My stay at WRH Termini was very enjoyable. Aside from the 5 keys you need to carry for your entry into the building, floor, room, safety deposit box and another key I never used that I can't remember what it was for, it was great value for the money. Yes, like the other reviews state, you have to walk up a half flight of stairs into the building to get to the elevator. And yes, the elevator is small, and yes it's on the third floor, but if you are bothered by these little things then don't come to Italy and go to a Gym and build up some muscle. You walk everywhere in Europe and it's just the lay of the land.
The staff is wonderful and couldn't do or help me enough. The room is clean and larger than I expected for a European hotel which was a bonus. Listen, here's the deal, you are in your room so little of the time anyway, so who cares right? You're in Italy. Every little hotel is going to have its quirks from loud plumbing to noisy guests. You just deal with it. For me the imperatives are is the hotel safe, clean, accessible to where I want to go and in a decent area? Yes to all of this.
The added bonus for this hotel is that they provide you with a lap top in every room so you can keep in touch with everyone back home and catch up on emails. This was invaluable to me and allowed me to travel without my laptop and the thought of trying to buy the right conversion equipment.
The convenient thing is that some area attractions are walkable from the hotel and if you don't like a good stretch of the legs, the Metro is right in Termini Train station where you can get two lines to access most of the attractions to Rome. It was also a convenient place to shop as the train station has two fully equipped markets so you can bring things back to your room for Dinner or breakfast (things can be kept in the hotel's shared refrigerator). There are also some really nice Restaraunts in the area as well. Next door was a really good Indian place and if you step out of the building and go left, then go left again at the first street you come to and about half a block up on your right is a great Restaurant where you can get take-away. Their Pizza was wonderful!
The one thing I would like to see happen though is that WRH would turn the A/C a bit lower in the summer. I found it not cool enough for my liking after a hot and sweaty day roaming around Rome. And they turn it off after you leave for the day to save electricity but it takes time to cool the room down when it's turned back on.
Other than that, this was one of the least expensive places I have ever stayed in Europe over the years, with the best service, and the block is quiet. Just remember, you are in Italy and nothing should take away the joy of that. So leave the spoiled Western attitude behind and just deal with any quirks and bumps come along. It's part of the charm of being in Europe and gives you fun stories to tell. Also if you sign up for any day tours from Rome, the hotel is centrally located and they will pick you up which is a plus and saves cab fare.
Would I stay here again? Absolutely. The only reason I didn't give WRH 5 stars is just for the Air Conditioning. It's lowest setting is probably about 70 degrees and you are blocked from going slower. It was okay, but being a woman of a certain age, who has hot-flashes, I need it cooler. This is why my next trip to Rome and staying with WRH Suites will be in the fall or early spring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WRH Termini is situated on the third floor of a building (with lift/elevator) which dates back to the early 1900s. It is located just few metres away from the city's main transport hub and train station, Termini (and the Air Terminal). WRH Termini has 6 rooms in total which have been tastefully furnished and decorated, all with a private bathroom and all are equipped with several modern conveniences, such as air conditioning, telephone, satellite television. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wrh Termini Hotel Rome