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Hotel Executive
Ranked #1,138 of 1,272 Hotels in Rome
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We spent two nights in this hotel prior to boarding a cruise ship for a week, and then one night before our return home to Canada. The entrance is at street level, and then down a staircase. The lobby is only one loveseat big, with the dining room adjoined. The dining room only comfortably holds about half the guests. The rest must wait or dine standing. We walked everywhere as taxis charge from the time they are dispatched, starting off with at least a 8 euro charge on the meter. We found this hotel to be in a fair location for walking, taking us aprox half an hour to get to the main tourist area of Rome - ie. the Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, etc. This is a true European hotel, so beware if you're coming from North America and expect North American Standards. The elevator (and thankfully this hotel had one) honestly fit two adults, and two suitcases. The elevator door was as wide only as my bag. We had quite a laugh over this. The rooms and beds are clean, but stark. The bathroom certainly was clean to North American standards. We couldn't find a stopper for the tub and had to wad up toilet paper in a baggie. I needed to phone Canada, and couldn't dial out, and the fellow at the front desk was simply rude to me when I asked him for help. He would NOT help, and I never did get to complete my call. Perhaps this happens everywhere?! The continental breakfast was cold but sufficient, with only butter for condiments. Mustard would have been nice for a ham and cheese croissant. Every continental breakfast is a different story. Nice to have free wi-fi with just a code from the front desk. On our last evening, we were offered a room with a small terrace; sadly we were exhausted and couldn't even enjoy it. I think I'd ask if a terrace were available right off next time . We did buy a bottle of wine at a local grocery, and they allowed us to drink it in their dining room while we played a game. They even offered us their corkscrew as we didn't have one. Overall a quaint hotel, clean, quiet - no complaints really.

Room Tip: ask for a terrace if you're so inclined. They do have them.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

All it takes is one rude person to destroy the work of the rest of the staff. The man who works at the front desk is abrupt, rude, and discourteous. He charged us 16 euros for city tax, even though priceline said extras are only for incidentals and not taxes. First time in my use of priceline did a hotel charge for taxes (over 30 hotels booked). It wasn't much, but it was the principle. The man gives very bad direction, is rude when you ask him to pin point it on the map, and when he does pin point it, you are about 3 to 4 blocks away from your intended target. The hotel is in a great location, 50 meters from the bus stop for bus 80 (to colosseum), 80B (express to imperial palace), 38 (to train station). Just remember that the 38, 80, and 80B has two stop, one around the corner (you can see it from the first stop). Make sure you recognize the two stops, as the bus drivers are too busy to help you to identify the stops, or ask the local to point it out to you in the bus. You are about 100 meter from the stop for the 63 and 83 bus, which will take you to the spanish steps. Remember to cross the street to go to opposite direction. The included breakfast for me was great, canned fruits, croissant, rolls, boiled eggs, ham and cheese. Coffee is fresh brewed in an expresso machine. Tea, juice, carbonated and bottled water for breakfast. Internet is very weak, and the staff is rude when you ask them about location of the router, only saying it works fine for them. There are 3 signals, 2 very strong, but you rarely can connect (unless they tell you where the router is, which the rude man will not), the weakest one is the one you can connect to, but only in the garden or the window by the garden. The other two signals, much stronger, is too distorted by the cement buiding to connect properly. It is a shame, this hotel could charge much much more, if only they are more corteous to the staff. I would pay twice as much only if they are fair, as the building and room is beautiful. They need to replace the caulk with mould resistant caulk, change the shower glass to a curtain, or clean it better. Cleaning staff need to be advised not to put clean towel in the bideux, as it is dirty. Get rid of the singular rude man in the lobby, and the stars rating will rise at least one if not two. Unfortunately, he probably is the property manager..... You can not gain respect unless the manager is also pleasant.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Loved it/hated it. Not sure. I agree with many of the reviewers that it is certainly not a 4 star hotel. It was clean and we enjoyed staying there. It was close to the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens. We had a room with with a balcony and we really enjoyed hanging out on the balcony on the warm summer Rome evenings. The neighborhood was in a residential section. This allowed us to experience Rome without being in a high tourist traffic area. The room was in no way modern. It was clean. There is no Internet in the room. There was wifi in the lounge and common area on the bottom floor. There was always a group of folks downstairs accessing the Internet. The staff was friendly. The breakfast was adequate. Adequate seems to be a good word to summarize our experience.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Bid for a 4-star hotel in Rome on Priceline and instead got this ($90 per night plus ridiculous PL fees) Not absolutely terrible but as others here have said, it is NOT a 4-star hotel, not by European standards, certainly not by U.S. standards; barely 3-stars. The only sign of 4-stars you will see is the one lit up on the side of the building.

