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Trevi: Domus Julia/Hotel Julia

Via Rasella 32, Phone: 06.4745765

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Reviewed by: np from USA, review #2990

When: November 2010

Great location, simple but large rooms, reasonably priced, very clean, quiet street, great value. {3 stars}

Great 3 star hotel within walking distance from almost everything. Simple but large rooms, nice lobby, very comfortable beds.

One English channel on the TV, breakfast wasn't that great but our large double room was E70 weekdays, E100 on weekends. On a quiet street with lift and free wi-fi in the lobby and sometimes in the room.

Seemed to be a converted apartment in the building next door to the hotel lobby. (Our room and 2 others shared a large sitting room through which you came and went.) The other rooms we saw were also very large.

Reviewed by: WillTravel from Canada, review #836

When: January 2005

[Hotel Julia] Good value, good location, good breakfast. {3 stars}

(Note that other reviews on this site have all been for the adjacent Domus Julia, run by the same family. I actually stayed in the hotel.)

I stayed here from January 4-9. I paid 50 per night, which was pretty good considering part of my stay was during high season. I had a single room with an ensuite toilet and sink and hairdryer, and a bathroom down the hall that was to be for my "exclusive use". As it turned out, I think someone else used the bathroom a couple times even if they weren't supposed to. But this was a minor detail, as I only needed the shower, which was perfectly comfortable in my case (not small as described in other reviews). They could put an extra lock on the bathroom, though. Towels and toiletries were generous and replenished daily.

The room was clean, and had a single bed, small wardrobe, chest of drawers, table, chair, and TV that was ceiling-mounted. Of course it was on the small side but you expect that in Europe for budget accommodation, and I felt very comfortable taking a break there and sleeping there. There was rarely any noise from the street and my sleep was never disturbed.

There is a lift and 24-hour service.

Breakfast was very good by Italian standards. I hope I recall everything available, but there were croissants, baguettes, jams and marmalade, cream cheese, butter, nut spread, yogurt, cornflakes, tortes, ham or salami, tea, coffee, real orange juice, other mixed juice, coffee, milk, tea, and cappucinos and other such hot drinks on request. No problems with quantity or quality and this was a great start to my day.

The staff were very friendly.

The location seemed ideal. It is close to the metro stop for going to St. Peters and the Vatican. Otherwise, I found it an easy walk to the Trevi, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, and more. I did take the Metro to the Colosseum, but that was more for a chance to take a slight break from walking. This hotel is about 100m from Piazza Barberini, so I can definitely recommend staying at the bottom of the Via Veneto. I enjoyed walking up the VV to the Villa Borghese one morning, and then back.

Reviewed by: Robyn from Australia, review #644

When: June 2004

[Domus Julia] Excellent place to stay if you need to be in the heart of Rome.

The actual hotel is called Hotel Julia, however we stayed in the building next door that is called Domus Julia. The room we had was very large and very quiet and blissfully dark at night. Being on a narrow street, the traffic noise was minimal. We had a large bed, a daybed that was perfect for our child, a TV, air-conditioning and a private bathroom. There were stairs to the room but there was also a small lift should you require it.

Included in our tariff was breakfast in the hotel next door. A dismal affair; stale pastries and not enough tables, but never mind.

The staff were very courteous and friendly. Rosa is lovely and so helpful. They ordered us a car to take us to the airport when we were leaving as we were over charged on our way to the hotel by a taxi driver. The car company they use is great. We were driven by a professional driver who was helpful and all for a fixed price. When I booked the room, we were quoted a tariff for the stay. I then noticed on their website a special offer section. In this it stated that if you stay for 2 nights including a Sunday you get a 10% discount. I mentioned this when I emailed and, although he took some convincing, we were given this discount and ended up paying 153 per night for a triple room in summer in a great location.

We walked to the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps (5-10 minutes away), and the subway stop was two minutes walk away. Two stops to Termini and then two stops to the Coliseum. Too easy!

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