We spent the first three nights of our Italy vacation at Rome's Merulana Inn and loved it! This hotel was perfect for us, and a great introduction to Italian hospitality. Judy and the team here were wonderful. Merulana Inn is actually a bed and breakfast, located on the third floor of a residential apartment building. Like most of the places we stayed at, this Inn is discreetly located. No big signs or flashy neon lighting up the street with the name. Just a large double door (like most buildings) with a very small sign posted above a door buzzer with the name of the inn.
Our room was beautiful, with a very comfortable bed, and loaded with updated features including a refrigerator, air conditioner and remote-controlled door shutters that roll down to cover the terrace doors at night. Yes, we had a small terrace outside our room. Our large bathroom was equally impressive. It featured modern equipment including a bathtub with a shower, new toilet and even a bidet. The bathroom also had a door that led to the terrace, with a manual shutter/cover.
A delightful breakfast of Italian meats, cheeses, breads and croissants was served in the dining area each morning of our stay. The staff also prepared coffee and scrambled eggs with cheese and ham as well. Another great feature here was the free wireless internet service, which was very dependable. A nice modern touch was a small key card holder inside the room where you place one of your key cards, to activate the electricity in your room. This is a great way for the owners to control energy use, as you take your card with you when you leave the room for the day, and the electricity shuts off on its own. Much better than another place we stayed at where many lights and other electrical devices were on timers.
Merulana Inn is located within walking distance (10 mins) of the Roma Termini train station. If you are arriving in Rome by plane, you will probably take the Leonardo Express train from the main airport to the Termini. We each had a large backpack and a small, rolling suitcase and were able to walk to the inn with no problem.
There are also several cafes, gelato places, grocery stores and pharmacies in the immediate area, and of course churches.
The best value in Rome is the Roma Pass. This pass gives you access to the city's Metro system for three days, as well as several museums and archaeological sites (2 free). We used this to visit the Colosseo and Foro Romano (Coliseum and Forum), as well as the Galleria Borghese. The pass only costs 25 euros, and you can purchase it online from the U.S. and pick it up when you arrive in Rome.
I can't wait to visit Rome again, and will most certainly stay at Merulana Inn again, as well as recommend it to anybody who is planning to visit The Eternal City.
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- Also Known As:
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