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“Still the centre but quiet street”
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Espana Hotel
Ranked #1,063 of 3,743 Rome B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 17, 2012

In the morning we were woke up with construction works in the street , after 3 days of stay we could celebrate brand new asphalt carpet in this quiet area.

Breakfast is basic, but for italian conditions pretty ok; ham, cheese, jams, but cream, toast, brioche, orange/grapefruit juice (drink I would say). Morning coffee we were drinking in the closest bars - plenty of them ( the one in hotel was awful).

Room enormous big, we were satisfied with this as we had comparison to small cage in Ibis on previous night.

Strange thing: in our room 206D there was no curtain in shower..

Room Tip: Room with south window are quite (not on the street) Omit 206D - there is no curtain in shower.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

its a good hotel at a good location.it has very good breakfast but not good coffee(its from machine).it hascosy rooms but it has not wifi for internet.the emploees who work at the reception speak english but they are not polite enough and a little bit amateurs (the women terrible!).

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

The hotel is in the 'Termini' area which alot would say is probably not the nicest of areas. We had booked this hotel due to it being close to the Termini station and were only there for 2 nights.
One of the very first hotels that I have found to have a spacious shower cubicle. Everything neat and tidy but the 'young' staff may do 'night shift' as when we approached them in the morning they were very unhappy and very over their job. When I asked for a taxi eg: it was obvious that they just were not wanting to help.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Spent five nights here until august 25th in a room on the second floor with twin beds. I will just mention the pros and cons for your evaluation:
Pros
- 5 min walk from underground station (metro line A) and tram lines
- 8 min walk to San Giovanni Laterano, which is the most beautiful church I've ever seen
- Level of cleanliness was acceptable. The room was compact but had everything you needed.
- Simple breakfast, the same everyday but ok: cereal, yoghurt, bread, pastries, toast and artificial juice. No fruits)
- The location is very quiet. No traffic noise, no noises from guests through the walls. The only nuisance are the keys to the rooms. They are attached to very large metal rings that make a lot of noise when locking the door. Such noise was what woke us up early in the mornings.
- 2 min walk to the grocery store, in case you want to stock the mini bar.

Cons
- Right now the metro line A is closed from Termini to Flaminio which means that the underground is not going to Spanish Steps and Fontanta de Trevi. They placed busses on the route, but good luck finding them in the chaos of Termini station. I suggest you get acquainted with tram and bus lines that run close to the hotel at Manzzoni street. Tram number 3 was the most useful for us.
- Mosquitos. Bring repellent. We found out that every day after cleaning the room the lady left the windows ajar and mosquitos got in. When you look at the ceilling and curtains you will notice many repulsive stains. People have been killing mosquitos in the room and the stains have never been cleaned.
- The bed in my room had a footboard. If you too are a tall person you may find that you won't be able to stretch your legs due to this footboard.
- Just like other reviewers, we also found out that some things did not work in the room, e.g. the television and the safe box.

Tip: If you catch a taxi to go back to the hotel and if the driver does not know via Luzzatti or hotel España, then mention hotel Daniela. It's down the same street and it seems to be better known by taxi drivers.

Good luck with your stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We stayed here so we could be close to the train station to catch the early train to Naples. Next time, I think we will just stay somewhere else because it is not that close to the station and we had to walk through some pretty shady areas of town. It is not close to any sights. The actual hotel itself though is a decent place, the rooms were adequete and clean, the workers were friendly, we had our own bathroom and they had cheap water, beer and pop. If you are looking for a place to stay in Rome that is close to sights, this is not the place for you. If you're loooking for a good deal and don't mind walking a ways, you will enjoy this place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

My husband and I were a bit nervous about the hotel after reading the reviews, but I am glad that we decided to stay at the hotel. The staff were friendly, especially those that worked in the breakfast room. The ladies made sure that every time we came down to breakfast there were enough pastries--delicious chocolaty ones! The pictures don't show the very comfortable outside terrace seating...we sat and enjoyed our coffee and croissants every morning.

The hotel is near the Termini station and it is an easy walk--about 15 minutes one way---you could easily pay for a quick tram trip, but exercise is supposed to be good for you (we are in our mid-fifties)! There is a wonderful fruit seller about two blocks away---the pineapple was mouthwatering.

The hotel is in a very quiet neighborhood...which made for nice sleeping--we had no problem with the AC--as a matter of fact we turned it off as it could get too cold. We did have to rewire the TV in order to get it to work, however.

