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“Acceptable for a short stay.” 3 of 5 stars
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La Maison Royale
Via G. Vitelleschi 34, 00193 Rome, Italy (Vatican / Borgo)   |  
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Ranked #1,996 of 3,199 Rome B&B and Inns
Orlando, Florida, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Acceptable for a short stay.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights before we left for a cruise out of Rome. We picked this hotel after a long search for a reasonably priced hotel for 5 people ( 2 adults and 3 kids). It is very difficult to find a hotel for 5 in Rome without paying a fortune per night.
We paid 445 euros ( approximately $600) for 2 nights and had two rooms ( a triple and a double) at this property. This is a bed and breakfast affiliated with hotel atlante star. You check in at the hotel and walk about half a block to the bed and breakfast. It is really just a small apartment building on one floor which has a few rooms.
For our stay this was fine. Not bad and not great. It fit the need for what we needed but I would be disappointed if this was for longer than 2 nights.
We just needed a place to sleep after two long days of touring.
This is acceptable for a European hotel but by no means great.
I would only recommend this hotel because the price is good for what you get but if you are looking for a "nice" hotel you will be disappointed. For our stay, I happy for our choice but you need to know what to expect.
PRO: great price, complimentary breakfast at main hotel, free wifi at main hotel, good location walking distance to the Vatican and the piazza where there are many shops and restaurants.
CONS: not part of the main hotel, loud street noises at night because rooms are on the first floor, ran out of hot water very quickly, not the friendliest or most welcoming employees.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We visited Rome during the w/o 5/14/13. This was an excellent value for the price paid and its an ideal location since your in the heart of the city. It's essential that you know that the Atlante Star hotel is the owner of this property (only ~50 feet away) where you check in and have your complementary breakfast. Our room was comfortable, clean with A/C and your own bathroom. There is no signage advising of La Maison Royale, so make sure that you've recorded "Atlante Star" in your notes upon your arrival.
This location is within a few blocks of the Vatican and makes it quite easy to visit several times. Suggestion - Vatican is open 7AM to 7PM; to minimize waiting on long lines, go early as you can to visit this site. For the many sites within the city, we walked along the river which was nearby and crossed over bridges as needed for a specific site. Unless you have a private guide for Rome, make sure you take a map of the city and map out your destination(s). Yes, there was a lot of walking, however, we found some beautiful churches, gardens, museums and nice places to have lunch (i.e. paninis, pizza, etc.). I strongly suggest that guests take a taxi (40 euros) from Fiumicino airport to this location since you'll save time and avoid the various connections if you go via public transportation.
Personally, we found that there was a lack of signs and assistance for visitors speaking any language besides Italian. Overall, my wife and I were tired at the end of this vacation, but we had a wonderful time touring the city, eating great food and of course, lots of gelato.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

We stayed two nights. Room was clean and comfortable and a short walk from both the Vatican/St Peters and Castel Sant'Angelo. Also very convenient for some good restaurants and shops. Breakfast was varied and plentiful and the rooftop restaurant with the amazing view of St Peters was a real treat.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This B&B comprises rooms in an apartment building about a block from the main hotel where you check in and have breakfast. The Atlante chain have two hotels here, plus this annex.

Our room was clean, warm and comfortable. Decor was in good order and there was reasonable space. Security was good with a locked gate to a small courtyard (you press a button to open from inside and use a key to enter from the street) plus steel door leading to the hallway. Signs reminded you to close the shutters so I guess they may have had problems with people getting in previously. The room felt a little claustrophobic with the small window but I guess this is good in the summer, and it totally blacks out if you want to sleep during the day, say after a long flight.

The bathroom was good, though the advertised jet bath didn't work and the shower head was awkward. Towels and sheets seemed to be changed fresh each day. Bed/mattress itself was not the most comfortable but adequate. There was a mini bar with a selection of drinks but no price list (guess it wasn't cheap). We used the fridge for our own drinks from a small supermarket nearby and took our own travel kettle. For some reason there were teapots and cups available in the hallway.

The TV was disappointing. All the channels were Italian, the TV stand was broken and I had to fix the SCART connection to the satellite box. It would have been nice to have a news channel or two in English (or different languages for other guests).

Breakfast was served on the 6th floor of the main 4* Atlante Star hotel, though the roof garden was understandably closed in January. This gives great views of Rome, particularly St. Peter's and the Vatican. There was a good choice of cereals, pastries, hard boiled eggs, yoghurt, bread rolls, cheese and cold meats along with tea, coffee and cold drinks. The fruit juice was good quality. The surroundings are very nice.

We grabbed free newspapers from the main hotel lobby each morning and they had free wifi available in the bar area which we used successfully for Skype calls, web and email (it's chargeable elsewhere, including to use their computer). There was no wifi available in the room at La Maison Royale (only a resident's own signal which has a passcode).

One of the best ways to get to and from the hotel is to take one of the airport shuttle buses to Termini (we used Ciampino airport) then get public bus 40 Express which leaves from a stand near the information booth/tour bus hut at the front of the railway station. You can buy public bus tickets at news stands and tobacconists for 1.5 Euro each, then you must validate them in the machine on the bus. The airport buses typically cost 4 or 6 Euros each way. You can get a return for 8 Euros but we found it good not to be pre-booked as on arrival at Termini we caught an earlier bus to the airport from a different firm (we had flexibility). Sitbus seemed the best overall. It was a little tricky to find the hotel from the bus at first, whilst dragging luggage, but we made it easily enough. It was just a 5 minute walk. Be aware that the 40 express buses going to Termini start off from a stop around the corner from the waiting zone where they drop you on arrival (the waiting zone is along a wall/viaduct). Termini to or from the hotel takes about 30 minutes, even in rush hour though we allowed longer. Just check a map. The overall transfer from the hotel to the airport took under 2 hours, but that was with plenty of waiting time. The bus rides were 30 plus 40 minutes. Cost was about 13 euros each, return (6.5 per person each way) which is much cheaper than a taxi.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

It was 5 stars Hotel in very good location. We were really satisfied. View from the restaurant (where we had breakfast) was amazing. It was included in the price. Prices in the hotel bar were little bit higher. Hotel staff was very helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Great service for very reasonable price. Hostel is situated 5 minutes from Vatican and similar distance from Angel´s Palac.
Metro is not far either.
Very cosy rooms. Breakfast that is included in the price may eat in the restaurant on the 6th floor where you will find extraordinary panorama of the city.
For sure will come back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hungtington Beach, CA
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

La Maison Royale is a place of last resort! As a single with an eight night stay, the only plus was the desk staff (who worked at answering all questions), the location near Vatican City, and the fact it was clean. The room was very crowded...trying to sleep six in a one/two person room. The bed was jammed so close to the closet that opening the door to hang clothing was nearly impossible. To access WiFi you had to decend three floors, go outdoors to reach lobby of the main hotel next door and pay an hourly rate. Breakfast was minimal; the numerous keys to unlock four different doors were pre-1800's and frequently didn't work- requiring the assistance of the hotel staff. The shower hand-held shower head was suppose to also rest on a wall hook to allow for a true shower....hook not stable so unable to use the shower as a shower!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via G. Vitelleschi 34, 00193 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Vatican / Borgo
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Ranked #1,996 of 3,199 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
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Number of rooms: 24
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