Upon entering the building, I prayed, please be clean, please have an A/C, please have an ELEVATOR. But what I didn't pray for was for it to have a 1st floor lobby - this place didn't. So, we're dumbfounded.....what???? I looked at the sign outside again, and it said something like 4 Piano. Hmmm....4th floor? Interesting? Penthouse maybe, I thought. So we pushed the elevator button (my prayers were answered). It's one of those old elevators where you have to open and close the door yourself...another 1st for us. Got to the 4th floor....someone answered the door - Andrew and an Italian lady, Julia - the receptionist. 1st impression, hotel/residenza had a personalized feel. It had a nice big living room, with two balconies, and a rooftop view...very Italiano. Big plus....free internet in the lobby. Even bigger surprise, I found a wireless connection from the room. We're set!
The room was always kept clean. Andrew, the sole caretaker of the place, was always on the move ensuring that the place is pristine. Julia was also ever so helpful, gave us little tips as to where to go and what to do. They also made our limo arrangement back to the airport - very convenient.
The hotel is about 1 minute walk to the Metro....a big plus. It's also just a few minutes away via bus to other dining establishments.
This place is not your huge type of hotel. I believe there are only 7 rooms so they do get to know the guests. This can be somewhat of a downside....the hotel is staffed from 7:30 am - 9 pm. If you get a phone call after 9 pm, no one from the front desk will answer the phone to transfer to your room. If you're local with a cell phone, no problem, but we were tourists who had no local cell phone, so anyone who wants to reach us after 9 pm couldn't reach us. Also, if you misplace your keys and you arrive at the hotel after 9 pm, it will be difficult for you to get in. However, there is an Emergency Phone # to reach the staff after hours.
At the end of it all......being the somewhat picky traveller that we are....what matters most is the very clean environment and the staff.......that's why given the opportunity, I will recommend the place with no hesitation.
THANK YOU ANDREW AND JULIA!! Grazie!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The All Comfort Astoria luxury suites is located on the top floor of a very elegant Palazzo, with access by elevator. The whole floor was totally renovated in January of 2004 and occupies 300 square meters of the building.There is a 360° view of Rome from our guest house, which is located in the centre of Rome, its main University 'La Sapienza' and the main line train station for Rome 'Termini'. We are easily accessible by Bus, Tram or Underground (line B Station Policlinico).We offer a true 'First Class' service to all our customers, with attention to every detail and all of your needs. Together with the elegant and ambient surroundings, we offer all the comforts of a Grand Hotel and more, with a price that will please..Our accommodations are not just rooms but elegant 'suites' all these suites have on-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, television, telephone, safe and mini-bar.Each suite also has Wireless connection , internet is free. .All our suites are Ideal for anyone visiting on business or pleasure.Included in the room price are the use of the air conditioning, message service, wake up calls, plus local telephone calls .. All our suites are non smoking, however we do allow smoking in certain designated areas.Circling the guest house are several sun terraces (200 square meters) were you can enjoy our hospitality and socialise with other guests.For the perfect start to your day Breakfast can be served either in our dining room or on the terrace in the sun with fantastic views of Rome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- All Comfort Astoria Palace Hotel Rome