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Bellambriana Hotel
Ranked #973 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Good value for money”
Reviewed September 19, 2011

The hotel is a 20 minute walk/quick bus ride from the end of the Vatican metro line which wasn't a problem for us but I would stay nearer the centre next time - we thought Rome would be chaos but it wasn't that busy and we could easily have coped with staying closer to the centre. The metro stops after 9pm-ish so we ended up coming back early each evening and the buses were infrequent. There was a strike one day so we ended up walking into Rome which took about an hour. The hotel was fine for the price (we paid £300 for four nights through Thomson) and has a lovely seating/eating area round the pool. There are a few rusty odd fittings in the bathroom and the shower cubicle doors don't do a very good job of keeping the water in but the room was big, well air conditioned and the staff were very friendly.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

We were sceptical about this hotel after other reviews but wanted to let you know about our visit. We stayed for 4 nights. The hotel is just outside of the city which is what we were looking for as we wanted to relax after doing all the sights! The hotel has a shuttle which you can book or you can jump on the 546 to the metro station Battistini. This is a very good service which then can take you to all the sights, Vatican, Colloseum etc The hotel has a lovely swimming pool area which you can sunbathe and relax. We spent our evenings having a meal here or a few drinks by the poolside. There was piano music every night which was very pleasant. The hotel food was nice and with the addition of a Pizzeria in September will give more choice. Staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms were a good standard and very clean. We would definately recommend this hotel to friends, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

Very poor location, run down area, we felt vulnerable when leaving the hotel in the daytime and would certainly not venture out on foot during the evening. No transport into Rome. Hotel shuttle bus service very limited and unreliable. The staff at the hotel were rude and disinterested. The lift was out of order upon our arrival and the alternative was a smelly stairwell with very rough uneven floors/stairs. No lightbulb in our bathroom when we arrived. Unpredictable shower temperature. Filthy carpets in hallways and in rooms with actual tears and holes in them. Rubbish underneath the bed which hadn't been cleaned since previous day. We eventually found the gym area which is kept in absolute darkness with no electricity supply. The spa/jacuzzi was absolutely disgusting with a film of oily filth on top. After many enquiries we were told that there was a sauna but it would cost an additional 20 euros for each use and you could only use it if staff were available to accompany you. The website photos must have been taken a long time ago. The breakfast on offer was poor with inedible scrambled eggs and very little on offer. We attempted to eat at the hotel restaurant on our first night but the menu was very limited , don't bother if you don't like fish. The quality of the food was terrible. There was a pizzeria attached to the restaurant which had closed down for refurbishment. If you have the misfortune of staying here make sure you eat whilst you are in the centre of Rome. Cracked tiles in the bathroom with fungus growing along edges. Tv constantly cutting out and getting stuck on pause. My little girl left her two favourite dresses behind in her room by accident and after three phone calls to the hotel we gave up hope of having them returned. I have photos of the dirty/ damaged areas of the rooms if you want to get an idea of what this hotel is really like. We weren't allowed in the outside/pool area at all on one evening as the staff had shut it off for a private party with no prior notice. Spend your money elsewhere. We stayed in 5 different hotels in the course of our trip through Italy and all of them were far superior to this. Cannot believe that they have a 4 star rating, not sure when they were awarded this but it certainly doesn't apply now.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

I stayed at this hotel for a week with a group of students from Toronto studying abroad.
Rooms:
-small, especially with 3 to a room (a cot was added) it gets cramped.
-not very good storage areas so you can't keep things organized, which makes the size of the room feel even more cramped
-good showers, but be careful of the water leaking out through the slit in the door
-bathrooms are clean and besides the zero options for storing your toilettries -- there isn't even a shelf or cupboard underneath -- I have nothing to report
-windows open well, but you have to yank them really hard to pull them back in (don't worry, you won't break them)

Pool:
-haven't swam in it yet, but from what the other students say, it is nice
-pool area has lots of seating opportunities, and I love the cushioned areas under the cabana-thing
-overall, great pool area. They even have tables.

