We booked less than a week before travelling to Rome flying into Fiumicio Airport. We decided not to take the train into the centre, we think that the single train fare is around 14 euros each, but opted for the coach at 8 euros return each - already saving 40 euros from our spending money. The journey on a Sunday afternoon from the airport to the street alongside the station took only 35 mintes, on the timetable it is up to 55 minutes. Our return journey on the Wednesday afternoon again only took 35 minutes - fantastic value - risk it! Watch out for the (Romany?) beggars around the station. Even though we were very vigilant and had our bags across our bodies my partner found that, having been distracted by one pulling at his arm, the zip on his bag had been undone without him noticing - luckily his wallet and passport were still intact.
Artemide Hotel is only a short (10 minutes?) walk from the station so is okay if you're just dragging one suitcase each - some of the road/pavement is uneven or cobbled but manageable. As mentioned by other reviewers, the welcome was excellent - we were given a local map, annotated with places we should visit, a voucher for a 'freebie' drink on the roof terrace and the bellhop escorted us to our room. This was fairly small, overlooking a derelict building next door, but it was adequate for our three night stay with a good bathroom, all very clean. The only two quibbles were that the a/c was quite noisey and the basin emitted a bit of a pong when water was run into it - we mentioned both issues on the comments sheet when we left.
Breakfast, buffet style, was excellent - good choice of food and wonderful service, especially from the friendly, helpful maitre d'. We enjoyed some of the interaction between the waiting staff - we're sure they weren't really having a dig at each other all the time.... We noticed some guests sneaking out fruit and bread for their lunch - tempting but not playing the game as far as we are concerned!
The Artemide is situated on the Via Nazionale which is quite busy and within walking distance of many sites. These is a bus from a stop opposite which takes you direct to the Vatican. We bought a three day Roma pass for 30 euros which gives free access to two listed attractions and discount thereafter and unlimited public transport use. Unfortunately, this was not a bargain for us - the ticket for entrance to the colosseum and foro is 12 euros each ( this took up most of one day) and we went to the ara pacis which is 8.50 euros each. We only had a 1 euro bus ride and other attractions we visited, including the Vittoriano monument rooftop for the fabulous view, did not qualify for the discount - so we had value of only 21.50 euros from the 30 euros cost. Look at the list of attractions in full before buying the pass, especially, if like us, you are likely to walk everywhere rather than ride. Remember also that the Vatican is another state so is not included in the pass.
We enjoyed our free drink on the roof terrace - to qualify you must visit before 7.00p.m. which suited us - we went after our first afternoon walking around and before going out to dinner. The staff very friendly, the view, although not spectacular, was pleasant, looking out over the rooftops.
We went to the Spanish Steps area on our first evening - full of the formulaic tourist trap restaurants - okay but quality not that good unless you spend at the higher end of the scale - it is Rome, after all. The next two nights we went to Via del Boschetto just ten muinutes walk from the hotel. Turn left out of the hotel and walk up past the Banco 'd'Italia building with palm trees/parakeets and turn left into Via del Boschetto. We tried a place recommended by the hotel - Al Boschetta - friendly welcome but food just 'okay'. It also has a 15% service charge. The next night, our last night, we went to L'Asino d'Oro in the same street, recommended in the Rough Guide and given good reviews on Trip Advisor. Try to get a table outside on the street rather than the rather brightly lit, soulless interior - booking advised - we were lucky to get a table as we arrived early, lots were sent away later. The food is quite different from menus elsewhere. There is no wine list - just a recommendation. Prices good - the wine was 16 euros a bottle and our total bill was just over 90 euros for three courses with aperitif, freebie, apetiser and bottle oif wine and still water, coffee.Overall, you'll be able to tell we had a great first trip to Rome - wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hotel Artemide, your 4-star hotel in downtown Rome! Just a stone's throw away from the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum or the Spanish Steps, Artemide is right in the heart of Via Nazionale, a lively and bright street, with plenty of shops to choose from. Within walking distance of Termini Train Station and with the metro station Repubblica at just 100 metres, the Artemide Hotel is the perfect starting point for discovering the Eternal City. Free mini-bar and wi-fi connection in every room, and a fully-equipped gym are just some of the perks we offer our guests. Also, make sure not to miss the Artemís Spa to dedicate a moment for your well-being and enjoy individual or couples massages. And to complete the experience, don't miss the Ambrosia Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, on the 7th floor of the hotel, with its magnificent view over the Rome' skyline. ... more less
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