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Caravel Hotel
Ranked #163 of 1,272 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 7, 2010

The hotel is basic, clean and the breakfast is good. The location in me opinion is ok, because is in a quiet neighborhood, and not to far from the historical center.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 4, 2010

Hotel was clean and meet our needs but off the beaten path. Had to take buses to center every day to sightsee which wasted a lot of time. Most of the buses were easy to figure out except the one to the vatican. We ended up riding around for 2 hours because we got on the wrong bus or needed to get a transfer after the first bus which the hotel neglected to tell us, I'm not sure which one. Would recommend this hotel if you don't mind taking the bus every day to get into the city, otherwise pick one closer to the center of Rome.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed October 19, 2010

I traveled to Rome for four days (three nights) with my mother. Hotel Caravel got chosen as the accommodation for our trip randomly, mainly because of the price compared to hotels in central Rome. Thinking back now, a hotel in central Rome might be worth the money. Even though there are several busses that take you from the bus stop next to the hotel to the central Rome or to one of the metro station, they did not always go as often as one could hope. For example on Sundays the bus number 715 (recommended to us by the hotel staff) was supposed to leave Piazza Venezia (in the centre) ones an hour. Furthermore, we waited the bus for over an hour in the centre around 7pm and in the end took a taxi as there was no sign of the bus anywhere.

Other than the location, the hotel did not impress us, either. It was not the worst hotel I have been to, but far from the best. We found the staff somewhat rude and unwilling to assist us with our problems. For example when we asked helped in removing the plug of the bathtub that had been left stuck by someone prior to us, the receptionist was very rude and apparently thought we were just two women unable to handle it ourselves and thus bothered him pointlessly. It took, however, almost an hour and at least two different tools for the janitor to remove the plug.

The main problem we had with this hotel was the thin walls and extremely noisy bathrooms. If you needed to use the bathroom during the night you were sure to wake up the people not only in your own room but the room next to yours as there was a relatively loud noise that lasted for about five minutes when you for example flushed the toilet. We were, at least, woken up by the neighbor's bathroom visits every night.
Besides using the bathroom during the night, our neighbors were also extremely loud whenever coming back to their room or discussing with each other, and because of the thin walls this definitely woke us up numerous times.

The rooms were, on a good note, spacious and clean enough. The breakfast was relatively good, nothing special and little variety (at least during three/four mornings) but definitely enough for us.

I would probably not go to this hotel again, mainly because of the noise that disturbed me during the nights. The location is not the best possible, but as long as you don't mind taking the bus or the metro and are not too impatient to get to the centre fast whenever you want to, it is not too big of a problem. As said above I wasn't personally a big fan of the attitude of the staff, but it is a question of personal preference and what I am used to, so it probably isn't a problem for everyone.

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Reviewed October 8, 2010

We arrived at Ciampino airport, and took the Terravision bus to theTermini(cost 4 euros).Because we did not know how far away the hotel was , we took a taxi , which cost 35 euros for a twenty minute ride.The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful.The room was a good size( see photos) , with an ensuite shower/toilet.A nice touch was the complimentary bottles of water in the fridge!Breakfast was a buffet continental style - plenty of coffee, cereals , breads, meats,cheese, yogurts,water , juices,fresh fruit,jams, spreads..... The hotel was very clean - we got fresh towels every morning, and sheets changed every second day..As other travellers have stated- the Metro station was a fifteen minute walk away , although there was a bus stop outside the hotel which took you to the termini in about twenty five minutes( depending on how mental the roads were!). I would definitely go back here , but not bother with the taxi ride this time!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

We stayed in the hotel caravel in a family room 3 adults 1 teenager we were surprised to find that the room could easily hold a double and 2 single beds wardrobe and fridge with plenty of room to move around. The bath room was also a good size only complaint was the shower was attached to the bath not wall so had to hold it and the place could get very wet.
Breakfast was good cereals, fruit, pastries rolls staff constantly refilling.

The metro is a 10-15 walk at the top of the road turn left out of the hotel then left again then keep walking till you come to the top and turn left links to all sights.
The bus stop is across the road from the hotel 714 to termini station where you can also get the metro to sights the no 30express takes you to the Vatican get off just after you cross the bridge with the statues. The tickets for the bus can only be bought from the tabbacci turn left out of hotel and left at the next street cross the road to the group of shops and take the first street and follow the “big” T signs or at the metro station 1,3 and 7days tickets can be used on metro and bus.