Upon arrival and throughout our 5-night stay, the hotel staff ranged from indifferent to surly to just tolerable of people who speak English (exception: the woman who prepared/served coffee and tea in the morning was friendly and attentive) The hotel has Wifi but only in the lobby and adjacent dining area. Speed is invariably slow with small spurts of 21st century speeds.

The room, 304, had the odd, unpleasant smell that others mentioned. Opened the window whenever we could and picked up a can of spray at the supermarket around the corner and sprayed whenever we were going out. Don't know if it helped much...something like "the beast" from that Seinfeld episode but didn't quite send you running from the room.

The rooms are of decent size (remember, you're in Europe) but there is no closet, so an extended stay can be a juggling act with baggage. As others have mentioned here, the lifts (elevators) are SMALL; they say "4 person" but barely fit me and my son- both 5'3"- and our carry-on bags.

The room had a few burnt out light bulbs, a broken lampshade above one bed and some marks on the wall in the luggage/cubby area and some dinginess around the air vents (see photos)

The bathroom is nicely tiled, lots of mirrors (none anywhere else in the hotel room). Bathtub with no shower curtain. Some mold in corners (see photos). Plenty of hot water though and comfortable tub for a bath after a long day of walking.

Nice: some bathroom amenities and bottle of water and bottle of mineralewater in refrigerator.
Not nice: After second day, housekeeping stopped replacing bathroom amenities and bottle of water and bottle of mineral water in refrigerator.
(Self-help: heard of people resupplying from housekeeping closet that apparently didn’t lock securely. I suppose that kind of thing happens when you withhold from your guests)

If you get a room with a refrigerator there is a great supermarket (DOCS) around the block on Via Tavere. (.89 Euro for a .66 liter bottle of beer- best deal in Rome!)

Have to leave key with front desk whenever you step out of hotel.

Pros:
-Air conditioning worked fine.
-Hotel accommodated my requests for room away from elevator with two twin beds and refrigerator (however room did face the street, and everyday housekeeping pushed the twin beds together after we spaced them apart).
-Clean beds and room (except for stain in carpet, no shower curtain).
-Generous COLD breakfast buffet with good espresso/cappuccino (yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, ham, cheese, crossiants, cereal, cookies, Nutella packets.

Cons:
-Room had odd, unpleasant, immutable odor.
-Hotel staff had attitude.
-Had to leave key with front desk.
-Stain on carpet in room.
-No shower curtain- some mold in bathroom.
-Burnt out bulbs, broken lampshade.
-Broken light switch.
-Housekeeping stopped replacing bathroom amenities and bottle of water and bottle of mineral water in refrigerator.
-No closet.
-COLD breakfast buffet.
-Outside the city “walls”- far from most everything, need to use buses (far from metro). Taxi to airports will try to rip you off because you are just outside the wall. Negotiate flat rate to airport before leaving hotel OR walk over to Piazza Fume taxi stand and get taxi there.

Bottom line: if you can get a BARGAIN rate, don’t mind taking buses and an indifferent hotel staff, and have expectations of a 2 and ½ star hotel, Hotel Executive is okay.

