Just arrived back from 3 nights staying in Rome at the Seven Kings Relais. We checked the reviews before we arrived which were a great help in trying to locate the actual hotel itself. It is only a 10-15minute walk from Termini Station at the top of Via Septembre (look for the two XX's on the map at the top of this street and that is literally where the hotel was located). As you approach you will see the two big brown doors with a sign to the right hand side that says seven kings Relais where you can ring the buzzer to gain entry. The hotel is on the 1st floor.
Our room was 103 which was a little noisy with it being so close to reception but we were so tired from all the walking we didnt really notice it. The room however was very very small so if you are used to space make sure you ask for a large double room. We only paid for a small but it didnt bother us as we werent in the hotel much anyway. Apart from this bathroom, furniture etc was really clean and modern and the shower was brilliant. The hotel staff were so friendly and would do anything for you including tea and coffee with biscuits whenever you wanted.
They also provide a map and talk you through all the local tourist sites and how to get there which we found really helpful.
Rome itself is beautiful but it is very expensive. Breakfast was included with the room at the cafe round the corner which was a tea or coffee and Croissant but for lunch unless you grab a sandwich or lsice of pizza even the cheaper meals that were on 'offer' were coming to 20-30 euros with one drink each for two. Evening meal was generally about 50-60 euros which was a pasta dish each, maybe a side dish a beer and half a caraffe of wine. Please note you always get charged for bread and water and a service charge is also added on so budget for this.
We tried to eat out in the back streets away from main tourist areas but to be honest didn not find it much different in price just make sure you check the menus beforehand. I can't recommend anywhere to eat as they are all pretty much the same i think and there is no shortage of places as theres somewhere up every alley/side street and we didn't have a bad meal.
If you fancy a drink a glass of wine was generally 6-7 euros and beers anything from 6-12 euros depending on the size you order. 12 euros was for the 1 litre beer. Ice creams were all around 4 euros for a cup with two flavours which is so yummy you will go back for more so it's worth it.
Would definately recommend an afternoon in Travestre as it seemed quite a lot cheaper there and has some lovely little places to have a drink or bite to eat.
Another tip if you want to see Saint Peters Basilica and also the Vatican museums such as the Sistine Chapel go to the Museums first as when you come out it takes you straight into the Basilica so it saves you having to queue. We didn't realise this and queued for an hour to get in only for it to bring us out in the same place later on.
Overall i would definately recommend Rome and the Seven Kings Relais as a perfect base to explore Rome,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Seven Kings Relais! Located in the heart of Rome, between Porta Pia and Via Veneto, not far by foot from central Termini Station, Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese and from the main tourist sites. Common areas, the reception and all our rooms recently renovated (2008). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 7 Kings Relais
- Seven Kings Relais Hotel Rome