via Nazionale 22, Rome, Italy, 00184
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Best for Value for money - Expert review of Hotel Artemide
If only other hotels were as responsive to guests’ needs. So many Roman four-stars have been knocked sideways by the financial crisis, but the Artemide proves that in order to keep ‘em coming all you really need is good service, comfortable, clean rooms, a pricing policy that reaches out to budget travellers, and (my favourite thing about the hotel), a series of little added extras, from a free mini-bar in your room to free WiFi to complimentary use of the hotel’s fitness centre and sauna.
Unless you have piles of luggage, the hotel is an easy five or six minutes’ walk from Rome’s central Termini train station. Bang on busy Via Nazionale, it’s close to Repubblica metro station, and the bus for St Peter’s stops right outside.
While they wouldn’t win any design prizes, bedrooms are clean, cheerful and have mostly decent-sized bathrooms, many with tubs as well as showers. There can be some traffic noise from Via Nazionale, so ask for a back-facing room if this is going to be a problem. Each room has a mini bar, restocked once a day, with free beer, Coke, fruit juices, mineral water and snacks; they also come with tea and coffee making facilities. There are also a few perfectly acceptable ‘no frills’ rooms for those on a budget, with small French-style double beds.
These are surprisingly ample. From the lobby with its Liberty-style glass-domed ceiling to the cute little wooden-panelled bar, it all feels like a miniature version of a Grand Hotel.
Breakfast on the seventh-floor roof terrace is good though choices are limited if you like a cooked breakfast. There’s also a smart restaurant on the ground floor, which does excellent Italian food at prices that compare favourably with restaurants in the same area.
A small fitness area with attached sauna is open from 6.30am to midnight.
They go out of their way to help you here – starting with a voucher that is handed to all guests on arrival, entitling them to a free glass of prosecco or a soft drink.
Cost-conscious travellers who don’t want to skimp on comfort.
‘No frills’ rates are available, without breakfast and complimentary minibar. The cheapest standard rates for a classic double include breakfast and minibar. WiFi is free.
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- via Nazionale 22, Rome, Italy, 00184
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service
- Termini station