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“"Meh" for the money”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Exe Domus Aurea

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Exe Domus Aurea
Ranked #218 of 1,291 Hotels in Rome
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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“"Meh" for the money”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2012

My partner booked this hotel because it was in a good location with ok reviews and was one of the cheaper options with internet in the room.

I'll just keep this review to the point...
Pros:
- good location, short walk to Termini or Republic metro stations
- short walk from many touristy places to eat, but also a DeSpar grocery store outside Termini station (which we got our lunch from so as to not spend all our money)
- nice TV, small desk, extra pillows, heavy blanket just in case, and street noise is reduced enough to get a good night sleep.
- free wireless internet in room (which can be slow, but gets the job done)
- cute room design
- fairly quiet in regards to internal hotel noise
- closet to hang clothes, safe, mini-bar which you can put your own things in if you're clever enough to fit them
- Excellent towels, amenities, and cleaning service
- Friendly staff at front desk (but JUST the front desk!!)....
- Elevator
- in-house buffett breakfast with baked goods made elsewhere (but, see below...)

Cons:
- POOR ELECTRONIC OUTLET LOCATION. Behind bed and for the TV and fridge. Expect to move the bed or unplug tv if you need to charge anything. Only open one is near the hair dryer in the bathroom.
- Bed is way too soft and old, and the springs are starting to give in and it constantly creaks.
- Pillows too thick, so if you use two to sleep, one might be just enough or just barely enough.
- Room way too small, no room to put your things really without blocking walking space.
- Shower tiny - expected for Europe/UK but I can't stand showers made for 12-year-olds.
- Shower doors will leak if you don't align the two moving doors in a perfect right-angle. (This is often a complaint about this hotel and I immediately noticed why the bathrooms might floor, particularly if the drain is slow).
- Bathroom small but paticularly the sink counter area, and the lightswitch is in the main room.
- The Breakfast Buffet. Ohhh dear. Now, I'm glad we didn't have to go searching for a busy cafe for breakfast, but this buffet is definitely not worth 10eur per person per meal. The first morning was ok, I had bleh looking scrambled eggs that tasted fine and many baked goods, olives, some deli meat, and dried fruit. But the second morning.... I opened the scrambled egg server and was turned off but what looked like green within the yellow. I got a whiff of it and sure enough it smelled completely rotten. Others near me were eating it and I could smell it from the next table over. It was completely off-putting. I didn't mention it to the waiter because he would have cared. That was the other problem... The head waiter is completely lazy and doesn't give a good goddamn about anyone who comes to breakfast nor does he clean tables in a timely fashion. The second morning was incredibly busy, making breakfast a speedy, unenjoyable, be-bumped-by-your-neighbor experience. There is too many tables and not enough room. The buffet table in the middle of the room should be removed and the selection should be condensed so that there is less variety but more quality food. The only plus about this buffet is that the baked foods, cereal, muesli, fruit, nuts, are not prepared by the staff, so you know they are ok to eat.

Also, the coffee comes from a machine, but the cappuccinos aren't bad.

Tip to travellers: Eat your self sick at breakfast on the safe foods. It is not worth 10eur, so save yourself an expensive lunch and eat a big breakfast and even stash an apple or sealed pack of cookies or something for later. Make as many cappuccinos-from-a-machine as you like. Just don't expect to be able to stay more than 30 minutes... you won't want to anyway, with all the other hotel guests squeezing past you to get to their seat and hovering around the buffet in a chaotic fashion.

Room Tip: Try not to get a room facing south where the busy road is.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

We have just returned from a great weekend in Rome. Having read the reviews we knew what to expect. The room was a bit small and the wardrobe tiny, but the bed was huge and the shower really powerful which made up for it. The staff were all really friendly and breakfast on the roof terrace was amazing. Plenty of choice and nice and fresh. We walked everywhere as it was such glorious weather. Tried the metro on the Sunday which was crowded, wouldn't like to do it in the middle of the summer. If you want to eat near the Trevi fountain go back a street or two, there are loads of lovely restaurants. If you are there on a Sunday go to St Peters Square for 12 noon, the Pope gives a public blessing if He is in residence. The highlight of our trip!

