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“Surely not one of the best hotels in Rome - even if ****”
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Hotel Luce
Ranked #1,050 of 1,271 Hotels in Rome
Reviewed June 19, 2011

An agency chose this hotel for my colleagues of an international meeting in Roma, but the only fact they were satisfied with was the pisition (next to the central railway station). A four star hotel worth absolutely not more than three, rooms ok but tiny, insignificant breakfast, general atmosphere quite retro. You can find better.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

The hotel is walking distance from Termini station in a safe area. The hotel rooms are small but clean. The shower is very small. The hotel lacks any bar or extras. European b&b only. Breakfast is very basic and limited. Again clean but don't expect to see any staff if it runs low. The local restaurants are fair priced and hospitable. Tip. Station has a supermarket which offers food at half the price of local outlets. Water is €.60 compaired to €2-3 elsewhere.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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1  Thank ronny20
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

This hotel benefits from a great location. It being our first visit to Rome we were unsure of the best area in which to stay so we went with the travel agents recommendation of being near the Termini station. He was right in that the location was great for exploring every part of Rome. We were also worried that the area might be noisy but it really wasn't, in fact once the windows were closed and even with the air con unit going we slept like babies!

The room although small was clean and had all the necessary amenities. It was cleaned daily, towels changed and basic mini bar restocked.

Breakfast was ok. Basic but fine as we filled ourselves up on Rome's other culinary delights whilst out and about.

The one thing that really lets this hotel down is its staff!! They could not even raise a smile let alone engage in conversation. My boyfriend had learnt some Italian prior to our trip and was eager to try this out but gave up when all he was greeted with was the odd grunt. I'm just glad that we didn't need urgent help or advice as who knows the response we would have got!

Any recommendation that I might give would be based solely on location and certainly not on service.

An ok hotel but definitely not 4 star.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Lucy071175
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

All we did in the hotel was shower and sleep so I wasn't bothered about the small room. It was a lovely clean room and felt very traditional yet had everything you'd need.

The best thing about this hotel is it's location. Close to the termini which is basically the centre of Rome, all lines direct here. It's easy accessible and has a lovely traditional restaurant on the street. The only thing is at night this area does become a little rough.. a lot of homeless people sleep near the train station in the Summer but we never had any problems, there are homeless people in all cities.

The staff were very friendly and helped us out loads. The breakfast was nice enough if you like croissants and juice. Overall a very good hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank pandorasbox06
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Reviewed May 29, 2011

Thomson / Citalia had this as a 4 star, but I don't know how this can be 4 star by anyone's rating! I expected the room to be small, that's Rome for you so I am not rating the room size. The cleanliness was not great with mould in the corner of the bathroom, the fabric and furniture was very old and dirty, there are no views, out 1st room was looking out at air con units, then we were moved to the street side. Noisy but better than looking at nothing. The safe was dodgy and we had to call them up every day to help us fix it, which seemed to annoy them.
The service wasn't good, they were not friendly even though I attempted to speak Italian phrases (basic but at least I tried). The breakfast was terrible, nothing warm, not even toast, just the same boring bread (not even that fresh) and some cakes and cereal - avoid coffee this is the worst I have EVER EVER tasted.
This was our 1st anniversary and we were terribly disappointed with this hotel - thank God that Rome is romantic as the location made up for it as we just spent as little time in the room as possible! The hotel was only a 5 minute walk from termini so it was convenient for that. I think if I was to go again I'd try treating ourselves to something fancy on Via Vittorio... nice area up near villa borghese. Probably costs a fortune up there but at least you won't feel like it was a waste of money like we felt with Hotel Luce.

Room Tip: Centre courtyard rooms looked ok for singles.
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  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank lnstorm
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Reviewed May 15, 2011

Just got back from a short break at this hotel. Starting with the positives the room and hotel were clean, towels changed daily, breakfast was ok and the water was always hot. However, I would not say this hotel is 4 star. The rooms are small, dark and you can hear everything in neighbouring rooms- above and below!

There is no facility for making a hot drink in the room, which would be less of a problem if the hotel had a bar- but it doesn't. There is no area to sit and relax other than in your room and I guarantee you will not want to spend much time in there. I understand that your in Rome and won't want to spend time in the hotel but the star rating alludes to this hotel being better than it actually is. 3 star would be a far better reflection and create a more realistic expectation.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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1  Thank Flukey12
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

Stayed at Luce hotel for 3 days in April during our touristic trip. Room was a really small, but nice designed and a very clear, with king-size comfy bed. Bathroom is enough spacious, bath-show cabin is a small, everything worked. Towels were changed every day; soap, shampoo refilled daily as well. Breakfast is a standard continental breakfast in Rome: jam, toasts, muesli, thin sliced cheese and ham, croissants and a very good coffee! It was enough for us to start a new day before to meet Rome sights.
Hotel location is perfect, not in the center (25 min walk from Colosseum), but in 3 minutes walk away from the metro and railway station. Hotel is a good choice for touristic needs at reasonable price. Would be good to get a free Wi-Fi here.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Magenta 34, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
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Hotel Style:
#356 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $52 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Luce 4*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcoming and refined, Hotel Luce is ideal for anyone seeking tranquillity and elegance for their stay in the heart of Rome. The elegant hall welcomes guests upon their arrival, spacious and lit up by precious crystal chandeliers; there are also comfortable lounge areas where guests can relax on comfortable couches after a “hard” day visiting the Capital. Here guests can have a snack and a drink using the automatic dispensers. Hotel Luce offers its guests all the comforts that might be expected from a hotel of this category, guaranteeing a complete service catering to everyone’s needs. Guests may be in Rome for a romantic weekend, celebrating an anniversary, attending a cultural or artistic event, discovering the artistic beauty of the Eternal City or shopping in the elegant streets in the city centre. ... more   less 
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