If you are looking for somewhere cheap to stay in Rome, which is in a handy location then this hotel is ideal. It is fairly basic but it was clean and served the purpose of a bed for the night. It is labelled as a 3 star hotel. I am not convinced it is 3 star - I would say 2 star.
This hotel is located just on the other side of the Trastevere area, 5 mins walk from Trastevere train station and a few minutes walk from the tram station. The hotel is located on a street accessible by a couple of flights of steps so if you struggle with steps this is not the place for you. The hotel is situated on a quiet street but it is quite near to the main road. We were in room 212 and this was situated at the back of the hotel and not near the main road side and as a consequence we heard no noise at all at night. The area itself looks a little bit rough at first but we felt perfectly safe there.
You can get to the main Roma termini station direct from trastevere train station and this only takes 15 minutes and costs €1. From termini you have access to the underground network.
The trams are very good. They run every 5 or 10 minutes and the number 8 tram which stops close to the hotel will take you to Argentina, which is in the city centre (close to the Pantheon). This tram ride takes 10 minutes. There is also a bus (3B) which stops at the train station and takes you to piramide where you can take the underground (we did this to go to the colesseum. You can buy a one day travel card for unlimited use on the trams, trains, buses and underground or a three day travel card which we did costing €16.50.
The other great thing about this location is that you are close to the trastevere restaurant area, which is picturesque and has many restaurants at a reasonable price with fresher and better food than you would get in the centre. The closest tram stop to this area is Berri.
The hotel itself i would say has seen better days. The decor is worn and dated. If you are bothered about worn carpet and old fashioned decor then this is not the place for you. Having said that the room was acceptable, it was fairly small but it was clean, the shower was good, the air con worked and was fairly quiet (although it still wasn't very cold).
Wifi was available but it wasn't free. There was a choice of paying €5 for two hours of €10 for 5 hours which you could use at any time (not necessarily all at once) and I thought this was reasonable.
The staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming. The rooms don't have safes but there is one at reception where you can leave an envelope of valuables.
We had breakfast at the hotel. For a cost of €6 it was fine. Nothing special but no different than most continental breakfasts that you get at hotels. The bread and croissants were fresh and nice and the cheese and meats were good.
On the first day we went to a pizza restaurant for lunch on the corner opposite the train station and it was very nice for a quick lunch.
In conclusion if you are looking for cost over luxury, and don't mind hopping on a tram, then I would recommend this hotel as a cheap place to stay with close access to the Trastevere restaurant area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near the charming district of Trastevere just a few minutes from San Pietro, l'Hotel Villarosa will lodge you in a sophisticated and warm atmosphere of hospitality to make particularly satisfying your stay in Rome. The hotel is equipped with all modern facilities and comforts: rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning, high speed Wi-Fi, satellite TV and direct dial phone. Our guests can also benefits of a large dining room with buffet breakfast, a lounge bar and a terrace with sun loungers, tables and umbrellas. The conference room makes the hotel suitable for business travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rosa
- Villa Rosa Rome