This lovely hotel near Termini station (really in Castro Pretorio rather than Repubblica) is a perfect example of a family establishment: the three Riccioni brothers put their hearts and souls into running the place, while their parents oversee housekeeping and maintenance. Des Artistes hasn't forgotten its roots, though: there's also a "hostel" floor with 11 simpler rooms for travelers on a budget. Become a fan of the hotel on Facebook or pay in cash, and you'll receive an extra discount when booking your room.
Subtle details like 20th-century paintings, antique mahogany furniture, tiled flooring and richly-patterned gold and blue fabrics make these rooms unique. 20th century paintings are lovingly chosen to adorn the walls of each room. All rooms include satellite TV, free WiFi and a safe. Windows are large and let in lots of light.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Many of the rooms tend to be on the small side and work best for people that will be out and about for most of the day.
Bathrooms are on the small side, and in need of an update. But the white-tiled rooms are kept clean and basic toiletries are included. There's also a hairdryer and heated towel rack.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms have shared bathrooms so check in advance.
The hotel's grand entrance is brightly lit with wood flooring, fresh flowers and a beautiful chandelier. Friendly staff will check you in and provide you expert local opinions on the best places to visit in the city during your stay. They are available 24 hours a day.
The breakfast buffet offers generous dishes of eggs, meats and cheeses, a hearty way to stay your day. There's a beautiful terrace where breakfast is served during warmer months.
Drinks are available in the lobby bar, and can also be taken up to enjoy on the terrace. They serve a variety of cocktails and snacks throughout the day.
Centrally located near Termini Station, you will abundant options for navigating Rome, whether by foot, bus, train, metro or taxi. The hotel is also a mere 2-minute walk to Castro Pretorio metro station.
Ristorante Gainn (4-minute walk) is one of the most popular places for authentic Korean food in Rome. Ristorante Africa (5-minute walk) serves rich homemade Ethiopian Ertirean food at great prices with an amazing staff.
Blackmarket San Lorenzo (10-minute bus) is an intimate speakeasy setting, with incredible bartenders who aim to surprise and delight with their unusual concoctions. Streat San Lorenzo (19-minute walk) is popular with students for its tasty cocktails at unbeatable prices.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Despite being a budget hotel, it's filled with thoughtful and elegant details that make this stand out among the rest. It's in a very central location for getting around the city, but thankfully on a quiet side street away from the noise of traffic. While not the most comfortable for longterm stays, if you're looking for optimal bang for buck, it's more than enough for a short stay to explore the Eternal City. The staff will always make you feel welcome and help you out with any needs you might have.