We were very impressed with Hotel Selene. We chose this hotel after extensive research on the internet and felt that the location and price was great. We were also impressed by the fact that the manager constantly checked and responded to reviews on Tripadvisor and genuinely seemed to be interested in getting everything right for the customer. Our research paid off! Hotel Selene is a great 3-star hotel and I'd come back for sure.
The hotel is located only a few minutes walk from either Termini or Republica stations. If you're coming by bus from the airport I recommend taking the excellent Sit Bus which stops only about 5 mins away from the hotel.
The reception is indeed based in a small office to the right of the entrance and all the staff there seemed very pleasant and accommodating. The rooms are located above on the top few floors of the building with the breakfast room on the 3rd floor.
Our room was a comfortable triple room right on the 4th floor. The interior was tastefully decorated with fabric coated walls and rich blue carpet. There was a mini-bar with quite average prices (€2 for a can of Coke) but no tea or coffee making facilities (we knew about this before hand and brought along a travel kettle which was fine). The en-suite bathroom was clean and had a hair-dryer. There was also a flat screen TV with many channels (though none in English - strange as there was a photo of BBC World News on the hotel's website).
If there is one small complaint - the walls between rooms are very thin as sound travelled through them very easily. For the first two nights I was kept awake until 1am by some noisy Americans in the room next door. I complained about this to the reception and it was dealt with swiftly.
Breakfast is served everyday from 7.30am till 10.00am in the breakfast room. The room looks much nicer in reality than it did on the website photos. Whilst not a full-English breakfast, the buffet is decent (especially for Rome) with a choice of sweet pastries, croissants, ham, cheese, salami, bread, yoghurt, fruit salad and boiled eggs (even with a choice of runny or hard). The best thing about breakfast was the sandwich maker - so you could have delicious hot toasted sandwiches in no time at all. The breakfast gave us enough energy for the whole day (and with all the many sights in Rome...you do need a lot of energy).
Thanks to reading previous reviews on Tripadvisor, I was aware of the fact that the hotel has a restaurant (COTTA) nearby. It was only through Tripadvisor that I knew that if you are a guest of the hotel you can get a whopping 20% off your bill in COTTA as well as a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. I even asked the hotel receptionist if he could recommend any local restaurants and he did mention COTTA but never mentioned the discount. Needless to say I still showed my key card to the waiter and gave my room number...and managed to get the discount. It's a good restaurant and literally only a few minutes walk away from the hotel.
All in all, Hotel Selene was a great experience and I wholly recommend it to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Selene is the perfect hotel for both leisure and business. It is located in the heart of Rome, at the crossroads of culture, history and shopping, in a privileged position very close to the following tourist sites: Piazza della Repubblica, Termini station, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore , Diocletian Bath, Teatro dell'Opera, dell'Esposizioni Palace, Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, St. Peter in Chains, the Palazzo Venezia. Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica can be reached in 10 minutes by using from Piazza della Repubblica the line A of Rome's Subway. Most of our 40 rooms overlook Via del Viminale or Via Principe Amedeo, two very quiet streets with little traffic. Hotel Selene Roma has recently renovated its 40 rooms: the decor of Hotel Selene Roma is simple yet elegant and classic and instantly creates a relaxing atmosphere. Book on the hotel's official website in order to get advantage of the best deals. ... more less
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