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“Over-priced and short on facilities”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hollywood Hotel

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Hollywood Hotel
Ranked #1,131 of 1,291 Hotels in Rome
Wiltshire
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Over-priced and short on facilities”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

Even allowing for the fact that Rome is not a cheap place to stay, this hotel is over-priced, old, tired and in need of a serious face-lift.
We had left it rather late to arrange accommodation for our trip to Rome and all of the highly recommended hotels were fully booked.
Not having money to burn (you can easily pay 200 to 300 Euros a night in Rome) we looked at availability around the 100 Euro mark and found ourselves quite limited for choice.
The reviews weren't too encouraging, but neither were they too off putting, so we booked our 4 night stay.
The hotel is 2 minutes from the main Termini railway station in Rome, so it's a good location for the metro and buses and Santa Maria Maggiore is five minutes walk away
First impressions were not great. The foyer is small and dingy, with the reception desk and two old, battered sofas and the stairs to some first floor rooms and the breakfast area.
The majority of rooms are out of the reception into a courtyard and then up in an old-fashioned lift to your floor.
The gentleman at reception was charming, really helpful and spoke excellent English.
Our room was on the third floor with a window and small balcony opening out into the courtyard.
It was very small, with most of the space taken up by the double bed and an en-suite shower and toilet. There was a small wardrobe, a dressing table and one chair. Under the dressing table was a small refrigerator and a small flat screen TV was hanging on the wall, both plugged into the same electrical socket in the wall.
The décor was poor. The wall coverings were a heavy fabric, which was peeling off in several places. The central heating radiator had leaked at some time and the floor was still stained by it.
The electrical socket sparked if you touched the plugs. The en-suite was reasonably clean and the bed linen seemed aged but acceptable, although I didn't dare look at the mattress.
All in all, the room was habitable, but cramped and ridiculously overpriced at 406 Euros for 4 nights (excluding the Rome room tax)
Breakfast was included, but apart from the excellent Cappuccino coffee, it wasn't good.There were stale pastries and bread, processed cheese, and some dubious slices of tinned ham, which seemed to be always the remainder from the previous day.
The most frustrating thing was the lift. if you are not fit enough to climb the stairs to your room, you will be in trouble. Despite signs in English and Italian, requesting patrons to ensure they close the door on leaving the lift, invariably someone leaves it open and the lift stops working.
I lost count of the number of time I ran up the stairs to floor 4 or 5, to bring it back down so my partner could ascend.
To sum up, it's dingy and overpriced and I cannot recommend it.
I feel really sorry for the staff who are so helpful and considerate and who deserve to be working in much more pleasurable surroundings

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

This review is a little late as I stayed there in 2008 with friends on back packing trip throughout Europe. The room was clean, and the location couldn't have been better! Just a 5 minute walk from Roma Centrale. Rooms were clean, front desk very helpful and the location felt very safe. When I go back to Italy, this is for sure a hotel i would check out again!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

The hotel is really awful. The rooms are very small and very old, located in some ordinal living house with "ancient" lift. The entrance is inside in the yard and is very scary when it is dark. The lift doesn't work after 22 P.M. The door is very poor and can be unlocked just if to push harder... The cover of the walls is damaged, and it seems to me some insects live inside. Furniture is old and uncomfortable, bed also, the bathroom space is so tiny that is built into the "cupboard". Wi-fi was absent. The owner of the hotel not client-oriented. I decided to cancel my booking, so firstly they were not going to give me money back, then forced to pay per one more night. As a result I found a much more better hotel nearby which is more expensive just for 10 Euro. Don't stop here, that is unfair price for terrible conditions!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013 via mobile

Ended up staying in Rome for one night after a week of touring Italy. This was actually a deplorable place. We got there and the manager insisted we pay cash, which is weird to say the least. We were then lead to a back alley to take a shaky elevator to our room. The room was tiny and the dirtiness was evident immediately. We quickly dropped off our luggage and got out of there to explore the city. The whole time we were sightseeing we were trying to see if other hotels had rooms available. Unfortunately for us there was none considering it was a very busy weekend for Roma. In all honesty, the guy at the desk gave us the creeps and we were convinced our stuff would be stolen from our room. We finally got back at 11pm and had to give the cash to the receptionist before going to the room. The lobby (if you can call a desk and a few chairs in a room a lobby) had other guests waiting but there was nobody at the desk. We had to wait 30 minutes for someone to show up. We finally make it to our room and the grim was disgusting we quickly took shower in a two foot by two foot shower which overflowed. There was also mold growing everywhere in the bathroom and the mold smell was so overwhelming that we had to keep the door closed. When it came time to sleep I slept on top of the covers it was so gross. We woke up bright and early to get the heck out of there. I highly advise anyone considering staying here for even a day to look else where!!!

  • Stayed March 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

Clean, modern, good standard, resonable prize.Excellent hotel for a short stay. We arrived around midnight. Ample parking place, quiet rooms, comfortable beds. Small but well equipped bathroom. We can recommend this hotel anytime. Mr Claudios family

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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San Rafael, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2012

Very small room - double bed, night stand, and vanity. No space to leave a suitcase open. Tiny bathroom (approx. 4' X 6') contained stall shower, sink, toilet and bidet. No room in which to turn around. Mattress and pillows were hard and had filthy covers. Thank goodness the linen was clean. Tiny elevator serving six floors - extremely slow. Had to walk outside to next door on street to reach breakfast room. Breakfast was good for a European budget hotel. Convenient to Termini Station, buses and metro. Neighborhood had many restaurants with a range of prices and was not as threatening as others have written.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hollywood Hotel
Address: Via Principe Amedeo 79/a, 00185 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
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Ranked #1,131 of 1,291 Hotels in Rome
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hollywood Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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