Rome’s hotels can be dated and horribly expensive compared to equivalent accommodation in other European capitals. And few properties offer guests use of a hotel swimming pool.
One exception is the recently opened 235-room Radisson SAS Es located near the city’s main Termini train station. This new build property, designed in minimalist style, provides up-to-date facilities including free broadband including wi-fi. It also boasts a 20 metre long open air rooftop swimming pool (open June 1 to September 24) enabling guests to cool off during the city’s sweltering summer months.
This area may not be the most attractive but it is convenient for travellers arriving by train either from other domestic destinations or from the city’s main Fiumicino airport. Rome Termini is also the arrival point for the airport buses coming in from the city’s secondary Ciampino airport which is used by budget carriers Ryanair and Easyjet.
The four-star Radisson has a bar plus the casual Zest and gourmet Sette restaurants. There’s a spa, fitness centre and gym. There’s also a 510 square metre conference centre.
On weekdays rooms are priced from Euros 286 including breakfast and these are either 20 or 25 square metres in size. Junior suites (40 square metres) cost Euros 360 while an Executive suite (45 square metres) will set you back Euros 410. Room rates are slightly cheaper at weekends although suite prices remain the same.
Radisson SAS es. Hotel, Rome
Via Filippo Turati 171
Tel: +39 (06) 444841
For more information go to radisson.com
Report by Alex McWhirter