We spent just one night in this hotel, prior to our cruise, and chose it based upon its positive reviews and convenience to the Termini. Arriving at the hotel early afternoon, we stayed there until our departure the following morning, as we were exhausted from an early morning flight, and we had visited Rome on a few previous occasions, so felt no burning need to go and explore.
We had a pleasant balcony room overlooking the street below. Room decor was modern & tasteful with a mainly neutral colour theme. The bed was on the firm side, but that was to my taste, and overall it was comfortable, although ideally I would have preferred more than one pillow each. The pillows provided were comfy, however. The bed was covered with pristine white cotton bedding.
The bathroom was fantastic - modern decoration, tiled throughout and clean and immaculate - all of the grout was white and pristine! However it was a little strange how close the bidet is to the toilet opposite. The shower closet was great, and there was also a separate bath with shower over. However we felt it was a little penny-pinching that management only provided one loo roll. Without exception, in every other hotel we have ever stayed in, a spare loo roll is provided. Spares may have been available on request from reception had we asked (we ended up using travel tissues we had brought), but the point is that you shouldn't in fact NEED to call reception to ask.
The toiletry and miscellaneous vending machines were a great idea - an opportunity to purchase, at a reasonable price, anything you have forgotten or might need. The wine vending machine was an even better facility - bottles of wine at the cheaper end ranged from €5-7, half bottles were also available at €3.50. Bottles of champagne, alcopops & beer were available too.
The roof terrace was pleasant, but we had to shift position when a group of smokers arrived - perhaps there was a no-smoking section which we may have missed.
The internet speed was awful, which was very disappointing as my husband was relying upon it in order to carry out some last-minute work projects before embarking our cruise. Aside from Sky News, there were no English speaking TV channels.
The room was awfully hot at 25oC and it was much cooler outside - I asked my husband to call reception to find out if there was air conditioning, and if so, where it was located, but in the end he did not bother. I was glad that we were able to leave the balcony doors open.
The wardrobe was not wide enough - we had to swing our garments to face us before closing the wardrobe door - which was a bit strange but not a major problem as we were only staying one night before departing for our cruise. For travellers with lots of clothes to hang, it could prove an annoyance.
Don't rely on the room toiletries provided - in our room, there were two small bottles of bath foam provided, plus one shampoo, which was poor quality and left my hair in a tangled mess. No conditioner, and no shower gel. I actually broke my comb trying to drag it through my hair. A lesson learned, from now on I shall always bring my own toiletries regardless of the extra luggage weight added.
The blue 'Hotel IQ' logo mounted on our room wall looked slightly incongrous against the neutral decor (a nice art print might have been more attractive to look at) but I guess they feel the need to stamp their corporate identity on each room, in case any of the guests happen to forget where they are :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IQ is a 4-star hotel, with a twist! Located in downtown Rome, just a short 15 minute walk from the Trevi Fountain or the Colosseum and with Repubblica metro station just 200 metres away, hotels don't get much central than this. IQ guests enjoy free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel, a lovely terrace where to unwind overlooking the Opera House, and free access to our gym and sauna. We believe in tailor-made hospitality, so there are vending machines in virtually every floor, where you can buy yourself a bottle of wine, a pack of crisps, a tooth-brush or even an umbrella (not that you'll need it often!), All at very competitive prices. Now that you've found us... Welcome to a whole new hotel experience! IQ STAFF ... more less
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