While we had an overall positive experience at this hotel, there are a few things that encouraged the particular rating. We would stay here again in spite of the rating with the hope that things mentioned over which the hotel has control will be assessed and hopefully resolved.
It would be wise for the Aurelius Hotel ownership to try to work with the City regarding the numerous (always full / overflowing / smelly) gigantic garbage receptacles near the entrance to the hotel. The area seemed a bit iffy, especially at night, and these giant garbage bins certainly distract from the otherwise fairly positive experience. When in the area around the hotel, walk like you know where you are going, even if you don't.
Not sure about other rooms, but ours was similar to ones in Washington, DC that we call "walk-in, back-out" rooms with so little room to maneuver. The room was clean and neat with a simple bed and desk; the bathroom appeared to have been recently tiled and was attractive and clean....not large but certainly more than adequate. The bed was small, perhaps a double/standard but after a full day of flying, sleep comes easily. Considering we go to the city to enjoy the history, architecture, art, etc., the size of the room becomes less significant.
Hotels are expensive in Rome and this property offered rates that were a bit less, likely because it is not in the city center. However, the excellent subway offers easy access to all the locations of interest, and the Metro is easy to use as it has only 2 lines. For example, we hopped on for a short ride to the Colosseum from which we meandered around the various points of interest ending our day at the Spanish Steps where there is a Metro stop. Everything is crowded in Rome including the subway, and as always, wear a safety pouch with your items and money tucked under your cloths and into you waist/abdominal area out of sight.
Breakfast was good and included scrambled eggs, meats (for those who eat meat), fresh tomatoes, variety of biscuits (cookies), some fruit, fresh pastries/croissant-type items, machine to brew cappuccino, espresso, American-style coffee, etc. Adequate to get you off to a good day of touring. Service staff were friendly and helpful.
The front desk staff was very helpful with maps, directions to Metro, sharing the history of this hotel that was once a private home, etc. The lobby's computer was a nice resource for checking emails, etc. when one does not have own computer or smart phone in hand. The sitting areas / lounge were comfortable and inviting in typical European style.
We likely would stay here again for the positives mentioned but would request a larger room and bed if staying longer and would hope the city had cleaned up the area to make it more appealing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aurelius Rome Hotel is a delightful “Boutiique Hotel”, intimate and cosy, wich offers its customers a relaxing and well-being stay.Our Property is three subway stops away from the Vatican City and we are only a 70 meter walk from the subway station “Cornelia” and several bus stops. This gives our customers the possability to get to the hearrt of the city in no time at all. The atmosphere of the hotel is high class elegance, and our staff will always be ready to assist you during your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aurelius Hotel Rome