I was a bit put off by reading the area reviews, but actually I have been to far worse areas so don't let the comments bother you. There were some homeless people in the area, but they were no bother and are to be pitied rather than feared.
We arrived on 2nd August in 40 degree heat. The entrance is a little unusual, in that it contains nothing but a sofa & stairs, but the friendly reception desk is on the first floor. Our room was at the back on the 3rd floor (no lift in this part of the building) and was large, comfortable, cool, very quiet & had a huge bathroom.
The shower was very large, but the water temperature made it unusable for me - either burn your skin off hot or arctic cold.
The beds were very comfortable & there was plenty of space for clothes.
Not many English speaking channels on TV but who comes to Rome to watch TV?
Breakfast is exactly as stated - continental breakfast. I know this has been an issue for some, but continental breakfast IS rolls, and the small ones are really soft - not hard at all as some have found. Lots of jams, spreads etc to go on them, though I do agree with the comments on the drinks from the machines. Not great, but there's a supermarket to the right of the hotel where you can always buy some juice.
No restaurant, but go left out of the hotel & there's a great little piazza with restaurants along the side streets - I recommend the opposite side of the piazza for this, but be warned - food is VERY expensive.
Staff all very friendly & helpful, with a good knowledge of English.
In all, considering this is a 2 star hotel, I would say it provided excellent service & value for money.
Rome top tips:
1.Don't queue at the Colosseum (which is disappointing inside anyway tbh). Go to the Forum next door and get a multi ticket there to bypass the queues (don't forget your EU passport though which makes it cheaper).
2. If you see and Ecotaxi (bike drawn carriage) take on round the city. It's expensive but very much worth it, as the guides are fabulous and cit through traffic and pedestrians with ease to great spots where you get lots of information you would not have known otherwise.
3. Everyone will tell you Rome is expensive. It's not. It's extortionate. Take more money than you think you will need.
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