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“Lovely staff, bathrooms need renovating”
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Kennedy Hotel
Ranked #1,029 of 1,261 Hotels in Rome
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
23 reviews
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“Lovely staff, bathrooms need renovating”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We used the Kennedy Hotel as our base while in Rome between our travels to Southern and Northern Italy. The staff were lovely. The first morning we stayed we had an early tour booked before breakfast started but they ensured we had a croissant to take away with us.

The hotel is located one street back for the train station which made travel north via train very easy. Even though it is close to the train station, you cannot hear the trains. It is also conveniently located near attractions.

Some rooms are nicer than others: Room 30 had a nice view of the street with little noise of passing traffic. However the shower over the bath didn't drain properly. Room 80 had a view of the park beside the hotel but this was marred by the rubbish piled by the side of the road. The internet in this room was slower than the others we stayed in. Room 144 only window was of the roof (not pretty). The bathroom was very narrow in this room. Not ideal if you're claustrophobic.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Where to start !!
The hotel is situated in an area of Termini station that is quite unsafe at night. Drug dealers, drunk bums and street people that are looking for problems and can be very noisy at night.

The room was disastrous. Spider webs were on the corners of the ceilings and specks of dust and other dirt was clearly visible all over the room and bathroom floors. The lock to our door was broken and the room couldn't be locked so we had to sleep with a chair blocking the room entrance.

We were staying at the top floor with apparently "best rooms", I can't even imagine how the "normal rooms" are if this is the case.

Service was non existent and the guy at the table had a take it or leave it attitude with everything we asked. I do want to point out though that the only positive thing about this place was the lady working there. I think she was the manager or something. She was really nice and helpful even though there was not much that she could do about the rooms.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Cannot believe how poor the service was at The Kennedy Hotel in Rome during our recent stay. We had booked through the recommendation of a travel agent and asked for a roll out for one night as we were catching with a friend during our stay for a few days. Had it all confirmed in emails from the manager of the hotel directly then when we got there the manager said it would be another full night's rate even though we had his previous advice in writing! He even screamed at us and demanded that our friend book her own room or leave and would not leave our room until she left. In over 20 years of travel have never ever experienced a hotel manager being so disrespectful, rude and just plain nasty! Couldn't believe he was standing there screaming at us! Know the Italians are passionate but he was over the top, unbelieveably rude and nasty and it was completely uncalled for. Whatever you do do not stay in this hotel - avoid it like the plague particularly Aussies who are just not used to being screamed at!

Room Tip: Do not book into this hotel! Rooms are poor; no lifts for your luggage and you have to drag your l...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Milwaukie, Oregon
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

We booked our stay at the Kennedy on the advice of a travel agent friend. There were 6 of us traveling together so we booked 3 rooms. The Kennedy is an older building and as such isn't as spacious and modern as some of the newer hotels, but for the price it was an excellent value! The rooms were comfortable; two of the rooms were larger then the one my wife and I were in (one had a desk and one had a couch), but ours was adequate. The rooms were clean and comfortable and had fast, reliable wifi connections which was important to us (we wanted to be able to stay in touch with friends and family back home and we wanted to be able to purchase tickets to local attrations via websites). But what really made our stay memorable was the staff.....they were friendly, helpful, and courteous! When we arrived two staff members came out on the sidewalk to meet our van, greet us, and carry our suitcases up to the lobby. They were always willing and able to recommend good places to eat, places to see, and fast easy ways to get to our destinations. They gave us maps and outlined travel routes to any of the places we were going; and the maps were detailed and inclusive of all the Rome area. Someone was always at the reception desk to greet us and ask if they could help us....in fact, at one point when we were on the sidewalk out front waiting for a taxi, one of the staff interceded on our behalf when one of the street vendors kept pestering us!

Room Tip: The rooms aren't all the same so ask to see your room. If it seems small....ask if they have som...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2013

Stayed here 1 night as part of a business trip. The hotel was quite cheap for Central Rome so I had low expectations.
My room was in JFK House which is across the road from the main hotel. I was in room 1 which looked brand new and the bathroom was gorgeous.
The man on reception was very helpful, recommending places to eat and lending us an umbrella as it was raining.
The hotel is about a 15 min walk to the colosseum and there are plenty of amenities nearby.
Breakfast was ok too for the price.
Overall a good stay.

Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Me and My wife had this place booked for us by our travel agent and I have since told the travel agent never to send anyone here again. Firstly the location was great but that is where the good stuff ends. When we first walked in the door there are 2 flights of stairs you have to walk up my wife is a samll woman with a 30 kilogram bag the staff saw her struggling and even though they were not bust no one offered any assistance. We asked for a map of the city and we were handed a map with no marking were our hotel was. When we got to our room it was very humid we asked about the air conditioning and they said they had lost the controls. The bed was hard as a rock and the pillows might as well been non exsistent for how flat they were we had to get the spare blanket to prop our heads up. The whole stay the staff were completely unhelpful and acted like they did not want to be there. If the hotel was not pre paid we would have gone somewhere else.

IA 3 star hotel this was nothing more thatn a a big backpackers plese no one go here it was just awful.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2013

I had just come from a wonderful cruise with an old friend and was booked by a travel agent for 2 nights in Rome. We were too tired to leave the place and for two nights it wasn't worth the trouble. Our room was small with a tiny bathroom we hardly could turn around in. It had mold on the walls, a wobbly old sliding door on the shower stall that was difficult to move. Light bulbs were burned out in the bathroom and next to one of the twin beds. There were bars on our third floor window. We were doubly sure to find the stairs in case of fire. We experienced three rather unconcerned men at the desk who always said they couldn't deal with problems because there was no one to cover the desk. Someone finally replaced the florescent bulb in the bathroom, but my friend was handed 2 different bulbs for nex to her bed neither of which was the right fit. The street outside was littered with paper etc. There were lots of young men on motor scooters loitering outside and junky shops in the neighborhood. I took pictures and sent them with a letter to the travel agent, but don't know how to send photos over internet.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Kennedy Hotel
Address: Via Filippo Turati 62-64, 00185 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,029 of 1,261 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Kennedy Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically located in the center of Rome, Kennedy hotel is among Termini Station and St. Maria Maggiore Basilica. The hotel overlooks the Roman Aquarium, now House of Architecture, and it offers a panoramic view on the neighboring garden with archeological parts of Roman Walls of the King Servio Tullio, 578 to 539 b.C. In a historical building of 18th century, Kennedy Hotel has 51 rooms and 2 Junior suites perfect for families. Wifi internet connection in available in the entire establishment. All the bedrooms are individually furnished according the original architecture harmonizing comforts and hospitality. Rooms are refurbished and soundproof, and they are well equipped with air conditioned, tv satellite and telephone. Tasty buffet breakfast is served from 7,15 till 9,45 and there are two lobby rooms and a small international library. At disposal of all clients a baggage store room. WI-FI internet connection FREE OF CHARGE ... more   less 
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