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Aurelius Art Gallery Hotel
Ranked #74 of 1,270 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 21, 2011

We had a good stay here in late September for three nights (I'm wondering if the reveiwer below me stayed in the same hotel as our impressions couldn't be more different). The hotel is nicely presented and our room was spotless although there is no denying it is very small. However, we were not visiting Rome to spend too much time in our room. The location is mainly residential out of the centre of Rome but this is refected in the lower pricing of the hotel. It is very handy to the metro station and buses. Over the road is a supermarket for basic supplies. We came and went at all hours and felt completely safe. The staff were wonderful, spoke excellent English and recommendended good inexpensive local restaurants where we had AMAZING pasta and veal. There is a nice terrace for a quiet drink after a long day sightseeing. Breakast and free internet were included in our room rate. The breakfast was excellent with hot and cold choices. There was a heat wave while we were there so the air-con was particularly welcome. My only complaint was that my room was rather noisy, I could hear fellow guests in the next room's bathroom and needed ear-plugs to sleep well. Despite this, I would come back here if I ever visit the Eternal City again one day.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

Located in rough part of town, very undesirable area, rooms are extremely small and uncomfortable, the hotel itself and area it's located in gives it a very creepy feeling, we did not feel safe at all! We did not stay, decided to forfeit money and book at 5 star hotel. If you are traveling all the way to Europe for a vacation, DO NOT be cheap on the hotel, it makes a world of difference. The only reason I did not rate terrible is because of the desk man, he was very polite and informative, but the hotel is the setting for a horror movie.

Room Tip: Book at Hilton resort, best (but pricey) is Rome Cavalieri by Hilton.
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4  Thank Sisco C
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Reviewed October 12, 2011

Nice hotel, very helpful and informative staff - Alex gave us a good introduction to getting around Rome when we arrived. Small rooms but comfortable, modern and nicely decorated. Very good breakfast - coffee machine for espresso, cappucino, etc. Eggs and bacon, pastries, yogurt, cereal, fruit, cheese, etc. Close to the subway which is key. If you arrive via the subway, get off at Cornelia and take the right hand exit from underground to the street. Continue going straight when you arrive at street level, turn right at the McDonalds and it's a short way down the street.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

The staff were very helpful. One of the desk staff spoke at least three languages. The room was clean. Above all it was quiet. They have the best windows for sound proofing. By American standards the rooms are small for the cost. I am sure that it would be that way at any of the hotels. The interior of the hotel was beautiful. The area surrounding the hotel had great places to eat at a good value. Last but not least the hotel is close to the subway. Disregard my spa rating. There is no spa. My iPad would not unpress that selection.

Room Tip: We stayed on the first floor. To us here that is the second floor. They in Italy call the first fl...
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2  Thank Mark1als
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

Absolutely loved this hotel. We paid around £250 for one of the superior double bedrooms, although the room was slightly on the small side it was more than adequate and the bathroom was huge. The double bed was 2 singles pulled together but we had no complaints about that, there was also a single spare bed in the room, ideal if you have an arguement with the missus. Room had a tv with cable, only a couple of english channels but no ones really there to watch TV, we certainly weren't. The room was properly air conditioned and fully controlable which was brilliant as we went in september and it was scorching outside, so always pleasant to come back to a nice cool room and be able to adjust when we wanted with no restrictions. The bathroom was superb, the shower was amazing the bath had bubble jets you could turn on, hair dryer, plenty of space. Our room was at the back of the hotel which has been previously mentioned was great as the hotel in on a main road and it can get noisy, outside, inside our room we couldn't hear any traffic at all. The included breakfast was brilliant, obvuiously they've checked over older pooer comments on the breakfast and really worked on it, served from around 7-10am, we went around 9:30-10 every morning and there was still enough of everything to eat. The food itself was lovely, no complaints there. There are 2 co-joined breakfast areas, which are small but cosy.

