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“No services to speak of”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Villa Aurelia

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Villa Aurelia
Ranked #730 of 1,290 Hotels in Rome
Winter Park, Colorado
1 review
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“No services to speak of”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

People who book this hotel should realize that it is primarily a conference center for one of the many ecclesiastical colleges in Rome. The guest rooms accommodate conferences and meetings associated with the college. When they aren't full, they rent out the rooms to tourists. But they do very little else.

Most of the rooms are pretty basic. Think a very clean college dorm room. Reception area was very welcoming and helpful.

The big problem was the dining room. It is a large, nicely appointed space, and the breakfast is predictable European continental: sweet breads; dry breads; cereals; innocuous cheeses and sliced meats. Horrible coffee and juices coming out of machines. The dining room was invariably understaffed, however, and the poor server trying to juggle everything was frantic and frequently abrasive.

Adjacent to that space is a nicely appointed bar that was NEVER OPEN. Opening out of the bar is a terrace with spectacular views of the dome of St. Peters. We were in Rome for the canonization of John Paul II and John xxiii, and you would have thought they would have planned ahead for the pilgrims. But they didn't.

Because there are no restaurants to speak of in the neighborhood, many of us took to buying food and wine at a local market and bringing it back to have a picnic on the terrace.

Well, the dining room attendants went ballistic. To give them credit, they were overworked, and they didn't want to have to clean up after pilgrim picnics on their terrace. But needless to say, our hopes for a pleasant meal with the duomo of St. Peters in the background were thwarted.

This was one of the busiest weekends you can possibly imagine in Rome--with the canonization of two Popes--and this place didn't plan ahead.

Bottom line: if all you are looking for is basic accommodations with a friendly front desk and good cleaning of a basic room, you won't be disappointed.

But be warned: this establishment isn't about making its guests welcome. They'll sell you a room, they'll keep it clean, and they're happy to call you a taxi.

Room Tip: Don't get your hopes up.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Amazing food.
Staff is nice and helpful, the all building is clean. It is not luxurious or anything, but it is a good hotel. It has a really cool location since you can seen from the balcony S. Peter's Cathedral and it is safe because it is up on a hill (keep in mind that if you are coming by bus that you have to climb a hill ;) So ask to the taxi, if youre driven there, to enter and leave you up!)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

This is a nice hotel, not expensive, easy to find buses to Vatican and some other places. The staff are very kind and cooperative. I feel very comfortable and safe staying in this hotel. The only problem is to reach the hotel lobby on foot is a bit too tired; like climbing slope of a hill.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Villa Aurelia
Address: Via Leone XIII 459, 00165 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #730 of 1,290 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Aurelia 3*
Number of rooms: 61
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