Express By Holiday Inn Rome Tuscolana Hotel

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Express By Holiday Inn Rome Tuscolana Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 120

53 Via Assisi - Rome - 00181 - Italy Hotel Website | | 6784692
359 Traveller

Reviews - Express By Holiday Inn Rome Tuscolana Hotel

8/10
Asbsolutely great accommodations
Submitted by: Gisela in 21/06/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We stayed at this hotel for 12 nights. The rooms are spacious, clean and bright. Service was very good. Best of all were the abundant daily buffet breakfasts. Well worth every penny. The staff was very friendly, extremely helpful and accommodating and could answer all our questions easily. Although the hotel is a little further away from downtown Rome, taking the public bus into town was quick, easy and convenient. We would stay at this hotel again any time. It was just super.
6/10
More service needed
Submitted by: M O Imbarek in 27/08/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Libya
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We suggest that the hotel provide more services as room service, restaurant, airport shuttle service...etc.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Express By Holiday Inn Rome Tuscolana Hotel

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from A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived late on Friday night, very welcoming staff, room spotless. Breakfast more varied than UK HIExpress with fresh capuccino / espresso, just ask the serving staff, croissant, cakes, hams, cheeses, breads, fruit, cereals and some hot items, seem to cater for the international range of guests.

It does get busy around 8am but hardly surprising since the business people are getting ready for a hard day in the office and tourists, for a hard day of sightseeing. Virtually every hotel I've stayed in on a city break is the same so if you like a quiet dining room, eat early or late.

As for the hotel, there is some train noise from some rooms, it's not all that bad unless you're a light sleeper but in exchange for that, you're very close to the train station ! Some rooms face an lovely inner courtyard where you can have breakfast outside if it's warm enough. These are quieter of course. If it bothers you, just ask for a quiet room.

Priority Club members can get checkout delayed to 2pm, providing you ask, it's not done automatically. They have good luggage storage if you're on a late flight.

We loved our stay at HI Express, appreciated the efforts of the hard working staff and will look to stay there again given the balance between price and relative inconvenience of being outside the historic centre.

GETTING THERE FROM THE AIRPORT
Arrival from Fiumicino is easy, take the normal train (not Leonardo Express) straight to Roma Tuscolana. From the platform go off towards platform 8, up the stairs, turn right and follow the path down the hill. Turn left and Via Assisi is first left. It's not easy to spot to HIExpress from the roadside until you're right next to it but it's at the top of the gentle hill of Via Assis on the left just pass a dance school.

From Ciampino it's a bit more chaotic but we'd recommend taking the train from Termini rather than switching to Metro as it's easier with heavy bags. Trains in the direction of Civitavecchia tend to stop at Tuscolana.

GETTING AROUND
Near the hotel is a SIDIS supermarket for your provisions and you can buy Metrobus tickets to cover all your local transport from the newspaper stand at the bottom of Via Assisi.

Other reviewers have told you how to get back and forth to the Metro. The hill on Via Gela is not that steep if you don't have heavy luggage, incidentally the left hand side as you walk up the hill has fewer kerbs if you do decide to go this way.

However do, absolutely do, watch wallets and purses. One of our party suffered pickpocketing at Ponte Lungo metro and when we were checking out, another unfortunate person had the same happen. Staff are well versed in directions to the police station, put it that way. That said, the staff were both sympathetic, called VISA to stop the cards and phoned ahead to the police station to let them know we were on our way. Guide books will tell you of the infamous line A to the vatican and express bus 40 but it seems the problem extends to Ponte Lungo also. Local police say it tends to happen as you leave the carriage because your hands are holding onto rails and not wallets.

Metro line A is currently closed after 9 in the evenings because of upgrades which makes travelling back to the hotel at night a bit more awkward than it could be. Bus 85 goes from Via del Corso so near to Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Fontana Trevi. The direction is Arco di Travertino but at night ask the driver to stop near to Stazione Tuscolana to make sure you don't miss your stop.

