More about ARS Hotel
We stayed at the Ars Hotel at the end of June.
After a good flight into Fuimicino, we took a train to Termini station and then a bus to the hotel. All of which we found quite easy.
The hotel is a bit far out, but in a nice quite area away from the hustle and bustle of Rome on an evening.
The bus into Rome took approximately 20 minutes, so if you don't mind a short bus journey this is no problem.
Our room was very nice, identical to pictures on websites. Bathroom was compact but very modern. Plenty of hot water for us!
Would not hesitate in reccommending the Ars Hotel, and would certaily stay there again if we were to visit Rome again.
Good, friendly, little Hotel
We came back from Rome yesterday after staying in the ARS Hotel for a week. We arrived into Ciampino airport and had no problems finding it with our hire car - the hotel offered parking facilities at a cost, but we parked outside for free. Initially, we were a little disappointed - not with the hotel itself but for the distance to the city centre. However, after a day or two of getting used to the bus stops (we did not want to drive into central Rome) and the best ones to take - we were in Termini on the Number 90 bus within 20 minutes. The 90 bus also offers a night service after 12 so late nights are not a problem. At the cost of 1 euro you can't really complain. We forgot to put the tickets in the machines on the bus to invalidate them and managed to use the same ticket on the underground from Termini to the Spanish steps and back to the hotel!
The staff at the hotel are very friendly - we didn't arrive until midnight on the first day and the chap on the desk was very polite.
The room was fabulous - the air conditioning was needed as the weather was very hot. We also had a little balcony which overlooked the main road. The rooftop terrace was small but nice, with well shaded areas. There is also internet access available at any time (if you can get on the computer).
The breakfast is continental and very simple but filling.
The hotel recommended a restaurant nearby, which we used. However, if you go over the bridge and turn right, there is a restaurant next to the pharmacy which is fabulous. They don't speak much English but we managed to get by. We had the biggest pizzas we have ever seen, desserts, wine and water all for 25 euros. Fabulous!
I would recommend this hotel to anyone, however, it is not really suitable for those with mobility problems.
A Wonderful Choice
We just returned from our trip in Rome where we stood 6 nights in ARS hotel. WE are very happpy with the choice we made; the hotel is about 25-30 minutes by bus to the centrum but after a whole day of agitation it's nice to return to a very quite place. The rooms are quite spacious with AC, nice large bathroom and hot or cold water was not a problem at any time. The custodial staff cleaned the room every day and changed towels. The breakfast is the best part of the hotel(let's start, cheese, salami, prosciuto, brie spread, honey, jams, 4 types of cereals, orange and peach/mango juice, milk, buns. 3 types, croissants and danishes, boiled eggs, canned peaches and mixed fruits, also fresh fruits, the dietary lady made fresh expresso, capuccino and coffee) For 60 euro/ double room that we got through expedia you can't ask for more!!! We stood in Venice for 130 euro a night and we barely had anything to eat!!!!!!!! The staff were very pleasant and helpful.. many thanks to Anna, one of the staff members @ the reception desk!!! They even had a shuttle that left each morning @ 09:30 and drops you off at Republica which is a metro station!! Don't buy
the passes, instead buy seperate tickets for 1 euro and you can use them for 75 minutes for any way of public transportation. To get to Termini take the 90 express bus which arrives every 10 minutes. TO get back to the hotel from Termini take the same bus but North and after ~20 minutes you pass the second bridge which overlooks the small river and there is the stop! The buses are very crowded at any hour so try to get a seat! Make reservations to any Gallery of Museum if you want to save time as the queues are very long!! OVerall we had a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK, but too far away
The hotel is reasonably nice, though I'd agree with other comments that 3 star would be more appropriate. Decor and style are modern and minimalist, though the room we were in was a little to sparse - it was very large, which was good, but felt a bit cold as a result.
By far the biggest drawback was the location - a number 19 Express bus (or 36 which takes a lot longer) from Termini station will take at least 30 minutes. Stay on it until you reach the end of the main road it spends most of its time on (crossroads at the end at which all northbound traffic turns left or right - I think there's a stop for the 19 just as it turns right if I remember). The ARS hotel is on the road going left from this junction, on a residential side street just past a petrol station.
The surrounding area wasn't too pleasant, though we were only there for 2 nights so can't comment too much. Breakfasts were pretty poor, even by Italian standards. The staff were very friendly and helpful on the whole, and there is a free courtesy bus to the station (though it only seemed to run once a day and only take people into town and not back!).
All in all, its ok but far too far out if you want to spend a lot of time at tourist spots. There are plenty similarly priced alternatives a lot more central than this one.
Nice Hotel, Good Location
I stayed at the ARS Hotel week 1 of my Italian honeymoon and found it to be adequate but not overwhelming. Though some may disagree, we found the location to be one of the best things about the hotel, as it is only a 10-15 minute bus ride from Termini and situated in a quiet, pleasant area right on the bus line. It was relaxing and wonderful to return to our little hotel after our excursions.
Our first room was small and had nowhere to put our stuff - no dresser for our clothes, no shelf in the bathroom for our toiletries - and this was pretty inconvenient. The bathroom was tiny and no shower door or floor mat = water everywhere! After the 3rd night, we were asked to pack up and move to another room as there was a leak coming from our bathroom - another inconvenience. Our second room was in the adjacent building (you actually have to walk outside to get over there) and was even smaller than the first, but was overall a bit nicer (newer TV, better AC system, shower actually had a door). Overall impression from the rooms was that they were going for a modern/minimalist aesthetic, but it came off as kind of cheap - plastic Ikea chairs, lack of practical furniture, etc.