Room Tip: Try not to get a room on the 5th floor. Its directly under the restaurant so we were woken really ea...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nerja
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

We have just returned from four nights at the Domus Aurea Hotel, Via Volturno in Roma and were a little disappointed. The room (1st floor) and bathroom were so tiny, one of us had to sit on the bed whilst the other got dressed. Perhaps we were in a room for a single person, which I am sure would be fine but for two it is far too small. We had to ram the bags under the bed and had a tiny single wardrobe with six hangers in it and three tiny drawers. The shower leaked like mad and flooded the bathroom, from the water marks on the floor in the bedroom and bathroom and the repair to the bottom of the bathroom door this was not a new problem. Being in the centre of town you need to close the window at night but the air con doesnt work very well. Breakfast is well stocked, hot food not always restocked once it runs out, the tables arent cleaned after people leave so you are constantly trying to remove other peoples breakfast things. When the breakfast waiter did appear out front, he took the runner off the table next to us, shook the crumbs onto the floor, put the runner back on, with the cutlery the previous guest hadnt used and left it at that, he didnt restock the cutlery or wipe the table down. On the day we left the tables were set as we were up early but the table hadnt been wiped and was full of cup marks! The hotel is in a great location for the termini train station, it looks the part, but having travelled from Sorrento and having stayed in the Belair Hotel there there was no competion. The Belair wins hands down on both quality and friendliness and was cheaper too. We are gutted about not being able to give a glowing report but we were really disappoined with the hotel. Not with Roma though, it is fantastic.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

Great location, 3 min walk from termini station great with train, subway, buses... and you can get many cultural places walking 15 min. In the hotel, the staff are very friendly, rooms small but with large beds and modern bathrooms, as shown in the photos of the site. Breakfast very good with fresh fruit, offer much ... served in a beautiful all-glass room, a rooftop overlooking to the city. I recommend!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

We stayed at this hotel in the middle of march for 3 nights. The location is very convient if you are travelling into rome from the airport by train as it is approx 3 mins walk from the station. Check in was very easy , staff very friendly and made us feel very welcome providing us with a map and pointing out the location of the hotel. We stayed in a corner room on 3rd floor so had 2 windows in our room each on a different street, was a little noisy if u had the windows open in the morning but not so much at night.

We ate the first night in pizza familglia on the side street next to the hotel. This place was ok but the service left a little to be desired , we were served our food very quickly we were in and out in about 35 mins .. We prefer to savor a meal and take our time and a smile costs nothing either.

2nd night we ate in an italian approx 1 min walk twrds the station this was very nice and staff were friendly (even gave me a glass of vino on the house at the end of the meal).

3rd night we took a taxi (which reception kindly called for us) to the pantheon which was €9 and ate in one of the many resturants down the side streets near the pantheon. We then saved just enough room and visited della palma ice cream and chocolate shop. This shop is an ice cream lovers dream many many flavors to choose from and will cost €4 for a chocolate cone with 3 scoops ... very reasonable prices as we paid €5 for an ice cream not nearly as nice near the spanish steps.

I was very pleased with the hotel and would stay here again if i return to rome... well i did throw me coin in the trevi fountain.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Tongatapu Island, Tonga
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

The best attributes of this hotel are the friendly, English speaking staff, the excellent breakfast and the location. The hotel is located just a few blocks from Roma Termini, along the Via Volturna, though you’ll need to look carefully to find it. There is no large sign above the building, just two small gold colored plaques on the wall. It’s an easy walk, even if you have a lot of luggage. Once you’ve dumped that luggage off, you are right around the corner from several decent restaurants and a couple of nice churches, including the Santa Maria Vittoria, the one with Bernini’s St. Teresa sculpture.

The Termini Metro stop is at Roma Termini, so you are very close to the Metro too. A couple of stops from that is the Colosseum and a few more on another line is Vatican City. The second great part about this hotel is the breakfast. This is no skimpy breakfast, but a full buffet, which will prepare you well for touring the city. Finally, the staff is excellent. All speak English, some exceptionally so. They were great at recommending places to visit. Our rate was reasonable, 100 Euros for a triple, but that was in low season.

There are a few negatives, one being the size of the rooms, they are definitely on the smallish side, though the bathrooms are large. The wood tile floor in ours had some water damage at some point in the past, so it was loose and peeling in a few places. It would be nice if they got around to fixing that. Other than that, this hotel is good to come home to after a long day running around Rome.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Exe Domus Aurea
Address: Via Volturno 34, 00185 Rome, Italy (Formerly Eurostars Domus Aurea)
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#282 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Exe Domus Aurea 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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