To get to and from Vatican area during the day, Metro A is certainly the fastest.

To get into the historic centre, we used the train from Tuscolana to Trastevere, at least every half an hour (direction Aeroporto), and then to air conditioned tram number 8 from Trastevere station, just outside the station carpark on the left, which goes all the way to Largo Argentina, nicely placed for Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori etc. and fast as it avoids a lot of traffic. Trastevere itself of course is good for night-time eating, drinking and walking.

Great Rooms, Good Location, Good Breakfast

from A TripAdvisor Member
The price was OK, we payed 125 €/Day. We checked in at 10.00 am and as an Priority Club Member we get an upgrade to a room with a balcony. Great ! !! Thanks to the stuff !!!

The breakfast is OK !!! Bacon, eggs (not my sytle), croissants, chease and cakes !!! If the breakfast room ist full, you have to wait several minutes for your fresh Cafe Late or Expresso. :-(

We take the train FR1 from the airport to Tuscolona-Statation (5 €/Person) and then went 5 Minutes to the Hotel.

For trips with metro, tram or bus we bought a BTI - Ticket at metro station Ponto Lungo for 11 € - so you can ride 3 full days !!!

If you like to eat in the evening in a great area with a lot of nice restaurants and inexpensive - then go to Travestere (using the tram number 3 from metrostation Manzini).

Rome is an amazing experience !!!

Good, Clean, Friendly Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife, daughter and I have just returned home having spent 4 nights at this hotel. We picked this hotel based on the previous reviews that we read on tripadvisor and we were NOT disappointed. For starters, we were able to get a train directly from the airport to Tuscalano station which is about a 7 minute walk to the hotel through a quiet residential area. (5 euro each) There is also a metro station, Ponte Lungo, about a 12 minute walk from the hotel. We were greeted by a very professional and friendly staff member, and we were given a room at the front of the hotel, and therefore did not hear the so-called noise from the train station. The breakfast each morning consisted of cereals, cold meats, cheeses, bacon, sausage etc. There were plenty of tables in the dining room and never once did we feel rushed in any way. The staff were most friendly and spoke good English. Compared to other hotels we have stayed at in Europe, the breakfast here was the best. We felt that we got great value for our money (109 Euros per night, booked directly through the holiday-inn website). The hotel room was large, clean and comfortable. Although we are not ones for sitting in watching TV, we were able to keep up with news events from around the world as both BBC World News and CNN were available. Overall we were very pleased with our choice of hotel, and although it is on the outskirts of the city, the transport system is cheap (4 euros for a daily ticket) and we used both the metro and bus service to explore this fantastic city.

Not bad but not all that great either

from A TripAdvisor Member
First off this hotel was pricy ($120 Euros/night) I dont know what the other hotels go for in Rome as I went through a travel agent, but I think you can get something just as decent and a lot closer to the heart of Rome at the same price.

The Lowdown:

We arrived from the Roma Termini Train station and from there you must take the Metro line A towards ANAGNINA. The great thing about the Train station is that is connects directly to the metro. At the fifth stop is PONTE LUNGO, from there you exit and go up the stairs to GELA street (a former reviewer called it Galle which threw us off when we got there) from here you must make a 10 minute walk which isnt so bad unless you have a few pieces of large luggage with you which prompted us to take a taxi. Now the thing with taxis in Rome is you cant just flag them off the street like in the states, you must go to a certain destination where you will find a few parked and waiting. We learned this the hard way. The ride which was extremely short cost us 7 euros. From travel after this point we were able to walk the distance as we only carried a backpack when going about the city. From GELA you walk down the hill and Make a Right at the next street i dont recall the name but it is really simple as you walk under the Railroad overpass and make a Left onto the next street which is Via ASSISi ( the street the hotel is located on). The hotel will be to the left after a 3-4 minute walk UPHILL.

