Here is my review from when I went to see the retiring Pope. He didn’t have a spare room for me in the Vatican, so we booked ourselves into Atlante Gardens – end Feb/March. Sorry about the delay in submitting my review. I actually forgot to write one!
So, 3 months later, what can I remember that might be useful?
To begin with, it’s not quite what a person might reasonably expect from a 4* hotel. I myself have long ago given up taking any notice of star ratings because I find they mostly equate to structural requirements ie – is there a lift, is there a 24 hr reception, and say very little about the quality of the gaff. The room itself was adequate I suppose. There was good, bad and ugly aspects.
The good:- The bed was comfortable, the room was clean, there was a Jacuzzi bath
The bad:- the Jacuzzi only worked intermittently, there was no kettle.
The ugly:- the plastic thing to work the flush on the toilet kept falling off and the electric socket for the bedside lamp had come away from the wall exposing bare wires, and was not wired in properly meaning the light would switch itself off. Ultimately, I decided not to go near this lamp
The decor of the room was very dated, but I felt that this was actually the intention of an interior designer as opposed to a lax redecorating schedule. It was all very Edwardian in style. Not to “my” style, but “a” style, nonetheless! The room had a mini-bar, but no price list. I phoned reception to ask how much a drink was and was glad I was sitting down.... OUCH!!! I wasn’t THAT thirsty in the end.... Coffee in the hotel was 3 times the price of everywhere else, but it tasted nice enough.
Directly across the road from the hotel entrance was a little shop and the lady who owned that was an absolute angel. She saw us approaching her shop as she was locking up for the evening and actually opened up again just to make us a Panini and a cappuccino! We would thereafter make a special effort to go to her because of this kindness.
This hotel is well within walking distance of St Peters, but quite a good walk from everywhere else. It also might have been the time of year but it seems that most places closed at 8am and the whole area turned into a ghost town.
We were attacked by a flame throwing maniac (or a drunk with a lighter, depending on your viewpoint) and if you want to buy a packet of cigarettes after the shops have closed good luck with that cos its all vending machines which you can only use if you have an Italian Health Insurance Card (ironic, or what!)
Back to the hotel review. Would I stay here again? No. Here’s the main reason why – The evening before our early morning departure I arranged through the hotel reception that the airport transfer would pick us up at 4.40am. We were stood in the street from 4.30am for a good half hour and there was NO BUS!! We asked reception to phone 4 times but they said they were not getting an answer. At 5am we gave in and ordered a taxi (through the receptionist) which cost the grand total of E60... (i tipped) – he got us to our plane in time.
I complained to Expedia that the bus didnt turn up. The bus company said that I was a NO SHOW and that when they turned up at 4.40 I was gone??? I have a receipt from the taxi to say 5am, but it didn’t make any difference. The worst thing was the Atlante Garden receptionist who told Expedia that that the bus came at 4.40 which was a total lie – why did he phone me a taxi at 5am then?
Rome – yes. Atlante Garden - a definite NO.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Atlante Garden is situated in the heart of Rome, two blocks on foot from the Vatican City, five from Navona Square and the Spanish Steps, in one of the most famous shopping areas The Hotel offers 56 completely renovated guest rooms, all with Jacuzzi bath tubs and all other comforts. Our clients may take advantage of the exclusive free of charge Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci airport pick-up service, upon request. Moreover, if they wish, clients can dine on the panoramic Roof Garden Restaurant "Les Etoiles" of the sister Hotel Atlante Star, located right next door. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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