My husband and I traveled with our grown daughter and son-in-law to Italy for 2 weeks. Our first stop was Rome. I chose Hotel Sonya based on TripAdvisor reviews and was not disappointed. The location is great. It's across the street from the Opera House, which is walking distance (or a short taxi ride) from Rome Termini train station.
Hotel staff were friendly and helpful from the time I booked (online) through the end of our stay. I emailed them to say we would arrive in the morning and to request early check-in if available. They responded within 24 hours and while they could not guarantee early check-in, they offered to store our baggage so we could tour the city. It turned out that one room was ready (at 10am) and the second room was ready within an hour. The front desk staff provided a free city map and helped us get our bearings. They also helped us find the closest Metro station and explained how to use it.
The property is a little older, as one might expect in a city as old as Rome. The lobby area has been nicely updated and they have an elevator! The rooms were appropriate for a 3-star hotel, meaning that they were rather small by American standards, but very appropriate for a European hotel. The rooms were spotlessly clean and had a private bathroom with shower, mini bar, a small safe, and satellite TV. All hotel staff spoke English and were very patient with my limited Italian. Breakfast was provided, including great cappuccino, croissants (cornets), fruit and cereals.
I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others. We stayed here early in the tourist season (April) and the cost for a double room with King bed was Euro 146 per night. Be aware that in all of Italy there is a new "City Tax" of 1 to 2 euros per person (depending on the city) which must be paid at check-in. It is in addition to the room cost and must be paid in cash. This is a compulsory government tax and not any kind of scam.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sonya is in a quiet area of central Rome, in front of the Opera House and 55 yards from the Viminale Palace. Rooms offer free internet and free Sky satellite TV. Rooms at the Sonya Hotel are air-conditioned and feature a private bathroom and a tea/coffee maker. Breakfast includes a variety of breads and pastries, cold cuts, fried eggs and fresh fruit. The Sonya is a 5-minute walk from Termini Train Station. Free maps of the city are available at the front desk with ticket-booking service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sonya Hotel Rome