I stayed here for a week in May. First impressions of this place were not good. We had booked this hotel because it was described as being a 20 minute walk from the Roma Termini Train Station, which we imagined would also be fairly central. This was NOT true! We had a map and followed the most direct route to the hotel from the station. It took us 1 hour and 30minutes to walk in a scorching heat dragging our luggage along with us! I would have expected our luggage to slow us down a bit, but I'm a fast walker and the fastest I could probably have walked the distance without any luggage would be maybe 55 minutes.
As a result of this we were absolutely exhausted, pouring with sweat and in a pretty bad mood when we arrived at the hotel. The hotel itself was a bit of a disppointment, and externally does not look anywhere near as nice as the pictures would seem to suggest. The area seemed to be a bit of a dump and the hotel was right next to a building site! The garden looks nice in the photos but was rather run down in reality.
However, first impressions aside, the staff seemed friendly and helpful and the family room we were staying in on the ground floor was cool in temperature despite no air conditioning. But we kept the shutters and blinds shut in the day to keep it cool. The fact the hotel had no air conditioning actually seemed to suit my Dad who has allergies. The family room was a good size, and fitted 3 adults no problem. The room was clean and the ensuite was a good size. Wi-fi access was also good.
The dining room for breakfast was pretty disppointing. It is a very small room, with just a couple of tables and chairs in it. However, the breakfast itself was ok, with a selection of teas, some coffee, pastries and yogurts which seemed fairly traditional.
After our original disappointment on the location, it turned out that there were actually some quite convenient bus routes fairly nearby to the hotel and the hotel staff were more than happy to explain which buses you should get where and gave us a map so we could navigate our way around Rome. This meant we were able to make the most of our week in Rome despite the poor location of the hotel.
However, I would not stay here if I was to return to Rome, I would look for somewhere much more central.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in the 1800s, Villa Lanusei overlooks an ancient Roman aqueduct in the residential San Giovanni district. It offers free parking and rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.The functional and simply furnished rooms include a private bathroom with toiletries and a hairdryer.Breakfast is served in the villa's breakfast room or out in garden where you will find tables and chairs. ... more less
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