If you are looking for size, servants and the sameness of chain hotels, this is not for you, but if you prefer small, friendly and extremely convenient for transport, you could give it a try.
The hotel has no frontage, but a clear sign directs you under an archway to a small lift which is your access to the hotel on the fourth floor. The lift takes three people, or two people and two suitcases - all of average size. There is a wide staircase up the centre of the building but this should be thought of as for emergencies only.
The large, dark, wooden hotel door, once the entrance to an apartment in the original building, opens on to the small reception area and breakfast room. Breakfasts are continental in style but rather limited in offerings. The hotel is run by courteous and friendly staff with a good understanding and use of English.
Our room was reached via another small lift. The room was small, but large enough to contain three single beds, one small table, and a chair. A tiled floor, dark beamed roof ( the original 1850 ceiling) and high but darkly shuttered windows made for a dark room - you wouldn't want to be shut in here on a rainy day. The windows were effectively soundproofed - very important if you are to sleep through a Roman night in the middle of the city. The bathroom was small but had everything necessary. Everything was clean throughout the hotel.
A great advantage of this hotel is it's location. From the street entrance to the main Termini station, plus Metro and taxi rank, is literally five minutes trundle with cases. Some writers advise against staying 'around Termini' as it is not an 'attractive' area of town. Do not be put off in this case. The two streets used to reach this hotel from the main station are wide and full of people coming and going. There is no cause for concern.
Certainly, if you want views and space this hotel is not for you. But if you are transiting through Rome and need a place for a night or two that has excellent transport connections, you could give this small, quaint, friendly and characterful hotel a try.
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- Also Known As:
- Andreina Hotel Rome