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Hotel Diocleziano
Ranked #46 of 1,258 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto,Ontario
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not that great”
Reviewed 10 August 2009

Based on previous reviews, we took a chance on this hotel for a trip to Italy with my parents and wife. For our first week we rented a house in Tuscany and then came to Rome for 3 days.

This hotel is located in a great spot as everyone else has noted.

The breakfast is fine but nothing special. The Internet didn't work in the rooms and was very slow in the lobby. The fitness centre is quite small and has a very low ceiling.

My biggest problem was the staff, I found them to be rude and not that great. One night my brother and I came back fairly late and 30 minutes later the front desk called demanding that we come back downstairs to "sign in". I asked why and he didn't speak enough English to tell us why.

So no I would not recommend this hotel nor would I stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 August 2009

we stayed at this hotel for 5 nights. Worthy to stay and no need to look for another hotel.

The staff arranged twin beds accoring to our request and welcomed us in very friendly manner. The room was furnished nicely and had a big clean bath. Air- conditioner helps us from Roma summer heat.

The breakfast was also great such as a varirty of breads, fresh fruits, drinks. The hotel also offered a free internet.

The hotel is 7 miniuts walk from Termini station. While this is the city centre, the hotel is located in the very quiet street so we could open the window during day and night, no disturbance.

We highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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mrstewart1
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 August 2009

We stayed at Hotel Diocleziano this past week in Rome, and were very happy with our experience!

You can't beat Diocleziano's location, especially if you plan to use public transport frequently. We had an early train to Venice for an overnight stay- Termini is a short walk away, down a quiet street facing the station. In addition to the trains, metro stop, shops and restaurants, we took multiple buses from Termini to get to Campo del Fiore, which has no nearby Metro station. Many Roman sights are also within walking distance.

Rooms were very clean with a modern, more updated decor. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful with our questions, and called to reserve our visit to the Galleria Borghese. The minibar was restocked daily with free soda and water, which was great considering the heat in late July- it was 90-95 degrees every day of our trip. The aircon/A.C. worked very well, in contrast to where we stayed in Venice. Other thoughts...Internet access is free - don't know about Wifi access. Breakfast was very enjoyable, there was also a bar but didn't seem to get much use. Gym was available, good not great, but walking in the heat was plenty of exercise on its own!

Only negative? The bed- the two twin beds combined as a full were a bit stiff for our taste. But for the price, location and service, we were extremely satisfied with our experience and would definitely stay here next time we come to Rome.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2009

We selected this hotel based on the reviews I read here and on our specific preferences:

1. Proximity to Termini - Because our arrival and departure from Rome were both by train, we wanted a hotel within easy walking distance from Termini, so we don't need to pay for taxi. The distance from Termini's front entrance to this hotel was only 300 yards. We knew it will be farther away from most tourist sites, but it didn't matter to us. We didn't want to walk there anyway. We had gotten the Roma Pass, which included 3 days of public transportation, and Termini is a main hub for both public and HOHO buses and the Metro. We were able to save a lot of walking by taking the bus/Metro to everywhere we wanted to visit. We only had to walk at the site and between the nearby sites.

For example, we took the Metro to the Spanish Steps, then walked mostly downhill to Piazza Navonna with stops along the way at Prada/Gucci/Dolci...stores (to appease my wife), and visited the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. After we had dinner at Navonna, we took the bus back to Termini. If we had stayed somewhere near any of those places, we probably wouldn't have been able to use the public transportation as effectively.

2. A Newer Facility - Call us prejudiced, but we prefer newer or newly refurbished properties. We have heard too many horror stories, and experienced some ourselves, about older properties with the musty smells, creaky floors, questionable A/C, etc. This hotel is only a few years old, so just about everything felt new

3. High Quality Service and Amenities - Everyone at the hotel was so friendly and helpful! The breakfast was wonderfully prepared and ready for us each morning. Unlike what we read about other properties, there were plenty of seating. In the 3 days we stayed there, we always had a choice of tables. They offered scrambled eggs and bacons, pastries/croissants, along with the typical cuts of cheese, meat, and fruits. In the room, they provided daily non-alcoholic drinks in a small refrigerator. They offer all the standard convenience items in the bathroom. They offer free in-room wifi service (started in late June) as well as a public computer in lobby. For those who needs more exercises than walking all day, there's a nicely equiped gym along with a sauna.

