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“A place to sleep, but no more” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Arcadia Hotel
Ranked #1,152 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Shumen, Bulgaria
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“A place to sleep, but no more”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

We were there for two nights only because our group had reservations there. Far away from the center and from metro, staff was helpful but the rooms were awful, bathrooms are with very old bath, sink, cracked tiles. It's like a legacy from the past!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Salisbury, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

This hotel was in the middle of nowhere and the exterior was filthy. I was afraid to walk outside once it got dark because the neighborhood was so dirty. Also, the hotel promised us a shuttle that would bring my friends and I back from the nearest metro station and then would not come pick us back up when we called leaving us stranded. We would have used another method of transportation had the hotel not insisted we use their shuttle and that they'd come pick us up when we called. Inside the hotel our door didn't lock and there was mold on the ceiling. If you can stomach all this at least it was a place to sleep in Rome though maybe not worth the half hour commute to the city center.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

We had already booked for 3 nights when I read the reports for The Hotel Arcadia. I was then expecting a crap place but it wasn't all that bad considering the price. We paid £80.00 for two of us for 3 nights so that works out at £13.33 each per night. We flew into the nearby airport of Ciampino and landed at about 11.00 pm. I had already emailed the hotel and asked about transport to the hotel at that time and they said it would have to be a taxi. I also warned them that we would be arriving about midnight. the taxi fare was 30 euros and took about 15 minutes.
The room was very clean, (the visitor in the review who stated the smoke alarms were ripped out was mistaken as they are having a new system fitted at the moment and there are wires about a foot long hanging from fittings on the ceiling, we saw an engineer the day after working on the alarm system so I would have thought in a couple of weeks it will be finished).
The breakfast was very basic,Coffee from small machine... Americano not very good , (didn't try the tea) hot chocolate very good, expresso coffee good orange juice not brilliant (don't forget £13.33 per night), cornflakes (not Kellogs but just acceptable) milk was wonderful and very plentyful. Bread was OK (we are spoiled for bread as we have a fantastic local baker at home) butter,coissants were OK, jam,honey, biscuits all acceptable.It will keep you going until lunchtime and the restaurants in Rome city centre are wonderful
The hotel was clean, the staff were always very helpful. You can buy (1.50 Euros) a return ticket at the reception desk which will take you from the bus stop just outside to Anangnia and then on a underground metro train into the city of Rome. All together the journey was about 40 minutes. The ticket is fed into a machine in the bus and returned to you and the same ticket lets you into the Metro system and it doesn't matter which stop you get off at it's all one price (the ticket price 1.50 Euros)
we never went into the supermarket over the road so I cannot comment on that but the only place to eat locally is the pizzeria inside the hotel complex. It wasn't as bad as Pizza Hut in the UK but also it wasn't as good as some Italian restaurants we frequent in the UK. Again , for the price what do you expect.

After we had stayed there the 3 nights we went to stay with a friend 200 miles away and as the return flight was quite early in the morning we decided that we would stay back in the Arcadia for the last night and get a taxi to the airport next morning. (if the place wasn't that good we would have found somewhere else wouldn't we!!!!) This cost 40 Euros because we hadn't booked in advance.
On Sunday when the bus doesn't run very frequently to the metro station at Ananagnia the hotel put on a free minibus service.
TV in room has about 50+ channels but none in English, is it the hotel's fault I don't speak Italian?...No. The hotel we use quite often in the UK has a TV system that only has English speaking channels!!! The English are a lazy lot aren't we?
As the heading says.....what do you expect for the price!!! marks out of 10 considering everything...8

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Congratulations Hotel Arcadia, by far the most horrendous place I have ever been in my life! This hotel was advertised as a 3 star hotel, however I highly doubt it even has 1 star. The rooms were fowl, stank of smoke with ash on the wall, smoke alarms ripped out of the ceiling with 3ft of wire hanging down and used condoms found in the toilet. The excuse from the extremely rude receptionist was "well sometimes the guests make a mess"....forgive me for expecting a clean room on my arrival at 11pm. The hotel is in the middle of nowhere and useless if you want to get into the centre of Rome. I would never recommend anyone staying here.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Swanage, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

