Just returned from 4 nights at this hotel, staying in room 101. Lots of great things about it, but one major downfall...
-good price (we paid 303 Eur for 4 nights in a double room plus city tax, incl. breakfast) for a decent location, far enough from Termini in a "quiet" street (in terms of traffic, see below), but still only 300m from the station
- nicely repointed building front
- interior of hotel in good condition, almost grand wooden-casing of the walls, reception, in the rooms too
- large room, bright, clean, plenty of wardrobe space, real coathangers
- good supply of warm water, strong shower, bathroom equipped with hair-dryer and bidet too
- pleasant staff, while only one (the owner?) spoke really good English, all staff did their utmost to be helpful and pleasant, even early in the morning. Willingness to help and advise was also clear before arriving via email with lots of transport advice being sent over on our request. Simply pleasant people.
- ok, so the breakfast is "Italian", i.e. not very interesting, based on biscuits and jam, but there are fresh pastries every morning and the coffee is good and freshly made to order (cappucino and espresso)
- bed was fine, extra pillows helped. Room was made up daily. Large flat-screen TV placed opposite the bed with almost 100 (Italian) channels.
The downside: there is only one major one, the rest are minor...
- the biggie: the noise insulation.
a) from the window - when sitting on the bed, it almost seems that the (plastic-framed) window is open, the amount of outside "hum" coming through the window. In fact, the window does not quite close perfectly tight. However, the biggest problem is that the rooms are on the ground floor and every weekday morning there is a street market right outside your window! So from about 5am you hear the traders setting up their stalls.... and it sounds like they are right next to you!
b) from the door: the door leads onto the corridor which leads round the corner to the reception desk and front door, a total of about 12 metres away. And the door doesn't catch any of the noise.... so when the night receptionist has gone AWOL and an impatient guest comes back in the middle of the night and, finding that noone is responding to his doorbell ringing, starts ringing both bells in a 2-beat rythm for several minutes, you can be sure that you'll know about it
c) floor insulation: not too significant, but it was possible to hear the bangs and thuds of people running around on the floor above
I'm a heavy sleeper so I wasn't too disturbed by all this. I tended to wake up and then drop off again. My wife is a lighter sleeper and found it uncomfortable, although not deadly. And we were up anyway each morning at 7ish to get out and beat the queues. However, if you're a light sleeper and want to sleep in in the morning, bear this in mind and don't get a room facing onto the street.
Why have I rated this Very Good? Because the overall impression is good. For the price and location, you get a clean, pleasant and tasteful hotel with helpful staff. Avoid a room facing onto the street and you'll be ok.
P.S. This hotel is a "partner" hotel of the Hotel Dama, in the same building (along with a couple of other hotels). I don't know what the link is or what the connection is. The whole Rome hotel thing is incomprehensible to me - you can have as many as 5 different hotels in one building, seemingly one hotel per floor. And it's not clear if they are under the same ownership or what. However, this was not an issue, we booked through the Hotel Domus Augusta website, communicated with the people from there (although sometimes under the HOtel Dama domain name, the receipt was also from Hotel Dama).
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