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Virginia Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Montebello 94, 00185 Rome, Italy (Esquilino)   |  
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Ranked #787 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good value”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed here on an interrailing trip across Europe, having managed to get a very cheap double room for four nights. The location isn't in the nicest area but it's easy to get around from so we weren't too bothered. The aircon was especially useful as it was reaching 40 degC outside! However, the walls were paper thin and we had some very irritating neighbours who seemed to keep knocking on their wall every time we were anything above quiet. It was quite an old and grubby place, but for the amount we paid it was more than worth it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This hotel is a 10 min walk from Termini, in an area that would be classed as one of the worst in rome, however even though it doesn't appear too good, i never experienced or seen any problems during my time in the area.
The Hotel itself is located on the first floor of a shared building, requiring you to go to the first floor reception via the stairs as the lift is only available from the first floor.
I know this was a 2* hotel, and the standards would be low, but the below issues should not be experienced and appears the hotel doesn't care enough. We checked in without any problems, but our problems started when we got to our room. The room didn't appear to have been cleaned before our arrival, and there was no towels or toilet paper in the room. We asked for towels when we left for the day, however on arrival in the evening there was still no towels so had to go ask again. We then went to use the shower, but the shower hook on the wall was broke so, the shower head had to be hand held to be used The basin also had no plug, so we couldn't fill the basin with water. We noticed the air conditioning was very noisey. Was noticed even more in the silence of the night. There was no controls on the unit or a remote to turn it off and when it automatically increased intensity, it felt like the room was vibrating. We didn't use the TV, mainly because there was open wires hanging from the wall socket that didn't look too safe. I won't be back to this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Katowice, Poland
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4 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

good loction, near Termini Station (approx. 10 min with the luggage); thin walls so if you have any problems with sleeping: watch out :) no breakfast but below there is a lovely cafe bar with charming stuff :)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

For the price we paid (less than £500 incl city tax) for seven nights in a capital city and still in walking distance (if you like walking) of the places you want to see I have to say I was happy to have stayed in this hotel. It is a 2*- please bear this in mind and it is not located in the best area of Rome, but certainly not the worst and provided you are sensible and don't make yourself an easy target then the area is no worse than any other city - we had no problems. The room was small, rather old/dated (in need to re-decorating and new curtains) and the bathroom was tiny. However it was very clean and the maid did an excellent job every day. The shower worked fine with plenty of hot water, the bed was a king size (although the mattress was rather old/uncomfortable) and the wardrobe big enough for a weeks worth of clothes for two people. The air conditioning unit was not noisy and very efficient - unfortunately there is a lot of road and people noise during the night so sleeping with the window open is not an option. The room did not provide tea/coffee/kettle, telephone or an alarm clock however there was an in-room safe at no extra charge. There was a small TV but we didn't use it so can't comment on that. Sachets of shampoo/shower gel and soap were provided if needed. One point to note is there was only one bath-sized towel each provided so if you need to put your hair in a "turban" after being in the shower then take your own - although the reception staff seemed very helpful so I'm sure they would provide more towels/pillows etc if you asked - whilst these towels may have been a bit old they were very soft and bigger than some I've found in 5* hotels. Accessibility will be a problem if you can not manage one flight of stairs (with your suitcase) as the reception is on the first floor. There is a small lift after that to the other floors. The way up to the reception is not in the greatest condition and it is rather off putting and not a great first impression but there was nothing to really heavily criticise for the price and if they spent time and money refurbishing the price would then go up - after all its a place to sleep after long days walking around Rome sightseeing not to for spending "time indoors". Breakfast - we booked this as a room only option however we knew from Trip Advisor that you can get a complimentary coffee and pastry in the café next door (owned by the same man I think) which is a nice start to get you going on your way. If you are not a massively early bird then you may be in time for the sandwiches to have been made and these were very good for a packed lunch and much cheaper than anywhere else in the city centre. The hotel is actually closer to Castro Petorio Metro than Termini and is much nicer and seems to be a safer option - even if you need to change at Termini for the Red line. I didn't think the Metro was any worse for safety than any other underground/metro I've used, although maybe not use it late at night etc. The reception staff were helpful and happy to point out places and directions on the free map that every hotel seems to have and we were able to leave our suitcases in reception area after checkout.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Termini train station just 5 minutes away, but we expect to have closer. Breakfast is served at the mini cafe which is for us is very convenient, but unfortuneatly with very limited choice of menu. Rome is not the most expensive but also not the cheapest, I think I can explore more to have another better hotel location especially for the neighbourhood.

The location is not expected due to the neighbourhood is quite not safe or strange, some of the drunkers and punks arround the hotel and almost disturbed but nothing serious happen as some of drunken are also exist in some other cities around europe. This happened only on the midnight, but in the morning we had no problem. Some noisy heard in the morning but still acceptable, you have to close the window tightly. There is no elevator from first to second floor, so it was very inconvenience to move my big luggage and baby stroller to second floor (hotel lobby), but from 2nd to other floor can be reached by elevator.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dehradun, India
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed in this hotel in June 2012. The hotel is having average amenities. The family room can hardly accommodate four people. The bathroom is small. Still, the location is very much suitable because of the short walking distance from Termini Station and the Hop & Hop bus stops. The morning breakfast coupon is redeemable at a cafe downstairs. The breakfast is simple but we liked it. The hotel staff was decent. As such we had no problems. We felt completely safe in the area.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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paphos
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We were looking for a good value hotel close to the train station just for two nights. Having arrived early evening after a long day travelling we walked to the hotel, directed by a very friendly taxi driver who kindly volunteered directions. The hotel is located just north of the Termini, our guide book warned of the area to the south as being unsafe. In truth had it of been any later we would of used the taxi as we were very aware of our surroundings. Italy now has a huge problem with immigration and like most cities around the world main line stations are a big draw for the homeless. The whole atmosphere was unsavoury and the presence of men congregating on the streets and leering was intimidating. On arrival there were three staff in the tiny reception area, two of which appeared to do absolutely nothing except smoke, read the paper and pet the dog, while the one guy who was friendly and helpful was running around like a lunatic seeing to the guest needs including arranging some extra pillows for us. The hotel was quirky, clean and met our needs. The furnishings had seen better days along with the interior of the building but we had a comfortable stay.

Room Tip: Our room overlooked the street, even so there wasn't a problem with noise.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Montebello 94, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
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Hotel Class:2 star — Virginia Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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