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“Such Potential”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Fiume Hotel

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Fiume Hotel
Ranked #781 of 1,290 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
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75 reviews
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“Such Potential”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

Well one night was one too many. The room was clean with a lovely terrace. The bed was comfortable and the pillows were the best I had in all of Italy. The bar was nice and the bartender was very kind.
That is where the good ended. The front desk person was simply "pointy". That is the only word I can come up with to describe him. The wifi completely shut off at 7pm and was still off when I left at 10am. The shower was moldy and didn't drain properly. The breakfast was fruit out of a can with processed cheese. The only thing worth eating was the bread and hard boiled eggs. The air conditioning in the room barely worked and it was 42 degrees Celsius outside.
The location is nice and the decor trendy but I would not recommend this hotel in Rome....ever!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

I loved the hotel. The decor was modern and cool. The location was close enough to attractions but far enough away to avoid the large crowds. The neighborhood felt safe and had a very "local" flavor. The staff, especially Francesco, was helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

My reaction on my first visit more than a year ago was primarily disappointment at the location, seemingly far removed from the tourist attractions of Rome. But having returned to this and other hotels in this area on numerous occasions since then, I have come to consider the location a big positive rather than a negative.

The hotel itself is reasonably pleasant: clean, updated, with rooms that, if not spacious, don’t feel cramped. Bathrooms are modern and functional with a rainhead shower in a stall larger than the often seen coffin-sized booths. And the roof terrace on the fifth floor, open to guests, offers is a quiet sanctuary

Also on the plus side I should add the thoughtful treatment I received on my arrival. As is common with early morning arrivals, my room was not ready. But the front desk receptionist went out of his way to get my room cleaned as soon as possible and by 10:30 my room was ready. The dreaded ‘wait- until-3PM’ requirement was thankfully avoided.

At the same time the staff falls short in some other areas. Requesting restaurant reservations before leaving the hotel in the morning, I always had to actively check the status of the request. No message was ever left. And sometimes reservations had not been even attempted. Also don’t plan on wearing to dinner that shirt you sent to the laundry that morning. At 9:30 PM there was a knock on my door (despite the “do not disturb” sign I put out). It was my shirts, finally. I was told this was routine.

I was also disappointed by the lack of any health facilities on site. But most annoying was their wifi internet service. The wifi signal was always low or very low and at times not accessible at all. And the signal was sloooooooow. What’s more, several times a day I was frustrated to no end by work interruptions as their system required you to log in over and over again.

What about location? It is removed from the Rome’s central tourist areas. However 1.50 euros buys a 15 to 20 minute bus ride to those areas on either the 62 or 63 bus lines, stops for which are less than a five minute walk from the hotel. And if like me, you think of Italian cuisine as one of Rome’s main attractions, the hotel’s locations turns from a negative to a positive.

The best food is found, not where the tourists go, but where the locals go. And the locals definitely do NOT venture into the heavily touristed city center. Many of the favorites of my food-loving business associates who reside locally are within walking distance of the hotel. Sicilian and Sardinian seafood houses are especially good. Check these out as a start: Osteria Via Mantova*; Eleanora d’Arborea; Piazza Caprera*; Capo Boi; Oseriadell ‘Arco; (* these two specialize in raw seafood - salmon carpaccio, tuna tartare, raw shrimp, etc)

And when it comes to good Italian food, think outside the restaurant box. For directly across the street from the hotel is a gourmet food store. Il Fornaio carries Italian cheeses you don’t often find back home (gorgonzola dulche (sweet), ricotta pecora (sheep’s milk), Robiola cream cheese, pecorino with truffles, etc.) and Italian meats (varieties of prosciuttos, coppa, soppressa, salame, etc,), also prepared foods (quite good eggplant parmesan) and freshly baked breads. To this add a bottle of Italian red and you have a feast for a relative pittance. The attached photo below shows an Italian meal for two or more for around 20 euros (photo clockwise: San Danielle prosciutto, mascarpone-gorgonzola, grilled peppers and eggplant, Tuscan melon, freshly baked bread rolls, ricotta pecora, robiola nonno nammi cheese, and slices of porchetta).

An even larger selection of meat and cheeses can be found a few blocks away at the DOC Tevere market on the other side of Via Salaria at Via Isonzo. So between the food markets and the restaurants, the Fiume neighborhood will serve your appetite well.

