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“Decent, unspectacular budget lodging”
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Hotel Ginevra
Ranked #1,112 of 1,273 Hotels in Rome
Reviewed 29 April 2014

I stayed here for a few days in March. It's cheap, it's not far from the main train station, and it has wi-fi, those were the three reasons. I spent most of the time out and about. Location-wise you turn left and left again from Termini (which is massive) and continue on for fifteen minutes or so and you're there; it's round the corner from a small supermarket, within a short walk of a local McDonald's if you feel like examining the Italian menu. There's a Spar in Termini itself, and a second (packed) shop in the basement if you want munchies.

I stayed in a tiny one-bedroom room. Unlike some places in Barcelona (e.g.) the window opened on the outdoors, not an air conditioning duct, and the location is surprisingly quiet (I could sleep with the window open). Your comfort largely depends on the other guests - the walls, doors etc are very thin, and of course everybody smokes. You either get weary people who arrive late and need a place to sleep, which is great, or yakking Euro-backpackers, which is less good.

As some of the other reviews have pointed out, for some reason the bathroom was mildly whiffy, as if the drains had packed up. If I ran the shower for a while the whiff vanished. On the positive side again the wi-fi worked fine. The breakfast is just coffee, crispy bread, the thought is nice. I had no problem with the sheets. Rooms generally tatty but no rats, cockroaches etc. The staff were I assume the owners' kids, they spoke English and did their jobs just fine. The area around the hotel was quiet at night although as you get closer to Termini it becomes akin to downtown Mogadishu, but perhaps I'm being harsh.

It was cheap.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

After staying in some fairly small and weirdly arranged hotels in Venice and Florence, we arrived to stay at this nice little hotel for a couple of nights. As soon as we arrived with our two giant bags of luggage, the receptionist, who was extremely helpful and kind, offered to switch our rooms from one of the top floors to the first floor. We had a huge room, with a wardrobe, a desk, a tv, shutters on the windows (which help to keep the mosquitos out during the summer), and a nice little bathroom. Breakfast is big for me - and it's free at this hotel, which is a huge plus. The receptionists takes the breakfast orders at night and/or when you check in, and the breakfast is always delivered on time...which allows for one person to eat, while the other gets ready and vice versa. We had our choice of breakfast croissants in a couple of different flavors (with jam, chocolate, etc.), served with coffee and the best orange juice I've ever had. The breakfast is also a plus for folks who have to take morning meds with food, as it enables you to eat in your room without having to go out and look for food. The location was pretty great, too - it's about a 10 minute walk to the Coliseum, which was the first thing we saw after checking in. It's about a 2-5 minute walk to the metro...everything is pretty much one street over from the hotel, and down the road a bit. The shower in our bathroom was a bit tricky, as the shower was one of those showers that is not enclosed and only has a shower curtain surrounding the entire shower, but we were provided with clean towels on a daily basis, our rooms were cleaned every day, and the receptionists helped to organize a 4:00 a.m. taxi ride for us to the airport...AND, breakfast was even ready on that day, too. Yes, the decor is not excellent, but for the money, the place was great. I would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

This hotel was situated close to Termini main railwaystation, shopping streets and restaurants. Staff was very helpful and enjoyed our stay and hotel was clean and tidy.Good vallue for the money.Evry things is good.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Rome hotels are expensive. We were expecting a decent hotel for a one week stay in Rome but we werde disappointed. This is more like a backpacker's lodge than a hotel - everything worn out and old. Wall paintings are tasteless. Our first room were so full of mosquitoes and there's this very fould odour emanating from the toilet - we had to keep the toilet door always shut or we wouldnt even be able to sleep. On our second day, we asked to be transferred. We got an "upgrade" and got a room which was bigger and looked like a honeymoon suite, but at the basement! It wasn't really an upgrade except that the room was bigger and there's a huge painting on the wall which we couldnt really appreciate, but we stayed because we paid already in advanced and it was a promo so we don't really get a refund :( The comfort room was smaller but at least it doesn't stink anymore. The new problem was that it didn't drain good, so everytime we shower, we have the whole CR flooded which extends to the room. The woman receptionist couldn't speak english very well so she couln't really help us much.

Next time we go to Rome, we would spend a bit more for a decent room. The only advantage of this motel is it's nearness to the metro station but nothing more than that.

If you dont have money, stay here. If you can afford more, stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

The staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a room on the top floor which was huge and a lovely large bed. The shower curtain did not work as it was not big enough and there were no hand towels or a bin but we could look past this. The breakfast in the morning was simple but satisfying (custard croissants are yummy). The area it is located in is definitely not 'in the action' however it is close to the metro and has a local supermaket for your basics. This place is extremely reasonable for Rome and perfect if you are on a budget.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

Hotel ginevra is to near colosseo and manzoni metro station. Staff is friendly and they try to help us but them english is not wery well. But we understand eachother. Bathroom wasnt good. Water is accumilating in bathroom

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Reviewed 15 July 2013

inadequate hotel.....the area around the hotel was simply tragic especially from the side near the station...the rooms in the entrance were awful,very noisy so that you couldnt sleep....the breakfast served in the room(very poor)....the towels changed every 2 days....the only positive thing was the lady in the reception,was very helpful and friendly...

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Luigi Pianciani 17 | Manzoni Metro Station, 00185 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino
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Ranked #1,112 of 1,273 Hotels in Rome
Price Range: £35 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Ginevra 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 300 metres from Manzoni Metro Station, Hotel Ginevra is 10 minutes' walking to coliseum, 2 metro stops from Termini Train Station. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV.The Ginevra Hotel is 5 minutes' walk from the Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. The surrounding neighbourhood is full of popular bars and restaurants. Staff are available 24-hours a day and can recommend the best places to eat and drink.Rooms either overlook the street or private garden. Each one includes a desk and private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries. An iron is available on request.You will be given a voucher for a light Italian breakfast, which is served buffet style at a café 70 metres away. Parking is available on the street in front of the hotel. ... more   less 
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