I'll try not to simply restate what many others have already said. The postive reviews have pretty well described what you can expect at this establishment. I stayed here with my teenaged son (who really liked this place).
Fabrizio was extremely professional, helpful and flexible from the first Email right up to the checkout. He seems to have a sincere interest in making your trip the very best that it can be. It's not that fake pleasantness that they teach the staff at corporate hotels. He is a staight shooter who not only wants to make sure you have fun, but also get good value for your money. He knows the meaning of customer service. Mirella is something else! What a delightful and charismatic young woman. She's like a character in a movie. I only had brief intereractions with Kumar and Georgio. Not only did the staff help us with logistics, we also learned quite a bit about Italian society from them. For example, how to handle the nuances of a local eatery. If you want to eat at a place that isn't strictly geared for tourists, then there are a few things you need to know. The staff at AdM will brief you on such matters and just about anything else that you want to know about Rome. If something bad would have happened to me while in Rome, there is no doubt that I could have called Fabrizio for help. It really is like staying with friends. They all speak excellent English but are happy to help you practice your Itallian phrases if you wish.
They don't have a business center like bigger hotels, but the free in-room wi-fi is great and they will let you use their front desk computer if you need to print or copy anything. You can store luggage there before/after check-in/out. You can also change clothes and freshen up when you come back for luggage. They don't have a safe (in room or up front) for valuables. This wasn't a problem for us as we didn't have anything all that valuable in the room aside from an Ipad. Once I got to know the staff, I wasn't concerned about theft. You can keep things at front desk in a drawer if you wish, but it's not really necessary.
We stayed before/after a cruise, so had two different rooms. The first one was in the back by a courtyard. Once in a while there were people out there talking or playing music. It gave you the feel of living in a neighborhood. The windows could be shut tightly to block out the noise if desired. The other room was in the front where there was a fair amount of street noise. Again, it added to the vibe, and we liked it, but I wore earplugs to sleep. It was cool though to throw open the old wood shutter and take in the city.
They aren't allowed to put a sign out front due to the historic nature of the building, so it can be hard to find when you first arrive. See my photos....there is a yellow pizzeria sign next door that you can look for. And a buidling with a bunch of flags across the street. The neighborhood has everything you need within one block including a small grocery, pharmacy, eateries, bank, etc. The bank is literally next door and has an armed guard in the front, which adds an additional feeling of security. But the whole area felt very safe; we walked around the whole area night and day and never once felt uncomfortable. They have doorman (who never speaks) during the day and you get buzzed in at street level by the staff at night. So to get to your room at night, you have to go through two locked doors on the main level and then past the front desk on the third floor; it's very secure.
As mentioned, the walk from Termini is not bad. But if you are carrying a lot of luggage, you might want to get a cab. The streets and sidewalks can be narrow, crowded, and uneven...lots of obstacles to navigate if you are trying to roll a big suitcase. And make sure that you have a map at all times. The staff have plenty of maps at the front desk for your use free of charge. You can walk to most sites of interest from AdM, except the Vatican which is an easy ride via the Metro station a block away. It's a great way to travel but can get full during rush hours. I'd avoid the buses as they are said to be crowded all the time and full of pickpockets. Don't hang around Termini any longer than necessary, especially if you look like an older foreign tourist.
The restaurants that they recommended were good and the prices reasonable. Our first night we ate at Trattoria La Forchetta, and it was wonderful. A small place off on a quiet sidestreet a few blocks away. We sat by an open window with people strolling down the cobblestone street outside and accordian music playing in the distance. The owner/chef insisted that we try his desert and gave us a piece free of charge (it was delicious!).
Complaints? Not many. The airconditioner and refrigerator both seemed a little anemic by American standards, but it didn't really matter; the temperature was comfortable. The bed was a bit small and hard in my first room, but better in the second room. The lights are dim; it would be nice to have a brighter reading lamp available for looking at books/maps etc. I would have loved a table for two right by the window for eating our breakfast (rather than eating on the bed), but again, this is only a minor concern. Would have liked more hooks in the bathroom for hanging towels and clothes. The shower was a little small, but functional (although no soap dish or shelves in one of them). The hot water was fine. Absolutely no critters (insects, reptiles, rodents) were seen. There were no screens on the windows, yet not a single bug flying around in the room...amazing! The furnishings look a little like Ikea; stylish but not luxurious. This is a hint of cigarette smoke in the front lobby, but no tobacco smell whatsoever in the rooms. The rooms we had were spotless when we checked in.
AdM delivered as advertised. It was an excellent value, particularly when you factor in the intangibles (ie, staff assistance). I'm so glad that we went this route rather than a more formal traditional hotel. We learned much more about Roman society and it enhanced our vacation experience substantially.
I'd like to thank Fabrizio and his staff for making our trip so special. Ciao!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Auditorium di Mecenate is a modern Hotel , which aims to capture the traditional spirit of Roman's hospitality and traditions. Located in an old building in a unique Umbertino style Area (King Umberto II), ideally positioned for those who wants being able to have quick access to principal areas of historical and tourist interest that only Rome can offer. ... more less
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