Montecarlo Hotel

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Montecarlo Hotel

, Rome
3 star

Rooms: 43

17 Via Palestro - Rome - 00185 - Italy Hotel Website | | 64460000
325 Traveller

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3 Days in Rome
Submitted by: David Cartledge in 29/06/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
Hotel staff were pleasant and courteous,I was in a double room for my own use and it was comfortable and clean but not very big.My friend had a similar room. The hotel is quite easy to get to from the Termini around 10 mins to walk.
We thought the location wasn't great for central Rome most attractions not that easy to get to without a longish walk the metro is the best option taxis are expensive.
We also thought the breakfast was very basic fresh ham and some boiled eggs would help.

The best hotel in Rome!
Submitted by: Lauren in 08/11/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
We couldn't have asked for a better hotel. It was centrally located and close to the main termini which was handy for getting to things like the Colosseum and the Vatican.
The staff was really friendly, the rooms were lovely and there are heaps of good restaurants within walking distance.
If I'm ever back in Rome - I'm staying here again!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Montecarlo Hotel

Great Value - Great Location

Very clean. Helpful staff! Easy walk from the main train station. Easy walk from the hotel to all the main attractions in Rome. I would stay again! The elevator that travel through the stairwell added to the charm of the hotel.

Pleasant Stay

from ScottishGoblin
Spent three nights at the Hotel Montecarlo in October 2005. We had booked a twin room which was very clean and spacious with adequate en suite facilities. The Hotel is a short 5-10 minute walk from Termini station and very easy to find. The staff were very helpful and all spoke very good English. Breakfast was very hearty by Italian standards and a wide choice of cereals, pastries, yogurts, fruit etc were always available. In terms of price and location the Montecarlo is a great choice for a place to stay in Rome. Should we return to Rome would most definately stay here again.

Great week at the MonteCarlo

from draig69
An above average 3 star hotel, with good rooms although the shower cubicle was on the small side for a larger sized person. In easy reach of the main station, taxi fare very expensive for the distance. The reception staff all speak very good English, and the receptionist Franco is a delightful young man who is extremely helpful and obliging. The continental style breakfast is plentiful and varied, and the waitress cheerful and efficient, the only disappointment was the coffee whjch was only warm and not hot. Would I go there again! most certainly.

Friendly Staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Montecarlo Hotel for 4 nights in mid-September and had a great time. The staff was extremely helpful in answering all of our questions. I had a million of them but they never seemed put off. Great to have internet access in the lobby, we used it alot. Never ate the breakfast as we were always up too late, but hear it was really good. Rooms were comfortable, clean and nicely furnished. We had a room that overlooked the courtyard and did not hear a single noise the entire stay. The neighborhood is really safe with police on the corner nearby. We also found some good restaurants with reasonable prices within a couple minutes walk. Grocery store is about a 5 minute walk. We ended up taking the subway to the main areas in the evening, but usually returned by taxi as the train stopped service very early. We never figured out the bus system, but taxis were not too expensive. About 8 Euros from the Spanish Steps or Trevi Fountain area. All in all we had a really good stay.

Great Hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel Montecarlo was excellent. Friendly clean and safe. We stayed here for 5 nights and were mainly driven by reviews we had read on tripadvisor. I am delighted to say the hotel matched the reviews. The evening/night porter was very friendly and helpful. As noted below the lift is old fashioned but works very well and is surprisingly quiet. Anywhere in Rome is going to be noisy but this hotel was certainly not the worst noise wise as it was not on major roads. Saying that it is close to buses and trains. The only thing I would say about distance to Termini is that it is a little further than the 400m advertised. And when you have a couple of wheely cases on bumpy paths then it can seem longer! Id say its more like 600m.

The breakfast is very good. Croissants, rolls, cereal, yoghurts, juices, tea/coffee but as said you would want to be down by 9 to make sure you get the croissants.

Safety wise the hotel is beside the UK and German embassies and around the corner from the dept of finance so there is a very obvious presence of police which is good.

Dont forget to look at Porta Pia which is literally around the corner.

Great holiday, great hotel

from Traveller7366
My family and I spent 6 nights at the Hotel Montecarlo. Although we arrived late (after 11.00pm) the reception was still manned. The room was large for the 4 of us with space to move around comfortably. The lift made the kids day. Its a very unusal type and although it looks old it runs smoother than some modern day lifts. Breakfast was continental and good. However, if you want to indulge in the excellent coissants you have to be down before 9.00am. The location was excellent as well. Only 5 minutes walk to the train station or the underground. The buses also run near the hotel. Overall the hotel surpassed my expectations - good location, efficient staff, clean rooms, and last but not least the jacuzzi in the bathroom!!!

close to termini train station

from A TripAdvisor Member
Value for money hotel, clean and comfortable. Staff polite and helpful. Stayed here for proximity to train station. 3 days Aug05.

