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
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