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.
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