We stayed in this hotel September 2013 and had a very good stay.
The room was spacious, with tall ceilings and a large bright window. The desk, wardrobe and bedside tables were functional & the beds were comfortable (note: we could only find one plug socket in the room). The bathroom had a hot shower and was not at all cramped.
The breakfast room was sweet and a gentleman was available every morning to serve freshly made coffee, tea or cappuccino. A small but more than adequate selection was available. (Meats, cheese, bread, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, cake, plus some pre-packed croissants & toast crackers with preserves & fruit juices).
We had no problem with the wi-fi. After breakfast on the first day the gentleman gave me a username and password which worked for our whole stay.
There is no lift, but we were on the second floor (three of four floors in total) which never gave us a problem.
The location is very good. Right opposite Labaro station. This is on “Roma Viterbo” line. Trains arrive every 10-15 minutes and take less than 15 minutes to reach Flaminio station. Flaminio station itself is next to Piazza Popolo and Villa Borghese – both worth seeing. And is also on Metro Line A.
TIP for local station: Labaro station does not seem to be manned so try to have the correct change on you when buying train tickets from the machine as it does not always have change available (there is a local newspaper stand that may possible sell tickets but we didn’t ask). I also printed out a copy of the train times to and from Labaro to Flaminio from the ATAC website before we went (handy to know you’ve got on the right train on the way back as not every train stops at Labaro). Also remember to properly validate your ticket on the train yellow validation machines!!
In the local area there are a few small bar / cafes that sell panini and sandwiches if you don’t have the energy to go to the centre of Rome for lunch. The hotel’s restaurant also makes very good pizza in the evening.
NOTE to native-English speakers: Be prepared to communicate using some Italian. I learned a little Italian before we went (key phrases) and we managed to get by with my broken tourist Italian and the staff’s patience! I wouldn’t necessarily expect a hotel outside of the centre to have staff who speak a lot of English. But don’t be put off; it’s relatively easy to learn some Italian and fun to give it a go!
One last thing, I’m not fully sure exactly how the Rome city-tax works but for anyone staying in a hotel in Rome I would either e-mail the hotel to ask if city-tax is included or put it in your budget as an extra (Euro 2 per person per night). There are some TA forums about it.
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