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“Vesta Residence is a Hostel not Hotel” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Vesta Residence
Ranked #3,216 of 3,731 Rome B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Vesta Residence is a Hostel not Hotel”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2007

Vesta Residence is located right next to Termini Station which is great for carrying luggage but this is not a hotel it was a hostel and in the US would be a 1*. The place was not that bad except after taking a shower and getting ready for bed we discovered bed bugs. We rang for the girl who was working the hostel and she had a guest and would not answer her door so we left and rode the bus for hours looking for another hotel with no luck so we went back and I had my husband stand at the front door and ring the bell as I stood at her door. She put us in another room without bed bugs where we spent the night and next evening as we had to pay in cash upfront and could not get a refund.

When we left they put 2 Spanish Backpackers in the same room without cleaning it or telling them.

Spend a little more and go to another hotel or be prepared and know this is a hostel not a hotel

Stayed April 2005
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  • Location
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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  • German first
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Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2007

This place isn't a hotel in the normal sense of the word. The owner has merely leased some rooms on the second floor of a large apartment block, thus there is no lobby/reception area or bar/dining room. 3 of us arrived having booked a double and a single room for 2 nights at 80 euros per room per night. The girl told us that she has 'misread' our reservation and thought that we only required one room. I'm sure she reads dozens of these reservation forms a week, so her inability to read something in plain black and white was not particularly believable. We were then made to wait in a corridor for half an hour without being told what was going on. Finally. a spare bed was put into a double room and we were told we would have to share (our group being a couple and a single man). We were offered 20 euros per night refund. When we pointed out that we were effectively paying 140 euros a night for a triple room and asked what the true price of a triple was, she got on the phone and offered us 40 euros per night refund, thus the room was costing us 120 euros per night. When I got home a few days later, I investigated the cost of a triple room and found it was 105 euros, so we were ripped off on our refund, although not as much as we might have been. Our arrival had been delayed by taking the hotel website map too literally. This consists of a detailed street plan showing the precise location of the hotel... except that there is an office block at the position indicated. The hotel is a few hundred metres away, off the top of the map! In the morning, the breakfast arrived on a tray - a meagre offering of a croissant, a cup of tea and a glass of fruit juice. Don't expect to go for an evening stroll, taking in local bars and restaurants - there aren't any. Your best bet is a stroll under the concrete flyover to take the Metro into town at Tiburtina station. In fact, the proximity to the Metro is about the only thing that this place has in its favour. Find somewhere else.

  • Liked — Easy to get away from on the Metro
  • Disliked — Having one of our 2 rooms given away before we got there
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2007

The personnel was very friendly and helpful,due to some problems with the bathroom they arranged another hotel for me.
They even brought us to that hotel by car.

  • Liked — the personnel
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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prague
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2006

We had a very clean and simple double room with private bath. The hotel's 2 mins walk from the Tibertina metro, which takes u to Coloseum in 10 mins, or a little longer to Spanish Steps with a change at Termini. To find Vesta, just turn right at the McDonalds exit and walk along the street a few hundred metres past the API gas station. The hotel overlooks a flyover so there's plenty of traffic noise. We were in rome in october so it was ok to close window at night but could be problematic in high summer. The area's grotty but seems safe enough and becomes more residential as u move away from the metro/rail station. When u arrive just buzz on Vesta on the door entrance and when someone answers, give the door a good push! Otherwise, the apartment building is real busy with residents coming and going, so u should get in soon enough. Bring your own towel and soap, weren't provided. All in all, for EUR 44, Vesta is possibly the cheapest deal in Rome. You'll pay twice the price in the centre for similar accomm, so if you're on a budget, don't hesitate to stay there. Just don't expect the Ritz!

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — location
  • Tips/Secrets — no
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2005

Having comfortably booked a double room in Vesta Residence through the internet before leaving on holidays, and being promised a place in the centre of Rome, we were quite surprised that the hotel was located in an uncheerful suburb next to a noisy highway. Having arrived at the indicated housenumber, there was no trace to be seen from a hotel. Thinking we got ripped-off (having been obliged to make an advance payment), a nice neighbour informed us there actually was a hotel and he helped us getting in (without that I don't know if we would have). A non-english speaking and quite rude girl made a fuss over our internetreservations, which appeared to have never got through. The girl disappeared for a considerable time and finally got back and grumpily said it was ok after all. We had to pay the rest of the money right away, and she showed us our room. The room was fine, simply furnished with ikea-stuff. But as one opened the window, one got almost blown away by the noise of the highway underneath the window. Sleeping was therefore difficult; with the Roman summer heat there is no way you sleep with the window shut. The strangest thing was that our key to the frontdoor didn't work. We asked for another one, and were being treated as if we asked for some extraordinarily big favor. In the end we got one.
Our conclusion about the hostel so far was very negative already, through the behaviour of the staff, the malfunctioning key, the noise and the location.
To finish it up we probably lost some of our clothes and a small backpack in here. Though we are not completely certain, we think they might have been stolen here. For as we checked out, we double-checked the room and there was nothing to be found. Then, when only afterwards we discovered the loss, we've send email and made telephone calls to the Vesta Residence. No answer so far...
Certainly a no-go place!!!

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2005

We shared a triple room with our son at the Vesta residence. It was easy to find and very close to Tiburtina railway and metro station. First impression was good and very pleasant young lady showed us to our room at the front of the building. The room appeared to be clean and well furnished and perfectly suitable for our needs. Unfortunately when retiring to bed that night the bed collapsed as I lay down. It was the slat type so after reassembling it we tried again with the same problem. I tried to contact the staff but no one was there only a mobile number to ring but I had no phone and did not want to go out to find one as the area was a bit dubious with lots of drunks hanging around. In the end we placed the mattress on the floor and spent the night ON THE TILES. Next morning we told the young lady what had occurred and she was very apologetic and moved us to another much better room right away. We shared a bathroom just across the corridor this was clean and well maintained but was in constant use in the morning so we had to wait our turn which was an inconvenince. The other downside was the room overlooked the main road at the front of the building so was too noisy to allow the window to be opened for fresh air to come in. The residence would probably not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems as there are quite a few steps to the first floor where the lift is. We did not bother with breakfast at the residence, so I can not rate it and none was actually offered. On leaving I asked about booking a room for our return trip through Rome and was surprised it would cost considerably more to book direct at the time than on the Net. All in all not a bad place to stay if you are travelling on a budget and just want to see the sights.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Province of Zaragoza, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2004

Clean, confortable,spacious room furnished with good taste, quiet area, far from mad Rome.
No internet or kitchen or laundry. I think they should say that before.
They clean and make beds everyday.
No explanations about anything, just about how to pay them as soon as you put one foot inside. The girl pretends not to speak English, that way she avoids complaints and she just sends u to talk to the responsible. The responsible is her brother, a bad tempered man. No maps or advises...it's difficult to be in contact cause they are almost never in the place.
No tv room, no common room where to share experiences with others.
The area is surrounded by rumanian gypsies (carefull with your money), scary groups of east europe, homeless drunks and urine smell. U have to pass in front of them everytime u go somewhere cause they sit in front of the metro entrance. Going out at night is difficult cause pubs are quite far....u can take bus 492 till 12 at night. It takes u to Navona square.
We were very disappointed to realised there were no kitchen or internet...we would have chosen it anyway, but we felt cheated. Also we had food with us and we had to throw it away.

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Property: Vesta Residence
Address: Circonvallazione Nomentana 251, 00162 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome
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Hotel Class:2 star — Vesta Residence 2*
Number of rooms: 1
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