I booked 4 nights here for my man and I in December, and overall we had a lovely stay. The best thing about this hotel is it’s central location. You literally could not get more central than this place; it is smack in the middle of all the sights. On the website it said it was a five minute walk from Piazza Venezia when in fact Piazza Venezia is 30 seconds away! The Colloseum looked like a bit of a trek on the map I printed and one evening as we were walking near the hotel we came across it. Bam! Right there!
We walked to the Pantheon, the Vatican, into Trastevere, to the Colloseum, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, to the Circus Maximus, to Campo Dei Fiori, Trevi Fountain etc,. The only place we didn’t make it to was the Spanish Steps to check out the largest McDonald’s in the world but I’ll blame that on the rain.
The wonderful thing about Rome is it is so tiny; you can walk everywhere from this place. **We were able to get a bus from Ciampino airport to Termini station (very cheap!) where we grabbed a cab to the hotel (about 20 Euro). If you have a middle of the night flight however, a cab is gonna cost you 50 Euro from this hotel.
The room was fairly sized (room to walk around the double bed). The bed was firm but comfortable and the room seemed clean. Although the towels have an awful formaldehyde smell, so I would bring my own towels next time (mind you our skin didn’t burn off or anything). The view out the window was fine and you get free wifi which we liked. The room has a small fridge, closet and television. They also have about 15 channels but these are all in Italian. (In photos: left, Hotel Traiano. right, view out 3rd floor window.)
On the first night there is a bottle of water each in the room free of charge but after that they charge per bottle (around 2E, if I remember correctly). I wish we had been told that we were being charged for any additional bottles before we were leaving. There is also a 6E per person “city tax” per night. I missed this detail until we were checking in, so was not happy about that, but apparently this is a mandatory government tax which all Rome hotels charge. The staff were quite friendly but we couldn’t talk them out of the city tax!
The bathroom was long and narrow; so narrow that someone with long legs would have a hard time sitting on the toilet. It has a sink, b’day, stand-up shower, toilet, mirror, hair dryer and basic amenities (shampoo, hand soap, toilet paper, towels).
Breakfast is Included!
The breakfast hall is a nice space with ample seating. The breakfast is mid-range in selection; there is more than the basics but I’ve also seen larger selections at American hotels. Their croissants were delicious and fresh. They had 2 or 3 sliced meats, a fruit salad, yogurt, a selection of dessert pastries and I believe also bacon and eggs but they were hiding near the coffee machine and we didn’t notice them until we’d finished breakfast on our last morning. They also have coffee, espresso, cappuccino, orange juice, regular tea and herbal tea. I was quite pleased with the breakfasts.
The Rest of the Hotel:
The hotel has quite a large, classy entrance lounge and a small bar, near the breakfast hall, although I’m not sure there is a bartender. We visited only when one of the staff was getting water for us. The elevator, like in London, is not for those with claustrophobia! 3 people can squish inside but it is quite tiny.
The price for 4 nights was 306E (including 10% VAT), PLUS the 6E p/p p/n city tax.
Our total stay cost us: 354E
Or 505$ Canadian
Overall, I would rate this hotel 3/5 stars and I might stay here again or try somewhere else.
I also did a TON of research before we left and made this map of cheap eating places and sights to see. The best places we ate were: Grazia & Graziella in Trastevere (AMAZING caprese, fried artichoke, fries with feta, foccaccia and tiramisu!! But I’ll warn you the pasta is VERY al-dente), That’s Amore (excellent mains like spaghetti which aren’t crunchy), Pizzarium, Gelateria Valentino and San Crispino Geleteria.
It was perfectly sufficient for an amazing time in Rome 🙂