Booked this hotel through my travel agent who gave me three choices and after considering reviews on TA as well as other factors we went with the Mascagni. First trip to Rome so had no idea on the area or anything else and we were pleasently surprised on many fronts.
First, the hotel itself was very nice. extremely well kept, clean, and everything worked. The staff was excellent. Very friendly and attentive. The front desk gave us several dinner recomendations and while I know it is common for this to be an arraingment between the two businesses rather than an actual great place, that is up to you to visit the recommended restaurent, check it out, have a look at the menu etc. We found two great places through the hotel, and several on our own. The Hotel has a bar just off the front desk that opens at 5. Nice little place with a great bartender. Expensive, as are drinks anywhere in Rome. (except wine) Vodka cocktail was 12 euro, (about 15 bucks) Although I had a few there, I also went round the corner and bought a whole bottle for about the same price as one drink. The room we had was on the second floor and was a "standard room", they do have an upgrade which was a little bigger. Our room was fine and actually was one of only three or four that have a small balconey, which we found great. Bed was a little hard, TV was pretty limited for english, and the shower was extremly small. Basically a tub/shower, but short and very narrow. You are definetly showering solo here :) --- Must say however, very clean, good water presure and hot!!
Found the location to be very good. About a 15 minute walk from Termini station, the main train station, a Metro stop a block away, buses, taxi very plentiful. Also found the area very busy and safe both during the day and during the evening. We were out as late as 10 or so after dinner and found no issue at all with the people out and about. The actual Termini Station area, as I said about 15 minute walk away was a little sketchier.....the area around the hotel was fine, in fact 2 very high end hotels, St Regis Grand, and The Bernini are within a block. Many restaurents within a 10 minute walk in any direction and we walked to many major attractions. Trevi Fountain was about 15 minutes, and we walked to the Colosseum which was about 35-40 minutes but worth it because we saw so much along the way. You can take the Metro back. There is a Metro Station accross from the Colosseum, and one a block from the hotel.
Would highly recommend this hotel based on comfort, value, staff, and location.
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