A friend and I stayed here for four nights in single rooms overlooking the road. The rooms were very cramped, but we accepted this being a traditional building in a small street. The lack of decent lighting was very annoying and meant it was almost impossible to read in the room. We both had bites on our legs from something in the room or beds. The bathroom was fine with a great shower. Breakfast was adequate but uninspiring - orange juice was not fresh and the bread was stale but there was a nice buffet of cheese, meat etc. The machine coffee was not what I would have hoped for in Rome. It was a shame not to be able to have breakfast outside - the management seemed over-keen on preserving the hotel 'image'.
In fact the hotel staff - with the exception of one lovely bar attendant - were so unhelpful we were left speechless on occasions. Examples:
1. The first night we asked for suggestions as to where to eat as we didn't know the neighbourhood yet. We were told there would be virtually nowhere open as it was Sunday and everywhere closes early. We went out and found plenty of places open nearby!
2. We asked if they could recommend a walking tour. We were told there weren't any - there may have been earlier in the summer but not now (late October). I found a company called Enjoy Rome in the next street (Via Marghera) who were fantastic and we booked on one of their tours. It seemed like the hotel staff couldn't be bothered.
Apart from the good location, not a place I would stay in again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old England style house with modern comforts and amenities, breakfast room and bar; situated near Piazza Repubblica. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Garden Hotel Rome