This hotel is a good example of style over substance. It looks quite striking, but the place is really mediocre. Not terrible, but nothing above 2*/3* at the most.
The rooms are clean and quite comfortable, but very basic. The bathroom is a bit better - go for a room with a bathtub as they're a bit bigger. They advertise Wi-Fi in all the rooms, but this just doesn't happen. Yes, there is Wi-Fi in the corridors and in Reception, but this doesn't extend into the rooms with any success. I had a tablet and the strongest signal I could get was one spot - that meant about 5 minutes to load a Facebook page but only if the signal lasted that long!! The staff were really obliging and offered to change our room, but this problem seemed to extend everywhere, even in rooms adjacent to Reception itself. The doors are very heavy, so we wondered if this blocked the signal in some way. The corridors are black and quite spooky until you get used to it!
Breakfast was quite good by Italian standard, but not inspiring. There was a container of scrambled egg, which never seemed to be replaced (and we sat in the restaurant for quite a while, as this did has Wi-Fi connection!) and there was lukewarm greasy bacon. There were some slices of thin ham too and cold, hard boiled eggs, but the rest was basically lots of cake. Unfortunately, the bread we had was sliced and every day it was hard and stale, even on the day when we got there just after opening time. This was a shame, as you could have managed a reasonable meal had the bread been fresh.
The worst thing about the place was its location. It's a long walk from the bus stop and it is uphill all the way. We're talking a good 10 minutes walk, even longer if you're not good on hills! The road to it is also very rundown and littered with rubbish. Also, the road is extremely busy at all times, so the journey even to Cornelia can take a while in the hotel mini bus. The best way to get there is to take a taxi from Termini - it costs about 20Euro. We were scammed by a taxi driver who charged us 15Euro from Cornelia metro station, which annoyed us. However, DO NOT ORDER A TAXI FROM THE HOTEL!! We ordered one on the last day to get back to Termini and he charged us 30Euros, claiming it was a standard charge by the hotel!!! We couldn't argue, but this did nothing to enhance our opinion of the hotel.
There are no English TV channels of any sort, not even the usual CNN/BBC News/Sky news, which was disappointing as there were quite a few English there. Of course, the staff attitude was basically take it of leave it, which we often found to be the case of many things in Rome!!
The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful to us, though.
We didn't choose this hotel ourselves, as it was part of a package but I wouldn't really recommend it to families or older travellers, just for the inconvenience of where it is. Getting to the centre of Rome can be quite a challenge.
Can I please add a warning - be very careful of your belongings in Rome! There are pick pockets and thieves everywhere and they don't discriminate! We were only there four days, but heard of many stolen purses/wallets during this short time.
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