4. Good Value - I'm a sucker to good value. The price we booked for a superior room at this hotel can't be beat by any comparable level properties closer to the many tourist sites. If there wasn't a Roma Pass and if the public transportation wasn't so convenient, we wouldn't have bothered. But, since they were, we found this hotel to be the best choice for us!

As for the other major downside to its location that other reviewers mentioned - questionable security at nights - we didn't have any problems. It was quieter than most tourist locations, but we never felt unsafe. We had dinners at 2 nearby restaurants (Babbo's and La Lampada). Both were within a few blocks of the hotel, and we felt very comfortable walking to and back from the restaurant. In fact, we found the quietness to our liking after a long day of crowds.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 3 August 2009

This is my second time in this hotel, and I will be back for my next trip to Rome
From room to breakfast, from cleanliness to quiteness at night, you won't be surpised by a bad experience as you can find in so many tourist spots.
It is mainly a business hotel, but the atmosphere is also great for tourist like me

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Liverpool
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Diocleziano for 5 nights in July. After searching through many hotels in Rome we decided that this was the best 4*, based on the lovely photos and fabulous reviews.

This hotel is nice, but nothing special. Based on other hotels I've stayed in I would definately not rate it as 4* but 3*. The staff were friendly, and spoke fairly good English and the hotel was clean and fairly modern. The room was however quite small and the bathroom was a terrible layout (you had to squeeze round the toilet to get into the shower and to sit on the toilet you virtually had to put your legs inside the shower.) The minibar in the room was free and was refilled each day, however it only contained 1 bottle of water, Coke and Fanta, (no snacks or alcohol.)

Although the hotel is close to the station, it isn't in the best of areas. During the day it's fine and an easy walk to the station or bus terminal, (less than 5 minutes,) however at night this area doesn't feel terribly safe. There are a lot of homeless people hanging around, and after dark the area is fairly quiet compared to other parts of the city. The hotel itself is down a fairly secluded side street, and the road leading from it to the station reeked with the smell of urine each day, (not very nice in 36 the degree heat!) Taxi drivers also found the hotel difficult to locate and even when given the street name generally went to the other end of the street, which crosses a more major road.

All in all I'd say that this is a nice enough hotel for the price, providing you can afford to get taxis to and from it after dark. However if I went back to Rome I'd stay closer to the Trevi Fountain or Pantheon area, which is more central if you want to explore Rome by foot and be close to the shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Clapham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 July 2009

As per the other reviews I would say this is an excellent hotel. I have been to quite a few around the world and this is one of the best. All of the staff are very friendly, it is spotlessly clean, everything looks brand new and the aircon works well - it was really hot in Rome and it was vital for me that the aircon in the room worked well which it did. Also the breakfast buffet was really good. The hotel also has a pretty good brand new small gym.

I thought the location was fine because it was easy to find just 5 mins from the station and although it was a 20 min walk into the centre it was so easy to jump on a bus at the termini bus station across the road where the buses are regular and go everywhere. It was also just as easy getting back because they all head back to the main station. The trip into the centre takes 5 mins on the bus. I would imagine that for a similar hotel in the centre that the price would be double so unless money is no object I would advise you to stay here. Its well worth getting a Roma card which gets you into two main attractions free and gives you 3 days unlimited travel on the bus.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Diocleziano

Property: Hotel Diocleziano
Address: Via Gaeta 71, 00185 Rome, Italy
Phone Number:
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#28 Family Hotel in Rome
#29 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#40 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Diocleziano 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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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