Has anyone stayed at either one of these following hotels:
Express By Holiday Inn ROME-SAN GIOVANNI
Express By Holiday Inn ROME-EAST
I was wondering if anyone can provide feedback on the location of these hotels?
Holiday Inn page states that there is a train station (.3 KM) frm ROME-SAN GIOVANNI.
Well, none of the 6 Holiday Inns listed for Rome are in what I call the old Imperial City, although San Giovanni is the closest. The train station near that hotel is Tuscolana, an auxiliary station in Rome (can't say that I've ever gotton off there). Tuscolana is on the rail line to Fiumicino (www.adr.it), be sure you look at the Metropolitan Train (FM1), not the Leonardo Express (which is non-stop from the airport to Termini).
If you were to take any trains out of town, you would probably have to go up to Stazione Termini (either by train or municipal transportation), and take the train from there.
From my recollections of driving up and down the Via Appia Nuova nearby, this hotel is in a crowded residential environment, i.e., plenty of local shopping and stores nearby. Probably has good bus service into town. Haven't tried that subway line, but it should take you up into town without a problem. I ordinarily am not crazy about the subway in Rome, but commuting in from the "suburbs" (not that this location is very suburban) is a good reason to use it.
I looked at the other hotels; I noticed that the map for the Holiday Inn - West is wrong. The map puts it on the south side of the Vatican (which would be a great location); in actuality, it's a mile or two to the west. Again, it's in a residential neighborhood, but not so crowded as San Giovanni (there are more trees and villas on the west side of the Tibur), and you would still be taking a bus in (right down the Via Aurelia) to town.
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