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Hotel des Artistes
Ranked #256 of 1,273 Hotels in Rome
Reviewed September 28, 2012

We stayed in Des Artistes on our honeymoon 12 years ago, and finally returned recently for 4 nights before heading south. Thankfully, it was as good as we remembered, with great staff, an absolutely beautiful room (better than many 5* hotel rooms we have had), and the wonderful roof garden, where we would relax with a bottle of wine after a day's sightseeing.

Having stayed in many different areas of the city over the years, Des Artistes other big plus is its location. Despite being within walking distance of Termini (which, like many big city train stations, is not the most attractive area), Des Artistes is also close to many of Rome's diplomatic missions, so the area feels very safe. It is also right next to Castro Pretoria metro station, for direct links to the rest of the transport network.

Reception, as many people have pointed out, is on the 5th floor, and the lift is very slow and cramped. I would advise leaving your luggage with the concierge at the entrance when you arrive, until you find out which floor your room is on.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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DES ARTISTES R, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel des Artistes, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2012

Dear CCammy,
Thank you for commenting on our hotel. We are very grateful that you chose to stay with us after your previous stay with us many years ago. We are also more than glad that you were happy with your time here in Rome. Please remember that you can always ask our helpful staff for whatever you may need and we will always do our very best to see that your desires are met. Once again thank you for your comment and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit hopefully on the near future.. :)
Kind regards,
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed at this hotel early June and arrived late night. We caught the shuttle bus from the airport and unfortunately would advise to be dilgent when taking transport from the airport, as in this instance they dumped us on the side of the road near Termini station.

Anyhow, when we did finally arrive at the hotel we were pleasantly surprised. The hotek reception is on the top level of the hotel (but there is a sub informal reception maintaining guard of the door and guests at the lobby). Entrance to hotel floors is via a heritage lift (the type where you shut the door manually behind you) Its cosy but fits max 4 people.

Initally we were assigned a room, with frontage to the street but after the first night there was some noise issues (some of the guests from the small bar infront can get a bit roudy). We mentioned this to the hotel and they happilly accomodated us to another room which was away from the road. The rooms are very tastefully decorated in an renaissance like style with lovely paintings. The room includes own bathroom and usual amneties.

The location of the hotel is excellent, as its not far at all from termini station and thus from there you can easily access every part of rome (via the bus and train system). There shops near the hotel and a supermarket which is useful for the budget traveller and for everyday goods. Also theres some lovely restaurants close by too.

The reception staff are very freindly and we had an excellent stay. I would advise visitors not to arrive after dark, as rome there can be some petty crime and wheeling luggage in the dark may make you an easy target for opportunists.

Room Tip: Try get a room away from the roadside. The glazed windows aren't a match for the noise of Roman...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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DES ARTISTES R, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel des Artistes, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear anth0888,
Thank you for your wonderful review about our Hotel. We would like to take the chance to once again appolize for the first night of your stay. As for the guest preferences - quiet rooms, higher floors, window view, etc. we usually get request before the guest's arrival. We try our best to foresee every request. We deeply appreciate your review and comments, as these are being taken into great considerations.We try our best to satify the needs of our guests as for us, the most important aspect we consider is the comfort of our guest. As we understand that most visitors travel from far away, a comfortable and enjoyful stay is what we want to deliver. And so for this, we are very pleased to hear that you've enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you very much and we look forward to having you again in the future.
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This was our 2nd stay at hotel des Artistes, we spent a week in sept 2009 and we came back with a couple of our friends for 3 nights from sept 11 to 14. We booked the relaxed package: breakfast included, wifi free , room bigger than a classic and smaller than a superior . We were very impressed by the changes they did. The reception is now at the 5th floor( there is also a computer room ) and the kitchen is at the first floor. Staff are very helpful and friendly . Breakfast is very good. Good location. 5 blocks from Termini train station. 1 block from the metro station. There is a litlle bar just in front of the hotel - very quiet - mostly locals. You will find lots of restaurants in the surrounding - not too expansive .Some friends recommended it to us and we do not hesitate to recommend it to our friends ( some friends are also returning this september) - this is the best publicity . You want an hotel nice, clean , not expansive, good location , friendly and helpful staff - do not hesitate to book !! Oups I was forgetting to mention the terrace on the top floor- this is a must- at the end of the day or for breakfast - it's a great place

