Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hotel Saturnia (Rome, Italy)

A girlfriend and I have been planning this trip for a while!  She was traveling from Hawaii and I was traveling from Oregon.  We were meeting up in Italy for 11 days of fun fun fun!!   We would be meeting in Rome to start our adventure.  We were on a budget with respect to our hotels.  We had decided in advance to look for budget hotels so we could spend more on meals and other excursions.

I had picked this hotel for it's convenient location near the Rome Termini train station and the Colosseum.  From the airport, I took the Leonardo Express high speed train for 14 euro.  It took about 30 minutes from FCO airport to the Rome Termini station.  From the train station, the hotel was about a 10 minute walk away.  It is located on a small side street/alley off of Via Cavour (near the Santa Maria Maggiore Church).  
We were given a room that was not in the actual hotel.  It was a couple doors down and had a private and separate entrance from the hotel.  We had an outer door/gate that locked and our actual door with a lock.  The room was very basic and minimal.  We were given a single bed and a double bed.  The room had cable tv and air conditioning.  
The bathroom was small and a little shabby but it would do for the one night we were spending there.  
Being directly on the street at ground level, our room was loud.  We heard all the little noises of the night - from the buses running on the main street to voices outside to our door, to cars being started, etc.  

Breakfast the next day was also included in the room price.  They have an espresso machine and we were treated to excellent cappuccinos.  
Breakfast included a selection of yogurt, cereals, meats, processed cheese, hard boiled eggs and assorted pastries.  Did I mention the coffee was good?  =)
Overall, our experience at the hotel was okay.  I would definitely recommend requesting a room in the main hotel.  The annex room was way too noisy to enjoy a good night's sleep (and I'm usually a heavy sleeper).  The room we were given was definitely not like the ones on the hotel website.  However, the staff was very friendly and helpful.  Note: from other reviews I've read, the hotel does not have an elevator (keep this in mind when packing!).  

It was also very close to the train station and the Colosseum (10 min walk) which were definite pluses.  Wifi was free but only worked in the reception area.  We were allowed to sit in the dining area during the evening to use the wifi.  The desk staff made us comfortable, even making us tea while we sat.  I would recommend staying here if you're looking for a budget hotel close to the train station and Colosseum for a couple of nights.   

Hotel Saturnia
Via Ruinaglia 4/6
Rome, Italy
ph: +3906484609