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Holiday Inn Express Rome San Giovanni

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed as a group of friends for 3 nights. My friends were booked via Gate 1 travel however I was unable to book through Gate 1 so I booked directly through the Holiday Inn website and reserved the room as a Rewards Club member at no extra charge. Once we arrived however I noticed the difference in rooms. My room had what i thought to be the standard items included in a room: refrigerator, coffee maker (which was old and did not work)electric kettle, and the standard toiletries that are to be expected: lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, shower gel. I know that the robes and slippers were a nice touch and probably considered an upgrade, with a balcony overlooking the courtyard. There was no iron/ironing board. But when I visited my friends rooms I was struck by how sub par their accomodstions were in comparison and even felt guilty for my "luxurious" accommodations. Their room did not have a fridge, or even coffee maker! When I asked for lotion, the front desk said that their room could not get lotion because their room was a different category! Really! For a little travel-sized lotion to be considered an amenity seemed a bit ridiculous. So I went back to my room to get some lotion. Overall the hotel could use some renovations and an investment into their heating in the hallways. The little gym under a tent adjacent to the hotel was impractical to use in the winter as it was very cold during our stay. I still gave a favorable rating for the value, included breakfast (minus the powdered eggs) and its location to the metro which was convenient. The provided cell phone that you were able to bring as a guide around the city was a unique and useful resource.

Excellent staff very friendly. We are from NYC and enjoyed the Italian and American atmosphere. the hotel is very clean. The rooms were decent size for Europe. The hotel provided toiletries in the room as well as the Handy GPS device, which saved us so much time on our trip. The buffet breakfast was plentiful and included cheeses, cereal, yogurt, pancakes, eggs, pancetta, toast, coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, juices and more. The hotel was a little bit distant from the main attractions but it was easy to take the 85 bus about a 15 minute ride located one block up from the hotel. The train was about a 10 minute walk from the hotel to go to Vatican City as well. Much cheaper then Uber or cabs. Very easy to use and find out where you are going. If you are unsure, the front desk was always very helpful. We would highly recommend this hotel even though it is a little bit away from the main sites. We traveled on a budget and we are glad to have stayed at the Holiday Inn San Giovanni.

Local flavor. We enjoyed the night we spent there very much. Great breakfast too. No complaints. The happy hour was nice to with delicious free apps including buffalo capriccio that was great and drinks for 5 Euro. Inexpensive but really good.

I stayed very recently for three nights in a group of 21 people. Right away, the staff were very helpful. We were given our rooms very very quickly despite the rather sizable group. The staff were very pleasant and welcoming. The room I stayed in was 232 and it was spotless. It smelt so fresh and clean, as the room had been sanitized by a type of ozone treatment. The beds were made immaculately, the bathroom was pristine and towels/cups were replaced daily. There is a fitness facility which I found very convenient but unfortunately I did not have time to use. The breakfast was probably the best part of my experience. There were so many options and the food was fresh and delicious. There was a pancake making machine, which cooked pancakes fresh. There was bacon, sausages, cold cuts of meat with cheese, a large selection of yoghurts, scrambled eggs and beans. The coffee was AMAZING, and there was a huge selection of different teas! I had an amazing stay at the hotel, thank you holiday inn express, I'll be back.

Myself and my now fiancé stayed at Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni for our trip. The hotel itself was very nice and great value for money, our room was very clean and tidy and the staff were welcoming and friendly. The buffet breakfast was very good too I particularly enjoyed the pancake machine, a nice surprise! However towards the end of our stay we didn’t eat breakfast as we were too full up from dinner the night before! Check in was quick and easy and the staff were more than happy to order taxi’s or offer advice on where to go for evenings. The rooms have a Handy mobile phone which you can take out and use to map where you are, find out top tips and places to see using the phone. It was very useful and a unique accessory to have it was all completely free. The only downside that I would say about staying here was the location. It was a good 10-15 minute walk to and from the closest metro station Ponte Lungo, especially after a long day out walking around having to go back to the hotel and then walk all the way back again later for dinner was a downfall for us. Not that we were being lazy but it was quite far from everything. Also the room didn’t have a safe so you couldn’t leave any valuables in the room, the hotel had a locker that you could use downstairs in reception but we didn’t feel comfortable to do that. Lastly, the only other small minor thing was that there wasn’t much storage room to put your clothes and belongings nor was there proper bedside drawers just a shelf/small table top. Another than that the hotel did what we wanted it to do and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will remember it for some time as it’s the place where my boyfriend proposed!