There are 2 restaurants at the hotel we ate in the one to the right of the hotel and also got the best takeaway pizza from them.
We booked our Vatican and Colosseum tours through Dark Rome they made the holiday very informative interactive and above all fun
In all a basic but good hotel in an excellent location

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 19, 2010

We have just returned from a 7 night stay in Rome at Hotel Caravel in July 2010.

Our stay at this hotel was booked well in advance, thus affording us a reasonable rate for an extended stay in Rome, but I would imagine the hotel's location contributes heavily to this as it is a fair walk from the city centre.

The room we stayed in was small and basic, but clean and reasonably comfortable at the same time. The bathroom could have done with a little redecoration and at first it seemed as though a funny smell was coming from the air conditioner, but we may have been suffering the effects of a long days travelling and after a night’s sleep, we became more accustomed to our room, although it certainly would not have hurt to have at least one extra pillow in the room, but this all depends on personal preference. The walls are a bit thin too....I think the room next to us were jumping on the bed at 3am or something....

A MAJOR plus point for this room was that we were given a complimentary fridge and safe, which, when travelling on a student budget, certainly eases financial pressures. There is a large supermarket behind this hotel, where we were able to purchase fruit, sandwich fillings and other items which helped save on the often over priced food in central Rome.

Our booking included breakfast, which was a cold buffet consisting of breads, cheese, sliced meat, cereals and fruit juices. A little disappointing was the fact that there was no variation in the breakfast menu on different days, but, for the money we paid, this was certainly sufficient.

For a nice meal without the central Rome price tag, try the V. Hugo restaurant just a few doors down from this hotel. Definitely worth a try!

As a side note, the internet in the hotel was extremely slow!

As the title of this review would suggest, be prepared for a bit of a walk to reach anything as the local area leaves much to be desired for tourist attractions. We happen to enjoy walking, and even one day walked from the hotel to central Rome, taking about 45 minutes.

The nearest metro station is "Garbatella", which is at least 10 minutes walk away. You can take a bus to the top of the street but these were not as frequent as I would have liked, so most of the time we walked to the metro station. However, once at Garbatella, you can be in central Rome in less than 5 minutes. Also, be aware that the metro trains do not run as late as in other major cities, so if you are planning to stay out until after 1am, be prepared to either walk (or stumble...depending on your choice of night out) or pay at least 20 Euros for a taxi. If you are less able to walk distances or travelling with someone who is unable to do so, you should perhaps consider a more central hotel.

Some general tips that we think may be helpful to anyone visiting Rome on a budget:

If you are staying for more than 3 days, consider a Week-long metro ticket. This can be used on metro trains and buses, though not the "hop on hop off" tour buses that operate in the city centre, and cost just 8 Euros each.

BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL OF BEGGARS/THIEVES etc etc: I actually caught one woman with her fingers in my pocket in Termini station and consider myself very lucky that she did not manage to steal anything.

Learn some basic Italian. Whilst the hotel staff and some waiters in Rome were good at communicating in English, most other Romans are not as proficient as you may think, so learning some basic phrases or even just words will aid you greatly.

Fountains! Rome is full of fountains, which provided us with relief from the 40 Degree temperatures. We always carried a bottle or two of water and refilled every hour or so. Not only does this stop dehydration in such temperatures, it will also save you a lot of cash as many shops sell a normal bottle of coke for as much as 3.50 Euros!

If you are eating in central Rome on a budget, consider the side streets around many of the main attractions. Prices can be reduced as much as 50% and the quality if often just as good.

Taxis in Rome charge by time spent in the vehicle, so consider public transport if you need to travel during peak times

In all, we would certainly stay here again for an extended stay, but in all honesty, Rome is not a big city and the majority of sites can be seen in 4 days or less, so if you are not constrained by budget, a more central hotel may be better suited to you.

If however, like us, you are trying to be cost effective and don't mind a bit of a walk, then this hotel would be perfect for your needs!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

the hotel is very bad located. Far away of everything.....and the bus service in Rome is complicated because of the traffic. So we wasted a lot of time in the buses trying to get to the downtown instead of have fun and actually known the spectacular city of Rome.
Besides the receptionist were not nice...... always mad at everything......
And the hotel is old and the rooms not so clean.....
I would not get back to this hotel......

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo 124/c, 00147 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Ostiense
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#22 Business Hotel in Rome
#82 Best Value Hotel in Rome
#98 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#149 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $59 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Caravel Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 106
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