The hotel is good value for the money spent.

Room Tip: We stayed in the annex...therefore, my husband enjoyed exercising in the outside patio in the mornin...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Rome was our third stop on our honeymoon, and we were extremely disappointed in Hotel Espana. This went beyond the slight annoyances of many European hotels (no lifts, no A/C typically, small rooms, etc - those are not really issues). When we arrived, the lady working the front desk was extremely unhelpful and not very nice. When we came to check in, she only said about 5 words to us. When we got to the room, it just got worse. The room had obviously not been painted since the 60's. I don't care if the walls are ugly, but the walls were disgusting. They were dirty, very dirty. We were further disappointed when we started trying to use things. Thankfully, my husband knows how to fix things, because the toilet didn't function properly (you had to reach up into the overhead bowl to manually push down the flapper because the plunger was broken), the TV was just a jumble of rigged up wires, and the shelf over the sink was practically falling off of the wall. The hotel obviously knew the toilet didn't work, because the tank had been tampered with. But they hadn't actually fixed it. The TV worked, but only after my husband actually plugged the correct wires in. The remotes both had dead batteries, and when we brought this to the front desk's attention, they only response we got was an icy "there are two remotes". Yes, we were aware of that. We're saying they don't work well.... So our first 2 hours in the hotel were not trying to sleep or shower. It was just fixing things in the hotel.

The only thing that cold be seen as a positive was that technically, we had air conditioning (I guess because we were on the first floor and couldn't open the windows), but I don't really know if that's an accurate description. Yes, there was a thing on the wall with an "ON" button. I mean, the button was so high up the wall that I couldn't reach it, but it was still there. And when you pressed the button, a green light came on on the A/C thing on the wall. But there wasn't actually any air coming out. For that you had to wait about 45 minutes, and then a slight puff of air would come out that was slightly cooled. This wouldn't have been an issue, but since we were on the first floor, opening our window to get a breeze just wasn't an option.

The hotel's breakfast was the largest disappointment of all. It's Italy, which is famous for its good food, right? And a little breakfast made up of cold meats and cheeses, with some bread and coffee shouldn't be too hard, right?! Apparently it is. Maybe we were spoiled in Paris and Florence with the quality of the simple breakfast, because this one was practically inedible. The bread was hard - really hard. For meat and cheese you had two options each, and neither was terribly good. I'm pretty sure they had Spam out for the meat. And the coffee just comes from a little machine with different buttons like "Espresso" and "Americano". However, it really just comes out all the same: not good. Oh yea, and it doesn't start until 7:45 AM, which means that if you had a tour at 8:15 (meaning you would have to leave the hotel before 7:45) like we did, you don't even get the option of breakfast without begging for it. So since we were in Italy, where we shouldn't have to eat the Motel 6 version of a breakfast buffet, we went down the street to a little cafe. There, we could get two large (wonderful) sandwiches and two coffees for less than 7 Euros. Its a way better option than eating Espana's breakfast.

But by far the worst part of the hotel was cleaning people. My husband and I didn't rise particularly early. Typically we would get up around 8:45. Apparently this was way too late for the cleaning staff. They slammed the gate and front door to our section of the hotel, then would slam all of their supplies down right outside of our door, and yell up the stairs to each other. After they had cleaned the other rooms, and we weren't out of our room, they would just stand talking right outside of our room. Even on the day we had to get up early to go to our tour, we were still woken up by the staff. So whether you liked it or not, you were going to be awake by 8 at the latest. Once again, maybe we had just been spoiled by the other hotels we had stayed at, where the cleaning staff didn't double as an alarm clock. Spoiled or not, this was one of the most frustrating things I have ever experienced in a hotel.

There are some minor benefits to this hotel. It is close to the Manzoni metro station, which is convenient. And it is about a 10-15 minute walk to the Colosseum. But there are no really good, reasonable priced restaurants that we could find, nearby. They were all either all made of frozen or pre-prepared food (they are required to put that on the menu in Italy), or they were way too expensive. There is no view from the hotel, though. Unless you just really like looking at cars. The area was also extremely dirty (yea, it's Rome, I know). Basically the only thing we did in the neighborhood was be irritated that we were going back to our broken hotel room. I cannot recommend this hotel to anyone. I'm sure that there are hotels with better service and rooms for a similar price. It's just not worth it to go to Espana.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Luigi Luzzatti 21, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino
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Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1,063 of 3,743 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range: $47 - $477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Espana Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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