This was my friend and I's first time to Rome. When looking for hotels we were so overwhelmed as there are so many to choose from, and Rome is SOOOO vast that its nearly impossible to determine where it is to stay location wise. We chose Hotel Opera Roma (formerly Hotel Sonya) mainly for the price. Rome is incredibly expensive, and we decided to find a basic hotel that was clean and decent location, but try to keep it around $200 canadian a night. Hotel Opera was really the only one that fit our budget and from the pictures looked very clean, there were mixed reviews on location, but for the price, we booked it. When we arrived...the hotel went above and beyond our expecations. The hotel is AMAZING. The rooms are small...but who cares! They're modern looking, spotless, air conditioned, and very comfortable. The bathroom was spotless and the water pressure in the shower worked wonderful. Breakfast was included in the price. You walk into the breakfast room and the first thing you see is a friendly face asking you how you like your coffee. The lobby has two computers, and the hotel gives you free internet access which was such a blessing because we used it to email friends and family back home so we didn't have to use the phone.
The staff is undoubtedly the nicest people in ALL of Rome. Honestly, italians are rude. People are mean, and they mostly do not provide service with a smile. But at Hotel Opera...its so refreshing because they are soooooooo nice! If it wasn't for this hotel and our wonderful stay there, my overall trip to Rome would be just mediocre (because like I mentioned before, Italians are quite rude even at restaurants and major sites. Our food experience in most of rome was mediocre, which was so disappointing and everything is expensive!). So thank you to the staff for making my trip to Rome a little more memorable.
Before you arrive, make sure you email the hotel and ask for shuttle service from the airport. Its 15 euro one way for each person. You can take the train from the airport to the Termini and walk 10 minutes to the hotel OR from the termini take the metro to the 'Opera theater' stop and walk 3 minutes to the hotel from there for about 11 euro, but if you have lots of luggage...I don't recommend it. Arrange with your hotel a shuttle back to the airport while you're checking in so that you don't have to worry about a ride when you check out.
Location wise...this hotel in my opinion is GREAT! It was perfectly situated. Its about a 20 minute walk to the spanish steps, trevi fountain and collseum...but if you don't want to walk, then DON'T. The metro is only like a 2minute walk away, and for 4 euro a day, you can ride all day to where ever you need to go, Vatican, Colleseum, Spanish steps, trevi fountain, Termini Station...it will take you there in minutes. Its so easy to use! We never used a taxi not once our entire stay there. There was absolutely no need. The only time we walked was when we were out after 1am (metro stops running), even then, we didn't find the walk that bad, especially because we the hotel provides a map, which honestly is the best map ever. We never got LOST because of that map. Our first time finding our way around was a little difficult because there are no street signs in Rome! The street names are on the side of buildings which can be hard to make out, but after figuring our way around the first time, you just start to remember the routes, so the next time you walk back, its easy.
I liked that our hotel was central enough to be close to the major sites, but its nesteled on a tiny side street so that you're away from the hustle and bustle of the crazy Roman traffic. Me and my best friend are both female and we would be out walking about until 1-2am in the morning, and never felt unsafe. The neighborhood is not shady. That is why i think that is perfectly situated. I've seen hotels by the spanish steps and trevi fountain, and I'm glad that we did not decide to stay there because its way dirtier, shady and full of traffic and people, and the hotels look run down and old. I am very happy with where our hotel was situated.
There are restuarants and pubs around the hotel if you want something to eat nearby, but I can't really recommend any of them because I didn't really like the food nor the service at any of the places we tried, so go around and experience yourself, you may have a better experience than me. If you want AMAZING italian food for great prices and friendly service, I highly reccomend taking a day trip into Florence, you won't be sorry. The best italian food of our whole Italy trip!
So to sum up....STAY AT HOTEL OPERA! Even if it costs a little more, its worth it for the service and location!
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