Hotel Laurence3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
nice staff, nice rooms, clean but this is so far away from the city center!!! the breakfast are quite decent, the rooms are big, there is a "cantina" 150 meters away with good and cheap food (pizza only at night) but 15 minutes busses and 40 minutes metro from Roma termini
For that price, one probably can´t ask for too much. The room is spacious and clean. The main drawback is definitely the noise, walls seem to be made of paper, so you can hear the neighbours as if they´re in your room. And I was lucky that the hotel was basically empty that night. It was a bit chilly during the night and there was no blanket in the room, so a bit unconfortable. Wifi was not working in the room, as mentioned by the reception. Breakfast was ok.
The Laurence Hotel is a sad place to stay. Tired, smells of damp, awful location and the worst sort of motel. It's a long story as to why I ended up here but trust me never again. It's cheap but for a reason. It's horrid !! I suspect their market is coach tours where there is no choice and on the night I was there a gang of road workers. The restaurant was not open, the shower was a trickle of tepid water and and and. The staff were actually pleasant and very helpful but in no way could they make up for the awfulness of the experiance. Don't let this hotel spoil your experiance of Rome and find somewhere else to lay your head
this hotel on the outside seems old but actually is very good. the rooms are very comfortable and clean. the rooms are not as soundproof as i wished but its okay. you should take all that you need with you toothpaste etc just in case. there was a guy in the reception that was actually pretty helpful. the hotel is outside the centre of rome so he explained everything how to get downtown, which bus to take everything. he also gave us maps he was pretty helpful.
I choose this hotel because it's just a 5-minutes-walk to university of Tor Vergata where i had some business to do. In the 11 nights I stayed except one night there were always group tours here (big parking space for busses here), nearly all of them school children. Kids are noisy, at breakfast or dinner one could hardly understand his own words. Kids are hungry too and in most cases the pressed ham and the cheese at the buffet are gone, if you come too late. But breakfast is poor anyway so better buy your own food and store it in the fridge. The restaurant has no menu, for dinner you have to take what they offer you: every day the same, pasta, a steak or chicken, salad. Closed at lunch time and on sundays. The rooms are spacious, the double beds are two single beds put together. The walls have paper quality so you are able to be involved in the communications of the neigbhours besides and above/below you. If somebody uses the hair dryer in the next room it is as noisy as a motorcycle in your own room. Don't forget earplugs! There is a well kept garden around. To enjoy it take a room at ground level not facing the inside of the U-shaped building. All rooms are non-smoking. The wifi is free, but works irrational and not at all in the rooms further away from the lobby. There are no decent restaurants/cafes within walking distance. Use the cafeteria of the university or at the campus where the students live (10 minutes walk across main road). There is a bus stop close to the hotel, the 507 or 509 brings you in about 30 minutes to metro station Ananigna, from there about 20 minutes to the center of Rome.
In the afternoon the room was really cold. Also the water temperature was cold. Internet connection is quite bad, and breakfast is served in plastic glasses. The restaurant was not serving food as per the website. At night I tried to call the reception but none was there. However the staff was always really nice, the room at least was clean and the price low, so maybe if you are thinking to stay just for its convenient location, could be ok ish.
Hotel is relatively clean and inexpensive, but comes with drawbacks. It's location is the biggest drawback, involving a 20-30 minute metro ride plus 15-20 minute bus ride from the center of Rome. Also, a small pizzeria is the only food option within walking distance. It is surrounded by Tor Vergata, one of the largest research universities in Italy and the lack of life and business in the area was surprising. We had some loud music from the surrounding neighborhoods well into the night on one of our nights. Hotel staff is indifferent to most concerns. They advertise free wifi and I asked three different clerks about the lack of wifi and they assured me it was there, and one even told me to just sit in the lobby and keep trying to connect. After attempts in his broken English to dismiss me, I showed him there was no such network and asked why I should keep trying if it wasn't there. Finally he says, "sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't". Wifi was non-existent during all three days we stayed there. If you need a cheap hotel in Rome on relatively short notice and have nothing better, this would be an option. Otherwise, find something else. I booked directly through their website for an additional 10-15% discount. Take the red metro line to Anagnina (end of the line) and take 506, 507, or 509 bus to Tor Vergata and you'll see yellow Hotel Laurence sign on the north side of the road. You can catch these buses at the bus stop closest to the highway near the parking lot. If you don't take public transport, you'll pay a small fortune for a taxi from airport or city center. If you're in a rental car, you probably won't find this place without a GPS.
