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Hotel Portamaggiore 3.0

Repubblica and Termini, Rome, Italy

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Pros

  • Multiple public transport options nearby
  • Short walk to trams with frequent service to tourist attractions
  • 24-hour reception
  • Piano Bar and Lounge on-site
  • Le Mediterranee boutique gift shop in lobby
  • Large group meeting space
  • Hotel faces the Porta Maggiore Wall
  • Free continental breakfast buffet
  • Pizzeria and liquor store next door
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Rooftop garden (available in spring and summer)

Cons

  • High volume of traffic directly outside
  • Fee for Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi is unreliable
  • Coffeemakers and kettles not in all rooms
  • Main tourist attractions are not within walking distance
  • Small TVs in rooms
  • No gym
  • Busy bus station across the street
  • A/C not activated until summer

Bottom Line

Hotel Partamaggiore is a 215-room mid-range hotel built in the 1930s. It’s located near Termini Train Station, but most major tourist attractions are a bus ride away. Positioned on a main road and across the street from the Piazza di Porta Maggione, heavy traffic passes throughout the day and the night. The hotel meets all the standard requirements for a three-pearl ranking, and simple but functional rooms range from small (single or doubles), to spacious (triples).

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Scene

Budget-savvy travelers, archeologists and insomniacs

The hotel is located right by the Porta Maggione Wall, built circa 1st Century B.C., and the lobby decor draws inspiration from this setting. High ceilings, white marble floors and a sweeping staircase provide a backdrop for oversized red leather couches and ancient Roman artifacts. The area is broken into subsets, and the quirky layout reveals an alcove fitted with a TV, a mirrored ceiling and vending machines. There are two restaurants and two bars, with one bar set in the rooftop garden which is open during spring and summer.

The lobby has a boutique convenience store with basic sundries and random fashion accessories. A multilingual staff is readily on hand to assist with taxis, tours and other recreation. The hotel lobby is more of a departure lounge than it is a place to spend extended social time.

Situated at the junction of several main roads, outside noise can be disruptive due to passing traffic.

Location

Right next to the Porta Maggiore wall and near tram stops, but not within walking distance of major sights

Hotel Portamaggiore is located at the convergence of several main roadway arteries as well as the meeting of two major ancient roads. Buses, trams and subways also converge in the immediate vicinity, and it's around 20 minutes by public transport to major sights -- none are within walking distance. For heading to other parts of Italy, Termini Station is just over a 20-minute walk away.

  • Two minutes on foot to Porta Maggiore Tram
  • Oe minunte to Di Porta Tram
  • One-minute walk to The Library of The Jewish Community in Rome (Biblioteca della Comunità ebraica di Roma)
  • Seven-minute walk to the Basilica of The Holy Cross in Jerusalem (Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme)
  • 20-minute #105 bus to The Collusseum
  • 25-minute #571 bus ride to The Pantheon
  • 20-minute MEA subway ride to the Trevi Fountain
  • 45-minute #571 bus ride to The Vatican

Rooms

Basic rooms with dated decor and tiny TVs; some are tiny

The 215 rooms at the Hotel Portmaggiore range from very small (Standard and Double Rooms start at around 130 square feet) to reasonably large (Quadruple Rooms with a double bed and two twins can sleep four). Some have views of the Porta Maggiore wall while others have no views at all. The decor is sparse and varies from room to room; some rooms feel more contemporary than others. They all have The satellite TVs are tiny and some are tube rather than flat-screen. There are no bathtubs, but all rooms have a shower stall and a bidet. Air-conditioning is only available in the summer. There are some signs of wear, such as dirty tile grout. Note that rooms may experience street noise.

Features

Free breakfast buffet and a piano bar

A continental buffet breakfast is served daily, and includes, yogurt, cereal, pastries, coffee, and hot chocolate. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and a rooftop garden opens in the warmer months. The piano bar on premises offers a place to relax and is decorated with plush red seating and Roman busts. Self-parking is available nearby for a fee, and bicycle rentals are also offered. There is a gift shop in the lobby, and Wi-Fi comes with a fee.

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Address

Piazza Portamaggiore 25, Rome 185, Italy

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