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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DES ARTISTES R, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel des Artistes, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear Praline23,
Thank you for your wonderful review about our Hotel. Thank you for coming back again for the "nd time! We were more than happy having you as our guest. As for the comfort and cleanliness, it is a very important aspect that we work very hard to maintain, as it is one of the most important. We also take pride of our delicious and abundant breakfast, so we would like to thank you for acknowledging that. :) we are very pleased to hear that you've enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you very much and we look forward to having you again in the future.
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Located 5 blocks from Termini at a pleasant neighborhood, I enjoyed my 3 night stay at rome tremendously.
Stayed at room 510, room was available from 11 luckily, it was right beside the reception, had a double bed, sink with soap and shampoo, a table, wardrobe, ceiling fan. Beds were very comfortable! Not squeaky at all. The place was very clean!
Our room didnt have a private bath, but the floor had 4 bathrooms. And the bathrooms were huge. One had a tub even. And they are clean! 5th floor lounge had free internet computer. Wifi for 24 hours at 2 euros if you need it. Breakfast was at 8 euros from 7:30-10 and had a decent spread of bread, jams, ham, cheese, tomato, cereal, yoghurt, juice, coffee, tea and fruit.
Reception was friendly. There was a Pinoy at the reception, and a lot of pinoy guests as well.

Tips! Get the roma pass for unlimited travel on buses and trains. As of writing it is worth 30eu. You can skip the line at 2 historical places or museums. Use it for colloseum-forum-palatino and for borghese gallery. Be sure to reserve borghese in advance!
Restaurant called Mamma Angela was excellent! Their pasta dishes were so good. Ate twice.
Supermarket one block away from hotel called sigma or signa. Ask the reception. You can buy your snacks or picnic items there. Salads at 4 eu...

Souvenir prices: i heart roma shirts should be 5eu at stalls. Italia sweaters at 10-15 depending on quality. Magnets at 2eu each. Caps at 5eu. U can buy anywhere from the bangladeshi, just remember the prices.

Vatican : bus 40 from termini
Colloseum: blue tram from hotel station 'casa pretorio' to 'colosseo', walk around palatino and forum
Trevi fountain: from termini get on red metro to 'barberini' or just come from 'spagna' then walk from spanish steps to the area. Just walk around rome!
To get back to termini just hop on bus 40 if far from metro. 64 i didnt try to get on because of pickpockets.

Shopping for clothes along via corso. Just of red metro stop piazza del popolo and walk down. Lots of brands.

Vatican lines: at around 2 pm fri waiting time was 4 minutes. Student discount available. Paid 8 eu. Audio guide was 7 eu. Download ur own podcast.

Colosseo lines on sat: had roma pass. Worth it. Skipped the long line in the morning.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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DES ARTISTES R, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel des Artistes, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear thejetsettress,
Thank you for taking the time to post an amazing comment about our hotel. When we read your review it made our day and we would like to thank you for that also. It is imperative to us that we know our customers are happy with our service and the best way for us to know is through reviews like your one. We are happy to know that we are performing well and that our guests are more than satisfied. Once again thank you for your comment and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
Salamat po. :)
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Booked this hotel through Solar Tours, Sept 6-10th. We arrived around 11am, and the room was ready! The rooms are a good size and are very clean! Our room did face the street, and the noises from the bar could be heard, BUT after a long day of travelling and touring Rome- it made NO difference. Breakfast was ust perfect to start the day.. a little bit of warm foods along with an assortment of pastries, cereals and yogurt.. as well as fresh fruit availble to take along with you for your days outing. The staff here are really very good. They are very friendly and willing to help you out with any information you need. In celebrating our anniversary the hotel gave us a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine... all I can say is WOW how nice is that?!
The location is great for accessing the Metro or Termini station... Like others have mentioned if you are touring alot of the sites and museums get the ROMA PASS. It is well worth the money and will save you a bunch in transportation as well as getting you into a couple of locations for free and discounted for all others.

