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A short walk from the Opera House, the National Gallery, and several restaurants
Located in Repubblica, Hotel Rex is within walking distance of a few attractions and trattorias, as well as Termini, the main metro station in Rome. This means lots of traffic but a convenient location for those arriving to the city by train for a short visit.
Repubblica is oftentimes not the "Rome" that people expect upon arriving, meaning it's not super picturesque -- roads here are paved rather than cobblestone. But it has slowly been improving over the last couple of decades, and is home to several centuries-old structures, such as the ruins of the Baths of Diocletian (ancient public baths dating back to 298 AD), the adjacent Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Michelangelo-designed Santa Maria degli Angeli.
There's nothing special about the "look" of this hotel -- the rooms are drab and outdated (though modern in terms of tech, with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi), and it's in the city center, like dozens of other hotels. What sets it apart from other boutique hotels in the area is that the Hotel Rex features amenities that are hard to find in Rome, like a (small) fitness center, a bar and restaurant, meeting rooms, a large rooftop solarium with lounge chairs, and a lounge stocked with books, DVDs, and children's toys. Overall, the hotel is a good value, but be forewarned that while the Hotel Rex is within walking distance of some quaint cafes and attractions, the area isn't as picturesque as spots near the Spanish Steps.