It was a hot summer day when I arrived in Rome and as we all know hot days in cities can be tiring. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to find the spacious, cool and bright lobby of the Piazza dei Cinquecento, one of Rome’s newest hotels. The location of the hotel can be both attractive and off-putting. It is situated right next to the Termini train station. Areas around train stations can be overwhelmingly crowded, but Piazza dei Cinquecento has managed to keep the right distance from the surrounding atmosphere. The hotel has a privately kept entrance that avoids the entrance to the train station should you wish to avoid it. On the other hand, there is no quicker way to reach the airport or nearby towns than by train, so the location is something to enjoy.
The hotel staff were organised and friendly. The room I was first given was spacious but as I preferred to have a better view I asked it to be changed, something the reception arranged with a smile. The room they offered me was slightly smaller, but with a view I preferred.
Both rooms had a new, modern feel and although they don’t feel very luxurious, they are pleasant and quiet to sleep in and rest from a long day walking in Rome. The historical building has been renovated in 2015 and although the façade speaks of its past, the rooms are modern and of minimalistic design. Some of them have views over the garden and ancient ruins and others offer nice views over the city. Every room has a nice bathroom and free Wi-Fi that worked flawlessly.
The public space of the hotel is equally pleasant, with calming pastel colours and large spaces where you can enjoy excellent coffee or eat in their restaurant that offers good Italian specialties at a moderate place. If you are visiting in the warmer months don’t miss the rooftop terrace that offers stunning panoramic views on the city.
The hotel is conveniently located on the edge of the city centre, which will allow you to avoid the busiest tourist areas but a 20-minute walk or 10-minute taxi ride will take you to all major attractions. This is a great place to stay for business trips and I have heard it to be the preferable choice for companies, which doesn’t surprise me. However, if I was to go back to Rome for a city break I wouldn’t hesitate when booking a hotel for me and my family.
Roma Palazzo Cinquecento may not be flashy and luxurious like some more famous hotels in the city but it offers the right amount of comfort, professionalism and atmosphere, something that promises a pleasant stay in ever wonderful Rome.
Hotel NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento, Piazza dei Cinquecento, 90, 00185 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06 492221
The hotel is 30 km from Roma Fiumicino Airport with trains running to Stazione Termini where the Leonard Express stops. The hotel entrance is on the right-hand side of the Piazza del Cinquecento in front of the station. Alternatively, the Aerobus shuttle takes about an hour and costs around €6. A taxi costs from €48 and takes about 35 minutes. There is free parking for guests booking via the hotel’s website.
Type of Hotel: 5-Star Hotel
Number of Rooms and Suites: 177
Insider Tip: Take a long and inspiring walk from the hotel to the city’s main attractions. Have a drink on the rooftop terrace. Visit the beautiful church Santa Maria Maggiore which is only a few steps away.
Price Band: Moderately expensive with complimentary Wi-Fi included.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8/10
Ana Muhar is the London Correspondent for Jutarnji list, the biggest daily paper in Croatia.
Photographs courtesy of Roma Palazzo Cinquecento