Breakfast was good - continental with breads, fruits, yogurt, cereal, etc. - it kept us going through the day. Staff was friendly, lounge area had internet (which was often in use by other guests), overall decor was modern and pleasant. Good restaurant recommended by hotel 'Ciatta Giardino' is 5 minutes walk around the back side of the park. Market, pharmacy, and small eateries are all walking distance from hotel. For good takeout food, try the corner shop directly across from Via Monte Altissimo with a little chicken on their sign; I don't remember the name, but the food - stuffed tomatoes, green bean salad, crisp pizza, roasted chicken - was probably the best we had on our trip and was 11 euro for more food than we could eat!
Don't waste your money on a taxi - the bus system is excellent and you can get to the hotel quite easily. From Termini, take bus 90 to the end of Via Nomentana and get off at Piazza Sempione. You will pass over 2 bridges/overpasses - the stop is right after the 2nd bridge. When you get off, you will be standing on an island in front of Piazza Sempione and there is a Bar and park to your right. You need to go left onto Via Gargano at this intersection and walk 2 minutes until you see a gas station on your left. Take a left here onto Via Monte Altissimo (you will see a small sign for the hotel) and walk up the hill 2 minutes and you will see the hotel on your right.
Here are some tips about Rome I picked up as we enjoyed our stay:
- We bought a 7 day bus pass for 16 euro which was definitely worth it. You can use it for unlimited bus and metro rides, and as the hotel is not centrally located, this was very important! You can buy this from the Tabbachanist in Termini as well as the Roma map with bus, tram, and metro lines for 3 euro. Validate it the first time you ride and then after that you don't have to - just make sure you have it with you! Buses 90 and 60 will get you to central locations and you can switch buses or hop on the metro from these. 90 goes to Termini and 60 goes to Piazza Venezia and down to the Forum, Colosseo, etc.
- Invest in a good phrase book, as we found that many people do NOT speak English! We would have been lost without Rick Steves' phrase book.
- Lonely Planet makes great guides; we used their Rome and Florence guides on our trip and got the full historical, cultural, and artistic experience. You don't need to join those annoying flocks of tourists with their tour leader yelling above everything; just get yourself a good guide book.
- Do like the Italians do and take an afternoon nap - it definitely keeps you refreshed and able to take in all that there is to see and do.
- You need at least a week to really appreciate Rome. Try to mix up visiting really touristy obvious places like the Forum or Vatican with more out of the way discoveries like a stroll down Appia Antica to the Catacombs (bus 660) or a day trip to Ostia Antica to see amazing ruins far more intact than those in Rome (take metro to Piramide, then hop on Ostia Lido train). Our day spent at Ostia was the best and most memorable of our 2 week trip.
- Stay away from touristy restaurants! We had a really bad experience trying to go to a recommended restaurant at Campo de Fiore which ended up being closed; we walked into the piazza and decided to just try a different place and it was HORRIBLE! You can tell these places by: outdoor eating, menus in English, near tourist attractions. Our guide book had top notch recommendations; I had the best gnocchi ever at Al Giubileo (off of Via Nazionale on Via del Boschetto) and the most delicious slice of takeaway pizza at a little mom and pop bakery near Piazza Farnese.
- Eat lots of Gelato! It's so delicious and is unobtainable where I live. The best we had was actually at a very touristy spot call Blue Ice at Campo de Fiore - this place had the creamiest and most delicious that we had our whole trip. My favorite flavor was Bacchio (chocolate and hazelnut) but they all looked good.
Enjoy Rome! It is a wonderful city that you will never forget...(don't forget to toss a coin with all the other tourists into the magnificent Trevi Fountain so that you will one day return!)
We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights, and will stay the same place next time we visit Rome. The location is excellent, 15 minutes by bus from the Termini, there are buses running all the time, also expresses directly to Venice square, but still relatively quiet as it's away from the main road. The rooms are nice and clean, the common areas good (roof terrace excellent), and there's free internet setup right next to the reception. The staff are friendly and helpful, and we had an excellent hosteria recommended to us, 5 minutes walk away.
Great little hotel, clean and friendly
We've just returned from a week at this lovely little hotel. As in previous reviews, it IS a bit out of the way, but that suited us perfectly as it was very quiet at night. The buses were every few minutes and one ran all night so no travel problems. The hotel was spotlessly clean, sheets and towels were changed daily. The staff were VERY friendly and helpful. The rooms were like the rest of the hotel, bright and airy and fully air conditioned. The roof terrace was lovely at night and the breakfast selection was excellent. There is no restaurant but food can be ordered and room service is available. We didn't use it as there is a fantastic range of places to eat at in Rome and a lovely little local place near the hotel. We had a bad start to our holiday as Alitalia changed our flight at Amsterdam and diverted us to Milan, then to Rome. They did not transfer the luggage though so when we arrived at the hotel we had no luggage and were very tired. One case arrived the next day and the second case on the Monday. The staff did all the telephoning for us and offered to have our clothes (all we had!) cleaned at dried at no extra charge. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone and will definitely go back.
Great Choice for Rome
I'm writing this review on behalf of my Mother and her companion, who have just returned from a 10 night stay.
They loved this hotel. She said it was definitely a 4*, and she should know, as she travels all over the world. The breakfast was excellent, very fresh. Their room was very modern and stylish and the bathroom (which she virtually judges a hotel by) was excellent, very clean and modern.
The staff were extremely welcoming and the service very good. Excellent bus links into the centre of Rome taking about 20 minutes were a few minutes from the hotel. She would certainly return and I'll certainly stay there when I go to Rome.