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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
Anyone looking for decent budget accommodation that’s handy for the station.
- Culture vultures
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Close to Termini train station
- Friendly service
- Great value for money
- Can be a little difficult to find (it helps if you locate it first on Google Street View)
- Not for those who want to be surrounded by the churches and lanes of Rome’s centro storico