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Hotel Luzzatti - Rome hotel reviews

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Hotel Luzzatti, Rome

Hotel Luzzatti **

Hotel Luzzatti is a cheap two-star hotel in the central area of Rome, two Metro stops south of Stazione Termini. The hotel's twelve rooms offer clean and basic accommodation at very reasonable prices.

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I spent one night at Hotel Luzzatti anonymously in April 2005. I had booked a single room online for 45, which is a rock-bottom price for Rome. Consequently I was more than a little apprehensive as I arrived in Rome after an evening flight. The hotel did have a two-star rating, but what, realistically, can you expect for so little money?

The hotel is nearest to Manzoni metro station, but since it was after 9pm and there is currently a replacement bus service, I decided to walk from Termini. It's a fair way (maybe 15 minutes' walk) but not too hard, even wheeling a suitcase. The hotel is easy to find: I ring the bell at the gate, enter, and descend a short staircase to reach the reception desk.

There is no lift, so it's with one last effort that I heave my case up two flights of stairs to my room. A few moment's rest, then I start to take in my surroundings. The single room is a strange shape. At its widest part it's not very broad, but then it narrows further into a corridor, running several yards to the window and bathroom door. There is a television (rather fuzzy), a wardrobe with plenty of hangers, mirror, chest of drawers and a chair. The single bed isn't particularly comfortable but it's adequate - I can't say as much for the bizarre, bumpy pillow, though. Everything seems spotlessly clean.

As I turn in for the night, I'm too tired to be concerned by the sound of next-door's television or the traffic outside. What is more of a bother as the night goes on is the smell of cigarette smoke - even on the laundered sheets - and the cold. It's an unusually cold April, but, knowing Rome, I didn't expect to find any heating on anywhere in the city. However, a spare blanket would have been very welcome.

The decor is shabby but, as I said, clean. The furniture may not be pretty but there's plenty of it. I'm intrigued by the door-buzzer which accompanies the main light switch.

In the morning I experience the feature most grumbled about by past guests: the shower. Due to lack of space, the owners have opted for a 'wet-room' scheme, with a shower fitting in the bathroom ceiling. At first I don't mind this too much - I'd rather have this arrangement than no shower at all. However, there's no mat to stand on, and I soon find that the ensuing floods are very slow to drain. If I want to use the bathroom again that morning I have to paddle through soapy water.

I have to catch a train, so I can't linger for breakfast. After check-out (efficient and friendly, credit cards accepted, no surprise charges) I glance into the small breakfast room. It looks like a typical Italian offering: rolls, a few dry wrapped biscuits and snacks.

If you are looking for a plush and comfortable stay, this isn't the place to come. But if you're on a budget and prepared to get what you pay for, then Hotel Luzzatti is a good, economic option. The main inconveniences were the shower and the smell of smoke, but these are minor when compared with the advantage of staying in central Rome for 45 a night.

The location is not at the heart of things, but it's close to the centre, with good bus, tram and metro links very nearby. You can walk to the Colosseum, to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, or to Termini station in twenty minutes or less.

Hotel address: Via Luzzatti 3. From the Metro station Manzoni walk along Viale Manzoni and it's the first right after Via Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. It's also possible to walk to the hotel from Termini station, but I wouldn't advise this if your bags are heavy.

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Hotel Luzzatti review by an Italy Heaven editor.

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