The hotel and the room were everything we needed, infact alot more than we expected, at the end of the day your in Rome and probably won't be in your room alot but it's certainly nice to come back to a Hotel like Aurelius after roaming around Rome all day. We'll definately be going back next year and definately using Hotel Aurelius again. The staff were polite and chatty, atleast until we paid the city tax using a bag full of 1 and 2 cent coins ;) He said he'd get his own back when we returned next year, he'll definately get the chance.

Although we couldn't smoke inside the rooms, there is a small seating area at the back where you can smoke, literally just outside our room. Bottom line, room was great, food was great and the staff were great, even the people in the room next to us were great, so hello to the Canadian couple next to room 346!

There's free wifi in the hotel, you just ask for a login code at reception and they validate it for however long you need it, free of charge.

The Hotel is located 1-2minute walk from the metro (Cornelia). This enabled us to get everywhere we wanted with ease. One of our worries before going was how we were going to get everywhere, from the airport and back and too all the sites, it turned out it was really easy, so i'll explain in brief as comments others left on getting about prooved really useful.

We flew into Fiumincio Airport (Terminal 3). Once we got off the plane we took the airport shuttle to get from our gate to the main terminal building. We then followed signs for the train, which is literally quite a picture of a train (very straight forward), we didn't speak or understand Italian but we had no problems getting about. It was about 5-10 minute walk to the train station from the terminal. Basically you want to take a train to get to the metro station, Termini. We bought our train tickets at a small shop called Tobbaci which looks like a small newsagents. We bought 4 tickets as recommended elsewhere, these were basically return tickets for both of us. The tickets have no expiry so it's easier just to buy 4 when you get to the station then not worry about buying tickets on your return. Once you work out what platform your train is on, via the screens or asking, there are machines at every platform that you have to validate your tickets, so validate 2 of them for trip now (you just pop ticket into the machine and it stamps it), then do the same with the other 2 tickets on the way back.

The train journey is about 30-35 minutes. When you arrive it's a few minutes walk to the metro Termini station, you literally just walk all along the train platform and you'll see signs.

We bought our metro tickets from machines when we got there, we paid 11 euros each for a 3 day travel card, this allows you to use the metro as long as you want for 3 days. The machine has an english option so it's easy enough to use and buy what you need. However long your staying for I'd recommend buying a ticket for each person for that length of time, it saves you money and time. We used the metro every day, the metro was great for getting everywhere we wanted, and not even as daunting as getting on the tube in london. Termini is on the same line as Cornelia and is about 7-8 stops, relatively quick trip to get to the Hotel.

There's only 2 lines at the moment, Line A and B, C was being made while we were there which meant during weekdays the metro closes at 9pm and is replaced by a bus service MA1 i believe. When you get to Cornelia follow the exit signs, when you go through the turnstile, turn left, you'll get to a T junction with 2 exits, take the right one (can't remeber what it was called). This takes you outside. At the top of the stairs walk straight ahead, you'll see a McDonald on your right hand side, this in on the corner of the road your hotel is on, so turn right after McDonalds and Hotel Aurelius is about 1 minute on the right side.

All the main attractions in Rome, except the Colosseum are on metro Line A between Cornelia and Termini, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, The Colosseum is on line B, you basically go from Cornelia to Termini change to Line B here and it's 2 stops away, again not far at all and straight forward to get there. So travel card covers all the lines.

Out train tickets from the train station to the metro (Termini) cost us 54 euros in total which includes the return (4 tickets in total for 2 of us). This was significantly cheaper than getting a taxi or hotel transfer option, which we were being quoted as 50 euros each, each way!

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Reviewed June 5, 2011

This is a solid 3-star hotel with modern and clean rooms, located at the outskirts of central Rome but with easy access to all major landmarks. The price we paid (€100 for double room) was a good deal compared to what we’d have to pay in other similar hotels. We certainly recommend it.

