I spend few nights here when I was in Rome for some business and some sight seeing.
The rooms were adequate, clean and the beds just as I like them: firm and solid. Plenty of clean towels and a pretty spacy and comfortable bathroom.
I was single, so I could use both pillows, which was nice as they were pretty thin.
People were nice. I loved the quirky entrance! When I am in foreign cities, these little courtyards always fascinate me and it was really wonderful to walk into one of them as though you belong. Mind you, the outer door has a door-in-a-door, so to speak. Which means you have to step over a 15 to 20 cm threshold to enter…I didn’t notice, bumped my foot against the door and did my already dodgy knee in for at least one day…(I was even foolish enough to repeat this action once more later in my stay…!)
One night I ate out at the pizzeria just below, which was a nice experience. Even in December, you can sit outside on the pavement.
Still, I’m only giving this hotel three points instead of the four I would normally give a place like this, seeing I only paid 60 euros a night. And this is for three reasons:
One: breakfast was totally drab. And I’m not picky…The rolls were tasteless and the croissants sugared. There was different kind of cake every morning, but this is not something I like to eat for breakfast. So I stuck to the toasted bread. Not fresh ones, but the kind you buy in a package. Coffee was too strong for my taste, the hot water only lukewarm, so I finally opted for the hot chocolate, which was nice. The orange juice was from a pack as well.
Two: when the elevator doors are not closed properly, the elevator doesn’t work. And even though everybody uses the elevator, a lot of the people did not close the door properly. I personally think the hotel staff should put more effort into making sure all guests are aware of how to close the door and maybe check the doors every now and then….or maybe make sure they are fixed and close properly by themselves….? I was glad the elevators worked well when I arrived with my luggage, heavy with books, but on many an occasion I had to walk up the 3 flights, with my dodgy knees and all.
Oh, but if you do find the elevator not working on your arrival, I would personally have no trouble leaving the luggage downstairs (no extreme valuable things, of course) and walk up to get the lift. I’m sure you stuff will be 100% safe.
Three: I’ve lately adopted the habit of leaving a do-no-disturb sign on the door knob. I love my own mess and I don’t need my bed made every day. Usually I do tip the cleaners anyway, as I realise it’s a low-paid, hard-working job….But the maid insisted on ignoring the sign and did the room anyway. No matter how obviously I put up the sign, trying new ways every day. The only day they didn’t come in was when I was in. But even then, they phoned to ask if I needed cleaning….so what’s the point of these do-no-disturb signs???
But maybe I’m being too hard on them here?
Oh, and one more thing, make sure you find the nearest subway stop (ie Republica and not Termini), as the streets of Rome are not made for wheeled suitcases…
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