This was our first visit to Rome for me and my son aged 16. It was our cultural trip and we stayed 3 nights at Artemide after doing a lot of research into hotels, location and attractions.
This is a great hotel!... it is on Via Nazionale which is like Oxford Street/Knightsbridge in London, a lot of shops, fashion and restaurants on side streets. It's also 5-10 minutes’ walk from the main train station with a direct line to Fiumicino airport and where all the buses and coaches come in too from both of Rome’s airports.
I recommend you take the coach from the airport not Rome... A company called Terravision charge €4 each way, it is the cheapest way (train is about €14 each and takes 30 minutes, taxi €40) and takes 45 minutes. They leave every 30 minutes. You can buy a return ticket for €8 there, or you pay €6 if you wait to buy it at the Rome end coming back.
We flew with Alitalia from Heathrow and it was good flight times and all-round good flight, they serve drinks and biscuit snacks, but don’t expect a hot meal. They have their own coaches that come back from Rome, which we used... that was €7 and it was less crowded than the Terravision one. (Their coach service is not well advertised)
You can get around Rome on foot, bus or taxi. We mostly walked and you can walk within 20-25 minutes from here to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps, and Trajan's market. Also 25-30 minutes or two tube-stops to the Coliseum, Palatine and Roman Forum (which are all in the same area). The No. 64 bus gets you to the Pantheon - which is a must-see in a very picturesque old square. You CAN walk to the Vatican City but it would be 30-40 minutes, or you can take the tube and get pretty close. Beware the queues for St Peters Square are MASSIVE... buy your tickets online FIRST. The last Sunday in the Month is FREE entry so it gets very busy with locals.
Unlike Paris and London getting around Rome is cheap... they are not out to rip you off... an All-day anywhere tube ticket is €4 per day... a ticket that lasts 75 minutes is just €1 to anywhere in the city. Buses operate similar all-day tickets which you buy from Kiosks or Newsagents, you CAN’T pay on the bus... we didn’t know this so we got a free ride un-wittingly, they don’t really check it’s too crowded. Watch your pockets on buses and tubes as when you are sandwiched in you are vulnerable to pick-pockets.
Attractions are also quite cheap to get into - average €8 per adult. Children are usually half-price OR FREE up to aged 18 if you are an EU citizen (take proof e.g. passport with you at all times). The Coliseum ticket is FREE for up to 18 and also gets you into the Palatine and Roman Forums and can be used over a 2 days period. We paid for the guided tour at €5 and it is well worth it!... don’t get scammed outside there are street sellers as you wait to go in selling “ticket tours” – they are NOT cheaper, and DON’T allow children in FREE either... buy your tickets INSIDE!
Restaurants are mainly small side-street very quaint (some quite basic in decor but with very good food) - prices can be high though, allow €30-€40 Euros per head, and ask at the hotel because some of the restaurants in the busy tourist areas are not great.
This hotel is very clean and well maintained and the staff are great. The rooms can be a little on the small side but are well equipped.. this is not un-typical though for an inner city hotel in a historic building. Rooms have free Wi-fi, tea/coffee, air-con, TV (only English channels are Sky News, BBC World and CNN but we weren't there to watch TV). The Minibar is FREE and restocked every day... you will find water, 2 cans of beer, and fruit just cartons in there. Our room also had free dressing gowns, and slippers. Beds are firm (very firm) - you either like that or you don't. Breakfast is buffet and pretty comprehensive, juices, fruits, yoghurts, pastries, boiled eggs, toast, even sausage and scrambled egg.
The Hotel has a roof terrace bar/restaurant which is lovely, and you get a voucher when you check-in for a free drink of Prosecco or Coffee. There are parasols and patio heaters up there and luxury wicker furniture.
Wear comfortable shoes... you will be doing a LOT of walking!
Overall a great place to stay for a cultural or shopping city break. Highly recommended.
Btw: We booked through Hotels.com
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hotel Artemide, your 4-star hotel in downtown Rome! Just a stone's throw away from the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum or the Spanish Steps, Artemide is right in the heart of Via Nazionale, a lively and bright street, with plenty of shops to choose from. Within walking distance of Termini Train Station and with the metro station Repubblica at just 100 metres, the Artemide Hotel is the perfect starting point for discovering the Eternal City. Free mini-bar and wi-fi connection in every room, and a fully-equipped gym are just some of the perks we offer our guests. Also, make sure not to miss the Artemís Spa to dedicate a moment for your well-being and enjoy individual or couples massages. And to complete the experience, don't miss the Ambrosia Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, on the 7th floor of the hotel, with its magnificent view over the Rome' skyline. ... more less
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