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Hotel Luce
Ranked #1,040 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The best thing about Luce is location: in a quiet street, 5 minutes walk from Termini. The rest is average – small lobby, narrow stairs, and staff speaking a bit of English, not very friendly or helpful. The rooms are tiny! I’ve never seen smaller hotel rooms, there’s no space to open your suitcase, only on the bed. The built-in closets are also small. They serve standard breakfast with coffee and two kinds of cheese and ham to choose from. So, if you’re travelling light and stay in Roma for a short time this budget option is for you.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

The location of the hotel is definitely a plus. Close to Termini Station (5-min. walk) and to many restaurants nearby. Staff was helpful.

However there was a strange thing. The key to your room is a traditional metal key with a weight attached. When you leave the hotel - you return the key to the reception and when you come back you simply ask: "Room no. 111, please" and the key is given to you. What is someone other then the hotel guest asks for the key? Will he/she be given?

Rooms #201 and #208 extremally small.

LCD monitor a bit larger the a remote controler.

Beds narrow - not enough space for a slim, in my opinion. One can roll and fall down on the floor.

Breakfasts are tasteful. Dinning room - clean and service is good.

But still - if you are aware what you choose, it might be a good option to stay at this hotel.

Room Tip: Room #201 is a single room, and #208 is a double room. Both have windows and small balconies at the...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Robert S
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

I really don't know how this hotel got 4 stars, Luce is indeed just 2 stars hotel,

1. if you want to travel to another cities of Italy, ok hotel Luce is too close of main train staition and it is easy with your bags to buy ticket and then to get into, but if you are going just to spend your free time in Rome to see all attractions, it has it is not good place as it is enoght far from colessou or spanish steps or trevy fauntain and etc. So location is good but think what you want before you decide where to book hotel.

2. hotel Luce is old hotel with old classic desine. Yes, it is enough clean, but hotel's rooms are the smallest i have ever seen and stayed. The system of condition seemed very old as it had noise and did not work well. hotel Luce is 4 stars hotel and does not have wi-fi.

3. At first look breakfast seemed normal, but product has not good quality, especially cheese and ham. coffee was normal.

Nino/Georgia

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Had a first-floor room. Air conditioning seems to be quite old and is very noisy. The doors I hoped would lead to a balcony actually open to the roof of the restaurant, with the accompanying array of smells all day long. Also, it is possible to walk over it to other first-floor rooms (maybe enter from outside if they don't lock their doors) and to what looks like an ordinary apartment house next door.
In the room there is barely enough space to fit a bed, a wardrobe (too tall for someone of my height of 5'4 to reach the hangers without stepping on a chair) and a table; the size of the room is only somewhat alleviated by large mirrors on two walls. There is a big ugly painting in gilded frame over the table, probably in vain hopes to make the room look more distinguished.
I highly suspect that whoever designed the square-shaped toilets and whoever thought it would be a good idea to install them in a hotel never used a toilet in their lives.
The staff was polite and helpful (although one of the receptionists doesn't speak or pretended not to speak English), the cleaning adequate, the breakfast frugal (but there's a lot of nice places around the hotel to have coffee, and a small supermarket next door). It is nowhere near a 4-star hotel, but they charge the 4-star tourist tax (3 euros/night), not the 3-star (2 euros/night). So if you're looking for a 4-star quality, opt for something different from Luce and its sister hotels. If you, on the other hand, are looking for a moderately priced place to stay in the vicinity of Termini, consider Luce but keep in mind that there is quite a lot of similarly priced or cheaper hotels and pensions around.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Staff not very friendly or helpful. Our room was a bit warm(centralized air) and they said they could do nothing about it. Anytime we had a question or needed to get the key to our room, it was like we had just asked them to give us their first born. Hotel is close to main terminal which makes it easy to hop on Metro. However, this neighborhood is dirty and run down.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Tamdod
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Arrived to very friendly reception. The hotel is very close to the main "Termini" and central to many facilities. There are numerous local restaurants at very reasonable rates. At the hotel we neded help printing Boarding Cards, which was done for us. All the people who worked in the reception tried very hard to be helpfull at all times. The rooms are compact, clean and interesting. I would stay there again. The airport Shuttle stops outside the "Termini" which is only 5 mins walk.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

arrived to unfreindly reception we are very easy going people,,and thought maybe a off day,but hotel staff were very unfreindly,breakfast time is like being in a morge very small rooms no english tv .easy location for metro but area full of homeless and not very desirable people suppermaket close but not a area for a romantic weekend in rome,no internet,tea or coffee,no way should this be a four star should be a two cannot understand how it gets a four maybe choose a hotel in differant area steve and carol from essex

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Magenta 34, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
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Hotel Style:
#353 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $60 - $146 (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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