I was a little apprehensive having read such negative comments, but figured if the room was clean I could put up with the rest - after all, I only wanted to sleep and shower there. Having spent five nights there (283euro for a single room on Booking.com) I genuinely don't understand the complaints.
The bus from the airport dropped us two minutes from the hotel. The area is bustling due to the proximity to Termini and there are some people sleeping in doorways but they are doing just that - sleeping. Nobody ever approached us or made us feel intimidated. There are plenty of restaurants and shops in the immediate vicinity if you need something in a hurry.
We arrived at 12.10 and were very politely told we'd have to wait 20 mins for the room to be ready - we were shown to the small lounge area and were called right on time. This room had free maps and guide books to keep us occupied. City tax of 2euro per person per night was paid at this point.
We dealt with several different people on reception over the course of the week and not one of them could be described as rude - all were very pleasant.
When I entered the room it was as I anticipated - small - but it was immaculate. The bathroom was entered through a sliding door in the corner and was up two steps, but opened out into a sizeable space and was much bigger than I expected. It looked to be newly decorated and had toliet, sink, bidet and shower. There was handsoap and a sachet of shower gel which I didn't use as I had brought my own. I'm not usually one for dust inspections but before I threw my towel over the shower enclosure door frame I ran my hand along it to see if it was clean - perfect, not so much as a speck of dust.
At check in we were given the TV remote control and a card for the lights and air-conditioning unit - all worked with no problems. The TV stands on a table which also encompasses a luggage rack which fits a large suitcase and a fridge which was great to keep water in. The wardrobe contains a spare pillow and blanket and the safe.
The bed was very comfortable and I slept very well apart from the odd loud conversation in the corridor outside but they didn't last long. The room was on the third floor at the back of the hotel and very quiet, and it was reached by stairs or lift. From the reviews I had envisaged a manually operated crate, but I assure you it's a normal lift - true, take off and landing are a little jolty but it comfortably fits two with cases.
Breakfast was fantastic - an all-you-can-eat buffet from 7-10 comprising bread rolls, croissants (hot and cold, filled and plain), other pastries and slices of tart, cereals, ham, cheese, yogurt, and a machine for coffees and hot water plus a box of various types of tea bags.
All in all I would definitely go back - the location was perfect and the room was excellent. If I were to search for negatives, I would say some of the bedroom door springs could be adjusted as some of them slam shut and not all guests are considerate of that. The window looked out over a back street so I didn't open the shutters - but if you want a view in Rome there are plenty to choose from. The plus side was the silence at night which is more important to me. There was a scratch on the edge of the TV table... Really, it's that difficult to find fault.
Highly recommended, a bargain at that price.
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