I’ve worked and lived in various hotels as an entertainments manager abroad for the last few years, I don’t often get the chance to enjoy the luxury of being a guest, with the chance to relax and not have to rush out my room ready for work. So when the opportunity came up, with a great deal to fly and stay in Rome for three days, I booked my trip, packed my bags and went for a two-night stay at the Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica.

Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica

Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica

Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica is located opposite the University of Roma, which is a 40-minute drive from the Vatican City. Location wise if guests are wanting an exciting night out there’s not a lot to offer locally. So it is worth taking advantage of what the hotel has to offer within the complex and by way of transportation.

Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica has 270 rooms, a conference centre, 16 meeting rooms with lots of facilities.

The Rooms

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My room was on the 4th floor, which is the only floor in the hotel to have had the carpet replaced with wooden flooring which adds to making the room look spacious and stylish. The room was outfitted with a very comfortable large bed, a 32 inch TV screen, a mini bar fridge which had a selection of snacks, soft drinks, beers and mini alcohol bottles, a desk, coffee table and a comfortable arm-chair. I didn’t have much of a view from my room but that part of Aurelia doesn’t have much in the way of views.

The bathroom was a good size as well, kitted out with nice fluffy towels, toiletries, a hairdryer, as well as you’re usual must have in a bathroom. Housekeeping came every day to replenished my toiletries and tidy the room.

Mallorca Restaurant

As part of my hotel package breakfast was included. I’m not really a breakfast person unless I am away and I have to say it’s a must have, especially if you’re planning on spending the whole day exploring Rome.

The breakfast buffet was full of choice which included cereals, fruits, yoghurt, cakes, croissants, hot food, fruit juices, teas and coffee so you most defiantly wouldn’t be stuck for choice for breakfast.

La Sughereta Restaurant

Evening meals were not included in my package. but as well as offering room service, Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica offers a delectable Mediterranean A La Carte menu, serving appetisers, main courses and desserts as well an extensive list of wines.

On the two nights that I stayed in the hotel, I had two mouth-watering meals and a naughty but nice dessert on the last night. On the first night I ordered Gamberi e Pecorino which is bacon, shrimps and cheese in a sauce and spaghetti which tasted a little like carbonara with fish added to it, on the second night I could not go to Italy without having Spaghetti Bolognese and for dessert I had Semifreddo alle castagne e Cioccolato Caldo which is parfait with chestnuts and hot chocolate cream. All meals were very nice and filling and served with complimentary bread rolls, by the end of the meals I was ready to go into a food coma.

Reception & Bar

 

The Reception and bar area are virtually all in the same place so you don’t have to wonder very far to get to any of these areas. The reception area is a very sleek and stylish location with a business but relaxing feel to it. It has leather sofas, a tv area and a computer area for those that haven’t brought their laptops with them.

The bar area had a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, cocktails, hot and cold soft drinks as well as sweet and savoury snacks and always had someone on the bar from 10 am till midnight, with the option to either sit and relax by the bar or outside.

The Gym

I didn’t get the opportunity to use the gym as I am on crutches at the moment, but the gym has everything needed for a fitness buff.

Equipment

  • Treadmill,
  • Exercise bike,
  • Weights,
  • Vending machine,
  • Water
  • Fresh Towels,
  • TV and music
  • A kettle with free tea and coffee
  • An outdoor terrace to relax after a hard work out.

The Staff

There were a lot of mixed reviews about the staff online and I think a lot of the negative reviews were because of a language barrier. As I found all the staff to be polite, friendly and very helpful to my needs and they had no idea that I would be writing a review about my stay at the Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica.

A big mention has to go to Kimo who is from Tunis. He is a real credit to the hotel, by the way, he spoke to me and other guests it’s easy to see that he enjoys and takes pride in his job and he is very much a people person.

Free Facilities & Services included:

  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (open for the summer season 22nd June till the 22nd September)
  • Gym (Open all year round)
  • Unguarded parking area
  • Children’s play area
  • Mallorca Restaurant (Breakfast Buffet)
  • Air conditioning (This works as with all hotels if the window and balcony door is closed)
  • Plasma TV with the option to rent movies
  • 24-hour reception

Facilities & Services at a cost:

  • Hotel Bar & Pool Bar
  • La Sughereta Restaurant (A la carte Restaurant)
  • Room Service
  • Wifi (€3 for 4 hours and €10 for 24 hours)
  • Laundry and Ironing Service
  • Mini bar (menu included in the room)
  • Room Safe
  • Pool tables
  • On site store (for gifts, drinks and sweets)
  • Private parking area is €8 per day
  • Shuttle Service to and from the Vatican City €2 one way or €3 return (leaving Hotel at 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 11:30 am, 14:00 pm, 15:30 pm, 17:00 pm and 18:45 pm, in March to October 21:45 pm and collection from the same drop off 9:10 am, 10:40 am, 12:10 pm, 14:40 pm, 16:00 pm and 17:30 pm and 19:15 pm and from March to October  22:15 pm)

Other Cost’s

  • Hotel Tourist Tax €6 per person per night

How to get to Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica

Roma Aurelia is not in the main city centre, it’s around 35-40 mins drive and defiantly not within quick walking distance. Below I have put all the ways to get to the hotel.

