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Hotel Artemide
Ranked #8 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

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

Room Tip: We booked a twin, but got upgraded to a Triple superior... this gave us more space, the 3rd bed was...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

The hotel itself was really nice and the buffet breakfast was good. However, the service was pretty average. For example I called down for dry cleaning, they told me to put it in the bag in the cupboard with the completed form to be picked up the next day, I did this, but they didn't ever come and pick up my dry cleaning so I had to find a dry cleaner myself which was time consuming and expensive. In addition to this, the staff weren't particularly friendly or helpful when we were trying to find things to do and places to eat or go.

Room Tip: The shutters in the room were fantastic because it blocked out the light and some of the noise. It w...
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RomeGR, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Artemide, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2012

Dear guest,

Thank you for your review on our property. We are sorry to hear that you felt let down by our service, particularly the laudry/ dry cleaning service.
We would like to take the opportunity to explain how this service works and, in doing so, try to understand what might have happened in this particular situation.
In every room at Artemide, a folded plastic bag with a form next to it, can be found inside the cupboard. We ask our guests to place the garments they want cleaned inside this bag and to fill in the form with the number and nature of these garments. The bag should then be left in a visible place outside the cupboard. This is because, in order to respect our guests privacy, none of our housekeeping team members would open and look inside a closed cupboard. Even if the door was left open, the housekeeper would have closed it and cleaned on the outside.
Now, we can only guess that in this particular situation, you called the front-desk after 21.00, when all members of housekeeping are gone for the day, otherwise we would have sent a housekeeper to the room straight away to collect the bag, as the normal procedure. Probably the staff member you spoke with didn’t explain the procedure clearly enough and you understood you should leave the bag inside the cupboard. Then again, unfortunately we can only guess, as we are unable to know exactly what happened.
We apologise for the inconvenience this misunderstanding might have caused you. We can assure you we’ve already spoken to those in charge of this service as well as the reception, to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.
In what regards the friendliness of our staff, please allow us to say we were surprised to hear of your experience. As you can see from other reviews, our guests are generally pleased by our staff welcoming manner and willingness to go out of their way to accommodate their needs and wishes. We wish you’d have given us some more information so we could investigate further into this matter.
We would most definitely be glad to see you again at Hotel Artemide and welcome you with the exceptional service we are so proud to offer all our guests.

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Reviewed 31 January 2012

We spent a weekend in Rome, two nights in Artemide hotel. We had a spacious room, with comfortable bathroom. The breakfast was very good. And the location! It is close to ancient Rome, just a few metres from metro station if you want to visit Vatican City. It is very easy to walk to most of interesting places.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Stayed here for a number of nights in January and found the experience to be a very positive one. The staff was more than helpful and even went to the trouble of leaving Champaign and fruit in our room to mark my wife's birthday. This gesture was most appreciated; initially I considered taking the credit for arranging this but in fairness I must acknowledge the attention to detail by the hotels management for this initiative. I have no hesitation in recommending the hotel as ideal location for exploring Rome. Breakfast was first class and really set one for for the day.
The hotel is ideally situated being only 5 mins walk from the Rome Termini which provides an efficient train transfer from the airport.
From the hotel the ancient part of Rome can be reached on foot in 15 mins while the metro and bus service is available for those who decide against walking. The Vatican can also be reached using either the metro or bus from just up the road. We booked the vatican tour online and were simply amazed by the knowledge and enery of the guide, great value. The Roma card was also good value as it enabled us to avoid the long lines around the sites.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

This is the hotel you should book in Rome!

I have already reccommended it to so many people. It is close enough to walk to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and we walked back from the Colosseum. Walking is the only way to see Rome! It is close to an underground station that we took to go the Vatican. It was only 1Euro per person. The breakfast was nice, esp the capichino, and the roof bar was a lovely way to spend our last evening. The staff were friendly and helpful and reception gave us an easy to use map to use that we used all the time.

In the room, the windows opened (I love fresh air in hotel rooms) and when thery were shut we couldn't hear any outside noise. The TV had some english news channels, the free items in the mini bar were so useful. We took all the water and little biscuits with us to eat on our days out.

Dont waste any more time thinking where else to stay... Book it! :)

Room Tip: I requested a quiet room, and they helped us by putting us at the end of a corridor on a high floor.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

Recently returned from Rome where my wife and I stayed for 3 nights in Artemide Hotel. Located 5 minutes walk from Termini station which is the drop off point for trains and buses from the airport. Check in at hotel was quick and friendly and we were pleasantly surprised when on arrival in our room , there was a welcome note and a lovely bottle of Chanti. The room was not overly big , but this is normal with European cities , and the double bed was King size and very comfortable. The mini bar is free and contains 2 cans of beer , 4 bottles of water and 2 cans soft drinks. There is also tea/coffee making facility in room. Breakfast was exceptionally good , with great choice of hot and cold meats , cereals etc. The main restaurant which serves dinner , is located on the 7th floor balcony and during the day it also offers a coffee /bar facility from there which is a beautiful location with the sun shining onto the rooftop . We decided to walk to the various sights and they were accessible as follows : Colliseum 10 mins, Trevi Fountain/Spanish Steps 15 mins and we reached the Vatican in 45 mins. If at all possible I would recommend walking around Rome , as you see so much more this way. I would have no complaints at all about this hotel , staff were all very friendly and helpful , room was very comfortable and location was perfect , being on Via Nazionale and very close to Termini Station. Would certainly recommend to anybody travelling to Rome.

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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We have just returned from a long weekend at the Artemide Hotel and could not fault it. The hotel is ideally located to explore all the sights of Rome, we were able to walk everywhere and did not use the bus or train once! The hotel is in easy walking distance of the main station when you arrive from the airport too. On arrival, we were a little early to check in but were offered a complimentary drink in the hotel bar (a lovely and peaceful setting at the top of the hotel) whist our room was being prepared which took less than 30 minutes. All of the hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The room was very comfortable and came with little extras such as a complimentary mini bar which is very refreshing as most hotels charge a fortune for this! Breakfast had a large selection and was plentiful. We would most definately stay at the hotel again on a return trip to Rome and would happily recommend it to anyone as the hotel of choice there. We had a lovely stay which helped to make our weekend exploring Rome a fantastic experience!

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Address: Via Nazionale, 22, 98043 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Rome
#2 Spa Hotel in Rome
#2 Business Hotel in Rome
#4 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#5 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £142 - £378 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Artemide 4*
Number of rooms: 91
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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