My family and I stayed here for just over a week. The hotel itself is nothing special per se, but the staff make the place great! The rooms were small, but this is typical of the region. Despite the size, we were able to easily sleep all of us in the triple room. The taller people used the sofas, while the shorter used the beds. The beds were very stiff, and again, this is rather typical of the region. As it turned out, the sofa was actually fairly soft. The decor is a bit dated and all the walls are covered in a padded wall paper. The room itself on the third floor had plenty of light and both windows could be opened to allow in fresh air. Also, the AC unit worked VERY well. My kids wanted the room cold after walking around in 90+ degree Rome all day and the AC did not disappoint. The shower was okay, turns out that you need to get up early to get descent water pressure, but as we were early risers this was not too much of an issue.
Overall the rooms were fairly quiet, but our room only connected with one other room. When they used their shower, we could hear the sounds but that was about it. The rooms were very clean - no problems with any insects of any kind. The free WiFi was not great. Sometimes it was non-existent in the rooms, but seemed to always work in reception. After mentioning to the staff there was a WiFi problem, it was taken care of in minutes. However, even so, the reception in our room (316) was very poor. There was only one spot in the entire room (on the couch by the window) where we got full signal. Simply moving to a bed could lose the signal entirely!
The elevator is VERY small - only three people at a time and even then it can be a bit scary. Also, as many have already mentioned, the entrance is on the second level up about 35 stairs (no elevator to that level) so you need to carry your luggage. However,the desk staff is very willing to do this for you - even if you tell them you are fine. ;-)
Breakfast is okay as well. It is served from 7:30am - 10:00am. My kids absolutely LOVED the breakfast and I still don't quite know why. I found it to be adequate. I had pastries, ham and salami sandwiches each day as I am neither a fan of croissants nor cereal. Both of which the kids loved, so they must actually be good. Also, the fruit juices are WAY too strong. Mix them with about 75% cold water and it will taste about right. What food I did have at breakfast was tasty and filling.
The staff - simply amazing! These people deserve a five star rating. I've stayed at exclusive five star luxury hotels for work and the staff at this hotel rivals those at the luxury hotels. They are very friendly, speak many languages and can make absolutely fantastic dinner recommendations. They were also able to make suggestions on where I could get a massage after a long day of walking - btw: It was one of the best massages I've had. The staff is always there 24x7 to answer any question or to make something right. If not for the staff I would say this is just a three star hotel, but the staff really makes it something special.
The location is THE BEST! I've been to Rome a few times now... sometimes I have stayed outside the city and this time, with the kids, I wanted to be near the city center. Wow - just a fantastic location. Literally minutes from the main train station and metro lines (Termini) so no need for a cab from the airport, just take the train. It was easy walking distance to all of the main attractions including the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, shopping, dining, literally two blocks from the national museum, a few blocks from the Republic Plaza and about four blocks from the main metro lines. We were easily able to get to Vatican City, the Crypts, pretty much everywhere. The area is also VERY safe. I was able to walk dark alleys at night without any fear.
I highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling with kids or just plain anyone who is looking for a great hotel at a great price in a great location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Lirico is located close to Termini Railways Station, next to the Opera House - on the square overlook some our rooms. These are all air conditioned and furnished with wall fabrics, private bathroom, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, satellite TV Sky, safe and free WiFi access. Reception and Bar are open 24 hours. Is possible to organize guided tours, transfers fron/to Airport or Port, museums or restaurants reservations, rent a car/scooter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lirico Hotel Rome