Choose this hotel if you are looking for a reasonable price and a good location - in the sense of not too touristy but near enough to the sights.
The area around the hotel, near Porta Pia, is authentically Roman - nearby you can enjoy an expresso at a "Tea Room", an ice cream at a "gelateria" or look on bemused as the waiters at the local "Trattoria" disappear to watch the replay of a goal AS Roma has just scored. This is the authentic experience, a hint of real Rome, and I'd recommend that to any traveller. For all this, Piazza Repubblica is just 15 minutes' walk away and a bus will have you at any of the Colisseum, the main station (Termini) or the Vatican in half an hour.
As for the hotel itself, it has good and bad points. On the good - the receptionist was very good at directing us to the sights and advising on public transport; the information was good; the basics in the room were fine (a minibar for a hotel of this size is a plus). On the bad - the whole place is very compact (ok, it's small!); there is barely space to walk around the bed and the bathroom is small; the breakfast room is tiny and, on occasions, you need to wait for service (that said, there is an advantage to this as we got to chat to other guests and compare tourist notes); the television is also small and (as of October 2012) offers only Italian channels. Also, our view was terrible, there was no hint of WiFi, and the bed was a rock.
Nevertheless, I would recommend it on balance, particularly if you will be doing a lot of walking around Rome (in which case you won't need a TV and you won't notice the bed!) - I feel our visit to Rome was greatly enhanced by being able to see the sights (we feel we saw everything we wanted to see in our 72-hour stay, so the hotel is certainly close enough to accomplish that) while staying at a fairly authentic inner-city location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kent Hotel is a nice and quiet 3 stars hotel near the famous place of Porta Pia.Surrounded by a pleasant ambiance, the hotel is located in a peaceful neighborhood, filled with elegant restaurants and villas with gardens, convenient for reaching the major sights of the capital. In front of the hotel is situated the Museum of Contemporary Art,Macro. Our hallmark is the cleanliness of the rooms enriched by a machine that sanitizes the environment by uploading ozone to eliminate it from all forms of bacteria , and make rooms more accessible to an audience that has allergic people. The health of our clients first. ... more less
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