Radisson Blu Es. Hotel, Rome Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Esquilino-San Giovanni, Rome, Italy

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Cons

  • Rooms need renovation
  • Surrounding area is seedy and can be dangerous for tourists
  • Standard rooms are quite small
  • Showers and toilets in standard rooms offer little privacy
  • Railroad-style fitness center is narrow and dark
  • Fees for parking and breakfast

Bottom Line

The Radisson Blu offers a lot more than most Roman hotels in terms of features. Number one is the large outdoor pool -- pretty much unheard of in this city. It also boasts a small fitness center, a spa, and two decent dining options. But the tradeoff for these perks is that the hotel is located in the neighborhood around the Termini station -- an area filled with graffiti and run-down shops, known to be unsafe at times. In addition, the once-trendy rooms, which have an IKEA-esque feel, have not aged well and could use a renovation. The location is far from most tourist sights, so families and couples might be better off looking elsewhere. Business travelers may appreciate the meeting space, however.

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 Location

In seedy Esquilino-San Giovanni, near Termini Station

The Radisson Blu Es is located directly adjacent to the Termini station. There's no sugar coating it: The street where the hotel is located is run-down. There are a few trattorias, Chinese and Indian restaurants nearby, but very little nightlife or upscale shopping.

As with most neighborhoods surrounding major transportation hubs, the vicinity of Termini can get pretty seedy, with vagrants and groups of unruly youth milling about. The neighborhood is run-down and dirty, with racist graffiti splashed everywhere. Ask any native Roman and they'll tell you it's not a fun place to be wandering about at night.

While the area isn't terribly far from Rome's popular ancient sites, it's not nearly as convenient as other neighborhoods.

  • 25-minute drive to Rome Ciampino International Airport
  • 50-minute drive to Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport
  • 8-minute walk to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
  • 13-minute walk to the Opera House
  • 14-minute walk to the Baths of Diocletian
  • 15-minute walk to Santa Maria degli Angeli
  • 6-minute drive to Palazzo Barberini
  • 7-minute drive to the Colosseum
  • 9-minute drive to the Trevi Fountain
  • 11-minute drive to the Spanish Steps
  • 12-minute drive to the Pantheon
  • 16-minute drive to the Roman Forum

 Bottom Line

The Radisson Blu offers a lot more than most Roman hotels in terms of features. Number one is the large outdoor pool -- pretty much unheard of in this city. It also boasts a small fitness center, a spa, and two decent dining options. But the tradeoff for these perks is that the hotel is located in the neighborhood around the Termini station -- an area filled with graffiti and run-down shops, known to be unsafe at times. In addition, the once-trendy rooms, which have an IKEA-esque feel, have not aged well and could use a renovation. The location is far from most tourist sights, so families and couples might be better off looking elsewhere. Business travelers may appreciate the meeting space, however.

Things You Should Know About Radisson Blu Es. Hotel, Rome

Address

  • Via Filippo Turati 171, Rome, Italy 00185

Room Types

  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 232
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Esquilino-San Giovanni, Rome
Address: Via Filippo Turati 171, Rome, Italy 00185
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