Booked for 5 nights,as part of a British Airways city break. Had picked out the hotel after looking at previous reviews and was pleased to find it on the BA web-site.
Got the Leonardo Express train from Fiumicino Airport very easily at 14 Euros each. Arrived at Termini Station after about 30 minutes. Walked to hotel, by heading straight out the front of the Termini building and across coach station area, to the Repubblica building, then left into Via Nationale. The hotel was a few metres down on the left-hand side, very easy to find. It took about 15 minutes.
Had booked 2 comfort rooms for husband and me and 2 adult sons. Rooms were next to each other, as requested, on the first floor,103 and 104.
Modern rooms with plenty of storage and very comfy large beds. Air con, lighting, furniture, facilities, double glazing, in room safe were all excellent. No problems with noise inside or out, although you could open window if you wanted to hear the city noise. Free mini bar set us up with drinks each day and a few snacks to top us up.
Breakfast choice was good, (sausages were lovely) and although quite busy most days the longest we waited was about 10 minutes on one day only.
The rooftop restaurant can be reached by walking through the bar area which has formal and comfy seating. The restaurant itself has indoor and outdoor seating. Best to book if you want to have meal in restaurant outside as it's quite small and gets booked up. Menu is fine dining and the meals we had were delicious. My husband particularly liked the artisan ale they served in the bar.
There is a lounge area downstairs with complimentary self service coffee and we enjoyed a couple of evenings there watching the World Cup!!
Free Wi-fi was good and access to PC downstairs no problem.
A few negatives - more shelving would have been useful in the bathroom to put your own toiletries on - fresh milk in room for tea and coffee would have been nice as, there is already a fridge and the long life milk pots aren't very nice - web-site gives the impression there is a cafe, there isn't and when we asked, on our first night, having arrived quite late, if we could order bar snacks we were told there was restaurant food only - I didn't enjoy breathing in another guests cigar smoke one evening when sat in the bar area - It is a long way to go to get a drink from the bar, which is on the 7th floor with access by a lift in one part of the hotel - service in the restaurant could be a bit slow and on one occasion our order for drinks was forgotten - complimentary newspaper for English is only Financial times.
The location is excellent, about 20 mins from most things and shopping in Via Nationale is quite good, with a Spar across the road. We walked everywhere, including all the attractions - Colosseum (make sure you book, queuing is horrendous), Spanish steps (swarming with sellers selling cheap rubbish and trying to force roses into your hands), Trevi Fountain (don't bother covered in scaffolding), High St shopping in Via del Corso (very good), the Pantheon (amazing). We even walked to St Peter's which was probably about a 45 min walk and took advice and arrived there at about 4.30pm to avoid the queues. Entrance to Basilica is free although there was still a short security queue. There is a charge and long queues to go to the top of the dome and the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums.
A couple of local restaurants were outstanding, Berzitello Restorante, in via del Quattro Fontane, just a few minutes from the hotel. We found a lot of the staff in the local shops and restaurants tend to play hard to get and it's a mission to get them to crack a smile, the staff in this place were so friendly and welcoming and the food was excellent. Similarly Est!Est!Est! in via Genova, a no frills place, but friendly and good food.
We had ice creams at the Gelato next to the hotel and at the artisan Gelato di San Crispino near Trevi Fountain, both were lovely.
We took the metro to Ostia Antica which is an ancient archeological site ( a bit like a small scale Pompeii). It took about half an hour to get there and was a nice trip away from the city's hustle and bustle. Nothing there for children though, but there are plenty of toilets and a cafe!
Check out and the return journey to the airport, back on the Leonardo Express were without incident, beware the youngsters at the termini who try to help you with tickets though, they are just after your money!
Can't wait to go back to the Artemide Hotel, a real haven after a long day sight-seeing.
- 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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