Location: hotel is not within walking distance from central Rome so you need to take metro but we found it a very convenient location. Metro runs often (every several minutes) and getting to the main train station Termini or all major Rome landmarks takes less than 30 minutes. Vatican is only 4 stops away. Note that currently they are doing engineering works in the metro so if you arrive after 9pm you need to take a replacement bus MA1 instead which follows the metro route.

Getting here: from the airport take the train (from Fiumicino) or shuttle bus (from Ciampino) to the main train station Termini, then metro line A. Get off at stop Cornelia. Hotel is 5 minutes away, on Via Aurelia.

Rooms: hotel is not very big (26 rooms) so gives a cosy feeling. It consists of the main building with maybe 20 rooms and a separate small annex in the back. As we wanted a room overlooking the back (hotel is next to a busy road) we got one of these annex rooms. It was actually very nice: our room had its own entrance, in the back yard there were some tables and chairs we could relax in, and overall it felt much more private than your typical hotel. Room decor was modern, trendy but elegant, and it seems that all furniture was brand new. Bathroom was clean and had a shower cabin and a bidet but no bath. Room had flat screen TV, air conditioning and free WiFi (get access code from reception).

Hotel facilities: hotel has very limited shared facilities, which is why I would rate it more as a solid 3-star hotel than a 4-star one. Breakfast lounge is small but adequate in size to the number of rooms so does not feel crowded. Breakfast itself was good but selection is limited so after a few days of eating the same things I was yearning for some variety. There’s a little internet corner (computer + printer) in the lobby. I don’t know if there’s a parking as we didn’t need one. No spa, swimming pool or gym. No restaurant but there are tons of them just around the corner; we especially recommend Gustosando just opposite metro Cornelia.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

The location is excellent .. close to vatican and 5 mins walk to the metro, so you can reach central rome in 30 mins. Beware, if you search for this hotel on google maps, it will show you the wrong location. The simplest way to get there is take the metro, get off at the Cornelia station, take the Piazza Irnerio exit, walk to the McDonalds and turn right. Its a 2 min walk from McDonalds.

The hotel is not exactly a 4 star property, it is a small well managed hotel. The rooms are comfortable and modern and quite large. Insist on the rooms in the main section and avoid the ones on the ground floor. We got those first, but when the manager realized we were staying 4 nights, he was nice and moved us to the third floor. The ones on the ground floor are apparently too noisy.

The service was quite good. The breakfast though is funny. They run out of food in the first one hour despite knowing in advance how many guest are booked in the hotel. Feel free to ask for refills, if you are lucky, you will get some. For the life of us, we did not understand why they can not do better with breakfast!

The reception staff was helpful and spoke excellent english. The wi fi worked easily and was free. There were several restaurants nearby and we would especially recommend Gustosando (oposite the metro station). We enjoyed our stay and would go back there anytime. Good value for money ... with a little effort, they can be excellent value for money.

Rome is a wonderful place, just dont expect any courtesy from the romans :-). People may be rude, the concept of queuing is limited and the staff at the major tourist sites and the subway is not exactly bright and helpful. We found it to be quite surprising compared to other european cities like London, Paris and Venice. However, the city and the sights make all these irrelevant :-)

Tip of the year - Take the guided tour at the Colosseum arranged by the Colosseum authorities. It has a separate entrance queue, which is always empty. You can go in and buy tickets yourself inside. You dont need to buy tickets from people trying to sell you the private tour outside. It will save you 2-3 hours and the guides are really good.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 458, Via Aurelia, 00165 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#32 Best Value Hotel in Rome
#48 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#58 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $40 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aurelius Art Gallery Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aurelius Art Gallery Rome Hotel is a delightful "Boutique 4 star Hotel", intimate and cosy, wich offers its customers a relaxing and well-being stay. Our Property is three subway stops away from the Vatican City and we are only a 100 meter walk from the subway station "Cornelia" and several bus stops, and 50 mt to the Sit shuttle Bus to fiumicino Airport. This gives our customers the possibility to get to the heart of the city in no time at all. The atmosphere of the hotel is high class elegance, and our staff will always be ready to assist you during your stay. ... more   less 
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