We stayed for 5 nights and thought the cost reasonable at 66 Euros per night for a twin bedded room for two in high season for a four star hotel. (Booked via a discount hotel site).
My daughter and I went to tour Rome following completion of her exams and found it quiet, orderly and pleasant.
Pluses - good buffet breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, frankfurters, roasted potatoe chunks, ham, cheese, salami, chicken, rolls, fruit, yoghourts, cakes, pastries, hot and cold drinks. We ate a very good breakfast early each morning and got on the hotel courtesy bus at 07.20 to get to the subway early so that we could beat the crowds. Courtesy bus links to a couple of local subway stations and the airport. The room was pleasant and cleaned well each day and provided us with usual facilities. The safe was free, easy to use and set your mind at rest if you wanted to leave valuables. The pool was small but pleasant with sun beds provided and rarely over crowded since most people were here for the sights of downtown Rome, like us. But it was a good treat if we got back early enough to have a drip and lie in the sun before dinner. TIP: take a towel since they charge 2 euros per person to hire one from the lifeguard and this can add up quickly.
Minuses - the staff were efficient but lacked warmth. The odd smile would have gone a long way to endear us to them and they were always seeming to want to deal with you quickly and expediently, never offering advice or local information which again would have endeared us to them. We could understand this attitude if they were knee deep in customers trying to book in, but generally they were pretty free and frankly quite averse to engaging with the public. There were issues over transport - we found that once we got to know the public system, it was actually very easy to work out - the local 664 bus from Arco will get you to and from Capannelle (the local area) so you don't have to rely on the strange timings of the courtesy bus. The courtesy bus seems to run regularly early morning and then there's a big gap until the evening so if you miss the last one back around lunch time, you have to wait until early evening to get back. Once we had worked out the buses and tubes (which is easy-peasy) we no longer had to rely on the hotel bus - but don't count on hotel staff advising you. We asked them about getting a bus to the airport. They told us there wasn't one but they could book us a car for 35 euros. We found there was several - admittedly from Termini station so not as straight forward as it might have been - but much, much cheaper and you could streamline time waiting around at the airport since the courtesy bus didn't link with our flight time by hours.
The hotel is about 10 miles or so outside the centre of Rome which makes it a nice, quiet retreat. If you are reasonably confident to work out the transport (and frankly it's not that hard) and like to have a pool at hand, then this is a lovely place to stay. If you are a little less confident and would rather be on top of the all the historic sites, then you need to be nearer to the city centre.
We found the local supermaket (from the front door of the hotel, turn left and stroll a few yards to the end of the lane and you'll find it on the RHS corner) very cheap, with helfpful and friendly staff and has everything you need for a lovely picnic. Also the local pizza shop (from the front door of the hotel turn left and left again - walking alongside the hotel with the pool on your left and turn right at the end of the lane - pizza place a few hundred yards along on your left) was excellent. You choose your pizza choices (pointing is fine if you don't speak any Italian, like us!) and he weighs them before charging. We had several yummy selections, beer and soft drink for around 8.5 euros - exellent value and we couldn't finish! They also serve freshly prepared lasagne and other yummy things. You can sit outside and he'll put everything into a box for you to take back to the hotel in the evening. Again, friendly and helpful. We found some Italians that know how to smile!
Overall, the hotel was modern, clean, efficient but lacked soul and character. Our stay would have been improved dramatically if the staff had been friendlier and more helpful.
Rome itself was astoundingly beautiful. We walked and travelled constantly for five days and still found we had lots left to see - we'll definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 250 guest rooms. Located just 9 km from downtown, 30 km from FIUMICINO airport and 4 km from CIAMPINO Airport, Shuttle bus service available. Complimentary off site car and pullman parking, on site parking for 280 cars available with a fee, 9 conference rooms with 2000 sqm of total meeting space, outdoor swimming pool and 500 sqm roof with a breathtaking city and Castelli Romani’s view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Domina Roma Capannelle Rome
- Domina Roma Capannelle Hotel Conference