I spent almost a month in Europe and stayed at Imperial Rooms from 5 to 11 April 2012.
Prior to my arrival, I stayed in a 4-star hotel in Switzerland. Although the room was much bigger in Switzerland, the service was rather disappointed.
Imperial Rooms is right next to the Colosseo and the ticket booth of ATAC (Note: one way ticket to travel within Rome costs €1 via metro/bus/tram, you can either buy ticket from the ticket booth or at the metro station), 5-10 minutes from the metro and a few bus stations, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Imperial Forum, the Basilica San Clement and the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano (the oldest and ranks first among the 4 major basilicas of Rome), 10-15 minutes from Piazza Campidoglio and Piazza Venetia, and Tesco is right at the back of the hotel (you probably won’t notice if you do not pay close attention).
I arrived the night before Good Friday and avoided the hassle to drag my luggage around by paying €30 per person for Imperial Rooms to arrange for shuttle from the Fiumicino Airport and you know what, the boss himself and one staff picked us up from the airport. I had considered taking Leonardo Express earlier, the fare per person to Roma Termini is approximately €14 but decided against it since this was our (I travelled with my sibling) first free & easy trip to Rome and I couldn’t imagine dragging our heavy luggage to Stazione Termini in order to take Metro (at one-way fee €1) to Colosseo or take taxi in the middle of the night (at approximately €10) to the Imperial Rooms.
I was given a room with en-suite bathroom (I think not all rooms have Jacuzzi as advertised) on the 1st floor facing an ancient ruin (the view from my room could not be better, Colosseo is on the left and ancient ruin is just in front). The staffs were friendly and very helpful (they helped me to get a taxi at 6am to Roma Termini for my onwards trip to Florence and the taxi arrived within 3 minutes. Also helped me to clean after the mess I’ve made with genuine smile as I accidentally pull down the loose cereal container......my brother said he wished he brought our camera to take photo of my facial expression then). The room was spotlessly clean, fully furnished with a small TV, air-con, heater, mini bar, built-in the wall safe with free WiFi (I was really grateful that Imperial Rooms provided free WiFi because one 4-star hotel I stayed in London charged up to £15 per day to access high-speed internet) and free breakfast.
I enjoyed my stay and would recommend Imperial Rooms to you, if you are looking for a value-for-money hostel which is close to all the major sights, offers personalised service, do not mind to climb stairs (the hostel is located in an old building hence no lift to go up and down, but need not worry about bringing your luggage up as the staff will help you to send all to your room upon arrival) and can sleep well regardless of what condition since the bars downstairs open till 1-2am and people stay on the street until 3-4am and are really noisy even the double glazed window can’t block-out the loud noise entirely (I didn’t mind at all because I was either dog tired after my hard day out and fall sound asleep almost immediately after I lie down or worked late updating photos in my facebook. If you do, ask for an inner room but then you will not be able to enjoy the view outside and check the weather daily), this hostel would be the right fit for you as it was for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You wake up, enjoying a breathtaking view of the ancient heart of Rome. You must be staying at Imperial Rooms, a newly opened family-run guest house, facing the magnificent Coliseum. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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