What I appreciate about this motel is, firstly, the quality of service provided by the receptionists. They were sincere, helpful, and speak comprehensible English (Be sure to get the city map and buy the 1 Euro multi-transport tickets from the receptionist; the tickets were a god-sent for my travels across Rome). Secondly, the room that I stayed in was clean and spacious enough for a solo traveller like me. Occasionally, I could hear noises along the corridor and from adjacent rooms but that is not really an issue for me because the foam ear plugs I wore to sleep could block out these noises effectively. Thirdly, the motel provided van shuttle service from the hotel to the nearest Metro station in the morning (Sundays not included); that shaved off a significant amount of my travelling time to the city-center of Rome. Fourthly, there is a huge supermarket opposite the motel for you to buy cheap food, water, and groceries. It's a pity I wasn't informed by the receptionist about this supermarket and only discovered it on the third day of my stay.
What I didn't appreciate about this motel is its location. It is so far from the city-center of Rome that on certain mornings, I would experience inertia to even explore Rome (which is the point of my travels in Europe) when I thought about how much of a hassle and time-consuming it is to travel to the city-center of Rome and then back to the motel. You would need to take a bus from the motel to reach a Metro station (The total waiting and travelling time of this is about 40 minutes.). After which, you would then need to take a train to reach the city-center of Rome. Secondly, my regional flight out of Rome to Barcelona was at about 7.30am. Hence, I needed to reach the airport at around 5.30am. That means I needed to leave the motel at around 4.55am, factoring in the time needed to travel to the airport. Obviously, at that unearthly time, there is no public transport I could take to reach the airport. There's no airport transfer service too to speak off, too, since this motel is so inaccessible. Hence, I had no choice but to book a private car shuttle service recommended by the motel that cost a whopping 50 Euros. Effectively, that wiped out the savings I earned from choosing this budget motel over a hotel in the city-center of Rome. Fifthly, I didn't feel safe walking along the busy and hazardous highway in front of the motel. I also didn't feel safe taking Bus 904: there was once I felt targeted by a snatch thief. Next, I also didn't feel safe in the neighbourhood where I needed to wait for Bus 904 back to the motel.
Overall, my advice to travellers is that you would be better off choosing a hotel that is in or near to the city-center of Rome. The money that you save from choosing this budget motel doesn't outweigh the convenience (travelling time, availability of restaurants, proximity to key sights), ease, and safety of living in or near to the city-center of Rome. Picture this: You had such a tiring (but eventful) day exploring Rome but you would still have to go through so much trouble (refer to above-mentioned) to reach the comfort of your hotel for your well-deserved rest. I don't know about you, but my travel experience at this motel has taught me that I would, in future, spend a bit more to stay in or near to the city-center of any city I visit. Cheers.
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