Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Italia

Via Venezia 18, Rome, Latium, 00184, Italy

Just one block from bustling Via Nazionale and some of Rome's best shopping, this friendly, family-run hotel feels like a classic pensione: low budget with a lot of heart. The hotel is located in two buildings located across the street from each other. Guest rooms have big windows, desks, parquet floors, and baths with faux-marble tiles. And there's a generous buffet breakfast. Thoughtful touches like an ice machine and free Wi-Fi make a stay here all the more tempting. Midsummer rates can sometimes be bargained down if you pay in cash.


As with most budget hotels in Rome, rooms run small. Depending on the room, floor space can be lacking, so you may need to get creative with your luggage. The bedspreads and blackout drapes are carefully color-coordinated in forest green and red. Beds are comfortable with new fluffy pillows. Windows have the traditional blue Roman shutters and are also soundproofed. Overall the rooms could definitely use a renovation, but comfortable enough for a short stay. Wi-Fi is available throughout. Superior rooms include a kettle for coffee and tea as well as a mini-fridge with complimentary bottled water.

Ask for a newer room in the building across the street.


Bathrooms are clean and accommodating, decorated in light-colored tiles. There's not much sink space and showers can also run small. Other than a few packets of soap, you're on your own with toiletries.


Once inside the communal building, take an elevator to reach the hotel. The sleek black-and-white lobby is the most modern part of the hotel. There's a sofa set to relax on while you wait to check in, and the breakfast room is just off of the lobby. Leave your keys at the front desk when you leave for the day. Front desk staff is very accommodating for any special needs.


There's free breakfast every day with homemade breads and pastries, as well as American options like bacon and eggs. Cappuccinos are especially creamy and frothy, and there are a wealth of specialty cheeses from Siena and Sardinia.


Getting Around

In addition to being able to walk to many of Rome's major attractions from this central location, the hotel is just a 5-minute walk to the Repubblica Metro stop and just an 11-minute walk to Termini Station. It's a 30-minute drive to Ciampino Airport and a 40-minute drive to Fiumicino Airport.


At La Pratolina (12-minute drive) you can try la Pinsa Romana, a rectangle flatbread that was a precursor to pizza. Nanu (12-minute drive) makes bagels on the premises and serves them with delicious toppings like cream cheese and avocado.


L’Osteria di Birra del Borgo (14-minute drive) is a sleek nightspot with two dozen beers on tap. Bar Necci (16-minute drive) transforms multiple times throughout the day from coffee to happy hour to late night crowd. Skip the food, which is lackluster compared to the cocktails.


For travelers looking to save money, this is a great budget option in the middle of it all. The simple locale is optimal for those looking to spend their times outdoors, which is what you'll want to do being so central to the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, and other ancient sights. The cozy, clean rooms are always welcoming after a long day out and about.




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