I stayed in late June with my wife and two kids (9 and 11 years), using Marriott points, for 6 nights. We reserved two rooms, and the hotel accommodated our request for the rooms to be connected (door between the rooms).
The room was nice, with wood floors, and was very clean. We did not have a balcony, but I believe this was due to my request for the connecting rooms. We had problems with the air conditioning in both rooms, but they were quickly fixed by the staff.
We ate only one meal at the restaurant (and even then just from the bar menu). Food was good, and we did get an occasional bottle of wine for the room. The wine was priced similarly to (or even a little less than) a restaurant in the city.
There is a grocery store across the street from Gemelli station, although I was never able to catch it open.
The big (and really only) issue I had with the hotel is the location. Yes, what other people have written is true. It's not hard to get there on public transport, and the shuttle bus does run hourly (on the hour into the city, and on the half hour back to the hotel). What we found, though, was that the bus filled to capacity on almost every one of our trips (it's a 16 person bus). If you don't get there early, you get turned away. Also, the regional transport lines don't run that frequently on the weekends, and you can end up waiting for those if you go that way. In the end, it felt like we planned around the bus schedule. It would have been nice to stay closer in to the city to allow easy access to the hotel.
One other minor thing - a couple of times I needed to speak to someone at the front desk before leaving for the day. The wait in the lobby was 10-15 minutes easily, as they only had two people working most days, and there are always lots of foreign travelers (like myself) trying to check in early. More staff would have helped!
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- Also Known As:
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- Central Park Roma Rome
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