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Hotel Meridiana
Ranked #733 of 1,270 Hotels in Rome
Reviewed 8 March 2012

Let's start off w/the good points: pastries,juice & coffee brought to your room in the morning, located near Termini station (having been to Rome before - we only needed 2 nights as stop over to other destination) and large washroom. Have to pay extra for less than efficient air conditionning unit (very loud and only cooled the immediate area where it was located) - not great when it's still in the 30c at night and humid. shared hallway with very noisy neighbours - had to get out of bed and tell them to 'shut up' - sounded like they were moving in-out all night...and for those of you who need to lug up suitcases, the rooms are located on 5-6 floors up (no elevator)...but the manager is accomodating and will help you out if you have questions concerns... - but I would find another place next time (we arrived late, and had to get up early - barely slept the nights there)

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

Small tucked away place in a great location! No lift though, so go to the gym and work out before you arrive, or pack light! Lots of places to see around there and lots of places to eat. So close to the train station too so you can arrive from the airport train and walk over.
The rooms do the job and are clean. I got a deal with a breakfast too which is simple but keeps you going. Friendly staff: one who speak more english worked mostly in the afternoon and evening so if you have questions, approach him then. Stayed there on a very tight budget and couldn't afford the extra 10Euro for the air-con. On the hottest night i was there, he offered me the air-con for free. What a dude!

Room Tip: Lower room means less stairs to lug you bags up to!
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Josie H
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

Location of the hotel was very good as its close to Termini station.But the hotel doesnot have a lift,no room service,no fan if you are not using the air conditioner.Its a bit expansive for the service it provides although room was clean and well maintained

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank bachu1504
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

As this is only a two star hotel we didn't expect too much but we were less than impressed to be told shortly after arriving that if we wanted airconditioning this would cost us an extre €10 per night! The temperature during our stay in Rome was in the high 20s with high humidity so we couldn't manage without aircon and reluctantly agreed to this additional charge. However, I emailed our booking agent to (politely) ask if this was standard practice and got a reply the next morning saying that it was a mistake and that there would be NO extra charge for using the airconditioner during our stay and the price as quoted on our booking sheet was correct.

We arrived on the weekend and I think that the person working reception didn't really know what they were doing, so I'm glad I checked with our booking agent. When we went out on our first day and returned to the hotel around noon, this same person told us we had to 'go away' again because our room hadn't been done yet and the cleaners were having lunch! We eventually got him to understand that we didn't mind if they came in while we were there, but this was clearly something he'd never come across before and he really wanted us to go away.

Once the regular weekday staff were on, everything was fine and we found them to be quite helpful even though the language barrier was a bit hard to negotiate at times. But we managed with my little bit of Italian and their little bit of English to mostly make ourselves understood.

Our room although small, was adequate, clean and fully serviced with clean sheets and towels daily. Breakfast was disappointing with just a croissant, a fruit juice drink, the usual dry rusk type bread and jam. We asked if we could have English Breakfast tea, but that was clearly beyond them and every morning we got Earl Grey tea bags - one each. Luckily we found a supermarket where we were able to buy some tea that we both like so we used those instead of theirs. The milk provided was hot and 'fluffed' as though for a cappuccino, but at least the water was properly hot. This was a surprise bonus as we'd found it hard to get really hot water anywhere else.

The Meridiana is situated very close to everything, only about a 10 minute walk to the main station where you can catch local buses or the Hop On/Off buses that take you to all the main tourist destinations.

I've read some really dreadful reviews about this hotel, but I think the secret is to realise that a 2 star establishment isn't going to give you much luxury and once we cleared up the misunderstanding about the air conditioning, we quite enjoyed our stay here. Because we didn't make a fuss and were always polite to the staff, we found them very willing to provide us with good service. We overhead some other guests getting really aggro because the WiFi wasn't working and they were implying that it was the receptionist's fault when it was clearly a technical problem and was probably corrected a bit later on. I really can't see the point in treating people rudely just because something isn't going your way. The golden rule is to treat others the same way as you like to be treated. We found it worked for us during our entire trip.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Tzanee
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Reviewed 15 November 2010

Found this hotel very comfortable and cosy,the heating was on most the first night which left the room warm enough for the duration of our stay.We were able to reach all places on foot from the hotel and it was extremely handy for catching the bus to the airport.Staff are very friendly and helpful and a lovely woman brings you breakfast in your room in the mornings.Weren't alot of bad points, only thing was the view from the room,not very pretty but we weren't in Rome for the view so we didn't mind too much!Also,is no lift.A tip would give is don't leave the balcony door open too long as the smell isn't too good from outside but it's fine if keep door closed most of the time.Overall had a very good experience at this hotel,it is great value for money and would stay there again.Felt very safe in the area which is a big plus.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Ashd28
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Reviewed 5 August 2010

Hotel Meridiana is a nice hotel in Via Calatafimi, near Termini railway station. Rooms are clean and cosy. Staff is helpful and friendly and I would stay there again in the future. Many attractions are near and can be visited by foot. After all that's the best way to get know Rome.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MilosP
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Reviewed 30 May 2010

To start off, be aware that this hotel is located in a sketchy part of town near the "Termini" which is the train station. So if you are considering booking any hotel in this area its probably not going to be great. The lobby is located on the second floor of the hotel. The room my friend and I booked was supposed to have two twin beds, however we entered the room to see a queen bed and what looked to be a twin size bed. We then opened the windows and our room looked out into the back of a large, rundown apartment complex. I recommend not even opening the blinds if your room is on the back side of the building. At night it gets loud (again I can only speak from living in a room on the back side of the building) and in the morning you can hear just about anything move outside or above your room. The shower did not drain well and sometimes flooded although that tends to be the case around much of Europe. Also, there is no internet available in our room although there was an internet cafe around the block. The man at the front desk was pretty helpful for the most part and the hotel was in a good overall location, in terms of proximity to metro station and the coliseum. The staff at the hotel also allowed us to keep our bags at the hotel while we went sightseeing given our flight wasn't unti 9 P.M. There was always someone at the front desk as well which made us feel safe about leaving our room for long periods of time. This hotel was nice but I feel like there are better hotels out there that can offer better amentities. However, this is a good hotel for the amount we paid.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: Via Calatafimi 38, 185 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
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Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #733 of 1,270 Hotels in Rome
Price Range: £35 - £267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Meridiana 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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