We spent 1.5 weeks in Rome recently, from end of June till early July. And we had a wonderful time staying at Hotel Assisi.
On our first day in Rome, we stepped into Hotel Assisi's lobby and was pleasantly told that they had a quad-sharing room available at only 120euros per night, inclusive of continental buffet breakfast, and a private bathroom. That's quite a bargain, especially during high season in the Roman summer.
They allowed us to view the room before we agreed to stay. The room had a double bed and a single bed. They added another single bed to make it a quad room. But even then, the room still had lots of space for us to open our luggage. The bathroom was huge, and it caters for disabled people, with special handles everywhere and a sliding door.
The room has a dressing table, a wardrobe with a safe (and plenty of hangers, probably left by previous guests) and a television (which, among other channels, had a sports channel and was good to watch the World Cup with). It was on the 2nd floor and was at the front of the building, so our windows gave us a good view of the street. It had a ceiling fan and an air-conditioner. But even in the summer heat, the ceiling fan was sufficient for us. Apparently we'd have to pay a surcharge if we wanted air-conditioning.
The bathroom is quite large. However, since it caters for disabled people, it doesn't have a shower screen, merely a curtain. So, the bathroom tends to get wet. The hotel supplies shower caps, shower gel, shampoo, bath towels and hand towels (I presume that's what those flannels are, as they do not soak up much water).
When 2 of my friends left, my fiance and I moved into a double room, for 60 euros per night. The rate also came with a private bathroom and continental buffet breakfast. The room was smaller and faced a noisier part of the street (the road towards Termini), but was otherwise similar to our earlier quad room. It had 2 single beds (which we pushed together), a smaller wardrobe, a private safe, a television, a dressing table and a private bathroom. The sidetables next to the bed could be pushed anywhere, so it provided flexibility in space, and was a boon, for me especially since it allowed even more space for my assortment of luggage. The room was also serviced clean everyday without fail, so it was quite immaculately clean.
The bathroom was also smaller than the previous one, but neater. It had a shower screen this time, so it kept the bathroom dry. Also had a bidet.
The breakfast was available from 7am. But the staff was kind enough to provide it earlier at 6.30am one day when we were due to leave on tour at 7am. Breakfast usually comprises a selection of croissants, white sliced bread, sliced ham, cakes, 2 kinds of cereal - cornflakes and Coco pops, fruits, yoghurt, and a beverage machine which could churn out all kinds of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The breakfast is quite filling and is a great start for a day of trawling the cobbled Roman streets.
This hotel is located very close to Termini, off via Marsala. It's about 3 minutes walking distance from Termini. Next to it are many little trattorias, or typical Italian restaurants, where you can have dinner.
Opposite the hotel is a typical Italian cafe which is open from early morning till late night and serves all kinds of beverages. The location of the hotel is a big plus, because it's close to Termini (for all those metro / train rides around / out of Rome). The airport shuttles also stop and pick up from Termini. The Termini station is also a retail complex that sells everything including clothes (Nike, Mango, etc), groceries (Conad), magazines, food (McDonald's), etc.
Hotel Assisi also has a sister hotel (Hotel dei Mille) a few doors down the road. I understand that it is cheaper, and probably does not have as many facilities and is not as "posh" as Hotel Assisi. But we never checked it out.
Most important of all, Hotel Assisi is clean and comfortable, and the staff provided excellent personalised service. (Whenever we made overnight trips out of Rome, the hotel allowed us to store our luggage with them for free). We also rarely had a crowd at breakfast, and it almost felt like we had the hotel to ourselves (although a check with the guest register showed otherwise). I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who's going to Rome. It's a gem of a find!
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