The neighbohood is definitely a more local residential area. You must BEWARE that if sightseeing past 9pm (restuarants open for dinner in Rome at around 630-7 pm) the Line A completely stops running and you will be forced to take a bus from the Roma Termini Train station. This we learned the hard way as there is no warning about this anywhere. Line B rusn until i believe 1130 or so but Line A stops at around 9-930 I do not know why they do this but please beware as it is not fun walking around an unknown neighborhood at night.

Rooms are large compared to the 4 other europeans cities we stopped at. The staff was actually friendly upon arrival. The rooms actually have Us power plugs built in as well as the European holes but the US type plugs did not even work but we brought a converter regardless so it really didnt matter. The welcome card states that if you have forgotten anything (converter, toothbrush, etc) just contact the front desk and they will assist you. We never had to. The breakfast is actually the best of the 5 hotels we stayed at. Keep in mind the bacon, eggs and sausage are nothing compared to the US but it is a nice relief from the croissants, ham and cheese we have been eating for 2 weeks those of which are included as well. The grocery store is right by the overpass you walk under so that is a great way to travel on a budget, we only ate at a pizza take out joint and the panini sandwich shop right down the street which is actually pretty good. Other than that we ate while in the center.

AND IT IS TRUE! The Tuscolana train station is right next to the hotel and trains come by at night I would say every half hour. We were able to ignore it as it isnt that loud but you may have more sensitive senses. But having the train station close by is not all that bad. If leaving from the Fuimicino Airport you will be able to take a train from this station which is a 5 minute walk from the hotel for 5 euros/person.

For the price we paid i would have preferred a closer location and minus the train station. Breakfast is probably the better of anything you will get elsewhere but nothing all that special. Staff was friendly and rooms were clean, with everything fucntioning in the room. Definitely go to Rome as it is an amazing experience, I hope this review helped.

Average

from A TripAdvisor Member
4 of us (2 couples) stayed for 4 nights at the hotel from 17th-21st March. We arrived very late in the evening but I got Anna at the hotel to pre-book me a taxi to pick us up at the airport. €52 from Ciampino was a bit steep as we found out later after using the public taxis for getting around late in the evening.
The hotel was off the main road, next to Tuscolana railway station. Although our room (3rd floor) was not affected by the railway lines, my friend’s room was (ground floor) was but they had no other rooms available. The rooms were neat, tidy and were as expected of a typical Holiday Inn Express - nothing special.
After reading the previous reviews on the breakfast I was excited to find out the details for myself - disappointed it was. The breakfast is typical of any hotel chain and was nothing special - in fact the 3 'hot' items were all finished by the time we got there one morning and no-one was topping them up. The cold items are the usual ham, cheese, fruit, etc. I've had better!!
A short walk to the main road open up to a variety of shops - ice cream parlors, pizza shops, bars - all at great 'local' prices. The walk to the nearest metro station was around 10-15 mins but bear in mind that the metro closes at 9pm and the buses then stop at 11pm. On some nights our only way home from the centre was using a taxi costing around €12 - which was great.
On the last day, we asked for a late check out as my wife was ill and the best they could do was 2pm - but on this particular day, the water was turned off for 'repairs' and so ALL the toilets, sinks, etc were un-usable.
Overall, I wouldn't go back to this hotel due to the fact that the travelling time into the city was around 30-35mins - the hotel also felt out of place and there wasn't much to do in the hotel - small bar (draught beer tap wasn't working). Next time I would stay nearer the centre, probably for the same price!!