So we stayed at Arcadia Hotel for a week from Wednesday 19th February 2014 to Wednesday 26th February 2014. We arrived in Rome at about 11am at Leonardo Airport so we had a lot of daylight in the mission of finding this hotel. We got on the underground to Anagnina station and then from there we were completely confused on where to go for our bus! BY THE WAY, Anagnina station was filled with a market and the people selling in the market didn't look like very nice people and there are homeless people living in the bushes on the other side of the carpark and it was quite unnerving but after asking some local people we made friends with in the centre of rome they said the area is pretty much ok.
So after we eventually found which bus we need to take which is the 507 to Grotte Celoni if you are going to the hotel and the 507 to Anagnina if you are going back to the train station. We had to ring the hotel to ask which bus and where we are going for that bus because it was NOT obvious at all. We finally got on the bus and it was quite complicated as the signs are grafittied over and all in another language (my fault maybe I should've learnt some Italian before I wnr to ITALY lol) but a kind lady told us which stop to get off at. Im guessing she figured we were staying at the hotel because of our massive suitcase. :( Because of all the faffing around Anagnina train station going up and down stairs and trying to figure our where we need to be my poor boyfriend had to carry around a 20kg suitcase for hours and he wasn't happy so you will need to carry your luggage if you stay here.
When we got to the hotel the lady was very nice, she took our passport details and gave us our key, we had already paid in advance so it was all sorted. By the way all in all we paid £30 a night which is pretty good. plus our flights being £30 each way from Gatwick to rome, so what we saved in flights and accommodation we spent in amazing food and sights.
The bedroom was fine, we weren't expecting much. a comfy bed, cupboards, a tv, the bathroom was clean and well stocked up with toilet paper, soap and shampoo. the shower ran well. People on here have complained about there being no tea making facilities but its in ITALY. if you want tea making facilities then stay in England. enjoy the different culture.
The rooms were cleaned everyday and nothing went missing. We left our passports in the bedroom wrapped up in our clothes in the cupboard and nothing was stolen or touched. The cleaners would also wait until you left the room which on one day when we had a lie in was about 2pm and didn't harass us or kick us out. The bed sheets were changed everyday and the towels and things for showering.
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one day we came back from a day out and there was a white substance all over the window ON THE INSIDE and it to be totally honest looked like sperm. there's nothing else it could've been, we didn't have yoghurt or a bird in the room. we didn't take soap into the bedroom and my boyfriend wasn't responsible. so after reading some other reviews about the hotel letting out already let out rooms for an hour or so I was quite concerned but the cleaners cleaned it the next day and was fine. but very odd.
Breakfast was a standard Italian breakfast, coffee was standard, tea was bad but then again its not a country known for its tea, the orange juice was from a machine and wasn't good but we figured it must be an Italian thing, the bread was fine, with jam and ham and butter. croissants are lush and fresh, cereal was stale and the milk was so skimmed it was basically water. But I just filled up on croissants and coffee and it was fine till lunchtime.
There is a pizza parlour opposite which sells everything like spaghetti sea food and pizza and the young people in there are lovely and friendly and the food is great we ate from there a couple of times. and there is a supermarket next to that which is great and we got a pack lunch from there a couple of the days. but be careful everyday there were gypsys outside and they would be begging and sometimes follow us. like on the last day we had our suitcase with us and we went to the supermarket and a young woman who was NOT Italian but was speaking Romanian or something follow us from the supermarket to the busstop and wouldn't shuttup so we walked to the next busstop and she followed us AGAIN asking for cigarettes and shouting at me but she eventually went away.
BY THE WAY, the buses are generally free, no one checks the bus tickets but you will have to buy a metro ticket and it is so worth buying a week one or a three day one because you will be using the metro at least 2 or 3 times a day.
the journey from Termini in the centre of rome is 15 subway stops away and then the bus journey from anagnina to the hotel is 6 stops so quite a way and takes about half an hour.
The latest time we got the metro back from the centre was about half ten at night and we had been drinking and we got to anagnina and it was about 11pm and the bus just didn't turn up even though its supposed to go on till midnight so we resorted to a taxi as there were not very nice people hanging around and if anyone hurt my boyfriend I would've been completely alone and vulnerable and I assure you there would've been no one else to help me, the taxi drivers all looked dodgy and the bus drivers couldn't speak any English.
We went to eat at The Old Wild West Steak House which is on the bus journey back to the hotel and its lovely if you get tired of pizza and pasta.
And when we left we the hotel the receptionist didn't seem to care at all.


