iRooms Central Station
What We Love
- A gadget-filled guesthouse in the heart of RomeThe complimentary extras that include unlimited movies and a well-stocked minibar
- Being just 15 minutes on foot from the Roman Forum and Colosseum
- Upgrading to a Jacuzzi room for luxury extras that can include a sunken tub in the heart of the room
What To Know
- Guestroom TVs are hooked up with Netflix access
- iSpa rooms have Jacuzzi baths
- Free WiFi works well
Old and new combine with a stay at Rome’s newest guesthouse, the iRooms Central Station. Within a 15-minute walk of some of the city’s big hitters, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Campo dei Fiori and Pantheon, iRooms favors a more modern design to its surroundings. Changing LED lights and iPads in each guestroom help you to create your own personalized retreat in the heart of the city here.
Jacuzzi rooms also raise the bar with sunken tubs and statement bed frames. Add to that unlimited movies, rain showers and well-stocked minibars and you have everything you need to revive and relax in one of Europe’s buzziest cities. You’ll find countless trattorias, the Vatican Museum and Spanish Steps also within a few Metro stops
How to Get There
My partner and I have just returned from a 3 night stay at the iRooms Central Station in Rome. We stayed in the iZen room with huge Grotto spa/shower and were very pleased with our stay.
I appreciate everyone has their own opinions, but I believe some of the reviews below mine are a little over exaggerated.
Firstly, the accommodation is about a 7minute walk from the Termini station where most airport shuttle buses drop you off. The street the accommodation is well populated with bars and restaurants and small shops so if you don't feel like venturing out far, there is always something nearby. It is true the entrance to the accommodation isn't exactly what you would imagine. There are no flags or plaques to announce the iRooms are where they are. However if you actually use an ounce of sense when booking and doing your homework, you can Google streetview the address of the hotel and get a feel for what is nearby to give you some landmarks on arrival. The building number (227) is very clearly marked. You'll come up to large wooden doors. On the intercom system on the right you need to press number 10 for iRooms. You'll then be buzzed in and have to go up to the 5th floor. It is true there is a small lift, but it is perfectly capable of performing it's function of taking you up 5 flights with cases so previous moaning reviews really are obsolete.
When you arrive out of the lift the door is clearly marked with a plaque for iRooms. We were greeted by the loveliest receptionist and made to feel very welcome. We arrived at 11am, some hours before official check in times, and were given the key to our room straight away as it was already ready for us. If for any reason your room isn't ready the receptionist is more than happy for you to leave your bags, moreover when the room is ready I heard they were put into the room ready for another guests arrival. The reception area is a small and kitsch but very modern. The Wi-Fi password is on the front desk too. It is worth mentioning the front desk is physically manned from 0800 until 1500. After this there are numbers you can call and you can also Skype the iRooms at the Pantheon from the iPad in your room should you have any questions or problems. Check ins after 3pm are done remotely and still super efficient. Payment of city tax is taken upon check out.
Like all iRooms hotels, the iRooms at central station had 6 themed rooms. All were occupied at the time of our stay in essentially low season. We had the iZen with huge spa grotto. We were not disappointed. The room was larger than we imagined it would be and immaculately clean. It is worth mentioning the bed is very low to the ground, Japanese style but is also very comfortable. The main bathroom is spacious with double basins and a bidet. It is worth mentioning as previous reviewers have about a smell. We were lucky in that on 2 of our nights this was not present. On our 3rd night there was indeed a smell. At some points stronger than others. It is something that is out of the hotels hands. It is a general drainage issue for the entire city and when you see how populated Rome is with huge buildings and apartments I think it is very unfair to try and pin the blame on the hoteliers themselves. Every city is different and this smell was recognised in a few areas of the city by my partner and I. If necessary you can open windows- but as with any smell after a few minutes you adjust and get used to it. The spa grotto was lovely. Big sliding glass door and curtain so you don't soak your room. Two handles on the right on the inside- turn them to the left for hot water. Above one is a silver button- press this to start the waterfalls from the walls on the seated shelf area. Never an issue with water temperature. Netflix was a lovely in room touch as was the iPad. Very useful in planning our days out. Also very cool to be able to choose a mood lighting for the room but it isn't a be all and end all thing that you'll spend hours tinkering with. The free minibar in the room does get refilled every day. However it is only one bottle of still and sparkling water, one chocolate wafer biscuit and some pizza flavoured biscuits. Yes some people may expect more- but it is a gesture. Not many hotels give a free minibar restocked daily but in any case it is nice to have a small fridge for any other drinks or snacks you may bring back. At night we found the building and streets to be quiet. Obviously it depends on who the other room occupiers are. Yes you can hear movement outside your room but in a small boutique hotel that is essentially an Italian apartment what do you expect? Our only gripey suggestion would be is that it really isn't an accommodation to bring young children too. Most rooms are doubles anyway so are better suited to friends or couples. We had a family with a very young child who cried and screamed endlessly on a few occasions on our last night, but we were out in the evenings and was quiet when we came back. On checkout you may leave your bags until it is time to head to the airport. The receptionist will take your room key but leave you with keys for all the entrance doors. There is a small toilet to use before you head off.
