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“Shockingly disappointing - purely a flop house.”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Repubblica Hotel

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Repubblica Hotel
Ranked #1,164 of 1,291 Hotels in Rome
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Shockingly disappointing - purely a flop house.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

The only good thing of this place is the location; close to amenities and the metro station. Entrance is dark and dingy. Lift doesn't always work as people forget to close the manual doors so you have to struggle with your cases up the stairs. Reception staff were completely unfriendly and unhelpful. Décor throughout the whole hotel is tired, shabby and outdated. Bedroom was very dark, poorly lit, cramped, with ineffective air conditioning. Window looked out onto the back forecourt that housed all the ventilation units for the hotel; making it extremely noisy at night. Bathroom was cramped and shoddy, sink was loose, nowhere to put soap -no soap dish, plug in wash basin didn't work, shower doors and ledges were mouldy.
Breakfast was very poor quality and not really worth bothering with. Staff waiting to clear the tables were unfriendly, didn't have a smile to share with anyone.
No other facilities at this hotel; only breakfast room and bedrooms.
Rome is a great place to be but this hotel is nothing more than a flop house.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

Already when entering the hotel I had a bad feeling, because the building is very dark inside. It's also very old and there is no charming decoration or lighting whatsoever wich could make the entrance more inviting. When I checked in the staff was not particularly friendly and did not even smile. The hall with the reception looks OK, but my room (single bed) was a catastrophe:

1. Extremely dark. The view through the very small window was to the shaft between the buildings which meant almost no daylight ever came through.
2. Very old and smelly interior. The furniture looked very cheap, old and jumbled together.
3. Broken and moldy objects. The mirror was cracked, the sink had a crack in it, the shower had mold at the rims, and one of the shower doors was broken so that it would not close properly.
3. Tiny. There was very little space which in combination with the darkness made the room very depressing. Also the shower doors opened only to such a small gap that everyone who is not super-slim will have problems getting in and out of the shower (I had to access it sideways while pulling in my stomach.)

The only reason for not rating this hotel as terrible is the fact that the wifi is free, there is a safe vor valuable objects, and the location is very central. But that's not worth putting up with unfriendly staff and sleeping in a smelly, dark room.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Rooms were relatively clean, although quite small for two double beds. The elevator is old and frankly useless if you have two+ people with luggage. The breakfast is subpar, and even though it was included and just the typical water/coffee/juice cereal/ham/cheese/croissants, the quality of these could definitely have been much better.

PROS
-Internet worked in the rooms
-Very convenient location, located 5-10 minutes walking from the Termini station, where we arrived from Fiumicino airport, and from which we departed for the next leg of our journey. Similarly, being close to Termini, allowed you to walk to other sites (relatively) close to Via del Corso, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, or gave you the option to take the metro to further away stops.
-70Euro/night total for two people, not too bad for Rome

CONS
-Receptionists all VERY apathetic, do not really seem to care about the customers
-Air-conditioning did not work until our last night (out of 5) - it wasn't too hot during the nights, but it would have been nice to have during the day. "Management" declined our request to switch rooms.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Cuttack
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

Essentially, a 3- star hotel located in Central Rome, suitable for low budget travelers/tourists wishing to see the many historic sites and other attractions on foot or by using the Metro lines in Rome.
Fairly decent clean rooms with attached bathrooms, hot water showers and below par air conditioning.
Cold buffet, sparse breakfasts with average quality food consisting of two cereals, juice, breads and ham, cheese,and an assortment of rolls repeated daily.
Location is excellent, 50 yards from the Metro station and half mile from the Main Train station to where you can drag your luggage on wheels.
Several small eateries (mostly Italian & 2 chinese, 1 Japanese) on nearby streets and a well stocked grocery store four blocks away.
Ancient, small elevator which stops operating when residents forget to close the doors manually when they leave! Try and get a room on the 2nd or 3rd floor. 4th and 5th floor residents will have to climb up & down the stairs several times in a day!
No security against theft!!
My wife's handbag with purse was lifted by an outsider thief from her chair in the dining room on the 2nd floor of the hotel when she got up to refill her cup of coffee during breakfast. The CCTV recorded the entire episode showing the thief walking into the dining room, placing his raincoat on the chair with handbag, lifting his raincoat with the handbag and walking away; all within one minute time!! An FIR filed with the Rome Police recorded the incident and despite the video clip provided by hotel, no action whatsoever was taken by the police.
In Rome, please be well aware of pickpockets, thieves, burglars and purse snatchers at all times, especially on the streets, trains and metro lines. Keep your money and valuables safely tucked within your clothes and not visible from outside.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

We spent 2 days too long here. The rooms were dirty, the basin cracked without a plug. Schooltour children were running around making a noice late at night. We found bed bugs in 2 beds, advised managed ment who spryed the room, not offering an alternative room. Bugs found again the following night. Management did not seem to care as it was a weekend. Will never return

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

This hotel is really very good the staff were helpful the room was old fashioned but clean the sheets & towels clean bed comfortable, breakfast was a buffet, fresh bread, cheese, ham as much as you wanted what more could you want. Well you can leave your case for late flights and there is a lovely clean shower room so you can be fresh to travel home after continuing your days site seeing. The hotel is five mins walk from the train & bus stations on a main avenue, not scary but safe to walk around at night you can walk to all major sites too. Had a lovely time.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

Really poor hotel 3 star no way would compare it to a 2nd rate UK BB! Sink in bathroom was cracked, you could wash your face sitting on the loo! Curtains in the room dirty, lighting terrible, never unpacked. On a plus point good location for getting out and about but scary at night time, breakfast OK.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Repubblica Hotel
Address: Via Nazionale 251, 00184 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #1,164 of 1,291 Hotels in Rome
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Hotel Class:3 star — Repubblica Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 90
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