Great wee place!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel was easy to find being only a 5-10 minute walk from Termini station. Other reviews I have read claim the area to be a little 'unappealing' due to the people who frequent the area. However it is the same as any other railway station area in any other big city, it is an area where many different people meet and perhaps some of these are the more 'colourful' of Romes inhabitants, however myself and another female friend had no trouble whatsoever with the locals, in fact they were very friendly. The Turkish and British Embassy are on the same street and there are a few restaurants and bars in the area also. Due to the location of the embassies there was an armed guard stationed on the street at all times and therefore we felt quite safe. The staff at the hotel gave us a very friendly welcome and the hotel was clean and safe. The room was very staisfactory, we had a twin room, with air conditioning, however the street can get a little noisy at night with passing traffic. The bathroom was clean and there was always hot water. The room was cleaned every day and the cleaner even folded our clothes away for us that we had hanging on the floor! There was a TV in the room also, mosly showing Italian programmes (obviously!) however it did have MTV. Breakfast was good, served between 7.30 and 9.30am but get there early if you want some of the lovely croissants they serve! You also get coffee, bread, melba toasts, yoghurts, selection of fruit juices, spreads and cereals. There is a bar in the hotel but we never needed to use it. Buses pass by at the corner of the street, numbers I recall were 492 and 62. Night buses also use the same route and are perfectly safe. You can use the Internet in the hotel, for 1 Euro you get 10 mins. The reception staff are on duty all the time and there is no lock out or curfew times for returning, they also speak very good English and are very professional in attitude and presentation. There are plenty of leaflets, maps and advice for tourists available at reception. It has its own website which I actually found to be very accurate with its details. The price we paid was a special offer of 280 Euros for the room for 4 nights, which was about a third off normal prices (August 2005), so it pays to look around for the best price on various websites, however this website was the best option at the time. Altogether we had a lovely stay in this hotel and in Rome and I have already recommended it to a friend. I would even stay there again if I had remembered to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain! (Apparently if you do that you assure your return to Rome!) Watch out for the 75 year old lift though, it is in perfect working order and safe enough but if you try to open the doors before it comes to a complete stop you will get stuck! Don't worry though, the lift has glass windows and the staff are very adept at getting you out quickly! Enjoy your stay, I know we did!

Loved the pretty elevator.

from cioccolato
Stayed here early July for 2 nights, booked a quadruple room, rate was 166 Euro/night incl. breakfast.

We deliberately looked for a hotel near the Roma Termini Station. Hearing that in Rome there are quite a number of criminality near the station, our choice went to this hotel which is located near an embassy of a foreign country which means there should be a 24 hour police guard nearby (and there is one, btw).
The walk from the train station was not a short one, if you walk in a normal pace then it would take about 10 minutes time. Later on we found out that it's actually closer if one starts walking from the Republicca Metro Station instead of Termini.
Not much traffic outside the hotel, which is a good thing. A number of restaurants are nearby.

The hotel's reception was nothing fancy. The staff there was nice and polite, spoke fluent English as well. Provided us gladly with brochures and infos for tourist. The antique but still working elevator was just a sight to see.

Room was clean and it had such a nice colour. We were given a triple room but the room was actually built for a normal double room, that means instead of chairs/table/sofa there was an extra single bed on one corner. And since we booked a quadruple, one very-uncomfortable-backpain-causing bunk bed was added on the other corner. And there was a study desk with the TV on top of it, and a chair. So, one could imagine how crowded the room was.
Internet connection inside the room worked only on the first night, afterwards there were no connection at all (fyi: they have a room near the reception with a computer and internet connection for the guests to use).
Bathroom was tiny. The interior new and modern, even had a jacuzzi in it. Lots of towels provided.

Breakfast was modest, standart cereal and breads.

I'd say this place is okay if it's just for a simple stay for 1-2 people, but for 4 people it's no good because the quadruple room is just too small.
And next time we're looking for a hotel near the Roma Termini station, we'd most likely look for another one other than the Montecarlo.

Italian Warmth? NONE here!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel itself is quite decent; small but clean rooms and a bright reception area. However, the staff are just awful. A miscommunication led to the reservation for the wrong dates (even though they had all of my flight info) and boy were they ready to tell me when I arrived. They refused to listen to my explanation that the dates overlapped when I flew from Canada to Rome and that I had made the reservation for the date that I flew out. They had all my e-mail correspondence printed out and basically instead of the "warm welcome" they promise on their website I received a "you were supposed to be here yesterday" thrown in my face. They cut me off mid-sentence more than 1/2 dozen times when I tried to explain to them what had happened and that I was willing to pay for the extra night. They showed absolutely no respect to me as a human being, never mind the fact that I was a guest.

I am not an unreasonable person, and having worked as management in the hotel industry myself, I fully understand the process of compromising with a guest to ensure that they leave happy yet at the same time protecting the hotel from unnecessary loss. The hotel was not full during our stay, and they still charged me the full rate for the night. In my experience, if we had a guest's flight information, it is natural to ensure the check-in date corresponds with the arrival date.

While the airport transfer company gave me a discount as a penalty for the miscommunication (which I was totally appreciative of), the hotel did nothing but make me feel small and insignificant. I respect that they may do things differently in Europe than in North America, but the attitude was totally uncalled for.

The only joy I got from staying at this hotel was eating breakfast. The gentleman who served us was one of TWO nice people I came across during my stay (the other was housekeeping).

I would advise that you should only stay at this hotel if it were the very very last hotel available. Do not make any mistakes with your reservation, and minimize contact with the front desk staff! And last but not least, don't be deceived by their "friendly" e-mail correspondence; it is all fake!

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Other names for Montecarlo Hotel

  • montecarlo hotel rome
  • Address: 17 Via Palestro - Rome - 00185 - Italy
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