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Augusta Lucilla Palace
Ranked #187 of 1,267 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 8, 2010

Disclosure: We travel with two small children, so I'm generally looking for a four-person room, which isn't easy to find at a good price. This hotel offered a good price for a four-person room in Rome, but its location is what sold me. And the maps didn't lie.

This hotel--even with two small children in tow--is truly only two minutes from the Termini metro station. An additional minute gets you into the Termini building itself. Why is this useful? 1) Rome's two metro lines only cross here. And 2) there is a taxi stop and a bus station hub at Termini.

Let me also join the fray in heartily agreeing with everyone that this is a solid 3-star, not a 4-star, but with modest 3-star pricing, were you really expecting a 4-star?

As for the breakfast, I have to say that the breakfast should be evaluated by European standards. This is a European hotel, after all. In the breakfast room, you'll hear many Italians, a LOT of Spaniards, some French-speakers and Eastern Europeans and only a smattering of English-speakers. You'll notice that the Europeans seem to be enjoying their breakfast just fine. They understand that to get a latte, they have to mix the very thick almost syrupy black coffee with the milk (conveniently kept hot for you in a boiler) in a carafe and take it to their table. Also, why would you expect your bacon to be cooked American style (crispy) at a non-American hotel? *Tip*: If the coffee bothers you that much and you don't want to make your own latte, you can nicely ask the breakfast-room attendant to make you a cappuccino at the professional coffee machine in the bar, as at least one Spanish family did every morning. ;o) But if you ask her for a latte, she'll just point you to the coffee and milk dispensers.

What you get at this hotel:
* Perfect location--quiet--and less than 5 minutes to Termini. This is also a l10-minute walk from Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the major churches of Rome. You could also walk to the Colosseum and Roman Forum in 20 minutes or so, but the metro is so convenient and inexpensive. There are also oodles of excellent restaurants in the adjacent street--Via Principe.
* A quiet room, with walls that are padded and fabric-lined, making for a peaceful night.
* Breakfast included. Although some reviewers were less pleased with this feature, our four-person family found something to eat every morning. And if you set your standards to a European Continental breakfast, you'll find many choices.
* Friendly staff.
* A minibar that you can use to keep something small cold if you move things around.
* A safe in your room.

What you will NOT get:
* Free Internet access--in fact, a 1-hour access code will cost you 5 euro.
* A business center with a printer. Although there is a single terminal for which you can purchase access.
* An in-house restaurant for lunch or dinner.
* A gym.
* A pool.
* Easy parking--at least not that I could see. But this is the hotel for a group intending to make full use of the public transport system, which is not as extensive as some other European cities' but certainly one of the most affordable.

Overall, the location is tough to beat. Especially with small children who don't want to walk long to the metro or to dinner. And the price was tough to top in that neighborhood as well. Especially for a family of four that requires a quad room. If you adjust your expectations to a 3-star and need a decently priced room close to Termini, this hotel might just fit the bill.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

stayed here for 3 nights in march, found the hotel excellent value, rooms were good size, modern an very clean, only thing was shower head was broke so that was awkward but not a magor deal, hotel is in a good location if u dont mind walking,only place not within walking distance is the vatican but you can get the no 40 from the bus termi up the road,take a right outside hotel cost only a euro. enjoy your trip...

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

Great, well priced hotel. We stayed for 7 nights. Rooms were very free from noise from other rooms but we did get some traffic noise from the street. Italians LOVE to blow their horns! The hotel made reservations for us at the Borghese gallery and the staff were very nice to us (unlike what others have posted). Maybe they are not used to the Italian culture. The only downside would be no free wireless access. I think they would please a lot more people if they just added a few euro to the room cost and gave everyone free internet. OK breakfast. Room and bath are a typical size by European standards. I was impressed that our room was always cleaned by time we arrived back (Even when we came back after a late start and were only gone a few hours) and housekeeping never knocked on our door and woke us up even when we slept in late (unlike other places I have stayed). The bed was firm but not too firm that it hurt your joints. The location CANNOT be beat. We were a three minute walk from the metro, busses and the train station. Rome involves a lot of walking but using public transport helps to save your feet! Go to the restaurant Babbo's on the street behind the Baths of Diocletian. The best steak and well priced at 17 euro! This hotel had nice toiletries, towel warmer (to dry clothes on!) and nice big towels. The restaurant and bar are not that great so do not expect to have a great time there but why stay in your hotel with other tourists when you have all of Rome and its people to explore? We were extremely pleased with our choice and would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2010

