I loved the convenience of this hotel. From the airport, I took a train to Termini Station. From there, I walked two blocks to get to the hotel. Fortunately, I looked on Google Maps for the location, and then used the unique feature of seeing what it would like if I was actually there. I'd recommend this. Get on Google Maps to see what the building would look like from ground level. I quickly noticed that the hotel sign was very small. I also learned that not all intersections will have the street names. In Italy, ground level is considered 0 floor, and what we would call second floor is considered first floor to them. So Hotel Orlanda was on the "3rd" floor, which is fourth floor to us. Confused yet?
The elevator is very small; it could only only 2 people. The floor is vinyl tile, which causes sound to travel. So bring ear plugs. Staff was very helpful, especially with directions, recommendations, and bus/train advice. You have to let them know what time you'll be in the breakfast room since there is limited seating. Breakfast had two flavors of cereal, two flavors of yogurt, juice, and various pastries. Couldn't complain since it was free. My room faced the inner courtyard since streetside rooms tend to be noisy due to traffic and people. Behind the office, they had a computer room with two laptops for anyone to get on the internet for free. Wi-fi is also free, but I didn't bring my computer. My room had a tv, shower, and a weird hairdryer. Staff requires that you leave your key with them when you go out for the day. A good idea so that you don't lose them. There are other restaurants in the area, but to me they were just ok. Another benefit about the hotel was its close proximity to the National Museum of Rome, which was a couple of blocks away.
Getting to the city of Florence was easy since the train station is close by. The speed train took half the time to get to Italy compared to one of the other slower trains; pricey but worth it. It went 150 mph and had restrooms. I bought all my tickets at the station for the day I went to Florence, a different day I went to the Vatican, and finally a ticket for the trip back to the airport. The station has several kiosks, but heed caution if someone tries to help you and then tries to pocket your change.
Hotel staff can sell you Roma Passes, which gets you easy entry into the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Forum, and a couple of museums. I just bought my ticket for the first three while at Palatine Hill and didn't go to the museums. The Colosseum was a 20 minute walk for me (non-stop; 1 mile southwest).
The cost of the hotel was about 75 euros, which was about $100 American. For the area, it's a good deal. For the same cost, you could get a nicer hotel in the U.S., but of course this is Rome the Incredible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located downtown, close Termini Station, Colosseum and Foro Romano, Trevi fountain, Spanish steps. Room with bath, shower, hairdryer, tv-sat, phone, safebox. Breakfast included. Wi-fi, internet point, laptop in room on request, all free. Sell romapass, open bus and Vatican Museum w/out linefree store luggages, map. Transfer from/to airport on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orlanda Hotel Rome