Do not trust the website, the only thing that's been renovated here is the website itself - certainly not the rooms! The only way they could have got their 3-star rating is through bribery!
I saw this hotel on my company business travel website, when I called up to book I was given a much, much higher tariff than the one I was expecting. When I told them I was entitled to a special rate, they stated the one they had just quoted was indeed the "special" tariff, "just for you".
So I used my company website to book at the lower price.
Based on the photos on their website and the fact that it was 3-star, I expected a simple, unpretentious hotel. I do a lot of backpacking as well as business travel, so am used to a wide range of accommodation, but I was shocked to be shown to a tiny, smelly room which felt positively suffocating.
I asked to see other rooms: they all looked dusty, old, unclean, with peeling wallpaper and a suffocating smell of damp and dust.
I politely explained to the receptionist that I would be unable to spend the night there, and kindly asked to be given back my passport so I could leave.
The receptionist seemed to take this as a personal affront, getting very agitated and going from bullying to mocking to mildly threatening, saying it was too late and I would have to stay there now that I had booked with them, that I would be unable to find another room in the whole of Rome, that I could not leave until the manager had been called, etc etc etc.
I'm Italian but have lived abroad for so long that my accent may sound foreign to a Roman, however I am in no doubt that the guy's patronising attitude and language was also due to the fact that I'm female.
At this point I stopped being kind and polite and raised my voice demanding my passport back, then just left.
Luckily I knew another hotel 10 mins from there, a more expensive 4-star hotel, as it was past 11pm I decided to spend one night there and look for cheaper accommodation the next morning.
I later learnt from Roman colleagues that Via Nazionale is not a very good area for hotels and were not surprised by my experience.
Other details: to get to the Augustea you enter an anonymous-looking doorway which looks more like the entrance to a dodgy bar (or brothel); then you go up two flights of stairs covered in worn beige linoleum... definitely not 3-star standard. When I got to the lobby area, the receptionist was stretched on the sofa watching TV - I am convinced he had spent his evening leisurely passing wind because the smell of stale pooh hit me in the face -but I guess this bit of the experience was just bad luck.
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