and, as it states in its title, the accommodation is basically a few rooms on the 3rd floor of a residential/business building on the via Condotti. The 'reception' area is a small passageway that leads into two of the rooms. It is not manned and on arrival I was met by a gentleman who I presume was the building manager - he gave me 3 keys to the main front entrance/reception and room entrance, a tel. no. to contact Pietro who is in charge of the admin. side of the rooms and that was it. I am not a stranger to Rome so as far as I was concerned this was fine but some people might find it a bit disconcerting. I was offered a map the next morning by the friendly maid who also pepared the breakast - she spoke very good English. There is a phone in the room and you just ring for the breakfast.
Taxi fare from the station is about 10 euros maximum, the red Linea A on the metro. takes you from Termini to Spagna (3 stops - in the direction of Battistini) and the via Condotti is right in front as you come out of the metro. station. Walk about 3/4 of the way down v. Condotti - entrance to building is on the left just opposite the Bvlgari store (the handbag, etc, store not the jewellery one).
My room overlooked the via Condotti (room 1) and had a Juliet balcony - it could get a bit noisy when Rome comes to life about 7.30am and also at night with the echoing of voices from the street below. If you're a light sleeper take your earplugs just in case! Also there was residual noise on one or two nights from the room above - people coming back at 12.30am - which was a bit annoying but nothing dreadful.
The rooms was very clean - tv and dvd player - fridge with two bottles of still water only provided but replenished - good for storing your own beverages. The monsoon-style shower was great - shampoo and soap provided. Bedlinen/towels were good quality and the bed was comfortable. There is a small lift in the building. I don't need to faff with the internet when I'm away so can't comment on that!
Breakfast consisted of croissants, toast, yoghurt, fruit juice and tea/coffee. All brought on a tray to the room - no complaints here.
This is an excellent base for exploring Rome and all the main sights are easily walkable from here. However if you need the reassurance of being advised where to go what to do i.e. which restaurants to eat at, which tours to go on, etc.. then you are not going to get that here and you are essentially 'on your own'.... my advice is to bring a good guide book and not to forget that map!!!
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