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“Hotel Alba - A.nother L.oud B.ang A.gain!!”

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Alba Hotel Torre Maura
Ranked #1,049 of 1,271 Hotels in Rome
Reviewed September 19, 2013

We stayed here september 2013 for 3 nights and were slightly let down by it. In images the hotel looks lovely, clean and modern-ish. But its a tad on the side of run down.
Our room although big had stained walls, dusty floors and a stained pillow, the colour scheme of dark green also gave it the feel of a hospital room.
We were also unlucky enough to be right at the top of the stairs (Room 148) so all night all you could hear was people walking past, high heels on tiled floors and rolling cases.
The other travellers seemed to not care about other people and would shout, scream, laugh and run about the halls, the staff did nothing to control this.
Our main gripe however was, that we were also opposite the vending machine, and believe me that thing is LOUD. You hear every coin being dropped in, the selection buttons and then three loud clangs as the drinks fall into the drawer. This goes on all night.

If you are looking for rest and relaxation after a day of sightseeing, this isn't the place for you!!

Location wise, it is quite far out of town but as everyone has already stated you can easily hop the 558 bus to Subaugusta and join the metro. However we found this difficult todo on a sunday. You can buy tickets in the shop attached to the pizzeria opposite the hotel.
Our advice buy a 75min ticket to get into town then find a news stand and buy a 3 day pass. Then you can tram, train and bus, where ever you like.

The Tram is just around the corner,
- exit hotel right, right again, straight down past Lidl and its the platform on the left. (there is 2 platforms, either-side of a crossroads the left one you get on, and the right one is where you get off) - which is much more straight forward and takes you straight to Termini Station, from there you can join either metro line although it does take 40mins and the surrounding areas are not that scenic but patience is rewarded as a stop or two before Termini you come to a beautiful Ancient Archway, (you can't miss it).
You can also jump on the 105 bus, but we never used this option. Its busstop is next to the Tram stop.

Food: We found it to be better than other reviews led us to believe, a range of different cereals, fresh milk, orange & pineapple juice. The cheese/egg mix was nice and the sausages were tasty too. Fresh croissants too, with a choice of chocolate, custard or plain.

Overall we would say, it is a bit far from central Rome and its not very relaxing, we wouldn't return.

Room Tip: Aim For A Room Down The End Of The Corridors, Away From Stairs, Lifts & Vending Machines!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Alba in September for 4 nights. We had read the previous trip advisor comments and have the following to contribute. The Hotel Alba is very much located well out the City area and there is not much around other than a run down pizza place across the road, or just out the hotel to the right and travel around 2000m, turning right again is a good sit down Chinese and an Lidl. To the left out the hotel is a shopping area with more restaurants but is over a mile away.

The hotel itself is OK. The reception staff came across as friendly and we were allocated a standard room on the first floor. It was clean, quite large, with a fridge and small flat screen TV (Italian channels only). The bed was hard but comfortable but what really let the room down was a very stained counterpane although the sheets were very clean. Extra blankets were available in the wardrobe but you would not wrap your dog in them. There is air conditioning that you control by the window which looks like a radiator, easy to work out though.

The bathroom was large and clean. The shower was powerful. The place besides the counterpane was more than acceptable. The hotel though seems stuck in the 1960/70’s and a major overhaul is required. We asked for extra pillows but were told the hotel was full so only two pillows a room. We brought our own, plus take your own towels which is essential, the towels there are best described as sheets. We also took our own kettle (no tea/coffee making facilities). Wifi is available at the hotel for a rather expensive price; however, the room safe was free. You can drink the tap water.

Breakfast is included but it has something to be desired. It may be a cultural thing but we did not think much of the breakfast. Very low quality cereals, plain yoghurts, cakes, bread, low quality ham/cheese with highly salted cold scrambled eggs accompanied by cold hot dog sausages. If this is to your liking you will love it if fact a few Italian families were tucking in big style.
There is not much at the hotel, it states it has a bar but that’s now how I would describe it. Travelling into the City is no issue. Out the hotel, turn right, 100m a bus stop the 558. We got a bit confused initially as there is nowhere to buy tickets even on the bus. Basically, the bus to the metro is free; you pay for both at the metro. You get off at Subagusta (you see the big white M surrounded by red. Looks like a MacDonalds sign. Once in the metro you pay at the payment machines (if you press the other language button) it comes up in English. Effectively it costs you 1.50 Euro which gives you 100mins travel on the tube (metro) or buses. This will easily get you into the centre of Rome.

