Hotel Arcadia3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
This hotel was the most basic hotel I have ever stayed in. There was no tea facilities, the breakfast was ham, croissants I cereal and bread. No toaster for toast. The television was only in Italian and broke they had to fix it. The microwave was dirty inside and we had to ask the boy to clean it. There was graffiti all around the walls outside. The only place to have dinner was outside above the hotel , which had broken windows and graffiti around. The lady on duty was nice and apologised said it was a problem in the area. In Rome it was dirty rubbish overflowing out of the bins. Graffiti all over the shop doorways. The saving grace was that I had my disabled brother, who is Down syndrome with me. We never had to pay to see the attractions, use the nude or wait in cues. They are disable friendly. I always wanted to see Italy, but was so disappointed with how dirty it was. I complained to teletextholidays but no answer. The hotel cost £575 for 5 days. If you go to Rome try to stay in Rome itself. We were a long way from Rome. We had to take a bus 2 metros sixteen stops then 3 to get there. Coming home we were packed like sardines and some one thought he would try his luck at robbing me and my brother, but I moved away quickly. There are soldiers with rifles and police with guns in the stations. On high alert. Been there done that never again. Italy clean your country up.
The Arcadia is not the Ritz!! Having said that, Vivien & I found this the ideal ‘launch pad’ for exploring everything that Rome has to offer – and that’s a lot! The hotel rooms are basic but clean & functional. You will not find a kettle because of strict Italian Health & Safety rules. – This applies to most hotels. On the upside, there is a fridge, great for beers and a spot of home catering!! The reception staff are probable the best we’ve ever come across. Their English is great, they are really friendly, helpful and nothing is too much trouble – they even have a corkscrew handy, in case you buy a bottle of wine with a cork – and all of the bottles in the supermarket seemed to have a cork!! Breakfast is served from 7am until 10am and is the typical continental style. Possibly an additional option to cornflakes would be good. There is an excellent supermarket virtually underneath the hotel. Just go out of the reception entrance, turn right, go up the steps on your right, walk straight across to the steps down, turn left and there you are!! To get into the city is so easy, both of us being a right pair of ‘country bumkins’ and not having used any form of public transport for many years, thought this to be a tad daunting – How wrong we were!! – After just one day of ‘commuting’ we felt like seasoned Romans!!! A good idea is to buy a couple of ‘Metrobus’ tickets per person at the hotel reception. (one to get into the city and one to get back @ 1.5 Euros each) Each ticket will give you 100 minutes of travel. Just outside the hotel, catch the 506 bus ( Reception will give you the bus times) to the bus park at Anagnina. The buses run approximately every 40 minutes. You need to ‘validate’ your ticket on the bus. There is a yellow box on board into which you insert your ticket, this ‘stamps’ the time on it. At Anagnina, follow everyone else and walk the 200 metres or so to the Metro (tube) station, insert your ticket to open the gate and jump on!! Anagnina is at the start of the ‘red’ line, so you can only go in one direction! The first stop we made was at ‘Barbarini’ which took us to the Trevi Fountain. Again, the Arcadia staff will provide and explain a map of the area. Everything was going fine until, the Friday afternoon before we were due to fly back to Manchester, we received a text from Ryanair, telling us that, thanks to the Italian union which governs Air Traffic Control, our return flight was cancelled because they were having a strike!! In total, Ryanair had cancelled 109 flights that Saturday morning. Imagine the thousands of people who had had their holidays disrupted. TIP! – Make sure you have a mobile phone and that your airline has the number, otherwise you will know nothing about any problems, until you’ve checked out and arrived at the airport. In this case, an iPad also proved more than useful. However, despite all the hassle of finding a return flight home on webchat with Ryanair, an extra two nights at the Arcadia was no problem at all. Apparently, the Italian Unions are very good at striking, so it may be a good idea to allow a few extra days after you are due to return, and if you are on any medication, make sure you have a plentiful supply. If you fly with Ryanair, don’t expect there to be a ‘rescue package’!! – because there isn’t!!! The best that they could do was two days later to Stansted, instead of Manchester! Unfortunately, there do not seem to be many other airlines using Ciampino airport, so taking the option of a refund, was pretty much pointless!! The Arcadia staff were brilliant, allowing me to check in and print out new boarding passes on their PC & printer, not to mention finding and booking our train tickets from Stansted to Manchester. Visiting Rome is an amazing experience, and you could do a lot worse than using the ‘Arcadia’ as your ‘base’.
Almost an hour away by bus & Metro, and the bus comes only once every 40-60 minutes… The breakfast is nothing worth waiting for, and the place itself is dull. The only good thing is the excellent Pizza across the street. not recommended at all.
This hotel sounded great when I made the booking but when we arrived it was a different story. It's dull and in bad need of an overhaul. There are walls filled in and not re painted. The bathroom was filthy and the toilet wouldn't flush on the first night. The breakfast was terrible. Pre packaged toast. Cold stale croissants with icing on them and stale cereal. There is a fridge in the bedroom but was filthy. Wouldnt even put water in it. The hotel is approx 1 hour by bus and rail to the city centre. Well worth paying a little extra to stay closer and nicer.
