Seen from the outside, you would not think this hotel is as large as it is. The furnishings are subdued though elegant. The rooms are large with all the most important comforts. The ceilings are made of wood and there is a roof garden with wrought iron seats and tables. A piano bar is also used as a ... More
Porta Maggiore Hotel
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Seen from the outside, you would not think this hotel is as large as it is. The furnishings are subdued though elegant. The rooms are large with all the most important comforts. The ceilings are made of wood and there is a roof garden with wrought iron seats and tables. A piano bar is also used as a discotheque. Close to the hotel there is the majestic Porta Maggiore, a piece of history which gives the hotel its name.
the bathroom had no carpet and after a shower (there were no curtains) the floor get flooded easily. The hairdryer left a piece in my hand and wasn’t powerful. The room overlooked the square and I must say that it is very noisy day and night, I suggest getting earplugs. There is only one small elevator for 6 floors and long waiting, so if you don’t have luggage (impossible in an hotel!) is better to use the stairs: I haven’t seen any access/facilities for disabled). The cleaning staff stationed in front of the elevator talking loud and making comments about who passed and how many rooms they had to clean that day.
For breakfast there are vending machines that distribute, among other things (I asked for a soya cappuccino, is not possible) fruit juice made with artificial powder and not with the fruit and taste very bad. The staff does not help people to understand how the “breakfast procedures” works or where to find what they need (I saw people searching around for a knife or teaspoon), the croissants were not fresh and you had also to wait just to have a cleaned cup.
Absolutely unprofessional and, as Italian, I realized all those things give a bad image to the tourists.
They lie about the air-con. When I book the hotel they say they have air-con. After I check in at oct,2007 than i found all air-con. had been trun off whole hotel become a hot-el. It was 80c at day time. They not even offer ice for coustomer.
noisy, the bathroom shower was not enclosed so when you took a shower the water went all over the bathroom floor, the flooring was a cold ceramic tile, the bed spread was dirty, breakfast was lousy, elevator was small, the front desk staff not particularly friendly
Hotel Porta Maggiore was a great place. It was my first time in Rome, and I will always remember the place fondly. The only thing that sort of annoyed me was that they refused to change my traveler's cheques. I guess just their policy. But nice people, clean rooms, and nice view of the ancient Roman Walls from the window casements! Great experience overall!
Surprise!! - all this for a very reasonable rate. This is a beautiful hotel with a very helpful and friendly staff. We needed a few extra pillows and within 10 minutes they were at our door - unlike many American hotels. The location is not bad with a few good pizzerias close and just a few blocks from the Metro. The hallways are very confusing; I felt like a mouse in a maze, but the room at the end of the maze was better than expected! We will definately consider the Porta Maggiore on our next visit.
This hotel was fab! We went on a girls city break having never been to rome before. The hotel was such good value for money, we were not expecting anything like the standard we got. Lovely decorated, large with tv lounge, bar, shop, good continental breakfast. VERY friendly and helpful staff (who were very understanding about our loud girly giggles/squeals which our neighbours complained about) and recommended a FABULOUS restaurant called La Carbonara in Campo di Fiori (young/studenty bar area) where the waiters were a great laugh and ended up giving us a bottle of bubbly for free. It is only 5/10 mins walk from Metro line 1 (one euro), 15 mins walk to the collesseum and termi station, next door to a great pizza place and internet cafe. The restaurant around the corner is also recommended. You will not get anything else this standard for this price - of course it could be a little closer but its only 8 euros by taxi to the centre. Def recommended!
My wife and I stayed here in July and thought it was nice. It was a long walk to some of the main sights; however, it was very affordable and the staff was very helpful. The breakfast was good and the cafe around the corner was very conveinent. It was a bit loud at times but overall, very enjoyable.
Location: 20 minute walk to nearest metro. The bus is next door. Main train station is accessible by bus and tram. The neighborhood is dodgy, strange people hanging out in front breaking bottles; the hotel doors are locked at night. You can't walk back from the main sites in Rome because too far and too empty.
Service: Not friendly. I've been to other places in Italy and these guys were arrogant. I don't like to put people in their place but out of the 5 hotels I stayed in on this trip I had to do so to two separate clerks in this hotel only.
Major plus: Has a small safe in room. Really good pizza place next door.
Hotel: Clean. Noise insulation low. Better not plan to sleep past 7:00 because of all the tour bus people. Air conditioner freezing. Breakfast crowded but good.
Advice: try your luck closer to center if you plan to come back to your room during the day.
Nice, cozy bar in lobby. Located in a nice neighborhood, close to a great pizza place and an Internet cafe'. Very clean, well maintained rooms. Great balconies overlooking ancient aquaducts. Close to everything (if you don't mind walking a bit).
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