When you leave the hotel you get stung with ‘Rome’ tax which is 2 Euro each a night and is a must do. Taxi’s to Alba from the airport are expensive so book online beforehand with a cab firm and should cost you 50 Euro. We did this, plus the Alba arranged our taxi back with a local firm for 52 Euro.

Overall, for the price we paid it was value for money. The hotel though just by changing the blankets, counterpane, more pillows, tea/coffee making facilities and tuning the TV to BBC World News or CNN would have made the stay better. Plus directions and such like in English to get the bus/metro into the City.

Room Tip: Take your own pillows, towels, kettle, blanket and a sense of humour, plus your own cereals - we did...
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Stayed here with the group for our tour. Location wise very far from everything. The rooms are quite big but not that clean. Food all bland, breakfast not so much choices. Overall service from front desk to the dining is poor. Staff don't communicate well in English. .

  • Stayed: June 2013
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2  Thank marge1017
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

me and my boyfriend stayed here for 4 nights
Very nice room. Shame about there being no English channels for us to watch but that was the only fault in the room.
The food was ok, bit of the same though. We did find that the hotel was a bit out of the centre but this just added to the experience of being in Rome.
It was a very nice, peaceful hotel and would go back

My major fault would be that me and my boyfriend went down to the games room on out last day to play table tennis and the room looked liked it hadn't been used for a while... Well i must of sat down for about 2minutes on the settee and then ended up with around 30 FLEE bits on each leg! The flee bits covered all of my body and they lasted for around a week once back in Scotland and were itchy, sore, and had a burning feeling. So maybe give the games room a miss!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I stayed at the Alba Hotel in September 2012 for a week. The room was basic but spacious. There was a TV, but only the two music channels were in English. The bathroom was clean and spacious too.There was a large wardrobe and the beds in a twin room were larger than a standard single.
On arrival the room was freezing as they had left the air con on, and there is no heating in the rooms, as it is controlled by them and they do not turn it on during the summer. Understandable but it was cold for us.
The room provides one extra blanket per bed, but we had to request a further two each. The blankets were rather grubby looking but we had nothing else so we had to use them. They looked unwashed.
The towels in the bathroom were changed daily. However, on one occasion a 'clean' towel was left in my room with blood on. For which management did not offer an apology. Some of the towels had marks.
If it was possible to I would simply bring my own towel and blanket to this hotel.
On the whole staff were friendly and helpful. They called to confirm our transfers for us for our return flights.
Breakfast was 7am to 10am and was a continental breakfast. Decent.
Right outside the hotel you could get a 10minute bus ride to the metro station where you could get a 20minute train ride to Central Rome. Both buses and trains ran frequently. If your used to catching public transport the time and distance is not an issue.
The hotel is decent looking in good grounds. A pizza and bar across the road which tended to be quiet. Two supermarkets 5minutes round the corner.
Decent for the money paid. Seemed to be the only British people we saw. Mostly filed with young and older people. Didn't come across two many of people who fall into the middle category (30-50years).
The area around the hotel is decent. Most people spoke English. Lots of shops and restaurants where you pick the Metro station from.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 7 nights and generally it was a pleasant stay.
The rooms are VERY spacious and are alike with the photos. Plus the staff it is very helpful!
The breakfast was quite simple and adequate (coffees, cake, flan, corn-flex, croissant, cheese, ham etc.)
The hotel was excellent for the money payed. Though, it is little far from the center. However, if you would like to go to the city center, I suggest that you take bus 558 to Subagusta metro station stop, and then take the metro line to Battistini and stop wherever you like. You need approximately 30 min to go to the city center - depends on the bus 558 which (as far as we understand) it doesn't have a specific time schedule.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Nayia-X-
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Me and my partner stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. The hotel was located in a very worn down area in the middle of no were. Its good if you like to travel and are willing to commute on average it took us around 40min to get to the city centre. The staff were friendly the rooms were clean and basic. We had a breakfast included as well it was very basic nothing special. A good hotel to stay at for a short stay in Rome.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Viale di Torre Maura 81, 00169 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1,049 of 1,271 Hotels in Rome
Price Range: $24 - $254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alba Hotel Torre Maura 4*
Number of rooms: 64
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