My wife and I stayed here 20-22 May 2009 (3 nights) and it is a great hotel (www.hoteldiocleziano.it)
It is a 5-10 minute walk from the Termini station, which is convenient when you fly into Fiumcino airport (30 mins using the non-stop express: 11 Euros per person for a single ticket).
Rome is a busy and noisy 24/7 city, so I wanted to stay somewhere close enough to the centre but not IN the centre - the Diocleziano fits the bill well.
The hotel is 4 stars and felt it: air-conditioned rooms; generous beds; free mini-bar stocked with bottled water and soft drinks (updated daily!); courteous and friendly staff.
The breakfast is included and is self-service. It comprises tea, coffee, selection of juices, toast, cereals, yoghurt, cold ham/salami, cheese and tomatoes. The selection was great and replenished often. The breakfast room is spacious and you could eat what you liked and as much as you liked. The hotel has a bar but we never used it.
Our room was neither huge nor small, but was certainly big enough for a couple in a capital city (double bed, ensuite, TV). It had air-conditioning (controlled by us) and apparently we stayed in the hottest May in Rome for 200 years! Daily temps hit 30C, 32C and 29C so the air-con was a must.
The hotel area is fine even though it is not in the centre of the city. There are plenty (10-15) restaurants within a 5 minute walk (2 literally around the corner, 1 min away) so there is enough choice for a short break.
There were no downsides. Yes, Rome is noisy, but that's to be expected. But we had double-glazed windows so the noise was not a problem at night. Keeping the aircon on all night was noisy but if you switched it off the room because too hot - probably not an issue if you travel when the days aren't 32C!
The hotel is 5 mins from the Republica metro or about a 30 min walk to the Colisseum, eg via Via Cavour.
The staff were friendly and all spoke English.
The hotel is good value for money (£550 for 3 nights) though it would be even better if the Pound to Euro wasn't so poor at the moment. We didn't try any of the hotel facilities so can't comment.
For a longer break than 3 days you *could* consider a more central location but then it would be noisier at night.
Overall I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone. Rome is a beautiful city and Hotel Diocleziano complements this very well. 10/10!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked in a quiet street, just behind the Diocletian Baths, the Hotel Diocleziano is a haven in the hustle and bustle of Rome's city centre! Just a 5 minute walk from Termini Train Station, the main bus routes and the metro lines A and B, Hotel Diocleziano is the perfect starting point for discovering the Eternal City. All our 35 rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi connection and daily restocked mini-bar - completely free! Not to mention the complimentary gym and sauna, where guests can relax after a busy day sightseeing. And if you are lucky enough to find it available, make sure you book the Deluxe Room. Its spacious terrace, overlooking the ruins of the Diocletian Baths, is a private window to History... If you are looking for a cosy and relaxing 4-star hotel, with a friendly multilingual staff, happy to cater to all your needs 24/7, then you might just have found your place in downtown Rome! Diocleziano STAFF ... more less
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