My husband and I were on a three week trip celebrating our 25th anniversay to Paris, Milan, Como, Venice, Florence and lastly, Rome. We were looking for a centrally located hotel that was somewhat luxurious, but not over the top fancy so we would feel too formal. The Artemide Hotel was perfect for us. We arrived early from Florence and the concierge recommending going up to the rooftop bar on the 7th floor for refreshments while we waited for our room to be ready. He estimated it would be ready in an hour so it was not a long wait. The rooftop bar/restaurant is worth visiting. Sitting outside, enjoying the sun on tastefully decorated chairs, was a great way to review the map of Rome and plan our next four days.
We got our room within the hour as promised and were pleasantly surprised by the decor. A nice sized room, that included a mini-bar where you can help yourself to 3 bottles of water per day, 2 Italian beers, and juice. I believed this to be "free," although one reviewer insists it's in the room charge. Either way, I felt as if it were free and was very happy to drink my 3 bottles of water per day not worrying about being charged 20 Euros, or whatever they do in Europe. Alas, I do not drink beer, so that sat there day after day. Maybe I should have snuck it home for my daughter, ha....There were also little cookies and crackers set out on top of the mini bar, in addition to coffee and tea. There was a kettle that you could put water in and heat up. I loved having a cup of tea in the room after exploring the streets of Rome for hours.
We are always eager to have good Wi-Fi and we both brought an iPhone, in addition to both having our own iPads. We were given a Wi-Fi code and surprisingly, all four devices worked great. This was not always the case at the other hotels in Italy. At some of them, only two devices worked well. Always try a hotel's wi-fi code on the most important devices first, the ones you can't live without. No problem at this hotel though--everything was working very well.
The bathroom was quite nice with marble and all the fancy soaps and shampoos you can expect these days. Our only complaint, as usual, with hotels in Italy, is it's hard not to get water on the floor when you shower. There was only a partial glass door and for whatever reason, the water ends up outside on the floor. Felt bad having to mop it up a bit with a thirsty towel and then leave the wet towel on the floor, but what can you do. I think a better designed door would prevent this. That is just a minor complaint, though, and I felt bad for the hotel cleaning staff, not myself.
I would highly recommend eating at the rooftop restaurant. We ended up there our last two nights we liked it so much. They give you a huge glass of wine if you order by the glass and the food was delicious. I would suggest making a reservation, though, as by 8:00 it starts to fill up. We had to get used to eating later while in Europe as is their custom. Many restaurants do not start to serve until after 7:30. I believe we came one night at 7:00 p.m. and were served so it may be different at a hotel restaurant. My husband had a swordfish appetizer that was amazing!
This hotel is located very centrally to all the places you will want to see. We had a walking tour the first day with a guide and from then on were able to find our way around. Get a map at the front desk. It is very useful and they will circle the attractions most people want to see. Rome is a big city so be prepared to do a lot of walking, even with the hotel being in a good location. We ended up walking 5-10 miles a day, but that also has to do with the fact that we love walking. There is the metro nearby that many people take to get about.
Each morning you can have breakfast in the breakfast room and this is included in your room price. The staff is super friendly and will whisk about clearing plates from your table when you're done with them and bringing you fresh coffee or tea. Each morning a server came around with a huge bundt type formation of freshly made ricotta cheese. I don't eat much dairy, but had to have a sample and was glad I did, it was delicious! The food at the buffet was the typical European spread of cucumbers, tomatoes, salad, eggs, bacon, cereals, breads, cakes, juices, yogurt, fruit, Nutella (what is with the European obsession over Nutella??), and cold-cuts and cheese. Everything was well supplied and who could not find plenty to eat! We looked forward to eating in this charming room every morning and would linger over our second pot of tea!
I would definitely recommend this hotel and hope to return some day in the future! We were there the last part of April and were grateful they had turned on the air conditioning since it was getting in the mid-70's during our visit. Some of the other hotels we stayed at previously in April had the heat blasting with no way to regulate it and this meant we had to keep our windows open at all times or be way too hot. The air conditioning worked great at Hotel Artemide!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hotel Artemide, your 4-star hotel in downtown Rome! Just a stone's throw away from the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum or the Spanish Steps, Artemide is right in the heart of Via Nazionale, a lively and bright street, with plenty of shops to choose from. Within walking distance of Termini Train Station and with the metro station Repubblica at just 100 metres, the Artemide Hotel is the perfect starting point for discovering the Eternal City. Free mini-bar and wi-fi connection in every room, and a fully-equipped gym are just some of the perks we offer our guests. Also, make sure not to miss the Artemís Spa to dedicate a moment for your well-being and enjoy individual or couples massages. And to complete the experience, don't miss the Ambrosia Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, on the 7th floor of the hotel, with its magnificent view over the Rome' skyline. ... more less
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