This hotel is very clean, the staff are very friendly, the rooms are large enough and very reasonably priced for a capital city; and it's very centrally located - what more could you ask for! It's a little tricky to find as there's no obvious street sign, but walking west from the Piazza San Marco along the Via de Botteghe Oscure look left down a small dark street (don't be put off Rome is very safe) and you will spot two small box trees outside the entrance.
The lady on reception could not have been more helpful, producing a handy map on which she highlighted all the places of interest, including where to eat (Trastevere) and walking routes of how to get there. The rooms were very pleasantly furnished; and the continental breakfast was more than adequate to set you up for the day sightseeing. The hotel does not provide other meals, but why would you want it too in a city full of great places to eat. Do try the icecream!
All the major sights are less than a mile away by foot, the furthest at just over a mile away, being the Vatican City. The Pantheon is nearby, amazingly intact and entry is free.
Top tip is to buy a combined entry ticket at the Palatine hill where the queues are smallest for 12 Euros and it is well worth paying an extra 5 Euros for the English language tour, which enables you to further jump the queue and gives you the services of an archeological guide for an hour. After that you are free to wander around, including into the Roman Forum for as long as you like. You can then exit, cross the road and again jump the (very long) queue at the Coliseum - a great day out for not very much!
The Hosianum Palace is a brilliant base to explore all this from - a hidden gem in the heart of Rome.
One cautionary tale - we got the 'Terravision' bus from the airport to the Termini station: no problem. For the return trip we bought a ticket and were given a 'boarding card', which "guaranteed your seat on the bus". Don't believe it - there was an unseemly scrum when the bus arrived and at least half a dozen peolpe were left behind - very stressful! We suggest you get the express train or share a taxi if you can and remove any worry about missing your flight...
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