My tips:
-WRITE Hotel in advance with specific room requests:
Hotel Executive Roma
fax (+39 06 841 4078)
email info@executivehotel.it
Mail: Via Aniene, 3 00198 Roma
Tel. +39 06 853 7669
-download TRIPADVISOR CITY GUIDE APP FOR ROME
-MUST Reserve in advance for Borghese Gallerie and Vatican
-Buy ROMA pass (use for Colloseo and Forum to skip long lines, also Musee Capitalini is free- nice terrace cafe)
-Use No. 80, 63 buses to get to Colloseo, Forum area; No. 38 to get to/from Termini; ROMA Pass gives you 3-day transit pass
-Docs supermarket around the block; get a room with a refrigerator. (Nutella packets and cookies at breakfast buffet make great snacks for kids)
-Restaurants near hotel: Trattoria Cadorna dal 1947, Gusto Pinto, Pizzeria Al Forna della Soffitta, Casa (not near hotel), (highly-ranked Marzapane is very close to Hotel, would have tried it if it wouldn't have been wasted on my 18-year old son ;)
And yes, Gelateria Valentino (near Trevi Fountain) is the best gelato in all of Rome.
- Taxi to airports will try to rip you off because you are just outside the wall. Negotiate flat rate to airport before leaving hotel OR walk over to Piazza Fume taxi stand and get taxi there.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We selected this hotel through a deal on a "blind" site and were pleasantly surprised. Location was good, we were easily able to walk to the BEAUTIFUL Borghese Gallery. (Note: Advance reservations for the gallery are a must!) Our room was small but clean and functional, and looked like it had been renovated in the past. I wish there had been a mirror somewhere in the room--there was only one in the bathroom--or any pictures on the walls at all, for that matter. Since we wern't staying but two nights, we didn't completely unpack, so storage wasn't really a problem, but might have been had we been staying longer. Hotel staff was friendly, recommended restaurants nearby, as well as walking to the subway stop. However, bus stops were within a block or two, and ran frequently, so we used those to get to the subway since I was tired and the day was hot. One of the buses goes directly to Hard Rock Cafe just 2 or 3 stops away, which came in hand for a craving for American food. The breakfast, in a pleasant dining area, was surprisingly good, with boiled eggs for added protein. This was a good choice for a reasonably priced hotel in Rome.

Room Tip: Wish room had a mirror.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Very noisy, even with closed windows
They say it"s 4 stars but it's barely 3
There is a ubiquos, unpleasant smell
The air conditioning system was broken 3 days from 4.
The location is very good but a little too far from the nearest Metro station
The front desk personel very helpfull.
Clean but small rooms
Breakfast is indeed cold buffet, very few varieties to choose, not 4 stars

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Having booked this hotel through a "Secret" hotel deal, and then reading the horrible reviews we were worried about our stay here.
However everyone knows you don't stay in Rome to enjoy the hotel facilities, but to explore the wonderful city. So we went with an open mind.

On first arrival the check in went smoothly, the desk staff was cheerful and competent. We were assigned a room and left to make our own way there.
Room 101....
Rooms certainly look a little scruffy around the edges and could do with an update. The bathroom, whilst functional, could also do with some tlc.
However, we were satisfied that we would be ok. After all, all we needed was somewhere to sleep at night.
Its location in the hotel wasn't great. Right at the front of the hotel, it was fairly noisy when there were deliveries to the hotel early morning! Especially when the cages containing towels were bumped up and down the stairs in the mornings.
We asked if there was another room we could change to, but as we're now into peak season there was none available.

The buffet breakfast whilst basic was enough for us to start the day - a pastry and a coffee.

This hotel is definitely not 4* and if I had been expecting somewhere luxurious then I would have been very disappointed.
Although for the price (compared to others in Rome) if you are expecting a "luxury" hotel then you're living in a dream land!!

The surrounding area is not very touristy. Although its was nice to be close to the Borghese park. Lovely for a relaxing afternoon after sightseeing.
We found a couple of lovely restaurants locally :
Ristorante Cadorna - a lovely local trattoria with beautiful food on Via Raffaele Cadorna
Anatra Grassa - a bit more upmarket or "chefy" on Via Savoia
Al Forno della Soffitta - wood fired oven pizzas and pastas, plus beautiful desserts on Via Piave

Another lovely restaurant that we stubbled across was Matricianella on the Via del Leone (west of the spanish steps/ trevi fountain.

Room Tip: Try for one higher up than the first floor, and not 101!!
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Aniene 3 | Piazza Fiume, 00198 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#374 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $454 - $582 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Executive 4*
Number of rooms: 56
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