Arrived back home to the UK after a trip to Rome to celebrate my bf's 30th this week & just HAD to write a raving review on the Delle Muse. What a terrific find! (well done me!) After reading mostly positive reviews on trip advisor, I decided to go for it given that what I knew it lacked in location, it was sure to make up for in hospitality & service. Obviously, we certainly were't disappointed! (Hint: book through the well-publicised Trivago website for a real steal!)
After a 2-hr flight from Gatwick (another hint: take easyJet, no bad experiences so far & with a specified dimension of hand luggage, you can take as much weight as you like as long as you can put your bag in the overhead bin unassisted) we arrived at Fiumicino airport. Very easy signs to the bus ticket office in terminal 3, advisable to take the "airport shuttle" to the Termini for 4 euros, unless you book Terravision online for 4 euros, it'll cost you 6 euros at the airport- those 2 euros saved can buy you an awesome Italian gelato later!
For the shuttle bus/coach, turn right out of the exit & walk along until you get to the numbered bus stands, the airport shuttle called "Schiaffini" was at stand 4. VERY efficient, roughly 50 minute journey into the Termini. Once at the Termini, things got a little confusing. After reading a very informative review on here giving advice on where to get the bus to Delle Muse, we still got lost as the Termini is HUGE! From the drop-off point from the airport shuttle bus, walk into the Termini up to any of the tobacco/newspaper kiosks & ask for 1 of 3 different types of bus ticket- 1 euro ticket will get you a 75-minute journey from A to B, 4 euros for a full day travelcard ticket or best of all if you intend on making full use of the extensive public transport services, 11 euros for a 3 day ticket. The only drawback is if you arrive around lunchtime, you will have missed half a day on the 11 euro ticket as they expire exactly 3 days after the day you bought it at 23:59 so only expect to get a full 3 days' use out of it if you arrive early & use it like mad!
Then take the exit marked "main entrance" (yes sadly, we failed to notice this after walking round the Termini for about 45 minutes!) with a taxi rank directly outside. Carry on past the taxi rank over to the great big green metal portakabin- type structure & it is here you will find the information kiosk for any information you may possibly need. The 360 bus stop is behind the green portakabin on a long thin raised pavement. It goes in 2 different directions from the same stretch of pavement so watch out. For the hotel, take the 360 bus in the Muse direction NOT Zama direction. You must validate your ticket (whichever option you choose) in the machine when you get on the bus. Once you've validated the 11 euro ticket once, that's it, no need to do it again for the 3 days you're using it. Take the 360 bus right to the end of the route (Muse) then walk directly behind the bus back down a small hill past a news stand on the left-hand side of the road & you'll see the delle Muse on the corner of the next road on the left.
When we arrived, the reception staff were very friendly & extremely accommodating. We were immediately given 2 maps of Rome (1 "idiot's guide" with big pictures of the main sites, 1 much more detailed with bus, tram & metro routes), info sheet on bus routes & tickets & info about meal times at the hotel. They will take a copy of your passport as most hotels do but they will only keep them for 10 minutes or so. DON'T FORGET Rome charges a city tax (1 euro per person per night) which must be paid IN CASH so don't look surprised when they ask for this when you check out! The lift looks like something out of the Cold War & only has enough room for 2 people with hand luggage or 1 person with hand luggage & a suitcase so be prepared to be patient!
When we let ourselves into our room, I was totally bowled over by the cleanliness- MILES better than some 4 & 5 star hotels I've stayed in! There is a free safe in the wardrobe, a TV with lots of Italian channels but only 1 dodgy English channel that had awful reception but Sky Sports in Italian that is bearable to watch til you fall asleep at night! The room was cosy not huge but the bed was unbelievably comfortable! Best of all, the bath towels were ACTUALLY big enough to go all the way around you, not the excuse-for-towels you normally get in most hotels- total result!! The hand towels were more unusually like napkins but served their purpose reasonably well. We stayed in room 258 looking onto the main road which was a little noisy but no more than you'd get in a Central London hotel. It would only bother you if you normally live in the extreme quietness of the countryside at home! The air-con was a little questionable but it did seem very windy for the whole of our stay in Rome so we didn't end up needing it on at all.
Breakfast was just great! What they didn't have wasn't worth mentioning! Hint: allocate a good 10 mins on your first morning to have a good look around at everything on offer so you don't miss anything! If you stock up well on breakfast, you won't have to worry about eating til around 4pm each day as we did! The 18 euro set menu in the evening was gorgeous & great value for money. If you like a drink in the evening, don't pay the stupid prices for beer in town (MUCH more expensive than wine!) Boyfriend was well chuffed that a can of Moretti was only 2 euros at the hotel so take heed!
Another great recommendation from reception was a restaurant in the Piazza Ungheria called Trattoria Rossini, gorgeous food & again cheap, good quality wine & beer.
On the whole, a HUGELY enjoyable experience made all that more special by the hospitality at delle Muse.
- Also Known As:
- Delle Muse Hotel
- Delle Muse Rome
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The three star Hotel delle Muse is located in a very quite and green residential area called Parioli which is traditionally considered the most elegant part of Rome.All our 57 rooms have: en suite WC with shower, hairdryer, Color LCD 21’satellite TV, direct dial telephone, air conditioning/heater, Internet ADSL Cable Connection (free of charge)Internet Wi.FI Connection (free of charge) ,Electronic Safe.On the premises are elevator, safe, bar and restaurant where genuine and varied food is served either in the dining rooms or in the large garden during the summer months.Free Luggage Room. L’Hotel Delle Muse*** è situato nel quartiere Parioli , una zona verde e tranquilla che è per tradizione la più elegante di Roma.Tutte le nostre camere offrono: Bagno in camera con doccia , Asciugacapelli , Telefono diretto, Televisore LCD 21’’ con canali satellitari e Sky, Connessione Internet ADSL via cavo gratuita , Connessione Internet Wi.Fi gratuita , Aria Condizionata/Riscaldamento , Cassaforte Elettronica.Inoltre l’Hotel è provvisto di ascensore , cassette di sicurezza, servizio Bar e di Ristorante nel quale è possibile gustare svariati piatti genuini sia nei saloni interni che nell’ampio giardino durante i mesi estivi. ... more less
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