Domus Praetoria a good value
The Domus Praetoria provided a clean room (and clean bathroom) with ample space (by European standards) & it had Air Conditioning on which we could set the thermostat. In addition to the AC, the windows opened to let in the cool morning air. Hotel staff spoke fluent english, so communication was not an issue. Some might find it a bit noisy, but as someone who's used to city life, it did not bother me a bit. The street turned into a market place from about 8am to 2pm. The hotel was probably a 6-8 block walk from the central train station in Rome (Termini), so the location was very good. Just as an idea, the walk to the Pantheon from here was probably about 25-30mins. There are probably some hotels that are situated more closely to the main sites, but we had no problem using the metro system to get to the Vatican and Colosseum, and we walked almost everywhere else. 1/2 the beauty of Rome is seeing fountains and sculptures you're not even looking for. My one slightly negative feedback is that the hotel was a bit too interested in our whereabouts. They require/request you to leave room cards at the main desk anytime you leave the premises. They seemed really concerned with security. This could be viewed as a good thing if you're worried about undesirables around your hotel room & valuables, or a bad thing if you're trying to sneak 3 people into a double room. We paid 475 euros for 4 nights for 3 people. If/when I return to Rome, if i'm looking for a hotel in this price range, this will be the 1st place I contact.
As great as the reviews say!
My brother and I spent three nights this month at the Domus Praetoria and found that it lived completely up to the previous glowing reviews. We had a room with twin single beds that was very spacious and had a very good sized bathroom. It was spotlessly clean, quiet and had great blinds. The room itself would be rated four star in many European cities.
We particularly enjoyed getting out for the cafe breakfast across the road. Sensational coffee and pastries standing with the locals. The hotel recommeded "Steak House" restuarant was very good value. The Chianti Classico was a great choice :-)
As for the "rough" Termini area, OK it's not a touristic highlight, but as long you are aware (rather than paranoid) there is not much to worry about. Personally, I would be more concerned for my belongings when in the mobs at the Trevi Fountain or Spanish Steps.
A great value hotel in the greatest city on earth!
Bargain in Rome
Our group of seven stayed at the Domus Praetoria for four nights. We reserved our multiple double rooms through Venere for 80 Euros per night. We had a last minute addition to our group. The hotel staff added an extra bed to one of the rooms without a problem. Per our request, the hotel arranged for a shuttle to pick us from Ciampino airport. We paid 90 Euros for shuttle service.
The staff was friendly and helpful. Maps of the local area were available at the front desk. Rooms were comfortable and clean. The rooms varied in size. Most of the rooms were quite large! We did have a small problem with our shower draining slowly. The A/C worked well. We didn't have any problems with the cable television. Breakfast was a pastry with a beverage. With the wide assortment of pastries available, it was difficult to select just one.
The area around Termini can be a little sketchy but with our large group, we didn't feel threatened. Hotel security was more than adequate.
During the day, our group used the subway frequently to see the sites. Paid 40 Euro for a tour of the Vatican with the USO. On Sunday, we caught a train to Pompei and toured the sites there. Upon our arrival to the Pompei train station, we took a 10 Euro cab ride to the excavation site. Since there isn't much shade available, be sure to bring water and sunscreen to Pompei.
As requested, the hotel arranged for our shuttle ride back to the airport for 90 Euros. We could have caught the Terravision bus without a problem but didn't want to deal with the hassle of dragging our luggage a couple of blocks to the pick-up site.
The Domus Praetoria is an excellent hotel. Our group wasn't disappointed. We would definitely stay here again. This hotel is a great find!
Great Hotel for the Money
We stayed for 3 nights from July 3rd - July 6th and thought this was a very nice hotel. As far as the pros, I agree with what the other reviews stated. I also wanted to add that I really liked the neighborhood. I found the "locals" in the touristy parts of town a bit abrupt and unfriendly, but the people around the hotel were very nice and accommodating. The coffee shop where we had breakfast was great, as were all the little stores that we stopped in for water, etc. Also, the fruit market was an added bonus. We would stock up in the morning and snack throughout the day. Every night we walked home between 10 and 11 and felt fairly safe, although I wouldn’t recommend doing this if you’ve had too much to drink because the back side of Termini is a bit sketchy (this is coming from someone from New York City).
I also noted a few cons that I felt I should mention. The hairdryer in our first room was broken and we told them right after we checked in. They said they would try to fix it and move us if they couldn't, but I felt that they thought that we broke it because they seemed suspicious. We had just checked in!! The next day we were gone from 11am-8pm, and when we got back they said they couldn't fix it, but that they didn't have another room until the next night. OK fine. Well, we go upstairs and the maid hadn't cleaned our room, because she thought we were moving. One of the brothers calls us (somehow he knew it wasn't clean), and suddenly they have another room. Our new room was much nicer, which is why I think they didn't want to move us there in the first place. I know that's a weird story, but I felt that the way they handled the situation was a bit odd and made us feel as if we had done something wrong.
Also, we didn't think the rooms were too comfortable. The two we had were all hardwood and marble and didn't have one rug. After walking around the city for 3 days, our feet could have used something soft! Also, the sheets were so thin that they were see-through (although I think this is common in Italy). However, the blanket/comforter was equally as threadbare and depressing, which made the bed very uninviting. It truly was the most uncomfortable bed I've been in. Although there was a huge armoire in the room, we didn't have an extra blanket or pillow.
The hotel is on a few different floors, and after you come up the stairs/elevator to your floor, you need to be buzzed through another door to get to your room. Our second room was right by this secondary door, and it slams so loudly! I am not sure why they don’t change that, but it was very loud, especially when we were sleeping. Lastly, we didn’t have one English speaking channel! It would be nice to have access to CNN, BBC, etc. It was tough not to hear any English for 4 days or to be able to get the headlines.
Overall, a decent hotel for the money in a nice part of town that’s away from the craziness of the rest of the tourists!
A very good hotel!
Stayed there on the 10/08/05 till the 17/08/05. :-( Just came back!
What can I say about this little hotel? It was just lovely. The room was clean and spacious, and for only 80 euros it felt like we (my girlfriend and I) should of been paying much more! As the other reviews state it is very close to the termini, so the tourist attractions are easy to get too. All I can say is a massive thank you to our hosts for making our visit to Rome very memorable. The only negative thing is perhaps the actual area it is in, but overall we enjoyed our stay there.
What a Gem
Stayed at this hotel for 6 nights from 17 - 23rd August. Can only endorse what has already been said! Great hotel, rooms spotless and well equipped for this type of break. Very secure and proprietors very friendly and helpful! Breakfast adequate with wonderful coffee and pastries. Again staff in the cafe were friendly and helpful. Liked the location, may be a bit far out but termini only 5 minute walk away but we didn't use metro much walked everywhere!! Would definately stay here again and can only recommend this hotel as a wee gem!
Domus Praetoria Hotel?
I've just booked several nights at the Hotel Domus Praetoria, city zone listed in Marsala - Termini. Address is Via Milazzo 42.
Can anyone provide some feedback on this hotel and/or the area? Thank you!
Re: Domus Praetoria Hotel?
There's only one review on tripadvisor but it's a good one:
The location is very central, very easy to reach because it's next to Rome's main train station so you won't have any difficulties getting there and about town.