I had a short business trip to Rome in the first week of December and stayed in Holiday Inn Express San Giovanni for two nights. This Hotel was recommended by my business associate who stayed there few months ago. The Hotel is located in a residential region a bit far away from the city centre and all the tourist spots in Rome. However the Hotel is conveniently located within 5 minutes walking to the Tuscolana Train Station from which there is a direct train connecting to the Fiumicino Airport. The travel time to the Airport is less than an hour. This is a comparatively small train station so it is very easy to go to the platforms and on board of a train as compared to taking a train at the main station Stazione Termini. There is also a bus stop close to the Tuscolana Station from there there is a bus taking you right in front of the Coliseum and the city centre. The bus travel time to the Coliseum is about 20 minutes. Within 8 minutes walking from the Hotel is the Ponte Lungo Subway Station from there it is 5 stops to Stazione Termini and 8 stops to Spagna. As the Hotel is located in a not so nice neighborhood and is out of the main street it could be a challenge for some guests walking back from Ponte Lungo to Hotel in the evening. As this Hotel is a Holiday Inn Express category the guests have to accept that there are limitations in this Hotel. The rooms are small and are not equipped with luxury equipment, facilities and amenities however the room and the washroom are clean and well designed. Breakfast is complimentary. It is quite good with a wide selection of pastry and cold cuts. There is a bar and a restaurant inside the Hotel. The restaurant is good for casual dinning particularly for those guests who are fully exhausted after walking around Rome for the whole day. All staff was friendly and helpful. Will definitely return for my next trip to Rome.

My wife and I stayed here during our time in Rome and it was perfect for us. The reason I say it surpassed expectations is from reading some of the reviews and knowing someone else who stayed here saying it wasn't in the best of neighborhoods. While we did not spend too much time in the area other than walking to and from the Metro station, it just seemed like a normal residential area, but not a bad area. We routinely walked later at night over the weekend and there were many people out walking around. There are restaurants and other businesses along the streets to stop in. Overall, the room and the hotel were awesome. The room is a good size for having enough room to spread out suitcases, has some storage space, and hanging space, along with a desk. The bathroom was updated and very clean. The entire hotel was very clean and updated also. Breakfast has a wide variety of options so that was a plus also. The courtyard area is a nice place to get a drink at the bar and sit outside to enjoy the weather also. The walk to the Metro was less than ten minutes and easy to find. Adding to the benefits was the "Handy" device in each room which is a cell phone that can be used for free. The benefits for us were it has tourist attractions listed, options to purchase tickets through the app, free calls and data, and allowed me to use it for maps or looking up information to conserve the battery on my actual phone throughout the day and night. It was a very nice added perk. I did purchase the hop on hop off bus tickets through the app with no problems. The only issue we had was with the toilet not flushing. I notified the front desk and by the time we ate breakfast and went back to the room, it had already been taken care of. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The lobby area also has a baggage scale (1 Euro) to weigh bags after filling them with wine or other gifts to take back home. We would definitely stay here again.

The place is a little outdated with the amenities and decor, but it did the job. We were mostly site seeing and eating out to be in the room for a long time. The TV channels had little options, bring your i pad or a book. I felt safe about the place and the area, but I grew up in a different environment where you needed to be street smart, so I can handle myself. The Breakfast is always great with plenty to offer, love that part of the Hotel. The people that worked for the Hotel were always attentive to your needs, a good place. I would use them again if I had to, the price is right.

A nice, clean hotel with reasonable rates just a short jump from Rome Central Station on either a regional train or metro Line B. It is then about a 5 min walk Friendly staff and spacious clean rooms. Didn't have breakfast so can't comment on that. Only downer is it doesn't appear to be in the nicest area and is not a pleasant walk at night. Still recommended for value.

Our experience at this hotel was very good. It is very clean and well kept in a quiet neighborhood of residential apartment buildings. The free breakfast is outstanding and the food selection was huge. We ate breakfast there ever day before heading to central Rome. It is a ten minute walk to the subway, and you pass a large grocery on the way so you can pick up essentials there. Highly recommend L’Isola restaurant on same street-Small Sardinian menu with unsurpassed service from owner, delicious!

Via Assisi, 51/53 Rome RM

Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour fitness center

Located in San Giovanni, Holiday Inn Express Rome San Giovanni is within a few miles (5 km) of popular sights such as Baths of Caracalla and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. This 120-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like a 24-hour fitness center and free in-room WiFi. Located in central Rome, the hotel is also near Colosseum and Trevi Fountain.


Start your day off right with a free hot/cold buffet breakfast, served each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM. In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


All of Holiday Inn Express Rome San Giovanni's 120 soundproofed rooms provide coffee makers, phones, and ironing boards. 32-inch LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and Select Comfort beds with Frette Italian sheets and pillow menus ensure a restful night. Desks are also available.

Property features

Guests of Holiday Inn Express Rome San Giovanni enjoy a 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. If you drive, self parking is EUR 12.00 per day, and there's also limo/town car service. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and express check-in.

Room options

Room, Non Smoking, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking, City View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, Bathtub (Mobility)

Queen 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, Non Smoking, City View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

75.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1029 reviews