseeing city, but for us the hotel brought the overall experience down

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Whangerei
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20 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

I cannot say I enjoyed my stay here, but it was good enough for what we needed. This hotel is the first I have stayed in where the wall area of each wall was bigger than the floor area. Not really a problem for my wife and I as we spent most of our time out of the hotel. This was made easy as the hotel is well placed and is a 5 min walk from Termini with the train, tube and bus links. We even managed to walk from the airport bus stop at Termini to the hotel with our 20 kg suitcases.

Breakfasts are good here, in the european continental style. Good rolls, cake, satisfactory fruit and yoghurt, tea as good as in most small european hotels - I should really start drinking coffee though.

Reception staff are the usual Roman offhand (its a culture thing), but once you get over that are helpful with maps and guides, willing to put up with our school-standard Italian and happy to book our taxi to the airport. Only snag was the unexpected "tourist tax", which was sprung on us as we left. A bit of warning might have been useful as we tend to budget our currency pretty tightly.

Back to the room. We were on the 3rd floor in a standard room. It was quiet, warm, had a poor outlook but we did not mind, bed was comfortable enough, but so small, partially due to the en-suite being inserted. We found turning around in this en-suite tricky. But the shower was ok, the bath was not full length but could have been usable if we had wanted to.

Incidently, the internet PC did not work but there was wireless in the hotel. I would check it just in case.

So overall, a modest hotel, good as a base to sleep in and have breakfast, but if you expect more you may be disappointed.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

If you have moderat expectations this hotel is ok. The rooms are simpel but functional. The breakfast are ok, with bread marmelade, yougourt and coffee.
The Hotel is close to the station, and there are some small nice resturantes in the neighberhood.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

We had a fabulous time hotel was better than we thought and easy access to where ever u want. We got a great price 1 nite free with breakfast, thought it would be basic and we were givenlots even fruit.
We had lunch at Macdonalds cheese burger and coffee milkshake 2 euro. Afternoon tea at the station brioche and coffee 2 euro fabulous and evening all inclusive ranging from euro to 15 euro around the hotel.
Rome we chose a tour bus 4 2 days 18 euro well worth it.
Best site for me was the streets how they live with so much archutexture amazes me.

Room Tip: Only tip I can say is u will not be in the room long so make sure it is warm
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Good location, only 5 minutes from Termini with plenty of restaurants around. We booked superior room, but on arrival were shown into standard, after complaining we've been transferred into room we originally booked. Room was clean, only disappointment was that our double bed consisted of 2 single beds pushed together ( when you book superior room, you must specify if you want double or twin), so we couldn't cuddle up together :(. Breakfast was terrible.

Room Tip: Book a superior room with a little balcony, lovely view and place to relax
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

The room we stayed in was nice large and clean for the two adults and children. The bathroom was tiny in comparison and the shower space was inadequate for even one person to stand and not hit the faucet (and turn on extremely hot or cold water) while turning about. It was almost as if the bathroom was put there on an afterthought. The even tinier elevator refused to move with just two adults and one infant plus two bags. Please avoid using it. Cleaning in the corridors could be improved and more lights could be provided. The worst part however was that though we inadvertently arrived in Rome on the day of protest (15th Oct.), no one at the hotel or elsewhere bothered to tell us about it and we ended up at Colloseum with an infant in a stroller in the middle of the unending protest March with noisy,rancourous and sometime violent marchers when we could have gone somewhere else! What were they protesting for anyway with liqour in their hands and ciggerettes in mouths - the end of their easy carefree life?!?

But it is just the common European uncaring and non customer friendly attitude that you will see everywhere. Rome is a great city. I only hope that the people could be friendlier. After all their livlihoods depend on the tourists mostly.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Coober Pedy
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

I stayed 4 nights. The location is excellent. A run down area but safe and handy for the rail Termini. Also there is an excellent restaurant about 5 mins away which I went to 3 nights out of four. The staff at the Hotel were pretty much like all Romans are to tourists. They generally seem to resent tourists and whilst not openly rude, are not especially friendly. I won't be back to Rome any time soon so their crashing economy won't get my money. The shower in my room stank of sewers but was generally OK by morning and the smell didn't pervade the room if the door was shut. If I turned the shower head upside down, the pressure was so low the water nearly stopped coming out and the water temperature was warm at best but no problem really. The 5th floor room was run down but clean and OK to crash. I've been in better in Guatemala for less than a dollar a night. Not a place for romance. Wi-fi was free for guests (in lobby only) and the breakfasts were plentiful and fine. But.....That Roman attitude? Why do they do that? Nearly forgot... the room was incredibly noisy despite my request for a quiet room. Loads of air conditioning units (I guess, but not mine, which was pitiful) going off with one particularly noisy one. I was so knackered I slept through it mostly, but it may not be for everyone. I won't be going back there.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Palestro 87, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #709 of 1,263 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cambridge 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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