Update, May 2009
A very good hotel for the price. Especially in winter. And especially if you ask for the Rick Steves' rate. This rate is usually from 10-40 euros less per day (for a single room).
he Aberdeen is newly renovated throughout, nicely decorated, very clean. Helpful and friendly staff. Conveniently located - about a 10 minute walk to the train station. A safe location, too, as it is just across the street from the Ministry of Defense. They have individual heaters for the bathroom, which is nice on a cold morning. Don't expect a view, but otherwise, a nice hotel indeed. Highly recommended at these prices. So I stay here often when not renting an apartment. There is free internet and use of a computer if you don't want to bring yours.
The twin room we stayed in during February 2006 had one of the smallest showers imaginable. Don't drop the soap! But it's probably wrong to complain when we paid only 71 euros per night for four nights for two people. Amazing!
On the other hand, when I returned a week later in March, we opted for two single rooms, but we each got the use of a double each - and the showers in these rooms were larger. Prices were still very reasonable; only 64 euros per night per room.
My only (minor) complaints were a slow running shower drain (this was in a single room in 2004) and terrible coffee at breakfast in the coffee urn. Actually, the coffee was a little better in 2006, but still nothing to write home about. Now I just ask for a cappucino from the breakfast staff, and it is quite good!
They do offer delicious cornetti (Italian croissants) and panini (small fresh bread rolls) as well as cheese, some kind of ham/sandwich meat (which I didn't think much of), juices, cereal, milk, yogurt. In all, a fine breakfast at these prices.
Unique Quality: They have special rates for readers of Rick Steves' book. Ask about a Rick Steves' discount, or on the website, look for "Rick Steves Guest Reservations."
Directions: Near Pizza della Republica and the Quirinale, between Via Nazionale and Via Venti Settembre.
Stayed for 3 nights in early Deember - a great time to visit Rome.
Unique Quality: Just 10 mins walk from Termini where the Easyjet and RyanAir bus drops tourist off from the airport. There's no view as the hotel is around a central courtyard but the staff are very friendly, the rooms, small but modern and clean.
Overall a great location to explore Rome from
very good budget hotel. very cheap. rooms basic, clean and comfortable. breakfast included ( rolls, croissants, coffee etc) staff very friendly and helpful. central to sights - only 5ish minutes walk from trevi fountain. close to subway ( our room was underground so you could feel vibrations when metro started up in morning but for price this wasn't a problem ) All in all a good cheap place to lay your head after a long sightseeing day in roma!
Unique Quality: very close to metro, and to many tourist areas. staff very helpful and pleasant.
Directions: close to repubblica metro station. 5ish minutes from trevi fountain. in walking distance of most major sights
this hotel is very close to all of central rome, and very very close to the metro-you can hear the metro when it starts up at (maybe 5-6am) however, don't let this put you off. The hotel is very clean and welcoming, the staff are all friendly and helpful. The breakfast is ok - what do you expect for the price?!! I would really recommend it for the price and i would stay there again. 5 minutes from trevi fountain and within easy reach of all other sites. not much nightlife close by though!! go further afield (maybe between vatican and pantheon)
Unique Quality: breakfast included. staff very helpful
Directions: not too far from trevi fountain. not too far from termini station. not a dodgy area but not too far away!!!
We have been to Rome several times and each time a different hotel. Once -- we stayed at Hotel Aberdeen (and I have tried to book it again, even though it is not located in the city center) because the rooms are clean, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the hotel is quiet. I would definitely recommend this hotel -- I think it's a 3-star hotel (although I have stayed at some 3 or 4 star hotels in other cities that are not equivalent to this place). I think the "star" system in Italy is weird and haphazard at best.
Unique Quality: The front desk and cleaning staff were excellent. We asked for recommendations -- eating, shopping, etc. and they were really helpful. English is definitely spoken here -- everyone was really professional.
Breakfast is included in the rate - I think it was just the standard (maybe some meats were included).
Directions: Close to the Termini - in a safe and quiet neighborhood.
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