The hotel is very comfortable, clean and with green outside area with tables and chairs. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The breakfast is "simple" but nice: Express coffee, milk, cappuccino, fruit, cereals, yogurt and croissants. The only "problem" with the hotel was its location. To get to the Termini metro station it takes about 50-60 minutes. Bus 506, 507, 509 to the aganini metro station.
The buses (506-509 inc )stopped right outside this hotel. Tickets are 1 Euro per journey , usable on the metro also for a duration of 75 mins which is more than enough to reach anywhere in Rome. Always managed a seat on the Metro from Aganina although a bit crowded on the way back. Did not encounter any undesirables at all & all the local folks we spoke to were all friendly & helpful. Tickets bought each day at the hotel reception. Nice to return to the tranquility of this hotel in the evening having been in the city all day. Quick shower & into the nearby restaurant where the fare was excellent & reasonable & everyone so friendly. Visited shopping outlet nearby on the last day as not enough time to go into city , again worth a visit.Don't be put off by the other review of this hotel as the journey to and from it is no big deal. One necessary piece of advice - dine in the city on the monday as the hotels own & nearby restaurants are closed that night. Enjoyed our stay.
The hotel itself is very clean and comfortable. Most of the staff were very helpful and friendly and one of the receptionists was fit! The main problem with the hotel was its location. When we went in November, we were the only foreign tourists at the hotel. The brochure stated that central Rome was 15 minutes away, it wasn’t! There is no shuttle from the airport so we had to make our own way, a car ride that cost us €80 and took us 45 minutes. The hotel is located in Tor Veragata; it didn’t look like the safest place in the world so we didn’t venture out at night, not that there was anywhere to go! The nearest shops were a 20-minute walk away. In order to get in to town, every morning we had to catch the 507 bus (nowhere to buy tickets from beforehand, so we had to travel without tickets on a couple of occasions) to the nearest metro station – Anagnina which was 15 minutes away by bus. Then came the 45-minute metro journey before we hit the centre of Rome. The return trip back to the hotel was always tricky too. You had to get to Anagnina before the Metro closed (about 11.30pm); the area outside the station was very unsafe with a lot unsavoury characters lurking around. The 507 bus went to the hotel from this location but we preferred to travel back to the hotel by taxi, as it was the safer option. The taxi ride should cost about €13 but we found it was always best to ask for a rough estimate of how much it was going to cost even if it is a metered taxi. On one occasion one of the drivers would point out a nearby attraction and when we looked he would bump the meter up by a few Euro! When we asked why we were charged so much he stated that it was because we had arrived after 10.30pm. We didn’t take it any further as this was the only taxi company that had taxis going from Anagnina. Although there is nothing wrong with the hotel itself, in future I would pay the extra and stay at a hotel closer to central Rome.
- Free buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Hotel Laurence places you 9.1 mi (14.7 km) from Colosseum and 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from Trevi Fountain. This 54-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Spanish Steps and Marco Simone Golf Club are also within a 30-minute drive of this Rome hotel.
Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or grab a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.
All 54 air-conditioned accommodations feature separate bedrooms. 20-inch LCD TVs come with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include private yards, refrigerators, and minibars.
Hotel Laurence features free WiFi in public areas, 2 meeting rooms, and a business center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 65 per vehicle roundtrip. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with luggage storage and tours/tickets. Additional amenities include an arcade/game room, express check-in, and a garden.
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39% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 87 reviews