Express By Holiday Inn Rome Tuscolana Hotel
Reviews - Express By Holiday Inn Rome Tuscolana Hotel
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: Canada
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: Libya
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Express By Holiday Inn Rome Tuscolana Hotel
choicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
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.
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 Breakfastfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Not bad but not all that great eitherfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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.
Averagefrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 valuefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great Place To Stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Good hotel, so-so location, poor servicefrom MKR
Awesome Breakfastfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Acceptable hotel of typical Express standards.from carpotx
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.
Other names for Express By Holiday Inn Rome Tuscolana Hotel
- holiday inn rome
- fiuggi holiday inn
- Address: 53 Via Assisi - Rome - 00181 - Italy
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