Stazione Termini (Train Station)

Go down the stairs on the platform and turn left, go up the second set of stairs and turn left again walk past the factory to either the bus stop or keep on walking.

  • Bus Stop (purchase tickets before, can’t give a price as driver let me go on for free) get on either of the two buses and get off outside the University of Roma and its a 2-minute walk on the opposite side of the road.
  • Walk past the bus stop and take the first right follow the road/hill up you’ll pass Villa Aurelia Sports Club, walk past that till you get to the main road, then turn right and follow the road up on the right side until you get to the University of Roma cross the road and take your first left to the hotel this is around a 15 minute walk (I have done this on crutches!)

Ciampino Airport

  • Pre-booked Taxi: I looked online and found a pre-booked taxi for €40 (It’s more reliable to use a taxi to pre-book as it’s a fixed price)
  • Shuttle Service straight to the hotel based on a return €23 per person
  • Shuttle Service to Rome Stazione Termini €8 Return (see train route for after)

Fiumicino Airport

  • Pre-booked Taxi: I looked online and found a pre-booked taxi for €48 (It’s more reliable if you are going to use a taxi to pre-book as it’s a fixed price)
  • Shuttle service direct to the hotel based on a return €23 per person
  • Shuttle Service to Rome Stazione Termini €8 Return (see train route for rest of route)
  • Hotel owned Shuttle Service pre-booked €28 each way for just one person or €14 each way per person of a minimum of 2 persons per booking (times run at 7:45 am, 9:45 am, 11:30 am, 13:30 pm

Rome Stazione Termini (Train/Bus Station)

  • Train to Roma Aurelia Station €1 one way (Go to platform 25-28 check the screens for the correct platform)
  • Public bus route is a bit of a mission as you will need three buses (You’ll need to pre-buy your ticket from the station)
  • Taxi – Be careful, I went to the licensed taxi stand asked the driver how much he quoted me €20 euro, so I got in and he changed his mind and said €60 so I stopped the car got out as there was no metre and he tried to charge me €10 for a 3 second ride I refused and walked away.

About The Author

LJ is the founder of Outside the Bubble UK, she will be releasing her first novel this year called 'The Secret Diary of a Hotel Entertainer', which is based on some of her experience as a hotel entertainer over the years. LJ has a passion for Travel and this year is preparing for her next big adventure, whilst also training for her first Triathlon

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20 Responses

  1. Jen Morrow

    It looks like a nice hotel with good amenities. Great information about the facilities. I insist upon a hotel with gym if I am staying more than 2 nights.

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    • LJ Legend

      Yeah I thought it was a lovely hotel and wish I was there a little longer 🙂 , the good thing about the gym is that you had to swipe in an out with your room card. So you know that its only hotel guests using the facilities.

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  2. Punita Malhotra

    The hotel seems very nice. Not sure how convenient it is for someone who wants to be all over Rome. But I suppose, once if you are out the whole day, distance to the hotel shouldn’t really matter.

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    • LJ Legend

      Yeah, it was a nice hotel. The distance was a bit daunting at first but once I knew how to get to and from the hotel with the public transport I was fine.

      Reply
  3. Juliette

    The rooms look lovely. Excellent information about what’s there and how to get there. Looks like a nice place to stay – and the gym is huge!

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  4. Arzo

    That sounds perfect. Especially the breakfast sounds delicious. Rome is on my list and if I plan my trip I will keep that in mind. Thanks

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    • LJ Legend

      The Hotel was nice and I am currently writing more about my trip to Rome. I’m going back next year 3 days just wasn’t enough.

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  5. Janine Good

    This really looks like a lovely hotel. I enjoy hotels that have lots to offer guests so amenities are really important to me. I love breakfast and it is my favourite meal of the day so I would definitely like that.

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  6. neha

    Looks like lovely hotel..I would love to stay here someday. All your comprehensive details will come handy when I book for myself

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    • LJ Legend

      it really was a nice hotel, and I always think its very important when I write a review to give as much information as possible to my readers.

      Reply
  7. Katie

    Your review gives me a real insight into what Hotel Roma Aurelia Antica is about and what to expect. It seems like a great hotel – such a shame its not nearer to Rome’s city centre but ideal for those looking to relax a bit more!

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    • LJ Legend

      Thank you as my first hotel review I wanted to give lots of details, it is a shame that it isn’t in the centre, but the train route is quite central and the hotel also offers a shuttle service.

      Reply
  8. Emma

    Rome is on my list for next year – I managed puglia, Siena and Florence this year! love Italy so much – this looks like a great well equipped hotel, thanks for the recommendation!

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    • LJ Legend

      Wow Florence and Venice is on my list for next year. Rome was amazing and I am going back to finish off sight seeing next year. The Hotel is worth paying a visit to for a relaxing stay.

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  9. Natalie

    We just love Rome though we usually rent an apartment instead of a hotel room. This looks like a wonderful choice though with so many amenities.

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    • LJ Legend

      It seems to be becoming very popular to rent out apartments abroad as this is an affordable choice. But I think sometimes its nice to be looked after in the hotels as well 🙂

      Reply

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