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“Handy base”
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Hotel Giotto
Ranked #1,080 of 1,264 Hotels in Rome
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“Handy base”
Reviewed 10 December 2013 via mobile

Took off for a few days in Rome to catch up on sights missed in previous visits. Hotel Giotto made a good base for a single traveller - wouldn't dare take the other half as rooms basic - but everything was clean and tidy if a tad compact. Breakfast tasty but plain, though the staff were friendly enough. Easy access to city centre, the 49 bus passes the end of the road and terminates at the Piaza Cavour, ideal for Castile St Angelo and St Peters. Just a 10 minute stroll to Metro station Cornelia which is on the A metro line. I took advantage of the 3 day tourist pass for €16 which allows you to get around the city easily and quickly- nice! Overall would recommend for a cheapie city break, those seeking a luxury break keep looking! ;-)

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

My husband and I have just returned from spending 4 nights at this hotel, listed as a 3 star. Sunwing had made the arrangements. We had 2 rooms. The first had mold all throughout the shower which was approximately 2 feet by 2 feet with an opening of no more than 18 inches wide. Within 5 minutes of entering the bathroom, I killed a bug! This room was very cold. We asked for a larger room and were given a room approximately the same size, very small, but the bathroom was larger. It too was covered in mold, the toilet made incredible hammering noises when the tank was filling, and the room had a single light which sat in the centre of the headboard. I banged my head at least 3 times and I suspect several others have as well because it was pretty loose. The location is out of the way and there was only 1 restaurant for dining in the area other than the hotel restaurant. The front desk staff were helpful and we had WIFI access in the rooms. We have travelled extensively in many 3rd world countries and recognize that accommodations are not what they may be at home. Our lasting impression was that this hotel was struggling to make it up to a 1 star status.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Hotel was basic and not much to do in the area. Hotel is more for business people not young couples who want to walk to a bar or restaurants. Not alot going on in the area. Small bar/cafe opposite was good for food and drinks and staff were lovely. Does get a little noisy when you are there but didnt hear much from hotel room. Rooms are very small and basic with no english channels not even the news which was very disapointing. Toilet/shower room was very basic and annoying how wet everything got. Breakfast very basic but staff were very helpful. Metro is a good 25 min walk but metro very cheap and only about 7 stops to the centre of Rome. Hotel staff were lovely and helpful and let us keep our cases in a locked room when needed.Clean but basic and other rooms very noisy in the mornings.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

I recently stayed here for 3 nights whilst visiting Rome for my birthday. On arrival at the airport we paid a total of 60 euros to take us to the hotel. Point one: The hotel is quite out the way, hence the hefty taxi bill.

On arrival I found our room to be really small. I mean I wasn't expecting a penthouse studio, but the room was easily the smallest room I've stayed in, enough to make The Borrowers feel claustrophobic. The facilities in the room were also very basic: standard TV, air con (irrelevant in October) and average sized wardrobe, which due to the size of the room, appeared more like a walk in.

The room did however have a great safety deposit box. It seemed really secure and was simple to use. Top marks there.

I did not care of the bathroom. The one room doubled up as a toilet and shower room. Many would call it a wet room, but pretentious tags aside, I do not care for having the toilet rolls and clean towels blasted with shower water.

The shower itself however, worked a treat and was really easy to use (I have trouble with hotel showers at times, anyone else have the same issue?) and warmed up really quickly.

The place overall seemed very clean. Not going to knock the hygiene of the place. The cleaning staff seemed on top form and so active, Mr Muscle would've looked like a slacker in comparison.

The breakfast was basic continental, but this was as described. Each breakfast hosted cereals, danish pastries, rolls, ham, cheese and fresh fruit. Hot drinks and an ample juice selection, accompanied as beverages. Breakfast was done in the traditional buffet manner, so you could fill up before a heavy day of trekking the city.

The location as mentioned is a bit away from Rome city centre, however it is still quite easy to access. Buses run frequently from round the corner and a metro station (on the red line) can be reached after a 15 minute walk. My friend and I opted for the daily walk to the metro. From here you can access most of Rome at a very low price. The front desk staff at the hotel were very helpful in giving directions to the bus stop / metro station.

Overall, the place is very small and in a sort of deserted area of Rome, but it served a ample retreat after a long day. We paid very little to stay here, so I would say that if you want a cheap stay and don't mind a walk, then this is a good shout. If you don't like walking, the see how much the Colosseum is per night. Jokes aside, I would recommend this for someone who just wants a place to crash after sightseeing, pizza and the odd bar or two.

Oh one last thing, the guest lift is tiny!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We ended up at this hotel by default. Originally booked into Villa Rosa in Trastevere (we'd stayed there before and knew city access was easy, very close and cheap by tram) we arrived to find we'd been moved to Giotto (a hotel associated with them) due to what the Villa Rosa described as "a water problem with rooms flooded from a blocked toilet". Hotel Giotto was fine in itself however the location is "suburban" and problematic if you want to spend time in the heart of the city. Located in the Vaticano area you will find yourself faced with the need for transport unless you're a really keen walker. The Metro is cheap transport but the nearest Metro station is a good solid 15 + minutes walk and a taxi to a central point like Piazza Navona will cost you about euro 20 each way, making a return trip in the euro 40-50 bracket. A big plus point is the delightful little bar Solito across the street where food, drink and coffee is cheap, the unpretentious garden area is very casual and relaxed and the lovely Faby is friendly and obliging. It's a great spot to relax after a day on the streets. Be warned though it's also a popular gathering spot late into the evening and if you find the unrestrained enthusiasm for loud conversation so typical of Italians a bother then you may find the noise drifting up to your room annoying. We didn't mind at all because we love the Italian passion for life in all respects, but it's an entirely subjective thing. Without wanting to denigrate the hotel in any way because it's perfectly OK and it is where it is, but if location with convenient easy access is to the city center is a priority then you may need to consider the wisdom of staying here.

Room Tip: Just consider your priorities in regards to location and access to the heart of Rome
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Have to say our Experience at this hotel was very good, the staff in our opinion were very polite, friendly & helpful......the maids we saw were chatty & cleaned the rooms fantastically well! We got clean towels & replacement toiletries every day.
Yes the rooms were small but as we were not in much it wasn't an issue.
Nearest Metro station is Corellia, 10 min walk or 3 stops on the bus; if you walk to & from Battisitini (end of the Metro) is 25 mins.
Breakfast was fresh & plentiful, replenished frequently & the staff in the morning to us were very polite.
We used the hotel restaurant for dinner & got a very good meal for 56euros for 3 (Mains, sides, desserts, wine, drinks)

The only issue we found is there is very little in the surrounding area in the ways of bars/restaurants; the Café opposite is open 7am - Midnight & serves food. However its very local & the smoking can put you off. Food was good that we had.

As always speaking a few words of Italian helps - especially in such a local area.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Qrendi, Malta
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Old furniture, maids misplace things when they clean and they even threw away new bottles of water. One particular reception guy couldn't care less when we tried to ask him something. Poor selection at breakfast and even for dinner, just two pizzas and two kinds of pasta to choose from. Location is not ideal as public transport stops before the hill you need to walk to arrive to the hotel. Definitely not a 3 star hotel

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Giotto
Address: Via Cardinal Passionei 35, 00167 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1,080 of 1,264 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Giotto 3*
Number of rooms: 80
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