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“IQ Hotel - Rome October 2013” 5 of 5 bubbles
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iQ Hotel Roma
Ranked #21 of 1,291 Hotels in Rome
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“IQ Hotel - Rome October 2013”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

The IQ Hotel in Rome is new and spacious. The staff is very friendly and helpful. With only one exception, this is a great place to stay while in Rome.
From Termini Station, it is a eight block walk or a short taxi ride. Just four blocks East and Four blocks North, directly across from the Rome Opera. ( If you walk, you will see many others dragging luggage and clutching maps in the same area.)

The lobby is very large and spacious and 100% modern. Furniture is new and comfortable. They have a lobby micro-bar with top shelf beverages at reasonable prices (see photo).

The rooms are large with a very firm, but comfortable bed. A room refrigerator is provided. Ice is available on every floor with 16 ounce sized ice buckets. Vending includes coffee, sandwiches, soda and water.

The fifth floor vending also includes a wine and beer vendor (see photo). Multiple varieties of both red sand white wines as well as beer are available. Our favorite was a Chardonnay at 7 Euros.

This hotel has an inordinate amount of space provided for customer enjoyment. A relatively large gym is on the 1st floor above the ground level. It contains a sauna (hot). The center courtyard is large. Smoking areas are provided overlooking the courtyard on each level. The fifth floor Breakfast Room (10 Euro) can hold more than 50 people and has a fantastic selection of American and European breakfast selections. Two self-service espresso machines are here. Also, on the fifth floor is an outdoor patio covering around one half of the roof area. Tables and comfortable lounges are there for guests to enjoy the drinks from the close nearby wine/beer vendor. A very popular place for guests.

Many restaurants with street seating are just a half block away. A McDonalds is only one block North near a bus stop. A subway stop id just two blocks away.

The only distraction I could find was a tuba player practicing scales at the Rome Opera that is directly across the street. It is amazing how many hours and days a person can play the same thing to achieve excellence. If possible, ask for a room away from the Opera entrance area.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

Great location for the Termini and Metro, clean and modern, nice breakfast, very quiet and we enjoyed our stay.

Negatives, our room was smaller than expected (standard double) as we struggled to walk between the bed and the desk, no bath, I am fairly sure there wasn't any air conditioning as it only seemed to have heat, no tea and coffee making in the room and the small TV had only Sky international news and BBC news that was watchable (the few others kept breaking up).

Don't get me wrong, I would stay here again, but its an expensive 4* plus hotel which shouldn't have these shortcomings.

Room Tip: If the small double is smaller than the standard double avoid the small as our standard room wasnt t...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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RomeGR, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at iQ Hotel Roma, responded to this review, 6 November 2013
Dear Guests,

We are glad to read in your review that you have enjoyed so many aspects of our Hotel and that you might be returning again.

Coming to your negative points, we are sorry to learn about them only now. Having been brought to our attention at the time of your stay it would have been our immediate concern to look into them. Unfortunately, we could not locate your reservation so we can only to clarify your notes for our future customers.

Room: please note that all our rooms are thoroughly described on our selling websites. These feature pictures, sizes and room setting per room type. Moreover, our front office staff is available 24h a day for any further query clients might have. We highly values our Guests’ business therefore we want you to book the room which bests suits their needs.

Bathtub: please note that standard rooms may come either with a bathtub or a shower. Since not all the standard rooms have a bathtub we cannot guarantee it at the time of booking, however it will be our care to take not of any particular request and in case a room with the requested feature will be available at the time of check-in we will be very glad to assign it to you.

Air conditioning: kindly note that this was perfectly functioning throughout October. It is very import to us to learn immediately of our Guests needs; in fact, having known about this distress at the time, it would have been our care to check the room system and in case offer an alternative solution to ease the discomfort.

Tea and Coffee facilities: kindly note that nowhere on our websites we describe these as a room feature, the reason being that, although many Guests have started to expect this item in the room, it would differ from iQ’s very concept of “no frills” type of accommodation. An alternative to this facility is offered on the last floor of our building, where a hot water dispenser can be found.

TV channels: please note that all our rooms feature a flat screen TV which is considered of normal size for the width of the rooms offered. As for the English speaking channels, we have 12 different ones which are available for free. As for the “breaking up”, as for the air-conditioning, no other Guests had reported this problem, however having know about it we would have sent immediately our shift engineer to check it.

