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Vaticano: Hotel Amalia

Via Germanico, 66, Phone: 06.397.23356

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Reviewed by: María I. from AZ, review #1680

When: October 2006

Good location if being close to the Vatican is important.

Due to a last minute change of travel plans we arrived in Fiumicino airport from Palermo without a hotel reservation. We decided to use the booking service run by Margana Travel located in the International arrivals area. They were able to find us accommodations at a time when every hotel and B&B in Rome seemed to be booked.

For a €3 commission they made a reservation for four nights in Hotel Amalia located just outside of the Vatican walls. This was my fifth visit to Rome and the first time that I wasn’t staying in the Piazza di Spagna area. The location turned out to be not too bad. There was a subway stop nearby (Ottaviano) and a bus terminal just before reaching the Vatican. In the corner of Via Ottaviano and Via Germanico there was one of Castroni’s stores with the flurry of activity their stores generates from people coming in to stock on their favorite non-Italian products.

Our room (# 112, €140/night) was on the first floor, in the back of the building. There was a gate to reach the hallway and when closed we had to ask the front desk clerk to unlock it. The room was small and so was the bathroom but I didn’t see this in a negative way since by now I’m used to small hotel rooms in Italy. Crowded into the room were two twin beds, an armoire, a desk with a chair and two night tables.

There was a window that opened into the next door building’s courtyard. We kept it open at night because it was unseasonably warm, but had to put up with the noise that came from the nearby restaurant. The bathroom was adequate with guest toiletries and hairdryer.

Breakfast was served in the second floor in another wing of the hotel. Breakfast offerings consisted of bread, croissants, cereal, cheese spreads, butter, marmalade, juice and coffee.

The staff was friendly if a bit reserved. The location was good although a bit removed from the main sights. The accommodations were clean but cramped.

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