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Hotel Artemide
Ranked #8 of 1,267 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Just stayed two nights in this wonderful hotel. All the previous posts explain it well so I won't repeat. It was better than I expected. The hotel online photos don't do it justice. You will enjoy it here.

Ok so if you are travelling with younger children here are some tips.
1. This time of the year Roma is hot. I saw loads of people with red skin walking around. So pack the sunscreen, hats and even bring a small umbrella. The street vendors are selling them as they know people need them in this heat.

2. The walk to the Colosseum is the hottest and most challenging, so book a night tour instead if possible. We walked from the hotel around 9.30am and by the time we arrived and with the 20 min long queue the kids had already had enough. The cost per person is 8 euro, this covers the 3 venues, ie the Colosseum, the adjacent Forum and the Palatine hill and once you buy the ticket, it is valid for one visit within 24 hours. So you can buy the ticket the day you arrive and then just fly past the queues the next day. We downloaded a couple of audio apps before we came, so we didn't need a guide to take us around. But there are dozens of guides who will approach you near the base of the colosseum if you prefer to go that way and its not a huge extra cost for this service. It's just that a few years ago I took a guided daytime tour and I found it a bit long winded and sometimes hard to hear what the guide was saying. So after half an hour I quietly snuck away and did my own walk.

2. Take a break from the heat and pre-book from home the Tour of Palazzo Valentini, Domo. It's not too far from the Colosseum (about 7 min walk). I won't tell you too much, as it might spoil your fun, but the kids and we adults really loved it. You can find it listed here on Trip advisor as a great venue to visit.

3. The fountain of Trevi was our first place to visit. It's about 10 mins walk from the hotel, and tucked down inside some little lanes. If you look carefully you might notice some small street signs pointing you to it. We arrived around 9am and there was a crowd of maybe 100 people, which is ok, we got loads of family pics. Our tourists will happily take your pic if you do the same for them. But the following day we returned at 3 pm and the throng of people was so thick that we could barely keep an eye on each other. So go early or later at night.

4. I contemplated bringing a stroller, and in the end decided against it, but in fact I saw a few mums and kids getting around everywhere in Rome. You can even go inside the Colosseum with it. So if you need it, I say bring it along.

5. Villa Borghese was my kids most favourite venue. If you walk to the top of the Spanish steps and walk up the hill (about 8 mins) you will arrive at the most beautiful view of the city from here. Walk 20 meters and hire a 4 sweater bike. We paid 12 euro and got the 3 seater, but the front basket we sat our 6 year old. She was so excited to be sitting on the front. We cycled for one hour all around the park and even through the main road over to the other park. This was a fantastic way to stay out of the sun and have some fun family time. Beware, the public toilets were hard to find, so I suggest you buy a drink and sit in the lovely garden cafe near the carousel and use their toilets. Actually the public toilets in Rome eluded us, we had to hold on for hours at times. I was told later that Bars must provide toilets for public use. So on one occasion I went inside a bar and asked dove il bagnio? Pronounced doveh il banio, and was told to go upstairs. Their toilet smelled so disgusting we decided to taxi it back home.

5. I read that the Vatican museum queue was better in the afternoons, so we trotted over there at 4pm and found that the last intake is around 3pm. So we missed out. Don't try to walk it like we did with the kids, it's too much, just get a cab. It will cost you about 14 euro in heavy traffic.

6. The hotel told us about the Green line hop on hop off bus, so we booked it thru the hotel but had to pay the driver in cash direct. It says the bus takes credit card, but they refused it. Family of 4 for two days costs 80 euro. Not worth two days and don't take this bus line. The bus stop is far from this hotel and the company is less than friendly. They drive straight past the great venues, so you have to be very fast with your camera. also my audio didnt work properly. Yes children under 5 are free but the bus guides bark at you that your child must sit on your lap for the entire trip. I saw a red bus all over Rome. You should hop on and buy a 24 hour ticket, it's a nice way to see the city. But take note that they don't operate at night and the top of the bus is partially covered so it can get hot on top but even more hot on the bottom.

Hope this helps you a little.

Enjoy Roma xx

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I had great time in Rome and in Artemide hotel. It is on major street, close to the train station and walking distance to many attraction. The employees of this hotel are amazing, especially the front desk and breakfast crews. In summary:

The good:
- Good location, with easy access to the airport by train
- Close to many good restaurants
- Great service at front desk, they will really help you with any arrangements and reservations
- Breakfast is heavenly and includes lots of options
- Free minibar that includes water, juice and soft drinks, restocked daily
- Not a major chain

The ok:

- Rooms are quite small and you will most likely not a get a great view
- The price was paid was way too much, but hey, you live only once
- We did not at all enjoyed one recommended restaurant, all others were fine

I really suggest you take the “Vespa” tour. We had an awesome time.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

My fiancé & I were very impressed with the location & standard of the hotel. Just a short walk from the main train station of Republica, we were able to walk to all the archeological sights in Rome. The hotel staff were friendly & very helpful. We'll be back!

