For our first time in Rome I loved that we stayed in a neighborhood instead of the tourist area.
Front desk (Linda) was great, very nice and patient.
Our two bedroom apartment was spacious and fairly comfortable for the three of us for two weeks. We used our small but functional kitchen for breakfast and sometimes lunch. The bathroom needed help, black mold in and around the shower-GROSS! Bleach goes along way!
And the toilet seat was broken, I almost fell off the toilet on to the floor several times.
Room was serviced only once during the two weeks, which was fine, I liked the feeling it was our apartment and not a hotel.
The area was great; hipsters young families, really nice immigrants from different parts of Africa, nice cafés, restaurants, loved the street art and dog park.
Overall it was a great value and a place to retire after a long day of roaming around Rome.
The apartament are spacious but.
-in bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living there was mold on the wals!
- in the kitchen and bedroom there were missing parts of paint on the ceillings.
- the blanket was tear of in an area
- on the floors there was a lot of trafic. Ants and spiders...
- in one evening the hot water was ...cold after 23 hour...
- location is far from center, and even if it is well connected by two trams, you cannot stay longer in evening because the area is full of imigrants and so...
- the site is www.hotellodi and not residence lodi. If you look on TA or Booking you will find Hotel Lodi, but no connection with this one... false advertising in my opinion.
- the lady that took care of rpoms was very helpfull , but be aware that you have to pay before check in!
Returned today from a 3 night stay and have mixed feelings about Residence Lodi. We stayed in a 1 bedroomed apartment. The bedroom was a god size with plenty of hanging space, an extra bed if needed (although room would have been a bit cramped with 3 beds), a table and chairs and plenty of hanging space, but the fitted cupboards were very low over the twin beds and i was very worried about sitting up and bumping my head and it was difficult to sit back and relax. The kitchen area was next to useless. We chose Residence Lodi rather than a higher star rating b&b/hotel at similar prices because we thought it would be more convenient to have self catering facilities, but we couldnt cook or make a hot drink. the cooking facilities consist of a couple of hot plates, nothing more, we couldnt even make toast. There is no kettle, but even if there was we only had two espresso cups so making a hot drink wasnt an option. We couldnt have cereal or soup because we didnt have any bowls. We struggled to cut bread as we only had two ordinary knives that struggled to cut through water, but after all ive said, we managed and it didnt ruin our holiday. The apartment was clean and, discounting the self catering facilities, was pleasant enough given that it wasnt expensive (about £200 for 3 nights room only). The beds, although twin, were quite comfortable. There is some outside space but it is unuseable once it gets dark and seems to get used as a dumping ground. We were in room 947 which is on the ground floor and across the small courtyard. It can be a bit of a deathtrap accessing the rooms in this area as the light sensor only kicks in at the bottom of a small set of steps and it was very dark, and if you are coming out of your room you have to cross the small courtyard in the dark. There are 3 benches if you want to sit out but there are no lights when it is dark. During the day. although not the prettiest place to sit out, the courtyard was warm but cool enough to sit out, if the owners could sort out the storage and lighting issues the small courtyard could be quite pleasant. We did get eaten alive when outside though and had to keep the windows and door closed, but there is air con if you get too warm.
Although a bit worn the bathroom was clean enough, and towels were provided which were clean and not remotely tatty. The bathroom was quite small but functional although the shower was minute. For some reason the day/night we arrived we had no tv or hot but we had plenty of hot water the next day and the tv came on. TV is all italian but had radio channels with english music and you dont go away to watch tv. When considering anything above, take into account that we stayed in an apartment for two and we did catch a glimpse of a good sized kitchen through an open door of another apartment that a family had just vacated.
The positive thing about this place is its location, on first arrival to the area i was mortified but after travelling around rome by bus and tram we soon realised that once youre outside the tourist area the neighbourhoods were all similar (we didnt see any neighbourhoods that you would consider pretty so any disappointment we felt was due to our own ignorance of the city and surrounding areas). You can be in the centre of Rome with a short bus or tram ride, we couldnt fault the location for convenience, within a few minutes we were at shops, bars, restaurants and tranport links, you can get to the spanish steps, trevi fountain and colloseum on the 81 bus, the 5 or 14 tram gets you into the termini within 10-15 mins and they run quite frequently and from there, you can explore Rome at your leisure. It was our first time in Rome and we often found we had gone in the wrong direction but it just added to the sight seeing as the buses and trams seem to work on a loop basis so you will get where youre going in the end. The traffic is out of this world so you would ahve to be insane to travel by car, its not an ideal place to drive and I have no words to describe the parking, so if youre travelling by public transport the Residence Lodi is in an ideal location as long as you dont mind not being in pretty surroundings. On the doorstep is Nessi, a lovely spot to sit out and have a couple of drinks. They do food but we didnt eat there, we were sorry we didn't, but were too nervous to order food as the menu was purely in Italian and we cant speak any italian and the staff seemed to stuggle to speak english but there seemed to be at least one member of staff on at a time who could speak some english.
All in all, once we got over the location in general and the fact that our accomodation was NOT suitable for self catering we found it to be reasonable and convenient for getting around.