We realy enjoyed our stay in Augusta, the location is perfect, we had a inside view room, I recomend for silence obsessed like us, breakfast is lets say 3*, but everything else compensate for this.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2010

The hotel is in a brilliant location only a few minutes walk from the termini station and about a 20 minute walk from the trevi fountain and from the colloseum aswell. the room was smaller than we expected but for what we needed was perfectly fine, the bed was extreamly comfortable and to behonest after an entire day walking around rome thats the main thing you need. the room and bathroom look very nice, although our shower did leak, but was fixed by using two of the hand towels on the floor. the staff however, especially on the main desk, i found to be unhelpful and some what rude. The morning breakfast was somewhat of a joke, the little choice of cooked food (mini sausages, bacon and discusting scrambled eggs) was some thing we didnt touch after our first morning simply due to how revulting the eggs were. the rest of the food is edible but nothing your going to want to stock too much up on mainly consisting of the usual bland continental type food, all with very little taste. The rooms were very well kept by the cleanin staff though. Getting around rome was fairly easy although if your in a wheel chair or find it hard to walk around easily rome may not be the best place for you as it is not disable friendly at all. Pick pockets were avoided by making sure you have a zipped bag and keeping hold of the zip end at all times. Rome is a very very beautiful place, and me and my boyfriend highly recomend the tour for the colloseum and palatine hill and roman forum which cost us around £25 for all 3 with guides. the metro is very cheap and easy to use, 1 euro for a ticket although they get very cramded but a new one is usually due only 1 minute after the previous.(if only london was as quick:) ) Over all the only thing that would stop me returning was the staff at the hotel, they were very rude. Our check out time was meant to be 12 but at 10.30 the key card which is used to activate the lights etc in the room was deactivated with no warning what so ever!
go to rome, stay near the termini station by all means but be careful with this hotel, although if your not bothered but unfriendly staff and a rather dodgey breakfast the rooms were comfy enough to say go to, maybe youll be luckier than we were.

Getting from the airport (fuimicini-spelt wrong probably sorry :) ) we got a 8 euro bus, which took about 45 minutes but was comfy enough and the cheapest option, findin the bus stop was interesting at the tuourist info office were rude and un helpful and as of every thing else in rome it was not well sign posted (serious map skills are needed in rome) the bus stops right next to termini station. on the way back we took the train, very comfy and at 11 euros it was quick at only 30 mins (non stop) and also departed ontime.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2010

I can't really understand all the very positive reviews of this hotel. There's nothing special about it. Termini is a hotel area with hundreds of hotels. As said by other reviewers it is clean with a nice staff and a good location. So are dozens of three star hotels, but this one has four!
A four star hotel does not have the bar driven by another company (making it impossible to put the tabs on the room), does not charge 5 EUR for 1h Wi-Fi, do not have door locks with both physical keys and keycards (which was very hard to produce in the reception). A four star hotel: has a bit of class (sometimes a lot), has high quality beds, pay attention to details and serve drinkable coffe at breakfast - especially in the country of espresso...
Go elsewhere if you're looking for four REAL stars.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 7, 2010

Just had 4 nights in the hotel. Location is very good as it's a few minutes stroll from the Train Station. pre-booked the TerraVision coach from airport and only cost 16euros return for the 2 of us. Ate at an excellent pizzeria across the road called Est Est Est. Hotel was spotlessly clean. Stopped in room 107. Quite small but served it's purpose, will a new modern bathroom....shower very small but adequte. Breakfast was fine....cold meats, cheese,bread, bacon eggs, sausage and pastries which will send you into a sugar rush. Enjoyed Rome...but 4 nights was enough. Very Very Expensive. Can of coke between 4.50 and 5 eruos...struggled to find a pint under 6 euros with the most expensive we paid 7.50 euros !!! Lots of beggers wherever you go...and city full of graffitti. Walked for miles.....the colessum is only about 20min walk from hotel. Trevi Fountain again isn't too far but be on your guard for pick pockets and beggers. Caught the metro to the Vatican city but walked back via the 'Trastevere' Region. This area is a must. Very pretty....food and drink excellent value. Cobbled streets. 1litre of wine 8 euros...pizza 5...bargain! Really pretty area....but make sure you've got your walking boots !! Did enjoy Rome but have been to nicer cities !

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Massimo d'Azeglio 24, 00184 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#110 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#184 Family Hotel in Rome
#246 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $101 - $327 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Augusta Lucilla Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 98
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