It took me about 40 minutes or so via taxi to get to the hotel from the Fumicino Airport in Rome. It being right on a main road made it very accessible (at least by car).
The room I got (single) was just small - but I have been in other hotels in Rome in the past, and I dont think this is much worse. Perhaps people who travel in other parts of the world have larger expectations. What I thought really made it an average experience for me was that (1) I think it is a 'tour group' hotel, meaning you had to deal with hordes of new guests with their luggage and all in an already small lobby waiting to access a tiny little elevator that I thought could absolutely not carry more than three people at a time (you'd be better off taking the stairs), (2) the plug points and the television all seemed shaky (you almost have to be scared that if you walk about comfortably in the space challenged room, you are definitely going to break something. It didn't seem like a maintained hotel. Things seem to be falling apart. (3) Through the night, each night (because I only used the room in the night!) the water in the pipes from the floor/s above made such a HUGE noise constantly that it kept waking me up every few minutes. It was incredibly hard. Thankfully after the first night, I was able to go and buy myself a pair of ear plugs, and thankfully they worked for the most part.(4) And fourthly, I am quite certain the staff at the front desk can be a bit more friendlier. And no it is not a European thing. I have been in tons of other hotels in Europe over the years with much friendlier staff. So either the staff here was just not the very friendly sort, or they were just not very comfortable with an exclusively English-speaking guest, or perhaps it might have to do with how I look. Either way, I am sure they could be a bit more friendlier. A smile would be a good place to start, I'd think.
So there you go! I got a relatively reasonable price, so I ended up here. Next time, I will be a bit more careful and perhaps research a little more before booking a room. less