Extremely Happy With Hotel Impero
This Hotel was excellent value for money and I would definitely stay here again as it makes an ideal base from which to explore the city (one of the better motels i have stayed in in Italy). Our room was spacious and clean (wooden floor, no dirty carpet), air-conditioning a welcome retreat from the Roman summer. There was more than enough for breakfast and the pastries were ample. Staff extremely friendly and helpful (especially Giovanni at the front desk). I honestly have no complaints.
Impero - Great Value
Just stayed 4 nights at the Impero Hotel, Rome in Via Viminale, 50 yards from the Opera House and minutes from the Metro at either Republic or Termini Station.
Nice refurbished room (229) that was a good size with two single beds that can be pushed together to make a large double. Double glazed, TV, mini-bar, free safe, air conditioning and a nice bathroom although the shower had been fitted poorly.
Quiet street but close enough to the centre to walk to most of the main attractions in Rome. For the vatican walk 2 minutes to the Metro and pay your one euro to get across the river in no time at all.
We paid GBP54 per night for the room and a decent continental breakfast, which is fabulous value for Rome. Helpful reception desk and all in all thouroughly recommended.
A comfortable hotel in an excellent location
On Wednesday 23rd March 2005 my wife and I arrived at Hotel Impero for one week. Unfortunately there had been a problem with a drunken Irish Rugby Team, who, on their last night had smashed up several rooms on the second floor the night before. I could see the hotels’ problem, as they were importing new beds as we stood at the reception. I was informed that we would be transferred to another hotel for one night. Together with our luggage we were taken to a nice little hotel for one night and our luggage was picked up and returned to the Impero the following day. Can I say that I cannot complain whatsoever about the six nights that we stayed at the Impero. The room was spacious with a nice décor and very clean. The bathroom appeared to be very new, spacious, and an excellent shower. The breakfast was more than ample.
The staff were very cheerful and helpful, especially ‘Giovanni’ (I told you that you would get a mention).
The location is excellent and is on the correct side of the Termini. I will be returning to Rome in the future and I want to stay at this hotel.
Don't be fooled by the Neon sign saying 'H....E..L !!
Stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in July 2005. Quiet location, especially as all the roads appeared to be very noisy due to high traffic. Aircon most welcome for this time of year.
Basic 2 single beds, small mini bar/ fridge, TV and clean bathroom with powerful shower & wall hairdryer (not brilliant!)
Although we booked B&B, we didn't try the breakfasts so cannot comment on the food in this hotel.
Italian snack bar opposite can be recommended although not particularly cheap.
Must recommend the Terrarvision bus/coach for those arriving at Ciampino airport. It costs 8 Euros per person each way (taxi's cost minimum 50 Euros).
Impero Hotel really must get that neon sign fixed! :-)
Excellent location. Steps away from termini, which is the main train, Metro, and bus station (when exiting the station, walk past the bus stops, take a left and head south). Walked to all of the main sites, although we took the Metro to the Vatican. Restaurants in immediate area are good, but you'll pay more for the convenience. There's a good and inexpensive restaurant called Giovanni's about five minutes away (north on Torino, two blocks to Settembre, head east and you'll see it on the left in about 200 yards - can't remember the side street). Also, there's a restaurant south of the Trimani Bar ran by a mom and pop. Found out they hate Americans. We had the cold shoulder from beginning to end (more from mom than pop) - found out they cater to Asians. Asians were rotating in and out and there were pictures all over the walls.
Breakfast was a good start to the day. We drink tea, so we can't confirm the complaints about the coffee. They offer a good variety of continental fare, of which we took full advantage.
The staff was great - from the desk to the maids. Since we were in and out all times of day and night, we saw several different desk clerks and never encountered an attitude problem. In fact, they were always helpful, attentive, and never missed one of our various wake up calls.
The room size is small, however, compared to what you expect in the states. We didn't find this a problem, since we only used it to sleep. It was slightly larger than a room on a cruise ship, to give you perspective. We had no problems - clean linen, hot water, and comfy bed.
We would definitely stay here again.
Not the worst!
Obviously the bedrooms/bathrooms at the Impero vary in size. We stayed in 319 at the rear of hotel and the room was very small and the shower room was particularly cramped. However the hotel seems to have been recently decorated as all the wallcoverings, flooring etc seemed fresh and clean. Breakfast was fine..usual european fare. Staff were polite and helpful. Excellent location for getting around Rome: just a few yards from Metro Station Republica. Resteraunts and a Mc Donalds on the doorstep so you dont have to go far for a snack or meal. Booked the hotel at ebookers.ie: 150Euro per room per night. All in all a very adequate tourist hotel within reasonable walking distance to some of the sites and very convenient to the cities transport system.
Basic but enjoyable.
We stayed at the Impero for three nights in April 2005. We were allocated Room 139.
From the outside, the hotel does not give a good impression. The facade is dirty, and the Gelateria next door is closed-down and virtually derelict. But this is Rome, and you have to judge things by Roman standards. Inside the hotel is clean and "traditional" with heavy antique furniture in some of the public rooms.
Inside we found the staff to be helpful and friendly. It is true that the majority did not speak English, but the desk-clerks always did. They advised us on where to go, ordered taxis, etc, in fact did everything we expected.
Our room was clean if compact, with TV, fridge/mini-bar and room-safe. The furniture looked like early-B&Q (that's Home-Depot to US readers) but did the job. Our bathroom appeared to be new with sparkling marble everywhere. The room was cleaned every day.
Breakfast was simple, but adequate. Rolls, pastries, cereal, boiled eggs and a couple of types of cheese. Fruit juice, tea or coffee. I found the coffee to be very nice, but it was too strong for my wife. We felt that some fresh fruit and yoghurt would have been a welcome addition.
The Impero is on the edge of the Terminale District. It is a long walk to the major parts of Rome, but there is a Metro station closeby. This is not the best area of Rome, but it isn't the worst either. The main streets are well-lit and quite busy. Personally I would avoid the darker back-streets at night, but we never actually felt threatened. There are plenty of restaurants of all types within easy walking distance.
There is clearly a lot of modernisation work going on at this hotel. There are new fire extinguishers throughout the building and they seem to be in the process of installing more smoke detectors. There is a bar, which is comfortable but drab. There is no barman on duty. You have to call the desk-clerk.
The Impero has an elevator, but many of the rooms are on half-floors reached by climbing short staircases. Wheelchair access would be a problem.
Overall we felt that the Impero was a decent, budget hotel.
nice clean hotel
we had a four day stay in the impero nice clean hotel 5 mins from central station aircon was great weather too hot helful staff breakfast ok eggs cheese pastries our room was quite big maids everyday enjoy our stay in rome day and shaz 3 stars