OK, so if you are going to book this hotel I would get somewhere closer to rome because you cant really fully enjoy yourself and relax because its a massive haul going to and from the hotel and not worth the money. I would have rather gone somewhere else. its just too remote and dodgy and too many gypsys around who are ruthless and will steal from anyone.
But if you have already booked this hotel and are reading this then if you just stay sensible and I suggest be in by 9pm then youll be fine and the actual hotel isn't that bad it is just the location and the crazy journey especially with suitcases or young children.

Room Tip: If you are put with a noisy school group on the same floor like we didn't btw and they got up fo...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank mokk7
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brescia
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

when we showed up we would have turned around except we already payed for a coupon. Inside the room had a smell that wasn't so nice. The bed was two uncomfortable singles pushed together. During the night we kept falling into the middle. Breakfast was small and incomplete.
The location is good for being close enough to go to rome with bus and metro without being in the city. The people are nice and helpful, they should change the furniture if they want to call themselves 3 stars. Bottom line you can find a better deal for the price.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

Hi,

I travelled to Rome with my sister and mum and stayed at the Hotel Arcada in early November 2013.
I wanted to leave a review as I had read previous reviews before staying at the Hotel Arcadia and really was expecting to turn up to a dirty grubby hostel from the reviews. This hotel is definitely not that, it is budget and you are getting a basic 3 star service but the hotel is clean and the staff are helpful. Plus you are getting what you pay for, we paid £200 for 1 room for 3 nights (roughly £70 a night) if you want better quality and nearer to the city you have to pay more.

The hotel is located in a not very scenic area but there is a supermarket 2 minutes away and a bus stop across the road (or the hotel has a mini bus to take you to the train station) Continental breakfast is very sparse and the bedroom has very thin bedsheets but as I said the staff are friendly, especially the manager alistair a lovely helpful man.

Travel Tips
From airport leonardo da vinci it takes 35mins by taxi which was 56.10 euros but we were told to pay 63 euros for bag supplement.
From the hotel- 507 bus goes to anagnina (this takes 10mins) then 20-25mins to town centre (via the bellini line) you can get a metro ticket from the hotel 1.50 euros per journey for bus and metro for a few hours. The hotel charges 4 euros per day for wi-fi. Cab costs 48 euros to city centre and takes 20 mins by taxi. There is a restaurant called 'The Algora' in the city centre (a 10 min walk from Termini station) which is lovely, the staff are very nice and the food is equally as nice. Mains are 10-14 euros roughly, bottles of wine 20 euros plus, so a nice price which is better than most pizzerias as u might get sick of pizza.

IBe vigilant when travelling on the Metro as we were told there are many pickpockets around.

Though we wouldn't stay here again (we would want better quality and nearer to the city) I just wanted to reassure anyone who has already booked and can't change their hotel as it is not as bad as made out. Suitable for anyone on a serious budget.....

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Arcadia Hotel
Address: Via Campo Romano 75 | Grande Raccordo Anulare area, 00173 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1,152 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Hotel Class:3 star — Arcadia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 53
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