This was our first trip to Italy and rome, and I was disappointed in the location of this hotel. Not only is the neighborhood far, but it is quite run down with graffiti on every building. While there is public transportation It was very crowded in the morning, and due to the neighborhood we were not comfortable taking it in the evening. We spent at least 100 euro on cabs in 2 days! The staff always had a problem for us that never seemed to happen. The first day they said there would be a transit strike and it would take at least an hour to get to the Vatican if we left early(the day after arriving in Italy). The next morning after waking up 2 hours before we really wanted to the strike was not happening! The next day we had a scheduled trip to the colosseum and roman ruins. They told us there was a huge demonstration and riot and we would not be able to get to the colosseum. We called the tour company and they were unaware of any problems. We took a cab(the hotel told us public transportation was not running) and there was not riot and people were using the subway and bus system!!!!(If we had listened to the hotel staff we would have missed out on the colosseum, and not been refunded our money for the tour!). The hotel was clean, and once you are inside the gate it does look like all the pictures. It is inexpensive, but I would have been happier inside the city center, or by the Vatican.