good value

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just come back from a week in this hotel in feb.Clean,tidy,excellent breakfast.Easy to get to from ciamoino.Get a bus outside airport for 1 euro ,amazingly cheap.Takes you to either ciampino tube on blue line or anagnina on red.Tube costs 1 euro each from coin machine for 75 mins travel.Hotel is 600 metres from punto longo tube on red line.At punto lungo go up stairs to rio galle.Walk down street to junction go right under bridge.Just after the bridge turn left into rio assissi.Hotel on left.Its a long haul with cases.Just by bridge is a great big supermarket with cheap beer and wine.Trip made better because we (Wales)beat Italy in the rugby match.The red tube takes you anywhere for 1 euro ,or can ger 4 euro for all day travel.If going to sistine chapel go early as last ticket this time of year is at 1230.Massive queues,at least 45 mins standing in street then massive jolting crowds all the way around.Dont fancy it in hot summer.Rome is great if you like pasta and pizzas but near hotel especially little else.Staff very frienddly,great value.Rooms slightly small but new and clean.Nice free ice machine in lobby to keep drinks cool.

Great Place To Stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here in November 04 for 1 week. We were greated with a friendly face upon arrival and every morning. All the staff we very attentive to our needs, helped with locating restaurants, info regarding the Eurostar service, metro etc. Nearby amenities are good and not touristy as this hotel is in a resindetial area. The walk to the metro is not too bad in fact there are 2 nearby stations if you want variety of walking route. The breakfast is great lots to choose from, the rooms are clean and tidy, housekeeping is good. We will return to this hotel in the future.

Good hotel, so-so location, poor service

from MKR
I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights during New years eve. The hotel itself is excellent. It is relatively new and the rooms are neat and spacious. They serve amazing breakfast. I can go on and on endlessly on how good the breakfast was!! On the downside, the Pontelungo subway station is not so nearby...takes atleast a good 10 minutes to walk down. The service is poor. We were greeted not even with a smile!! The receptionists know very little english and dont know much about their own city!! Moreover, the receptionists are busy serving drinks...so, they dont have time to assist you with sight-seeing places. One of the receptionists is genuinely grumpy!! We were so dog-tired on the day we reached Rome and we were welcomed with a 10-min wait by the grumpy receptionist and no kettle, tea bags in the room, no soap in the bathroom!!!! When we looked for the card with the numbers to call the reception, we found there was none in the room. Normally, it is 9 to get to the reception and I just dialled it. Luckily, it was the reception and I reported that none of these were there and I would like all of them sent over immediately. We made 3 calls to the reception but it was not sent over. After waiting for an hour, we went out for dinner and when we returned it was there. There were quite a few similar experiences where I had to be after them time and again to get the stuff. In all, not so good experience and will not stay here again.

Awesome Breakfast

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed here Oct. 22 thru 26, 2004. First time in Europe. Took alittle getting used to the room size compared to the States, BUT VERY CLEAN. Although, the breakfast every morning more than made up for any size issue! The neighborhood that the hotel is located in is very cute and the locals are friendly. Next visit, and there will be a next visit, I think that I would like to be more in the center of town, but overall we were very pleased with the hotel and all it's amenities.

Acceptable hotel of typical Express standards.

from carpotx
This was an acceptable hotel in an acceptable residential area. I thought the room was of decent size but but the hotel itself a little too far away from everything. 1 1/2 miles walking uphill to the metro was a little difficult for my elderly mother. A train goes by every hour on the hour, and the train tracks are within feet of the hotel..takes a little getting used to. Staff was friendly, and the hotel had two-three restaurants in the area. I would stay again but only if nothing else was available.

Top Local Tips for Rome

Get a combined ticket for public transportation Get a combined ticket for public transportation(Metro and bus) , we got one for a week, and we used it all the time. since the hotel is not close(by foot) to any of the attractions, the metro/bus is always in use.

Taxi (cab) fares Make sure you only use licensed taxis and if travelling to airports agree the price first wit driver. Drivers are not friendly so be firm! Rome SPQR (council) have fixed rates for taxiu to/fropm airports don;t pay more that EURO30 or EURO 40

Make sure you check the opening hours.... Always make sure you check the opening hours of sites/attraction you wish to visit just in case there is an event happening that you are unaware of.

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  • Address: 53 Via Assisi - Rome - 00181 - Italy
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