Nearby the hotel there is a number of metro stations, bus stops and tram lines. We arrived in Rome intending to use this, however we used no public transport in the end and walked everywhere. The colosseum is so close by, it is actually a privilege to be so close to such an amazing monument. It's sheer scale is breathtaking. To get there we turned right out of our building, immediate right at the corner of the road 3 doors along, followed that to the very bottom of the road and right again which takes you to a park entrance. A beautiful park and a short stroll through and the colosseum is right ahead of you. Perfect photo opportunities. It is true the Trevi Fountain/Piazza Navona/Spanish steps/Pantheon/Vatican etc are a fair walk away. 30 minutes I would guess to the Trevi Fountain but then everything is fairly near to each other from there. In any case we walked about 14 miles a day and yes our feet were wrecked but you don't notice it for the amazing monuments and architecture you see on your travels. There is something literally every step of the way.
In the popular areas you do get hassled by people selling skip the lines and guided tours. A polite no thank you or we've already been in usually suffices and they'll leave you be. It is a gauntlet and you will be caught many times but they are usually respectful if you say no thank you. There are also alot of for lack of better words foreign men who try to "give" you bracelets etc. Do not take them as they will expect money. Much like the men dressed as centurions. If you do stop for a photo with them they will also expect money. It is easily avoidable again with a polite no thank you and walking on.
Top tip worth mentioning- pre book an underground tour of the colosseum online. It is in addition to the normal 12 euro entrance fee but the knowledge you get from your guide and access to areas others can't get to is unrivalled. About 1.5 hours in total but well worth the extra 11 euros. This cannot be booked just walking into the ticket office. All colosseum tickets include access to the Roman forum and palatine hill across the way and are valid for two consecutive days but only one entry per monument. So colosseum Friday, Roman forum Saturday etc. The last Sunday in every month all entrances to monuments are free, including the Vatican and Sistine chapel etc.
In summary please do not be put off the iRooms from previous reviews. I have been honest about issues others have addressed but they really are very minor. The receptionist is a total asset to the hotel. It is immaculately clean and you won't necessarily find Netflix, mood lighting or a refilled mini bar in many other hotels in Rome. Other people expect to pay pennies and receive the earth but if you are realistic and do your homework, you'll hopefully appreciate this hotel as much as we did. You are out of the room the majority of the bed and it perfectly performs it's function of a very comfortable bed, toilet and shower and daily maid service. What more can you really want?! Enjoy Rome. It really is the most beautiful city in the world.
There are a lot of pros about this room such as location, the unique design they tried to put into the room (we stayed in the cube room and everything was box shape, black and white) and the technology implemented into the rooms (changing light themes, using an ipad to change settings). However, the AC in the room had the exaust blow into the bathroom which was terrible set-up! making the bathroom very hot and the bathroom stunk like sewage was backed up. I hope they have fixed these 2 issues bec it takes this room from a "I would never return here because of this only issues" to a situation of "wow this room is soo unique and cool I will recommend it to all my friends". On the way out I mentioned this to the owner and he tried to wave me off about that. If it matters to you the staff hours are limited but if you arrive off hours they can buzz you in from offsite. Breakfast voucher is provided for a french bakery next door.
