Hotel Maikol Rome
piazza Vittorio Emanuele II 138, Rome, Italy, 00185
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, No fuss
Expert review of Hotel Maikol Rome
There are times when I don’t want to spend all my budget on accommodation; I want to save it for some nice meals out, the occasional taxi ride or night at the opera. So if I was coming to Rome – rather than living there as I do – and subjecting its hotels to the ‘how little can I spend without ending up in a dive?’ test, this dinky, spotlessly clean little two-star near the station would finish in my top three. Remember, accommodation Rome is expensive: so while around 75 euros a night (in low season) for a double room may not sound that special if you’re used to, say, French hotel prices, here it’s something of a miracle. One word of warning: I really like the multi-ethnic area around Piazza Vittorio, where the hotel is situated, but one man’s funky is another man’s seedy…
Piazza Vittorio is a 15-minute walk down the right-hand side of Termini station as you stand facing it. It’s a vibrant area full of good-value restaurants that is home to large sections of the city’s Asian and North African communities as well as plenty of dyed-in-the-wool Romans. In summer, you can watch Sri Lankans and Bangladeshis playing cricket in the park in the centre of the piazza, which also has a play area for kids. Note that the hotel is on the second floor of an apartment block: keep an eye out for the MaS department store sign – it’s right next door.
The 10 rooms are basic but bright and cheerful, with unadorned magnolia-hued walls, small conventional TV sets and a functional minimum of furniture. Some have large and slightly kitsch landscape-photo panels of Alpine scenes or palm trees behind the bed. Those that face onto the piazza suffer from some traffic noise despite the double-glazing. There’s free WiFi, though it can be a little patchy and slow.
None to speak of, apart from the small reception area.
Continental breakfast is served directly in your room. If you’re lucky, this may feature owner Elizabeth’s jam-filled ciambelloni (a sort of doughnut).
Very hands-on and very friendly: Fiorella and the rest of the team here go out of their way to help.
Anyone looking for decent budget accommodation that’s handy for the station.
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