We sought out the Derby for a five-night stay in Rome because it ticked our boxes - not too big, not in an area dominated by tourists, great value for money, and good TripAdvisor reviews.
Can corroborate all the comments about helpful staff, they are a lovely bunch who are always happy to help or advise. Room was fine if a little faded, and came with a big balcony and reliable air con. which was handy in the August heat.
Only issue were some lacklustre areas in the breakfast buffet - if the only bread on offer is toaster-friendly sliced stuff, then why no toaster? Other Italian hotels of this size have usually served fresh rolls as part of the breakfast offer, which would have been preferable.
Coffee was never more than lukewarm, but Italian taste does not tend towards the piping hot.
Nice touch was the tea and biscuits tray in the lobby, tea and coffee in rooms is still very rare on the continent but this was a handy halfway house.
If you're tempted, a couple of tips - flying in from Fiumicino, take the train to Otiense and catch a 715 bus which stops outside the door, going the other way the same route takes you to the heart of the city (Teatro Marcello)
Plenty of serviceable family eateries in the area plus a couple of places with higher ambition - was disappointed not to be able to sample http://www.ristorodegliangeli.it/ after good ratings on TA, but it was holiday time so we were out of luck. www.acinobrillo.it was a happy find, though, and both are only about five minutes walk away.
Whole neighbourhood is great for evening strolls and little discoveries.
Nearest metro at Garbatella is 10 minutes, buses more flexible once you get your head around where you might end up.
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- Also Known As:
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