We visited in September - our first time in Rome. We were so excited!
Firstly, we did NOT expect the entrance/door to the 'hotel' to be what it was. We had trouble finding it for about 20 minutes because we did not expect it to be just a run-down brown wooden door that would just say 'irooms' in tiny writing on the buzzer list. My boyfriend & I were so worried when we saw this, we thought we had been ripped off!
When you walk in there's a tiny little lift (does not look safe at all) which takes you to the 5th floor. There's an odd smell when you first walk in but then you are greeted by a lovely lady who is really welcoming & makes you feel better about the stay.
We stayed in iZen, we were gutted we didn't get the jacuzzi as this is advertised a lot in their pictures. But the room was immaculate. It was very, very clean. The bathroom was lovely too.
During the night the bathroom does get very, very smelly though. We had to close the door and spray our room with perfume to try and mask the smell. Other than that the mattress was very comfy, clean sheets and comfy pillows. We did have an incident on our first night where, as weird as it sounds, another man staying at the hotel got locked out of the main entrance, naked. (Don't ask how because I have no idea). So we were woken at 3am by the buzzer going off and off. We tried calling all of the emergency numbers as the lady leaves at 4pm, but not one single answer. Very annoying and not practical - no point having emergency numbers if you can't call them when there's an emergency . We eventually sorted the issue out, two hours later. So we essentially did the receptionists job as we had to answer the phone & check whether he was really staying at the hotel.
The next morning, after reviewing the cctv, the lady apologised & let us off paying the city tax (€14) the lady also left a little note in the fridge with a Pepsi (shown in the pictures) which we really appreciated & was a lovely touch. The next night was fine. Lots of noises throughout the night though, the walls sound like they're paper thin.
We only stayed for 2 nights, it was fine, there were no major issues & as we only came to Rome for sightseeing we hardly spent any time there anyway - only to sleep. We don't think we could've stayed there any longer though.
It sounds as though I am being completely negative about this hotel but it was ok. I can completely appreciate that this is a small run business and so it won't be as 'professional' as the bigger hotels. But for the price we paid I would have preferred to stay in a bigger hotel.
It has a good location, but there were other, nicer looking hotels more in the centre of Rome, which to be honest I would have rathered pay the extra money to stay in those.
The lady was so so lovely though & I wish her all the best.
Arrived and was greeted by a lovely lady behind the desk. First and foremost, I want to say how lovely this lady was. Very helpful, and went above and beyond her job, by decorating my room for my boyfriends birthday. From colouring in a home made banner, to giving us 2 glasses of drink to toast. SHE was the best thing to come out of our stay.
I hope she is able to see this and know how much we appreciated her.
Now for the hotel..
From arrival to departure, there were old coffee rings on the bed side table, it was never cleaned. Floor was dusty around bed. Jacuzzi bath was never washed, and had hairs in before we used it. Piece of chipped wood on the step leading to the bed. On the 2nd day there was dirt on the new fresh sheets. The air con broke on the first night, leading to an uncomfortable sleep, told it would be fixed when we came back, but it wasn't. The wardrobe was a metal pole, not tall enough for certain clothing. No lock on the safe. Massive crack from tap to plug hole. Awful sewage smell from toilets in the morning. the shower door came off the roller twice, leaving it stuck open. ( the lady behind the desk, got a ladder and fixed this ). The drain in the shower was either rather blocked, or not fitted properly, as the water hitting the shower floor would overflow onto the bathroom floor. No one on desk from 4pm onwards.. what would happen if we lost our key? We wouldn't be able to enter the building. Outside there were 4 large bins, which had several rats run over to, as people would just pile rubbish beside them, not in them. The destination itself was good, the area had bus stops, restaurants and entertainment. But for what we paid for 4 nights at this hotel, was certainly not worth the money.
Booked and payed in advanced.
Arrived after work at night no body answer in the Hotel and at the phone.
I couldn't get in. They even din't call to ask anything even I had already payed the room in advanced!!
Very bad Experience, better they close!