Rates: we would only like to confirm that not only our rates tend to be in line with those of our competitors and vary according to the season, but also that our rate policy takes into consideration our own concept in order to always offer the best value in quality/rate ratio.

We hope that we have clarified some points; for any further assistance or query we are available 24h a day to answer your questions.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

We stayed in Rome in September 2013 - My wife and I, Two sons and their Wives and five Grandchildren. IQ Roma Hotel was perfect. The receptionists at the desk were very polite, kind and helpful. The Hotel was clean, new, and breakfast was wonderful. The location was perfect. Close to all the main sights. Our guide, Daniela, arranged go to the head of the line tickets. These tickets enabled us to see Vatican and the Coliseum without waiting. Daniela was wonderful....we want to adopt her! She was pleasant, well-informed and very accommodating. We were able to see all the sights listed on our schedule. She selected good places to eat....especially Gelato facilities for the grandchildren!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Athens, Greece
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013 via mobile

Trying to look for a hotel in rome that is clean new,cheap and close to the historical center?
Then this is the hotel for you!
If you want a classic style hotel with courtins bed and furniture from the 50s (usual for rome)then dont read further!
The hotel rooms maybe small but super practical staff is very polite ice mashine and hot water mashine super plus!
This hotel is just clever for people that dont want to spend huge amounts of money on shabby old style hotels where Rome is full of them!
Thank you IQ you saved us

Stayed October 2013
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JVAW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

We recently stayed here for 2 nights upon a friend’s recommendation. It was a very nice, clean modern hotel. It was unfortunately not easy to find via a rental car—try and find your way to the opera house. If you go via Taxi you will find it easily, if you go via the train just head to the opera house it is directly next to it…basically on top of it—we could hear musicians tuning up –but only for a moment it was a VERY quite hotel! You would never know you were sleeping in the middle of such a busy city. The lobby is clean and there is a bar, security is very good. The rooftop was a lovely touch, just a quiet place to sneak up to have a glass of wine or beer. The beverage vending machine sold it all…wine, beer, water, etc…perfect! I would stay here again—booked via hotels.com and saved a lot of money vs. going to the hotel website. Great big closets, a nice little balcony flat screen tv—I recommend a double—gives you a lot of space more like a US hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013 via mobile

We have booked 4 nights in Rome at iQRoma. What a great find this hotel has been. The rooms are very modern, with spacious bathrooms and our room overlooks the Teatro Della Opera. It's a 5 min walk to the Termini, and a 10-15 min walk to major attractions. The breakfast on the rooftop is great, lots of choices. There is a laundry, gym, business qcentre and ice as well as vending machines in case you have forgotten something. Free wifi throughout. When I return to Rome, I will definitely stay here again.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

If you are after a romantic, luxury hotel slap bang in the middle of Rome with amazing views over the historic centre, a swanky cocktail bar and restaurant, room service, turn down service and porterage then this is not the hotel for you. However if, like us, you were after a clean, modern hotel offering all that you could need, no more and no less, with easy access to public transport and a good value (EUR10) plentiful breakfast to set you up for a busy day's sightseeing then you can't go wrong with the iQ hotel. My partner and I travelled with my 76 year old mum who, although very fit, probably wouldn't have appreciated walking to the main sights (20 mins to the Colosseum, 45 minutes to St Peter's) five days in a row. However Termini station is a five minute walk away with tubes and buses to take you where you need to go (elbows at the ready - leave that London Underground politeness behind!). We found all the staff to be friendly, polite and helpful, creating a really relaxed atmosphere with no pretensions. Rooms were spotlessly clean and my partner always breathes a sigh of relief when I give top marks to the bathroom, which I definitely did in this case. There are vending machines for anything 'extra' that you may need and judging by the photos on this site, the wine & beer vending machine is perhaps one of the most photographed sights of Rome! It was lovely to sit up on the roof terrace in the sunshine enjoying a prosecco after a busy day in hot, crowded but beautiful Rome. Believe the excellent reviews on this site - we are certainly glad that we did. If I had one small criticism it would be that the air conditioning was at times a little too cold, but rather too cold than too hot. I would recommend this hotel and would return to it if I am ever lucky enough to get the opportunity to revisit Rome.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front have balconies and a view of the Opera House.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TheSGB
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Property: iQ Hotel Roma
Address: Via Firenze, 8, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #21 of 1,291 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — iQ Hotel Roma 4*
Number of rooms: 88
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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