If I was asked about any downside to the hotel, about the only one I would mention is that one of the mattresses in the room seemed to be losing its luster for life and starting to get a slump in the middle.. but other then that technicality.. it is a GREAT place to stay.

There is a local bar across the street "The Oasis" - you can hang out after a long days trekking of the city- have a few drinks and put a good end to your day. (although- from a street side room you can hear some of the noises and the bottles going in the recycle can- but that is only minor because you are typically tooo tired to care)

I would definately recommend this location to anyone who would like a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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DES ARTISTES R, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel des Artistes, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

Dear RGY,
We hope you had a wonderful honeymoon in Rome and we would like to thank you for staying with us during your visit. We, as always, have taken note of every specific point in your comment and thank you for your input. We greatly appreciate any suggestions from our guests as this helps us to improve were necessary in our service. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Rome and thank you once again.
Kind regards, Joseph
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

We got this hotel through Solar Tours. We're from the USA and we stayed in hotels in London, Paris and Rome. We stayed at this hotel on Sept 7-8, 2012 and Des Artistes was the best hotel of our trip. The room had a very nice and big bathroom (which we Americans like very much), a closet with a full mirror and a nice size TV, which is something we found very much lacking at other hotels we stayed at. It did have Air Conditioning!!! The bed was firm yet soft which allowed us to rest well after walking all day. Breakfast is included and was really good, not just cereal, coffee and milk but they actually had a full breakfast with fruit, eggs, sausage, bread, all sorts of coffee, juice, etc. As if this wasnt enough, the hotel is 1 block from the metro station, and about 5 blocks from the Termini (if you're coming from the airport), we got around very easily thanks to the location of this hotel and the Roma Pass which is also a must have. We highly recommend this hotel to anyone going to Rome, if we travel to Rome again we'd definitely stay there again. About one block from the hotel there is laundry service and a pizza bar. The people there were very helpful in telling us how to get around and speak English fluently. We felt quite at home.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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DES ARTISTES R, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel des Artistes, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2012

Wendy_marn
Thank you for taking the time to post a comment about our hotel. When we read your review it made our day and we would like to thank you for that also. It is imperative to us that we know our customers are happy with our service and the best way for us to know is through reviews like your one. We are happy to know that we are performing well and that our guests are more than satisfied. Once again thank you for your comment and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
Kinds regads,
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Great location, staff wonderful, room accommodations perfect--a great stay to travel to sites, dinner and strolling to train station etc. Breakfast was included in stay --lots of options

Staff was helpful in every aspect of trip--A definite place to stay while in Rome

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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DES ARTISTES R, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel des Artistes, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2012

Dear dawn_w
Thank you for your wonderful review about our Hotel. We are more than pleased to hear every little detail on your review. From check in to check out, it really makes the work of our staff rewarded. :) Our location is one of our main points, we are literally a block from the train station, where all means of transportation is located. If you have specific suggestion or reccomendations, it would be deeply appreciated. We are very pleased to hear that you've enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you very much and we look forward to having you again in the future.
Kinds regars
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Address: Via Villafranca 20, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Room Service
Hotel Style:
#285 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $54 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel des Artistes 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Des Artistes Hotel, located on a quiet side street in the city center and is perfect for a romantic getaway, a relaxing break or business trip. Is just five minute's elegant stroll from the city's main railway station Termini and a short walk from major monuments, churches, museums and other places of interest. For those of you that want to wander further afield, the Rome underground is just around the corner from the hotel. ... more   less 
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