My friend and I stayed at the Hotel Maximus during our 7 day stay in Rome. We were there all but one night when we traveled to Florence.
The first thing non-European travellers should note is that this is not a Hotel, or B&B in a traditional sense. It is literally a cluster of condo units within a residential building. I personally like this as it made the experience more authentic.
The location is excellent, within walking distance of Colosseo station, and a number of fantastic non-touristy restaurants and sites.
Upon our arrival to Italy, we received a phone call from the hotel manager asking when we will be there. He met us at the site of the hotel, and the check in process was easy and simple. He also provided us with a number of vouchers for breakfast at a local espresso bar.
The space itself was great, very modern loft in an old city and it had everything you needed including air condition which was VERY VERY cold considering the 49 degree heat outside.
I comment on the review below me... there IS something wrong with the main lock on the door. If you twist it the wrong way, you're actually engaging the dead bolt on the lock. I learned this the hard way when I had to help another hotel stayer try to get in because we were both locked out. At that point she mentioned that she had called someone from the hotel to come help her, but it had been an hour and no one had come yet. Luckily we figured it out together, and this ties into the reason I'm not rating this experience EXCELLENT: THE CHECK OUT.
The day we were meant to leave, we woke up and were told to go the hotels main office, which is a few blocks away. We showed up, and ended up waiting over an HOUR for anyone to show up. We couldn't go anywhere because we had our suitcases with us, and needed somewhere to keep them for the few hours until our flight so we wouldn't waste our last day. Finally someone showed up, and we made arrangements to grab our suitcases that afternoon, stressing the importance of our flight and how we need to be on time.
Sure enough, we show up in the afternoon, no one is there. This time it only took her about 15 minutes to get there, but still, unnecessary stress on our last day in Rome.
Overall beautiful, modern, comfortable accommodation, but unprofessional staff. I suggest getting the details about your check out in advance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residence Maximus is in Rome's central Celio hill, right above the Colosseum. It has guest rooms as well as apartments with cooking facilities, and all units feature free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. The rooms are cleaned daily and each one has a private bathroom. The apartments include a kitchenette and a washing machine, which are available for longer stays. All units are furnished with modern furniture. The area surrounding the Maximus Residence is also famous for the clubs and restaurants of the pedestrian area in Via di San Giovanni in Laterano. Colosseo Metro Station, Line B, is just over a quarter mile away and is 2 stops from Termini Train Station. ... more less
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