This B&B comprises rooms in an apartment building about a block from the main hotel where you check in and have breakfast. The Atlante chain have two hotels here, plus this annex.
Our room was clean, warm and comfortable. Decor was in good order and there was reasonable space. Security was good with a locked gate to a small courtyard (you press a button to open from inside and use a key to enter from the street) plus steel door leading to the hallway. Signs reminded you to close the shutters so I guess they may have had problems with people getting in previously. The room felt a little claustrophobic with the small window but I guess this is good in the summer, and it totally blacks out if you want to sleep during the day, say after a long flight.
The bathroom was good, though the advertised jet bath didn't work and the shower head was awkward. Towels and sheets seemed to be changed fresh each day. Bed/mattress itself was not the most comfortable but adequate. There was a mini bar with a selection of drinks but no price list (guess it wasn't cheap). We used the fridge for our own drinks from a small supermarket nearby and took our own travel kettle. For some reason there were teapots and cups available in the hallway.
The TV was disappointing. All the channels were Italian, the TV stand was broken and I had to fix the SCART connection to the satellite box. It would have been nice to have a news channel or two in English (or different languages for other guests).
Breakfast was served on the 6th floor of the main 4* Atlante Star hotel, though the roof garden was understandably closed in January. This gives great views of Rome, particularly St. Peter's and the Vatican. There was a good choice of cereals, pastries, hard boiled eggs, yoghurt, bread rolls, cheese and cold meats along with tea, coffee and cold drinks. The fruit juice was good quality. The surroundings are very nice.
We grabbed free newspapers from the main hotel lobby each morning and they had free wifi available in the bar area which we used successfully for Skype calls, web and email (it's chargeable elsewhere, including to use their computer). There was no wifi available in the room at La Maison Royale (only a resident's own signal which has a passcode).
One of the best ways to get to and from the hotel is to take one of the airport shuttle buses to Termini (we used Ciampino airport) then get public bus 40 Express which leaves from a stand near the information booth/tour bus hut at the front of the railway station. You can buy public bus tickets at news stands and tobacconists for 1.5 Euro each, then you must validate them in the machine on the bus. The airport buses typically cost 4 or 6 Euros each way. You can get a return for 8 Euros but we found it good not to be pre-booked as on arrival at Termini we caught an earlier bus to the airport from a different firm (we had flexibility). Sitbus seemed the best overall. It was a little tricky to find the hotel from the bus at first, whilst dragging luggage, but we made it easily enough. It was just a 5 minute walk. Be aware that the 40 express buses going to Termini start off from a stop around the corner from the waiting zone where they drop you on arrival (the waiting zone is along a wall/viaduct). Termini to or from the hotel takes about 30 minutes, even in rush hour though we allowed longer. Just check a map. The overall transfer from the hotel to the airport took under 2 hours, but that was with plenty of waiting time. The bus rides were 30 plus 40 minutes. Cost was about 13 euros each, return (6.5 per person each way) which is much cheaper than a taxi.
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