My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel on the 4th October 2013 for 3 nights on booking this hotel I was assured it was only a short journey to the centre of Rome we landed at ciampino airport to find that it was in fact around a hour away it then cost us 40 euro in a taxi not a great start to our trip we then were taken to the suburbs of Rome where this hotel is situated and I can honestly say the hotel is a totally random building to be situated in amongst such a rough and poor area however inside the hotel is very nice the staff on the other hand are not particularly the most helpful breakfast is between 7-10 other than between these hours no food or refreshments can be purchased AT ALL which is absolutely a absurd for a 4* hotel! We then ventured out in to the streets which was very dodgy and scary to say the least there are no bars restaurants nothing a tiny pizzeria that was it. Later our first day we decided to try and make our way to the city centre again on asking hotel staff they tried to be helpful but we were very confused on where exactly to go and resorted to asking a local on the street who spoke little English but kindly walked us to the bus stop we then took the 558 bus to subagusta then had to go on the underground to the stop termini on arriving we thought thank god a bit more biz and life but on wandering around were again disappointed and thinking is this it? On the Saturday we done the same trip back to termini and decided to take the open bus tour which I would 100% percent recommend to anyone visiting Rome we got to see all the sights main attractions and could hop off and on as many times as we wanted I would highly recommend hopping off at basstini there is so much to see in this area trevi fountain, pantheon, colluseum, beautiful cathedrals just tons in this area eventually we were enjoying our trip! But at the end of the evening had the dreaded treck back too the hotel so we couldn't just chill in the city centre and enjoy or even get a bit tipsy as had to keep our Whits about us for the journey back. On the trip back I noticed the metro went as far as basstini and even further still in to the city so by day 3 we were on bus then metro straight in to the heart of it all I feel had we been informed on where exactly to go from the beginning we could have had so much more out our time in Rome as side all my moaning Rome is a beautiful city and well worth a visit we had a great time (eventually) I just would never recommend staying at the artis far to far away they really need to make print outs detailing travel options too guests serve meals and have a bar that is actually open!
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