The on-line company I booked this hotel through rated it a 4-star. Either I stayed at the wrong hotel, or they need their eyes tested!!! On my recent experience, I'd say its struggling to maintain a
2-star rating! We found the hotel staff to be courteous, polite and helpful, but it was all downhill after that. The room(s), whilst kept clean, had very dated decor. The en-suite bathroom was minute, with no room to swing a kitten, let alone a cat! The TV in our room was perched on top of the mini-bar, the remote was broken, and was never fixed during our stay, despite repeated requests. There were/are no facilities inside the rooms to make tea or coffee. Breakfast was basically a self-service cold buffet, with runny 'scrambled' eggs and bacon. Evening meals were an 'adventure' because despite ordering from the menu, we often received what the the chef 'thought' we had ordered. The portions sizes were suitable for a 10-year old, unfortunately we couldn't find any 10-year olds to give our meals to!
The hotel is at the top of a hill, if you miss the am or pm shuttle to Cornelia metro station, there is a 10-minute walk to the bus-stop. Not so bad in the morning when going out, but a real chore in the evening when returning after a days sight-seeing. The shuttle was unpredictable as despite having a time-table, one day it would leave later than the scheduled time, the next day it would leave as per the time-table, so you never quite knew where you were. The Hotel has a swimming pool, but it wasn't clean, and we never saw anyone in it, despite some very hot days during our stay.
If you are visiting Rome, its probably worth spending the extra to get a hotel closer to the centre. It makes sight-seeing, and travelling around a lot easier. If you must stay on the outskirts of Rome, we would not recommend staying here!!!
Tourist Tip (i): When purchasing a 'multi-ticket' for combined metro & bus travel, they are available from the metro stations. however, the metro has no booking office staff, only ticket machines. The ticket machines only take the exact money for the required ticket, despite saying they give change, they don't! Also, we found that you can actually just walk through the metro gates to get down to the platform. Whilst there are machines you are supposed to 'swipe' your ticket through on both the metro and buses, after a while we 'did as the Romans do' and just got on the metro and buses without 'swiping' the ticket through the machine.
Tourist Tip (ii): When visiting the Vatican, the early morning queues are long (try and get there by 8am), don't be conned by tour guides offering a fast-track entry, "Within 10-minutes of the doors opening", they say . They will charge €27.00 on top of the standard €13.00 Vatican entry price. Only go with a guided tour if you genuinely want to, and not just to get inside quicker. Once the doors open at 10am, and the queue starts to move, you will be inside pretty quick.
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