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Hotel Serena

Via Principe Amedeo 62, Rome, Lazio, 00185, Italy
(3 star hotel)
#285 of 5,109 hotels in Rome
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 5 reviews
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Decent hotel, super-convenient location.

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 24, 2016

On my fifth visit to Rome I was seriously tempted to stay for a third time at the very pleasant and good-value Domus Praetoria Hotel (see my review) but resisted long enough for its available rooms to be taken. So I chose the Serena, which had good reviews and was in a location which suited my needs perfectly.

The Serena is on Via Principe Amadeo, just a couple of minutes' walk from Termini railway station (train and buses from both airports, trains to everywhere and anywhere, bus station, Metro, tram stops). This part of Rome is busy with visitors and locals pretty-much 24/7, with a huge choice of places to eat (used by locals and not just visitors). Is it 'safe'? Yes, of course it is perfectly safe as long as you use the normal city commonsense you'd use in any big city anywhere. Any 'risk' is of petty theft and pickpocketing, as it is in all large cities, and nothing worse.

Hotel Serena is typical of this part of Rome: several floors of a large 1800s mansion-block, originally built as (very upmarket) apartments with central staircase and lift. Reception is staffed 24/7, which is both reassuring from a security point of view and very useful if your inbound flight is delayed (as mine was).

The hotel's rooms have been well-modernised and have electronic keycards. Everywhere is very clean indeed and the lift, although the old-fashioned cage type, was smooth and efficient.

My double room was quite small (again, typical for Rome hotels of this type) but had air-con (essential in Rome's warmer months), sufficient storage space, TV, minibar, room safe and a comfortable-enough bed. The modern bathroom was super, with a powerful shower and lots of hot water. Free wifi worked well in my room.The street has little traffic but can be a bit noisy....people eating outside at restaurants, streetcleaners, delivery trucks etc plus rumblings from the nearby tramlines...so it's worth being aware of that. I always take and use ear-plugs, especially in cities.

The hotel's breakfast room is rather cramped but offers good coffee (freshly-made by staff as well as from a machine) and a range of pastries, bread and preserves, cereal, yoghurts, juices, fruit, cheese and cold meats.

All the staff I met not only spoke good English but were also friendly, smile-y, helpful and courteous.

I liked Hotel Serena very much and the rate I paid for late February was very good. I'll definitely consider staying there again on my almost-inevitable next visit to Rome. :-)

Directions: A couple of minutes' walk from Termini, on the section of Via Principe Amadeo which lies between Via Gioberti and Via Daniele Manin.

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Evenings in the dark

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 23, 2010

Rather mixed experiences. Serena is very well situated, near the Termini station (where the two metro lines cross each other and many buses stop) and near to the Santa Maria Maggiore church. Many pizzerias etc. nearby. Classic stylish interior. Stairs with broad 'marble' stair- treads. Beautiful art deco like 'half open' escalator with much wrought iron and glass. Room on 5th stock rather small (the two beds filled most op it), buth stylish and clean, with tv (RAI 1,2, 3, (Italian) MTV, BBC World News), good bathroom with shower, very good airco. Sufficient breakfast, although the sweetness (sugar) of al the bread is not really our preference. Friendly staff.
Alas out stay was overshadowed firstly by the fact that the escalator seldom worked. And (the temparature being 34 degrees Celsius) climbing to our room meant mounting 130 steps!
Far worse was the fact that on two of the three evenings (first time July the 20th,2010, from 19 o' clock, second time 21th of July already from 16 o clock) precisely on our stock electricity fell out! Effect: Key card didn't work, no light, no airco, no tv! In both cases the problem was only solved in the middle of the night, when suddenly the lights got on and the airco restarted.
We were told that it was the fault of the electricity company and that neighbours had the same problem. Curiously enough lower floors of our hotel hadn't any problem.
Although the hotel staff might be 'innocent', we were not amuse by their careless. shrugging attitude. In both cases we were not warned in advance when we came in and went to our room: they just smiled widely. Only after we asked for it the second evening it happend we got a pocket torch - but within 15 minutes the batteries were empty. So again 130 steps down and 130 steps up to get another...
Only when we left we got something of an apology (from the wife of the owner).

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Simple hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 9, 2010

In other portal I had read not very nice reviews about this hotel and I didn't know what to expect in this hotel but all happens quite ok. Main things: cleanliness and helpful personal was ok.
In addition location was ok because it was not far from Termini station and metro station.

Directions: If you arrive by train, exit to Via Giovanni Giolitti, turn left then turn right to Vio Gioberti and then turn right to Via Principe Amedeo and shortly you will find hotel.

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Close to Stazione Termini: Hotel Serena

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 27, 2005

The hotel Serena is located at a few ten metres run from the central Termini station, consequently it is a very good option if you arrive at Rome by train. Furthermore its location permets to reach easily the main monuments of the city.

Unique Quality: There are good offers travelling in winter.

All bedrooms have Satellite TV, Minibar, air-con, Telephone and safe.

Breakfast is served at buffet

Directions: Stazione Termini area

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Hotel Serena

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 17, 2003

If you arrive in Rome's Termini station, a small office opposite track 21 will find accommodation for you when you mention what you'd like to spend and what you're looking for.

I was very lucky and got a clean, spacious single room with a modern bathroom, including breakfast for EUR40 (the low season rate) at Hotel Fiorini. The entrance is at Hotel Serena; it's all in the same building.

Unique Quality: Very friendly staff, nice breakfast buffet (real Italian coffee!) and very clean!

Directions: Two blocks southwest of Stazione Termini.

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