Hotel Centro in the centre of Rome.
Hotel Centro (Rome, Italy)
Member Name: malihat
Hotel Centro (Rome, Italy)
Date: 02/08/12, updated on 04/03/13 (101 review reads)
Advantages: Great location, friendly staff, lovely bathroom, not expensive.
Disadvantages: Tired looking and dated.
The location is really great as the hotel is located only a 5 minute walk away from the Termini station, numerous bus stops, restaurants and a few minutes walk away from some of the sights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. We took a bus to the Termini station on arrival, and using the map we had printed beforehand we were easily able to find the hotel. The Termini station is the main station of Rome, and from it and the bus stop next to it, we were able to visit all the places we wanted to.
The hotel and check in
Hotel Centro is a 3 star hotel. Check in was smooth, and after handing over the relevant documents to the man at the reception, we were shown up to our room via the elevator, which doesn't take very long to arrive, and runs smoothly. There is a bar in the hotel but I cannot really comment on it as we really only visited it to fill up our water bottles. There is a computer with internet access near the breakfast room that guests can use free of cost. The computer was almost always in use, but I was able to use it twice during my stay. The continental breakfast (included in the price we paid) was decent, and consisted of cereal, bread, cheese, croissants with a variety of fillings, numerous spreads (including tiny pots of nutella), juice, tea and coffee.
Our first impression of the room was that it was very small. There was a double bed with a single bed next to it, and another single bed placed lengthwise along the opposite wall, with just enough room for one person to walk around the room. There wasn't even enough room for 4 suitcases in the room, although one luggage rack was provided (which was big enough to comfortably store one suitcase). There were bedside tables, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe in the room, although we didn't use the wardrobe much as my friend had placed her suitcase in front of it for lack of a better place. The room was dated, the carpet and bedding looked old and worn out, and the room could use a coat of paint and some general updating. The beds were comfortable though, and there was no noise whatsoever, even though there were other guests on our floor, and we slept well on all 3 nights. It also helps that the hotel is located on a quiet street. The air conditioning was very good, and I woke up the first night freezing, after which I had to turn up the temperature on the controls in the room.
What the room lacked the attached bathroom more than made up for. It had just been remodelled, and was clean, spacious and modern. There was a toilet, a sink with a long counter-top with more than enough space for all 4 of us to place our toiletries on it, and a spacious shower with plenty of hot water and good pressure. The usual complimentary toiletries were provided, but we used our own.
The room and bathroom were cleaned daily to a high standard even though one of my friends is not very neat and left a mess in the room everyday!
We only really came into contact with the two receptionists. Both were very pleasant and helpful. We would ask the day receptionist about transport and the best way to get to certain places, and he was always happy to help out. When we wanted to visit the Borghese Gallery, we asked him if he could book a slot for us, as reservation is mandatory, and he did this for us over the phone. We would ask the evening/night receptionist for restaurant suggestions and he was also always happy to help us out. He also booked a taxi for us when we were leaving. During our stay the power went out on our floor, and I went downstairs and informed the receptionist who sorted it out within 5 minutes.
So how much does it cost to stay in the heart of Rome? The quad room costs £140 per night, making it £35 per person per night. We booked it through Expedia with no problems whatsoever.
This is not the most modern or beautiful hotel in Rome, in fact it's not even close, but if you want a good night's sleep and a decent breakfast to start the day off, look no further. The hotel is a little dated, but the bathroom (which is more important to me than the room!) was really lovely and after a long day of sightseeing in the heat all we wanted was to shower and rest, which we were easily able to do here. Also the location is excellent, and if I were to visit Rome again I would definitely try to stay near the Termini station, even if I didn't stay at Hotel Centro.
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Summary: Decent hotel with an excellent location.