The Hotel Artemide is on Via Nazionale which seems to be one of the few main straight roads in Rome, so we found it easily enough arriving late evening and walking down from the bus station (about 15 mins) for our 4 night stay in late October / early November. This was an excellent time of year to visit, with the weather still in the low to mid 20s (celcius), making the ice cream parlour which is immediately next door to the Hotel Artemide a bonus facility that compliments the hotel (albeit an unrelated business). Stepping off the buzzing street, we were immediately impressed by how peaceful the hotel foyer was and despite being around 11pm we were immediately checked in. All of the staff that we met at the hotel were really first rate. Our room with a window onto the central attrium was a modest size, but perfectly adequate, tastefully decorated and with all of the facilities you would expect. The free mini-bar was stocked with non-alcoholic drinks (see photo) and accompanied by other free snacks alongside the tea & coffee making facilities. This was replenished daily (sometimes twice) and we found we didn't need to buy any drinks to carry around with us during the sightseeing. Other reviews noted that the rooms were quiet and apart from the one night when the fire alarm went off accidentally (for about an hour when the staff seemed unable to turn it off) we had similarly uninterrupted night's sleep. That said, this must be a function of the room / bathroom configurations because one afternoon we very clearly heard someone in an adjacent room, presumably in the bathroom, telling their spouse the safe code in their room! There were plenty of nice touches, and the complimentary chocolates that appeared in our room one evening were welcome.
The breakfast was fantastic, with absolutely everything you could think of available, from half a dozen juices, through pastries, yoghurts, cereals, cooked breakfast, salads, pancakes, cakes, cheeses, cooked meats, fresh fruit, bread and rolls. The waiters were plentiful and provided coffee (the advice on ordering a double espresso and hot water from an earlier review was useful), tea etc, and kept pace with the turnover of guests clearing and re-setting tables promptly, so we never had to wait even at the peak time.
We were also given a complimentary drink voucher for the rooftop bar/restaurant and used it on our final day in the mid-afternoon - it wasn't too busy. This is a great way to see across the city and we also has a light meal whilst up there which was very good.
The location of the hotel was ideal for exploring the city, which we mainly did on foot. We booked the hotel as a combined flight and hotel through Lastminute, and whilst not what we would class excellent value compared to other cities in Europe, when you consider all of the plus points and read other reviews around Rome, it appeared to be good value for money.
4 stars because of the fire alarm incident, and a few areas where the room decorations are showing their age, but a close call for 5 stars.
- 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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- Hotel Artemide Rome