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Esquilino: Hotel Pensione Sallecchia

Via Principe Amedeo 85a, Phone: 06.4466905

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Reviewed by: Jane K from Australia, review #2411

When: October 2008

Close enough to the Rome railway station to be convenient but in a smaller street so it is quieter than most. Clean, comfortable and professionally run.

Our family of 6 (4 adults & 2 teens) stayed at Hotel Pensione Sallecchia in three rooms for one night before catching our flight home to Australia.

We chose it and booked via venere.com based on the very positive reviews and good rates (bed and breakfast - 50 euros single, 100 double, 140 quad/triple). Everything was as described in the reviews and we were very happy with our stay there.

It is spotlessly clean, the rooms are comfortable, recently renovated and attractive and it is well situated. It's close enough to the station for a short suitcase trundle yet in a reasonably quiet street so noise is minimal for this part of Rome. Sure, the streets have the usual 'around the station' quota of cheap internet access shops and junky handbag stores but we felt totally safe during the times we were walking to and from the area -- up to 10pm in the evening.

This area is within reasonable walking distance of most of the major sightseeing spots and there are also convenient buses and Metro if you don't want to walk. There is a small supermercato around the corner on the way to the station in via Gioberti and lots of inexpensive eateries.

Walk south to via Carlo Alberto (parallel to via Principe Amedeo) which is tree lined and looks back to the grand Santa Maria Maggiore. Here you'll find some small cafes with outdoor tables, etc., for a quiet lunchtime panino and glass of wine!

Some of the staff at Sallecchia speak only a little English but with the help of a phrasebook and lots of chuckles from both sides we could communicate enough for everyone's needs. All the staff we dealt with during our stay were very pleasant and helpful.

Remember this is a 2 star hotel/pensione in an old and renovated building so don't be surprised if there is the occasional faulty catch on a window or a rough spot in the shower tiling. If you keep some perspective, and balance those small inconveniences against all the really positive factors, you will hopefully enjoy your stay here as much as we did!

PS. Breakfast was included and was in traditional Italian style - all you can eat sweet pastries and jam tarts, toast biscuits with marmelades, juices and delicious fresh coffees or hot chocolates made to order. Our family really enjoyed this before heading to the airport.

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