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Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

My husband and I recently stayed at the Hotel Artemide for 5 nights for our first trip to Rome. They gave us a beautiful room on the 4th floor with a beautiful balcony overlooking Via Nazionale. There was a bottle of red wine with a nice card for us since we were celebrating our birthdays while there. The rooms have a mini bar which is FREE and that was a wonderful bonus (juices, pop, beer, water bottles). It was restocked everyday. Our bathroom was huge and had a jacuzzi tub. The room itself was very big given European standards. The hotel was very quiet too! The best part of the hotel was the awesome breakfast! The breakfast buffet was incredible! Hot items and cold with very healthy and fresh options. The wait staff was exquisite as well meeting our every need. They even walked around offering fresh ricotta. It was delicious. There is a nice rooftop bar/restaurant as well. It's located on a nice street with many shopping and eating options within walking distance. It's located in the city center so we walked to many of the top attractions including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon (do not leave Rome without seeing this) and many others. Too far to walk to Vatican City but it's a quick cab ride. There is a nice little restaurant a few blocks down from this hotel called Ristorante Petrucci- the food was absolutely delicious and a must go to. The hotel arranged a nice airport transfer for us as well. Bottom line is you can definitely find cheaper hotels than this in Rome but this is a beautiful hotel that was well worth the extra money. Glad we picked it.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

The Artemide is a fantastic hotel in central Rome. The only way to see Rome is by foot and once you find your way around, everywhere is within reach. The rooms are all clean and well serviced (the inclusive mini bar was welcome after a long day too!). The roof top bar and restaurant provides wonderful views and a great place to chill out. My only hesitation in recommending the Artemide is that everyone will go there and we will struggle to book in next time!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Reasonably central location, comfortable, air conditioned rooms and a great daily breakfast included, make this a sensible choice for a Rome hotel. Not quite up to the four stars it boasts however . . .

The service is irregular - great on the front desk but inconsistent in the rooms and the upstairs restaurant. Bathroom facilities are somewhat below expectations with an inadequately shielded shower (that ends up with water on the floor) and no face cloths or bathrobes provided. And the mattresses are less comfortable that should be expected.

But for a limited stay - and the promotion that was in force at our stay (of three nights for the price of two), this is an adequate hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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RomeGR, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Hotel Artemide, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2013

Thank you for your stay here with us and we are glad that over all you found our hotel a good choice. However, we are rather baffled by the reasons you have provided as to why we are not 4-star material.

Firstly, we would just like to point out that we have been judged as a 4-plus star hotel. We are sorry if you felt that this establishment was not up to our rating, but perhaps you are not well acquainted with the national hotel standards. As we have already gone into detail on the 4 star rating system, we will not do so here. Let us simply say that we meet all the requirements but go out of our way to provide more services and “goodies” that are not required of a 4-star hotel. As proved by the majority of our past guests’ review, our high standing is heavily based on the quality of our service and our attention to the needs and requests of our guests, making our service more personal and welcoming. We do this to make our guests’ stay more pleasant rather than to get a rating.

So we were glad to hear that you met this standard of service at least with our Reception staff and that you appreciated our lovely breakfast spread. However, when you say that the service was “inconsistent in the rooms and the upstairs restaurant,” we are unsure what this exactly means. That the service of our housekeepers was not as pleasant? Or that people who helped out somehow in your room (maintenance, room service from the restaurant, or floor service), did not provide such excellent service? As we are unsure what service in your room, we are unable to respond. However, apart from the maids who are always cheerful though not always having a masterly grasp on the English language, our staff is trained in all areas to provide our highest level of customer service-this includes the restaurant staff.

As for the other particulars, if we had been made aware of them as they were happening, there was a solution for all! We would have sent up a member of our maintenance team to investigate your splashing shower (as that is not up to snuff and must be controlled anyway); washcloths are available upon request; bathrobes are found in the Superior class rooms, but can easily be procured by asking our Reception if so desired; the mattress, if firmer than preferred, may be softened with a memory foam pad. One has but to ask and we will do the possible to accommodate your whims and preferences!

We thank you once more for your feedback as it helps us always to perfection the stay we offer guests, giving us an idea of what our guests think about certain aspects of their stay with us. Furthermore, we are able to tell our future guests the answers to all the questions that you did not ask.

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Reviewed 27 July 2013

My family and I stayed at this hotel for four nights at the start of our two week Italian getaway. No other hotel in the remainder of our travels compared. Every staff member is focused on your needs. They are very genuine in their efforts. I spent 10 years in sales for a large U.S. based international hotel chain and am rarely, if ever, impressed by the service at any property so this is a rare review for me. You will begin your day with a wonderful breakfast that will keep you going until dinner (with a gelato and cafe mixed in throughout the day). The true gem of this property is the breakfast manager Pasquale. We were 4 people, 2 adults and 2 teenagers so we booked 2 rooms. The rooms are clean with great amenities. We were able to walk to all the special tourist attractions.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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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 Business Hotel in Rome
#2 Spa Hotel in Rome
#4 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#5 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £146 - £388 (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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