Rome is the most beautiful and amazing city I've ever visited, it's so full of history and amazing views, culture, museums, sculptures, buildings & nature! However sadly the same can't be said for the hotel! Here are some major negatives; 1) Outside looks HORRIBLE 2) Inside is SO basic & old & horrible, ZERO COMFORT 3) Hotel is so far from the city centre 4) It's one not so regular 20/30 minute bus ride to metro then another 15-45mins metro journey to certain parts of the centre 5) Tax is added onto your room at the end of the stay PER Person PER Night!! We went in for valentines 2014. All in all it works out more expensive booking this very bad hotel rather than booking a slightly more expensive hotel in the city centre! LOVE Rome and would definitely go back just would never ever go back to this hotel!!
stayed for 3 nights 5th November clean and tidy room basis continental breakfast great supermarket next door bar just down the road takaway pizza next door local bus 507 then red metro into Rome centre easy journey and cheap don't expect the ritzy but we had fun
We stayed two nights. If you like having a Woolly Blanket as your comforter, this is your hotel. If you like having a fridge in your room, this is your hotel. There's a grocery store steps away which was great. If you want a room with a view, this is your hotel. Wifi is 4 euros for 24 hrs which isn't bad but we didn't use it so can't comment on the service or speed. If you want a clock, a shower, a kettle, a soft bed and a great breakfast, this is NOT your hotel. If you want a treadmill, forget it, it's broken. I could hear our neighbors so the walls are thin and the noise level is high, inside and out. Breakfast was rock hard rolls, cold cereal and bagged toast. Their microwave was filthy and should be cleaned every day but it was a mess. I couldn't eat there which meant that the grocery store provided our breakfasts thankfully. They speak English and our room had a balcony with 20 yr old plastic chairs and that was good. We booked this place through priceline and the price was affordable but if you want comfort, you may not find it here. If you don't care about what I listed and want a cheap place to stay, this is it. It's not easy to get to central Rome from there by foot and it would take at least 30 minutes by bus, to the train station. There is parking at the train station for about 1.50 euros a day. We had a rental car and it was nice to have free parking so there's a plus too. This hotel is tired and needs to be updated. The people were nice and that's always appreciated. The decision is yours. We'd find something else for ourselves but if you want cheap and are traveling by car, this is IT.
Think of the Hotel Arcadia as a three-star film. You've got a decent cast behind the desk, a predictable storyline for breakfast, some very nice cameos from the cleaners, standard cinematography of the surrounding area, great moments with the free shuttle service on Sundays but ultimately not really addressing the main theme of Rome. All in all, it's a cheap ticket that's not that memorable but you're more interested in the date anyways. A very three-star experience.
Stayed just for one day and I cant say the room is super or location is good. However staffs are very kind and helpful. Near hotel there is a big supermarket so you can buy stuffs over there. And dont miss the chance to enjoy a lovely pizza restaurant around here.
So having read the reviews for this hotel AFTER booking it, I was devastated & nervous, I booked the weekend trip to Rome for my little sisters 21st birthday present. We had a limited budget so couldn't afford to stay in the centre of Rome. HOWEVER arriving at Ciampino airport we followed the instructions on the hotels website & were at the hotel within just under an hour, we didn't arrive to ciampino until gone 8pm so again having read other reviews I was quite nervous about waiting around for buses etc. I can't warrant any of the reviews regarding the area being 'thugish', having gypsies wandering around etc etc, the shuttle bus driver from the airport pointed out which bus stop we needed to go to for our connecting transfer to the hotel, & as we were walking across to it there were bus station attendants that asked if we needed help too. The area is very well lit & has CCTV, with workers there until late. We missed the hotel stop by one stop but it was only a minute walk longer than had we got off at the right stop, again no undesirable characters loitering around. We were met at reception by a lovely lady who spoke very good English & checked us in swiftly & told us about a pizzeria just across the road that's open late. The room was very basic but what more would you expect for the price?? We had clean comfortable beds, & clean towels & bathroom. We stayed for 3 nights & our room was cleaned everyday, with fresh towels & shower products. The pizzeria across the road was very busy the evening we went & again it's very basic, but for €4 for a very large, scrummy pizza, I don't personally expect silver service & fine china!!!! There were a lot of those locals mentioned in other reviews enjoying the pizzeria but we found them all to be charming & some hilarious but all friendly & welcoming with tips of things to see & do. The 507 is a short 15 minute journey to Anangnina metro (the closest one) & then it's just 20 mins on the metro into Rome city centre. The hotel offers a shuttle mini bus to the Anangnina on Sunday's as the 507 doesn't run but you need to ask about this before the day! We found our entire weekend wonderful & had we not stayed here it wouldn't have been possible, huge thumbs up to hotel Arcadia we would most definitely stay here again & I would recommend it to anyone wanting a budget break to Rome! 10/10 for doing what you say on the tin!!!
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26% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 290 reviews