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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.
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.