We stayed at the Hotel Romae for eight days whilst making our latest Photographers’ Guide. If youâ€™re a teenager who wants to party then we have to be honest and say youâ€™ll probably enjoy staying at the Romae’s parent organisation, the Yellow Hostel and Bar, which is opposite the Romae, much more than you will do staying at the Romae itself.Â Â If you’re an older tourist, or backpacker on a budget, however, and simply want a clean place to sleep that’s near to the central (Termini) train station and not far from the main sites then we’d highly recommend the Romae, regardless of reports you might read on Trip Advisor (just take a pair of earplugs in case you get a room facing the Yellow Bar; it tends to get noisy about 10pm and stays that way until the early hours).
If you look at the Yellow Barâ€™s Instagram feed (and you’re not after a wild time) you’ll probably be persuaded to give the whole organisation a miss as the Yellow Hostel team seem keen on making the operation seem like party central. Donâ€™t let this focus on youngsters put you off though, you really donâ€™t have to be into all-night partying to stay at the Romae.
Location – Just ten minutes walk from Termini Train Station, and the point where the airport bus drops you off, and a half hour walk from the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
To give you an idea of the look of the Hotel Romae here’s a short video we shot whilst staying there. It’s not meant to be a glossy promo video of the hotel, just an honest look at what you might find if you stayed there yourself.
Reception -Â The reception, on the first floor, has large blackboards lining the walls listing the food on offer at Yellow Bar over the road, useful information for getting about the city and to the airport and the tours that the Yellow operates. Thereâ€™s also an excellent city map available for free that has a comprehensive list of main sites and restaurant recommendations which we found very useful.
There’s also a baggage store at reception; it’s un-supervised so you leave bags there at your own risk. We used it on our day of checkout – we had to leave the room by 10am but weren’t due to leave for the airport until 4pm – and it was fine.
Computer Room & Garden – Next to reception is a room with a computer – free to use – and a bar with water available for free. Beyond this there’s a small quiet garden. There is a strong wi-fi signal here, and everywhere else in the hotel (including the rooms). The wi-fi is free to log onto and it only went down on one occasion, briefly, during the entire eight days of our stay.
The Room – Our room was on the second floor and we could either take the stairs or the antique lift.
Once on the second floor a long white corridor led to our room.
Our room had a double bed and also a pull down bunk bed that could sleep two (we put it away to save space but if you wanted to save money and have four to a room, you could do that easily), a safe, a TV and a fridge.
The bathroom had a shower, a half sized tub, constant hot water, a hair dryer and toiletries. The maid called by every second day to ask if we wanted to change the towels.
The Romae rooms are all early 20th century style, meaning, they’re large and high ceilinged, retaining the cool of the early morningÂ so you donâ€™t have to have the windows open at night to stay cool in summer if the A/C breaks down (which it did for us on day five of our stay; it was working again by the end of day six). Why wouldnâ€™t you want the windows open, you ask? The Yellow Bar, which is opposite, is very noisy at night and also, the streets of Rome are never particularly quiet; if itâ€™s not the bars keeping you awake itâ€™s the early morning street cleaners.
Here are a few views from our window.
In Summary – We like staying at the Romae as the room’s are clean, as cheap as it gets in Rome for such a good standard, and it’s not far from the main station and its many transport links. The maid visits every second day if you want her too (we didnâ€™t, we only invited her in once in eight days as we like to reuse our towels). To the hotels credit they do ask you to re-use towels, and they also provide a recycling bin in the room.
The Yellow Bar over the road serves food and has a well known party scene going on; we didn’t experience it though so it’s best you google it or check Trip Advisor to see if itâ€™s for you. The A/C in our room was a little temperamental, it wasn’t working for oneÂ day out of eight.Â It didnâ€™t matter too much though as we were hardly in the room; thereâ€™s so much to do in Rome and we wanted to fill our days and make the most of being there. Chances are that you will do too so really, all you need is a place where the room is clean, the water hot and the beds comfy. The Romae offers all that, plus excellent wi-fi (and remember, if you donâ€™t have your own computer or phone there is a computer to use in a room next to reception), so we’d advise you consider it if you’re inspired by our guide to visitÂ Rome.