Lets get the bad stuff out of the way. The lift is a serious obstacle to anyone with a lack of mobility or people travelling "heavy" (I wasn't - KLM lost my luggage!).
It's an ancient lift and only starts from the first floor meaning that in a best case scenario you'll have to carry luggage up three flights of stairs. Worse still the lift can't be called if any of the three ancient doors have been left open - even fractionally. This means you may have to walk up 9 flights to shut the doors and ride the lift back to your luggage. It's not a deal breaker if you're fit. But not everyone is.
The only other criticism I have is that there are at least 100 TV channels but they're all Italian. One BBC/CNN or especially film channel would make a big difference to anyone staying for a few days.
The good stuff is that the hotel is located in a relatively central area off Via Nazionale with many shops and restaurants nearby. It's 5 mins walk to Republicca Metro and 15 to Termini Station. Most of teh sights are in easy walking distance.
The hotel is set back from Via Genova in a series of buildings around a courtyard. You have to enter the courtyard from Via Genova and find Scala B. Then walk to the first floor to find the lift. Otherwise the hotel entrance is on the 3rd Floor. The courtyard is a bit scuffy but was at least characterful and may be what you're looking for in a Roman hotel.
The hotel itself is like stepping into a different, modern world. The front desk was efficient and helpful and staffed 24hrs. The decor was modern - Habitat-like - and the theme extended into the rooms. They were a good size (except to US visitors who generally have unreasonable expectations of space). The bed was big and comfortable if very hard. The aircon worked well. the bathroom was well appointed with an excellent shower.The satellite flatscreen would have been more relevant if there had been non-Italian content. The rooms would not look out of place in a 4 star hotel. View from the window into the courtyard wasn't worth opening the shutters for though.
For late night snacks there was a vending machine in the lobby. Prices were reasonable - less than you might pay in the streets surrounding.
Breakfast was OK. It was a narrow room with a single row of 4 tables seating a maximum of 16 so you might need to time your arrival well to get a seat. Coffee was good. There was tea and pastries - some exceptionally sweet. Cake, cereal etc. certainly enough to get you set up for your day out.
All in all, a characterful outside, modern and well run inside, reasonable breakfast and central. It could be a good spot for a short stay in Rome. If only they'd fix the lift it would be an excellent choice.
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