we decided to go to Rome we looked into booking plane tickets and hotel
separately. Eventually, the combination of time constrictions and budget,
led to us buying a package deal from
Expedia - plane
tickets and hotel. We bought a deal that took us from London to Rome flying
Alitalia and 5 nights at the
Bettoja Hotel Nord
Nuova Roma for 720£ (about 1300$), excluding breakfast. As usual, it
was not easy to decide which hotel to choose. We did some homework and most
reviews indicated that the Termini area was “highly undersirable”. The
decision to stay in the area was influenced by price and the fact that there
were renowned 4-5 star hotels in the same vicinity – how “undersirable”
could the area really be then?
On the morning of July 2nd we arrived at the Termini train station using the Leonardo express. The hotel is located in the street Giovanni Amendola so it is only a short walk from the main entrance of the train station. The reception desk area was typical for a smaller European hotel I guess: quite tiny. But the check in was pretty fast and after filling in some papers we got the key to room 544 and took the lift to our room on the 5th floor. The room looked really dark when we came in but it got much lighter when we opened the doors to a small balcony. But we didn’t leave the doors open very long. It was getting quite hot even if it was early morning so it was better to keep them shut and let the air-conditioning do its job. The air-conditioning only seemed to have three settings: high, medium and low and it was a bit noisy…but it was better than nothing :-) The view from the balcony was not spectacular either.
The room itself was not that big but had what we needed: a double bed, a little TV on a desk with a few English channels (BBC, CNN etc) and a small safe where we could lock up our valuables. The floor was tiled and the walls had been painted in a yellowish color. This did brighten up the room as it looked somewhat gloomy with the dark furniture. The bathroom was bigger than expected and was nice and light - with light tiles and natural light coming in from a window. There was a bath (with a shower option using a shower curtain), toilet, bidet and a sink. Together with the usual soap, shampoo and shower cap. And there was also a hair dryer on the wall. Tip: If you like hot showers, let someone else shower before you! The water took a while to heat up to Nikki’s liking.
According to the information in the hotel it was possible to get access to wireless internet connection but I didn’t bring along my laptop so I never got to try it out. There was also a gym that we never took a look at as we got enough exercise from walking all over Rome every day :-) On the roof top there is a terrace where you can sit, have a drink and enjoy the view of rooftops in Rome. Breakfast was not included in our hotel package and we didn’t eat at the hotel. But there was a nice place to have breakfast on the corner of the hotel (turn left when leaving the hotel) called Nori. They had very good coffee and different sandwiches. Remember that it is cheap if you just have your coffee by the counter. But if you sit down and get the coffee served then the price is higher. I think I paid about 0.7 € for an espresso at the counter. But when we sat down we had to pay about 4.5 € for a cappuccino.