My girlfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights from 21-25 March 2013 and are 27 and 29 respectively.
LOCATION - 4.5/5.0
The location of the hotel was great as it is roughly only a 8-10 minute walk from Rome's main station Roma Termini and literally only around the corner from Repubblica (approx. 2 minutes walk), a station on Metro Line A which very conveniently gets you to the closest station to Vatican City, Ottaviano (approx. 15 mins). You should also note when leaving Repubblica, go towards the left and then exit right which saves you a bit of time and from crossing the road. It is also only around a 15 minutes walk from the Trevi Fountain so it makes for a nice stroll at night. There is a sign outside the hotel entrance which is very visible, but please note that the hotel itself is part of a larger complex that is shared and the reception for the hotel is actually on the 5th floor of the building so you will need to go there to check-in and out, Our room was on the 3rd floor so we only saw reception while checking in and out. Also note that reception is closed between 6-8am so if you need to check out that time, you need to check out the night before and leave the keys in the room when you leave in the morning. You can also request for a free boxed breakfast for that day if you tell them before the restaurant closes at 9:30pm. A side note being the restaurant the hotel uses to provide breakfast is not in the same building so you have to go outside, turn left and then it is the second door on the left. There is also a galeteria which opens until quite late just down the road if you fancied a late night gelati.
ROOM - 4.5/5.0
We booked a smart room on Agoda. The room we found to be very stylish and the decor very elegant, with some unique design. The room had a very relaxing and romantic ambience which we quite liked. It had a massive bathroom door with a mirror on the back which opens to reveal a sink and a toilet and a bidet behind another wall. There was no bathtub, but the walk-in shower was very nice and had a frosted glass door. There were sliding wardrobes behind the headboard of the bed on each side. The room had a big window with blinds, a decently enough sized flat screen TV, a mini-bar, air-con, hair dryer and a few complementaries (tea and snacks). There are a few complaints of noise from some reviewers, but it might depend on what side you are on as there wasn't any noise from our side so you might want to request a room opposite the roadside. So for us, the only slight negatives are that we couldn't find slippers or robes provided in the room.
SERVICE - 5.0/5.0
We did not see the staff that often, but we were certainly happy with the times that we did, they were friendly and professional. The maids did a good job cleaning our room daily in the mornings while we were out, and reception were very accommodating. We had to check out the night before as we were leaving while the reception was closed (6-8am), but we unfortunately checked out quite late that night and the restaurant was closed so it was too late to request a free boxed breakfast for the morning we were leaving. However, the reception must of remembered as just before we were leaving, they had called us to say that they had a spare boxed breakfast we could pick up if we wanted which we thought as a nice touch. The boxed breakfast included a mini croissant, a yoghurt, a bottle of water and a bread snack.
VALUE - 4.5/5.0
We paid £374 for 4 nights staying in a smart room booking with Agoda. I think for Rome, this is very good value for money on the basis of the service, location and quality of rooms. I'm not sure about booking with other websites, but with Agoda, it didn't include the hotel city tax, which is €2 a night per person which we weren't aware of. It's a small price to pay, and they do tell you about this when you arriv,e and you don't need to pay this until you check out, so remember to spare some euros to pay this.
CONCLUSION - 4.7/5.0
Overall, we very much enjoyed our short stay here and would definitely recommend it to others who plan on visiting Rome, especially if you are planning to make a side trip to Vatican City too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dharma Hotel is a Newly decorated, modern Hotel with Rooms & Suites with Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and Rain Showers. You can choose from several room types and service from the Official Site of the Dharma Hotel and book the best room and suite for your special time in Rome. If you look for the perfect sightseeing place, you cannot easily beat Dharma Hotel's location, a stone's throw to Termini Central Station (easy links to all Rome airports and cruiseship terminal) and all public transport bus/metro/tram lines. Also, walking distance to Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Venezia. The hotel is situated within an ancient building, liberty style, for the lovers of architecture and fine design. ... more less
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