Room Tip: 4th floor rooms facing the street have mini-balconies. Fifth floor rooms have outdoor patio areas.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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New York City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

The Hotel: Well maintained, modern, and very clean. Upon checking in, you'll receive a map of Rome with highlights of the main attractions. It rained one day while we were in Rome and there are some umbrellas you can borrow from the hotel. These umbrellas are sturdy and large enough for two people. The hotel also has some adapters that can be borrowed if you are not bringing your own. There is a digital lock box to keep your personal belongings. Breakfast is served from 7am-10am. Lots of standard foods -- scrambled or hard boiled eggs, bacon, cold cuts, cereal, toast, juice, water, etc.

The Location: We took the Leonardo DaVinci train from the airport to the Termini station and then transferred from Termini to Castro Pretorio (closest train to the hotel -- about 10 minute walk.) Taking the train from the airport was really easy. Everything is really well marked so it's not hard to find the trains. When taking the Leonardo to Termini, do not buy the first class tickets. Just get the second class tickets because there were no classes of seats on board the train. I paid an extra 5 euros for this reason and was pretty mad about it. The walk from Castro Preterio is about 10 minutes. If you want to walk to the Spanish Steps (and a quick walk from there to Trevi Fountain and Pantheon) it takes about 20-25 minutes. Definitely not walking distance to the Vatican or Colosseum. There are lots of good restaurants nearby the hotel which is convenient. There is a small market one block from the hotel (from the entrance, turn right, then left (you'll cross a street) and walk down to the end of the block) called In's Mercati. This is a great place to stock up on water. A large 1.5 liter bottle costs under 0,20 euro. The bottles are packaged in packages of 6 but you can tear the plastic packaging apart. Also, sparkling water is labeled as "frizzante" and still water is labeled as "naturale."

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

The hotel was totally ugraded, very lovely and accommodating.

The staff was helpful and the breakfasts were great.

Probably would not choose this Hotel again because of it;s proximity to all the sights. Prefer the Via Veneto area of Rome as it is more heavile populated, closer to Via Conditti for shopping and all around a much more "Roman" experience with all the sidewalk bistros and charming streets.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we have been warmly greeted. Not only was our room ready before noon, but also the hotel upgraded us to an Executive Room.

The Room was spacious (which not common for hotel rooms in key areas), clean, beautifully decorated and bed was comfy. Wifi is included which is a plus compared to many luxurious hotels in other key areas.

Food: we only had breakfast. Food was ok and choice was LIMITED for what Rome can offer.

Location: the hotel surroundings are very nice. There are shops, market, movie theater, etc... HOWEVER, it is far from the areas most would like to visit. It is quite removed from most areas (20-30 minutes from Spanish Steps, 30-45 minutes Piazza Navona). We took cabs on a daily basis and it is only a 5 min ride to Spanish Steps and about 10 minutes to Piazza Navona.

Finally and on a good note, the hotel concierge/reception is outstanding and very well organized.

Room Tip: Room 223 is very well oriented. It is an executive room
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We loved this hotel! One of the cleanest rooms we have ever stayed at in all our travels. We had one of the larger rooms (according to the fire exit plan posted on the door) and felt like we were at home in our master bedroom. It was that comfortable. The bed was amazing, the sheets white and crisp. The bathroom was gorgeous and spacious and clean clean clean. We actually spent a good part of our trip in our room just because it was that cozy.

Location is great too. It's close to a plethora of restaurants but best of all, a small grocery market/bakery that's literally 10 steps away. Every night we would stop by that store and get snacks - pastries or pasta, beer or wine and come back to our room and have a little feast. Good thing our room had a small round table with two chairs to do just that! It was really just a great place to unwind after long day out.

The service is phenomenal as well. We requested a transfer to the airport in the middle of the night, and they had a nice driver with an expensive BMW come pick us up. The hotel's decorations are really unlike any other hotel I've vseen, the crystal curtain is beautiful!

All in all, a great stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Fiume Hotel
Address: Via Brescia' 5, 00198 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#317 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fiume Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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Hotel Fiume is located in Piazza Fiume, and features a rooftop terrace with city views. Via Veneto and Villa Borghese park are a 10-minute walk away. ... more   less 
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