We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and were greeted by a lovely gentleman at the reception. Polite and courteous and allowed us to check in early. The rooms were very old fashioned but when you look at the price you pay you don't expect the Ritz. Our room was clean, yes the beds were hard but after a long day of walking around the sites of Rome I could have slept on the floor and still be passed out all night. I also like my showers quite hot and although I was able to shower it wasn't as hot as I would have normally liked. For those who were cold, you can also turn the air vents onto warm. This was noisy so we did it when we went out so the room was toasty when we came back.
Breakfast was continental, what do you expect in Italy! I would have liked a toaster just like every other Brit would but its not the norm there. I will say the coffee is disgusting and I have had some bad coffees. However I did notice Italian guests asking the lady who worked there for cappuccinos and espressos which she brought out for them.
The location is out of the way, however you can pay 24 euro for 7 days unlimited travel on the metro (available for shorter periods if your are staying for a couple of days). These tickets worked on the little train line at the bottom of the hill which is a 5 min train journey to Flaminio which is a lovely area of Rome with lots of bars, restaurants and shops. At Flaminio you can jump on the Metro to all the major site (Vatican is one stop up from Flaminio station and Trevi fountain is 4 stops down). I don't understand why everyone is complaining about distance and taxis when it was quite easy for us to have unlimited travel for 24euros each. The trains run until about half 10 so if you want to stay out later than that then you will need to pay a taxi its just personally by 9 my legs ached so much and I just wanted my bed.
All in all a good hotel. yes its seen its day but how much time do you actually spend in your hotel. Good value for money.
Oh and there is safe deposit boxes available, free of charge! Very rare thing when abroad. Just ask at reception and they will show you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring a top floor terrace overlooking the dome of San Pietro and around the city, Grand Hotel Hermitage offers accommodation in the elegant Parioli district of Rome, 600 meters from the green oasis of Villa Ada Park. The Hermitage is well connected by bus to the main attractions of the city and the Termini Railway Station. Not too far you will find the Olympic Stadium and the Foro Italico sports complex with facilities for tennis, swimming and rugby. Rooms come with wooden furnishings, carpeted or parquet floors, a balcony in some rooms, TV, safe and air conditioning. A continental breakfast is served daily in the dining room. Our staff at the Grand Hotel Hermitage will be happy to advise you on nearby avant-garde art attractions such as the Auditorium Parco della Musica and the MAXXI Museum. ... more less
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- Grand Hotel Rome