Hotel restaurant (as a group of students we are served our food - no ordering):
-clean
-basic food: pasta or pizza every night, which are usually delicious
-dessert isn't that great
-free breakfast mostly consists of yoghurt, hard bread, nutella & dressings, tea & coffee (I am very thankful for the tea!), simple cereal (no sugary stuff), juice, canned fruit, and hotel scrambed eggs

Complaints:
-we were only given one room key, and you have to pay for extra
-our hotel WiFi was down for the entire time, so we had to use unlocked networks and roam around the parking lot and lobby looking for a connection. It was a rare excitement when we did get internet access.
-the walls are thin, so sleep is very difficult with screaming, giggly, hyper teenage girls in the hallway (admittedly, the girls from my studying trip, but I tried not to associate with them. Many customers in nearby rooms got very upset with the noise level)
-laundry rates are very high, but then again I've never used hotel laundry before, so maybe they are normal
-hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the bus stop, then usually another 10-15 minute wait for the bus, 5-10 minutes bus ride to the metro. Week-long metro tickets cost 16 euros, or 1 euro for each ride. Your best bet is getting the week pass.

*Tip: our first night sleeping, I was freezing. To control the air conditioning: shut it off, turn it up before bed, or open the window which automatcially turns off the AC.

I give this hotel 3 stars because it is basic but acceptable. The front desk is pretty nice, but twice already I've handed in the key to them and they didn't have it in our room slot (we had to hand in our keys before going out, but I think that's a student group thing). I just hope they didn't charge us for "losing it".

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

This hotel is to far from town! We had to walk to the bus 3-5 minutes, take the bus to the subway (15 minutes), take the subway to town 10 minutes. You will be tired from the trip..it's horrible. After two days we took a cap for 40 euro (two way).
The hotel is really cheap and the service is very bad. They can't speak english.
The most horrible was you had to walk into a door/hall behind that there where two doors (left and right). Our neighbours were standing up at 6.00 o clock and when they left the door bangs very hard. It's just a stupid construction.

Oh and the swimmming pool is filthy! They don't clean it and you don't want to know what people are doing there when they are buying private time.

So don't go!! it's filthy, noisy, bad service and far from town.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2011

I was apprehensive coming to this hotel and over reacted to the reports, even purchasing a rubber swim cap. It is a tired 4 star in need of renovation. Some rust in bathrooms and yes leaking showers. Stained carpets throughout the bedroom and passageways. Our room was very noisy, could not work out what was causing the noise, thought it may have been expansion as the early morning sun blazed on to the glass of the hotel.
Service is very good overall, although our requested early call did not happen. The pool is very good, did not have to wear the cap. Only saw a maximum of 8 at the pool at any one time. I did not check what towels were given at reception but other than ourselves, the other guests appeared to be using room towels. We had one evening meal and it was excellent but not cheap. As for bacon at breakfast, all you have to do is ask. “Alessio”, he supplied bacon and scrambled egg within 5 minutes of my request on the 2 days when it had all gone. Appears to be mainly a business hotel.
Cornelia is 5 to 10 minutes by the number 889 bus which comes approx every 10 minutes. Bought the 3 day metro/bus rover ticket (11 euro) on the Monday and it activates the first time you use it (activated on Tuesday). As already mentioned hardly anybody appears to pay on the buses. No restaurants nearby just cafes. One supermarket that is very good.
Rome is expensive, I may be stating the obvious, draught beer, nastro etc. half a litre from 5 to 7 euro. Most sights are free, St Peters, Pantheon. Queue at St Peters 500 metres 1000am took 30 minutes only to get in, big security to get in. Vatican 15 euro, Collosseum 12 euro plus 5 euro for guide. Every tourist spot is crowded. At the popular sites you are accosted by dozens of touts selling tours, pretended not to understand the many languages they tried, but we must have looked English.
An Italian gentleman recommended a restaurant to us and it was excellent food and value. Ask for the fixed menu not listed, 23 euro each, appears both must have it. Three courses, pasta, main course (try branzino con payaye suttili (fish)), desert, plus half a bottle of house wine each. Near the British Embassy to the East, called Al Grappolo D’oro in street called Via Palestro 4-10.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Boynton Beach
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2011

We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel, yes it is far from everything but we took the bus to the metro and then the metro to all the sights.

Their restaurant is also very very good and have a great atmosphere by the pool it really doesn't feel that you are in a big city, very relaxing.

I found the staff to be very helpful and friendly too, overall a pleasant experience.

Room Tip: We got a double room which was very nice and spacious
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Bellambriana Hotel
Address: Via Luca Passi 6, 00166 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#340 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bellambriana Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 91
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