We stayed here for three nights in the apartment booking it well in advance, I chose it as it was a bit different from all the normal run of the mill hotels, not a normal hotel. A few days before we where due to travel to Rome I received an email saying that we where being moved out of the apartment and into a normal sized room. We had specifically chosen the apartment so our daughter could have a separate sleeping area from us and would not be disturbed by us as she slept. Thankfully when I answered the email and protested they did back down and kept us in the apartment.
The location is great, it's a few minutes walk from the Republica Metro station and the bus stops for the tour buses are close to that also so they are easy to get to and there is also a taxi rank beside the fountain. There are plenty of bars/restaurants around the area so you wont go hungry. We also walked (with a 4 year old) to the Coliseum in around 40 mins, you could probably do it faster without a small child stopping to look at everything and take in the surroundings :) You can easily walk to the other big sight seeing locations from the hotel if you wanted to. We took the Metro to the Vatican Museum for an evening opening and it was cheap, clean and quick.
The hotel itself is behind the Moses Fountain, our taxi from the airport had no issue in finding it, provide the correct address and you should be OK. Don't be concerned if your taxi drives past the fountain and seems to be taking a longer than required route, the entrance is in a one way street so they need to go right round the block to get in the street.
This leads me to my only real complaint about the hotel. There is no reception and the door is secured with a keypad. You need to call the reception telephone number to get access, so do remember to take the phone number with you! They will give you the door code so you can at least get into the hotel building and wait either inside of on the terrace until someone arrives to show you to your room, around 10mins at the most. This is the one area they really need to improve upon.
Breakfast is served on the terrace and the selection is great with something everyone will like.
There is a free mini bar in the room with soft drinks, a snack selection and some alcoholic drinks. As we where in the apartment we also had a microwave, two ring induction hob and dishwasher.
As with other reviewers here I did find the hot water a bit temperamental and I am sure the water was hotter in the bath than in the shower. I did report it but not really given a satisfactory answer, however it was freezing and it was hot in Rome that week so I wasn't really bothered.
We where happy in the hotel, the location is great, although very busy the double glazing on the windows does a great job of muting the traffic noise so we slept well each night.
My only complaint is the situation with reception, they really do need a better system in place which would make the arrival a whole lot better.
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