Nestled on a fairly quiet street leading up to the Colosseum, the Hotel Apollo is an ideal location for sightseeing in Rome. Its central location makes it easy to walk to most of the major spots, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and more.
It’s a fairly basic no-frills hotel, but it’s comfortable and clean. We were in room 404 which doesn’t face via de Serpenti and was very quiet at night. My only complaint with our room was the bathroom. The shower was so, so teeny. It was nearly impossible to move at all while in it, and I’m a normal-size person! There wasn’t an exhaust fan, either, so it took forever to de-steam after showering. Also, the “towels” were a bit odd, in that they were extremely thin (like a dish towel, literally).
The staff was pleasant. We got a lot of great tips on where to shop, where to go for nightlife and just answers to general questions from Alessandro, who is very helpful and there in the evenings.
Complimentary breakfast was included in our rate and it’s served on a cozy shaded patio on the 5th floor. The selection was good (pastries, breads, meats, cheeses, fruit, cereal, etc.) and the cappuccinos were of course delicious. There’s also a small bar adjacent to reception, but unfortunately it was never open during our stay. It would’ve been nice for a casual drink after a long day of sightseeing. There’s also a computer with internet access in the bar area, and the rates are reasonable (I think 2€ or 3€ for an hour).
The best part, though, was the location. There’s a cute little square just down the block with a few cafes/restaurants that we went to for a drink everyday after sightseeing. There’s also a fantastic restaurant in the square, Gli Angeletti, which we liked so much that we ate there twice during our stay. Definitely give it a try. There are also a few nearby delis and gelato shops in the area are plentiful! It’s also a cheap cab ride to Trastevere, a fun area with loads of restaurants right on the river.
The Hotel Apollo served as a great base for us to explore Rome, and I’d certainly stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Apollo in Rome is a 3 star hotel close to the Colosseum, Imperial Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps. Thanks to its strategic position near Termini main Train Station and close to the Underground Station of "Cavour", Hotel Apollo is your ideal and comfortable solution in downtown Rome. Hotel Apollo Rome provides comfortable and tastefully designed accommodation with modern facilities and services. We offer 24 elegant rooms, guests can choose among single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms and large family rooms. All rooms have been recently renovated and include clean private bathrooms with bath or shower. Rooms are carpeted and furnished with wooden fittings creating a warm homely atmosphere. One Hotel Apollo's plus is undoubtedly its Roof Garden, providing the ideal spot to enjoy a complimentary Italian breakfast on Roman roofs by the Colosseum, before going out to enjoy the city. Another appreciated plus is our Bar opened from 6 pm where you can enjoy a drink and relax after a whole day spent in the eternal city. ... more less
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