We stayed at the Hotel Aurelius for a total of four nights before and after a Mediterranean cruise. We booked the hotel based on the reviews and, as with the others who booked for the same reason, the reviews proved true and we greatly appreciated all those who shared their experience at Hotel Aurelius. They really do things well when it comes to hospitality and nice accommodations.
The hotel is situated on the edge (I do mean edge - only a narrow sidewalk between) of a very busy street in the heart of Rome. Being from the suburbs of Indiana, this was very "city" and not the quiet streets I am used to. That was the only down-side to what we would have preferred. But, we got used to the busy-ness and the noise from outside the hotel did not spill into the hotel lobby or our room. We had no trouble manuevering to our destinations - even with a walker that my friend had to use. The narrow sidewalks to go down the street were sometimes a challenge but not impossible. We were leery of the area at first but after getting used to the city, felt much more safe there than in the more crowded areas of the city that were closer to the tourists sights. The pick-pocket crime rate in Rome is very high and you have to be on guard at all times. So, I was very glad to be in an area away from streets with lots of crowds.
We had one of the rooms on the top floor with the balcony. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for us to enjoy the balcony as it was rainy and chilly most of our time there. It would have been a nice place to sit and relax as it was set up with a table and two chairs under a cloth gazebo. Our room was clean and updated and the bathroom and shower were beautifully tiled and very spacious for a European hotel. I've been to Europe several times and stayed in many places and most have very tiny bathrooms and bedrooms but that was not the case here. While not a big open space, we had no problems moving around. The beds were comfortable and the room was quiet and clean. With the rainy weather, we didn't go out much at night and took advantage of the hotel lobby playing cards and dining on McDonald's food a couple of nights (sometimes the familiar food of McDonald's - only a block away - is just a comfort after dining in a foreign country for over a week).
I can't say enough about the hotel staff that went out of their way to serve us in many ways while we were there. They helped with taxi's, trains, sight-seeing, places to eat and directions. At one point during a storm, the phones and internet were not working and Francesca (think that was her name - sorry) let me use her personal cell phone to make a local call to the airport. She looked up numbers for us and helped us in many ways. John Franco was so kind and helpful in answering so many questions for us and in directing us to all kinds of places; and Renatta was very helpful with our reservations. The staff makes this really nice hotel a great place to stay.
I can't forget to mention the waiter who held off breaking down the breakfast buffet until 11:00 our first day there after we got held up at the airport. The buffet was excellent with lots of delicious choices for breakfast. The only thing I really missed was having a fresh pot of coffee instead of the machine that dispensed very strong coffee, cappuccino, hot water and hot chocolate. Every time I used it, there was a frothy residue on top of the coffee like a cappuccino and extremely strong. With the pre-measured liquid that comes from the machine, it makes it difficult to add hot water without over-filling the cup. Honestly though, I'm one who has to have lots of cream and sugar in my coffee to hide the real taste so you can take this comment with a grain of salt. I ended up just drinking hot chocolate instead so I survived.
Thank you John Franco, Francesca and Renatta for making our stay so pleasant. You made us feel very at home in a foreign country. We wish the very best to you all and to Hotel Aurelius. Blessings and thank you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Aurelius Rome Hotel is a delightful "Boutique Hotel", intimate and cosy, wich offers its customers a relaxing and well-being stay. Our Property is three subway stops away from the Vatican City and we are only a 70 meter walk from the subway station "Cornelia" and several bus stops. This gives our customers the possibility to get to the heart of the city in no time at all. The atmosphere of the hotel is high class elegance, and our staff will always be ready to assist you during your stay. ... more less
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