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Hotel Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio Hotel 4 star
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Via Cavour 18 Rome, Italy -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This is an historic hotel, which doesn't seem to have changed since it opened in 1875. As this type of hotel is disappearing and the prices are very reasonable, we shall recommend the Massimo d'Azeglio to anyone who likes old-style holidays. Well located, in the heart of the city centre: so it is not the quietest of its category, but the interior and the restaurant are so quaint that they are definitely worth spending some time in.

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      Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

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      Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

       
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    Location 9.54 /10

    On the via Cavour, a 2 minute walk from Termini station (and the underground station of the same name).
    Fiumicino airport is located 15 mi away; Ciampino airport is 10 mi away. Allow a 45 minute journey for Fiumicino and 30 minutes for Ciampino.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The Massimo d'Azeglio has 184 bedrooms. Good news for families with one child: if they are under 12, they can stay for free in their parents' room. A larger family? The hotel has around ten quadruple rooms. The average surface area of a double room is 172 to 215 sq ft. Request a superior standard room if you would like tea and coffee facilities. The view gives on to the via Cavour (rather noisy) or the inner courtyard (with close façades, but it is quiet). Although the furniture is not traditional, it nevertheless matches the rest of the hotel (red patterned upholstery, and a varnished wooden chair, desk and armchair, in the Art Deco style). The bathrooms have a bathtub (except for a few rooms which only have a shower), a hair-dryer and hospitality products (30ml) bearing the label of the hotel. The facilities include a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, a mini-bar and a telephone.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    A five-storey building on via Cavour, one of Rome's main roads, the Massimo d'Azeglio (dating from 1875) is very well located for exploring antique and modern Rome on foot. The down point is that it is exposed to the noise of the traffic: a lot during the week, but not so much at the weekend (fortunately). An old-style reception with a huge varnished wooden counter. The bar and the lounge areas are located in an elongated hall, decorated with moulded columns. There is Neo-Renaissance furniture, red velour armchairs and sofas, and matching lamp shades. The breakfast room is on the mezzanine floor (at the back of the reception). The restaurant is in a separate room, with patio doors opening on to the via Cavour. As in other old-style hotels, there are no other facilities. Nevertheless, the guests have free access to the gym of the Mediterraneo, a hotel which belongs to the same chain. You just need to cross over the street to get to the Mediterraneo.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    In the breakfast room, all you can see is your reflection in the mirrors placed on one of the walls. So there is no view of the outside, and no possibility to eat on the terrace in fine weather. The buffet offers hot dishes (scrambled eggs, bacon) and cold ones (yoghurts, jam tarts croissants, sliced bread). Coffee is self-service. For lunch and dinner, the meals take on a different aspect: if you like an 'olden days' atmosphere, try the £28 menu, a light price, when you think that the menu includes a starter or a pasta dish, a main course, a dessert and a coffee. Service is made with a trolley, like in the old times. The recipes are often Roman specialities (pasta alla matriciana, with bacon and creamy tomato sauce, pasta alla carbonara, with bacon also but the creamy sauce is flavoured with a raw egg yolk, and veal fillet served with ham and sage). If you are not hungry enough for all this, opt for the £22 option (main course, dessert and coffee). Come early if you wish to sit at one of the tables by the patio doors; or else towards the end of the service (around 2:00 pm and 9:30 pm).

    To know

    The Massimo d'Azeglio is part of the hotel chain Bettoja, like the Mediterraneo and the Atlantico, located on the same level as the via Cavour, on the other side of the street. The atmosphere is different in the 3 hotels. At the Massimo d'Azeglio, tradition and an old-style type of service is favoured (try the restaurant in order to have a good traditional meal, your dishes brought to the table and the meat carved in front of you).
    Accommodation tip
    As the soundproofing is not very good, those with sensitive ears should ask to be accommodated on the courtyard side and on the top floor, to keep the noise down to a minimum. If you like parquet and traditional furniture, request an "ancient" room. The comfort is identical to that of the other rooms, however, the parquet creeks and the armchairs are not adapted to rotund guests.
    Prices and reservations on www.bettojahotels.it (with an English language link).

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, mountain bike, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The parquet and old-style furniture in some of the rooms.
    • A rooftop terrace from May to November.
    • A traditional restaurant with service from a trolley.
    • Several decoration styles for the bedrooms.
    • Tea and coffee facilities in the superior standard rooms.

    disadvantages

    • The bathrooms do not have a flexible shower head.
    • The building has poor soundproofing.
    • The fitness area has no whirlpool bath.
    • The breakfast room has no view of the outside.

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