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“Good location, Clean, Comfortable”
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Hotel Sonya
Ranked #249 of 1,267 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We stayed at the hotel Sonya in late April. Our room was very clean and comfortable, and spacious by Italian hotel standards. They served a good variety of items at breakfast. Staff was courteous and helpful. The location is very convenient - just a few blocks from the Termini station, and there are good restaurants nearby. Even in busy Rome, we were not bothered by noise from the street.

Room Tip: Rooms on the upper floors are probably a little quieter. There is a lift (but the stairs are good e...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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HotelSonya, Proprietario at Hotel Sonya, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Dear Ramblers1986

Thank you very much for your lovely comment. We are very pleased to read that your stay was comfortable and that you appreaciate the cleaning and our central location which we know how important is to make easier visiting the city.

We really hope there'll be another chance to have you all here soon.

Kind regards,
Basilio Nicoli

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Wish we could have written a proper review, but despite having made our res.'n months ago, and reconfirming it before we left home, when we arrived we were told they were overbooked by 4 rooms. We were too tired to argue after traveling overnight from Canada , and were moved by taxi to a charmless coachtour-type hotel on the wrong side of the Termini station. So much for the easy walk to the Trevi fountain that we were hoping to do that afternoon.
From reading some other reviews, this seems to be a fairly common practice - maybe they give preference to Rick Steve's tour guests?- so we would not risk making a reservation here again and ending up in a totally different place.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Our family of 5 stayed here for 4 nights in May of 2014. We were very happy! It was quiet, cool, and a welcoming refuge from the craziness of the city.

One of the challenges of traveling with 3 children is that it's hard to find hotels that can put you all in one room, and hard to arrange (and afford) separate rooms right next to each other. Hotel Sonya was able to fit us all in one room... one double bed and three reasonably comfortable fold-aways. It was a tight fit, but it worked. The room was simple but clean and blessedly air-conditioned, with a wardrobe and a desk and a small refrigerator. The bathroom was roomy, with modern fixtures and a great shower (no tub) and a hair dryer. And a bidet :) The window had shutters that let in air but not eyes when window was opened, and could also be closed light-tight for closed-window sleeping. With the window closed the room was wonderfully quiet, with no problems with noise from other rooms.

Wifi was free (yay!), though the first night we didn't get good reception inside the room. Subsequent nights it worked just fine. There were also laptops in the lobby for customer use, though we never availed ourselves of them.

Location was good. It was a 6-block walk to the Termini train station... a little further than my ideal, but worked well enough, and once we were at Termini we could get anywhere we needed. There were restaurants and convenience shops and an ATM nearby, and a laundromat only half a block away. No particularly stellar views of anything. We were on the 5th floor, with the window looking out onto a side street... elevator was old-fashioned but functioned well and was roomier than most we've encountered in Europe. Small lobby (no lounge space) but two decent-sized breakfast rooms.

The hotel staff was wonderful. They stored our bags, gave us a map, arranged our airport transport for the trip home and helped us with our various questions. They were particularly sweet to the kids, putting candy and fruit in their hands whenever we passed through. The serving staff for breakfast were always cheerful and attentive. Breakfast itself was not our favorite, but it was perfectly adequate... eggs and cheese and cold-cuts and fruit and yogurt and varying kinds of breads and pastries.

It's not a fancy luxury hotel, but it met our needs quite nicely. Would recommend it to others, particularly families.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank Feathin
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Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

Hotel Sonya is in a quiet area, but close to the central train station, hop on hop off stops, and a quick walk to most attractions in Rome. The rooms were clean, and breakfast was very substantial. Would stay again, and would definitely recommend.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Hotel Sonya offers 34 rooms that are well equipped, tidy, and completely lovely when used as a home base for your days of touring Rome. The breakfast is hearty and they were more than happy to make coffee, cappuccino, or bring juice.

Ten minutes or less to Termini subway and train station, The National Museum, several interesting churches, Piazza Repubblica, and the Opera is across the street. Most of the main sites people want to visit in Rome are less than a half hour walk, or a few subway stops away. We walked easily from the Borghese Gallery and liked being close to easy transportation.

Many good restaurants in the neighborhood.

We paid 150 euros for a double.

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Room Tip: Go to a lower floor as elevator is ancient and slow, and only holds 2-3 people per trip.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

All the glowing reviews of this property are spot-on! Very well located within 15-20 minutes walking distance of everything you want to see, very nicely remodeled rooms and great service.

We stayed at the (very recently added?) sister hotel just down the street, Hotel Opera, and as the bellman said, the only difference between Opera and Sonya is the name, address and Wi-Fi password (Opera may have a slight edge as it is located on a quieter, less traffic-filled street). One note: if you are seeking English language channels in your room, be prepared for a dual cable TV system (with five or six good English channels). We couldn't figure it out and called the front desk--here began the best part of the stay.

The evening desk clerk, Litu, promptly arrived at our room and set it up for us, patiently explaining how it worked. From that point on, he was the most gracious, helpful hotel employee I have ever experienced. Nothing was too big or too small for him to help with, from extra towels to city directions to excellent restaurant recommendations. And was ALWAYS warm and smiling!



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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Charles A
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

My sister and I stayed here 3 nights in March with the Rick Steve's tour. We arrived a day early to get over jet lag and to just stroll around on our own, my sister had been to Rome 5 years earlier. It is just a short walk from the Termini main station, very convenient!! There are a couple different metro stops close by too!! Many restaurants and pubs near by too! The service for breakfast was the best we had in our 10 days on our tour!! We drank many espresso's and cappacciono's each morning, the young men did very well to keep our cups full!!!! Our room was very nice, plenty of room for the two of us. We even kept our window open until 5:00 am until the trucks started driving down the street and woke us up. We felt very safe being two women walking around by ourselves at night too! The hotel is very safe with the entrance locked and the hallways too. You need your key to enter the area where your rooms are after 3:00 in the afternoon. We did get a discount for our night before the tour started by paying cash. It was nice to be off the main busy tourist area, within walking distance to many sites. I would stay there again and it is very well worth the $$ without be overpriced for central location, safety and quiet. Grazie!! Kim

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Via del Viminale 58, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#169 Family Hotel in Rome
#273 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £61 - £405 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sonya 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Sonya is in a quiet area of central Rome, in front of the Opera House and 55 yards from the Viminale Palace. Rooms offer free internet and free Sky satellite TV. Rooms at the Sonya Hotel are air-conditioned and feature a private bathroom and a tea/coffee maker. Breakfast includes a variety of breads and pastries, cold cuts, fried eggs and fresh fruit. The Sonya is a 5-minute walk from Termini Train Station. Free maps of the city are available at the front desk with ticket-booking service. ... more   less 
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