We searched high and low for a reasonably priced place to stay in Rome and settled on Residence Candia. The location is very good. It's only a few blocks from a metro stop. You have to walk through a very busy intersection to get to it but there are cross walks. The area felt very safe. You can see the walls of the Vatican from the hotel.
Having a kitchen was a great way to save money. My husband says that the best meals he ate in all of Italy were the ones I prepared at Residence Candia. The kitchen was small but worked for a few days. It would be nice if they provided dish soap. They do provide dish towels. Maybe you'll get lucky and the previous guests will leave their dish soap like we did. There is a small grocery store about 2 blocks from the hotel with excellent produce and fresh meats. Take your own shopping bags though!
The biggest complaint we had was the staff. There was one young woman that was very friendly and helpful but the rest of the staff was pretty rude. They actually offered us a larger room initially with 3 single beds. My husband turned it down and opted for a smaller room with a queen because this was our honeymoon. That was a mistake. When he tried to see if the first room was still available only a few hours later, the guy at reception gave my husband a little bit of attitude instead of just saying that he had unfortunately given the room to someone else. The kitchen sink also stopped up and it took them about 15 hours to unclog it.
The room itself was small and there were a few dust bunnies in the corners. The bed's comforter was very thin. The WIFI is VERY slow and you have to go down to reception to use it. The rooftop terrace was very nice. We ate lunch up there twice.
So, bottom line, if you are planning to cook and want a safe neighborhood, then I'd give Residence Candia a shot. If you are looking for luxury, don't stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residence Candia is within the sound of the Vatican bells and just a five minute stroll from the Vatican Museum (and the Sistine Chapel). Located in a quintessentially Roman neighborhood complete with cinemas, restaurants, cafes, an open-air market, and shops of all sorts. There is convenient access to city buses and the subway just a few hundred meters from the Residence Candia. Residence Candia consists of apartments that have been recently renovated and provide all comforts for a pleasant stay for just a few days or a few weeks. For the same price of a Bed & Breakfast Residence Candia provides regular hotel-level services, such as daily cleaning. Apartments are available with one(studio), two three or four rooms with the larger apartments accommodating up to eight people with multiple bathrooms. The top floor also boasts a number of penthouse suites with a beautiful view of the dome of St. Peter's Cathedral. Each apartment has its own bathroom and is equipped with kitchenette, TV(SKY), and air conditioning. On-premise parking is available free of charge for hotel guests until spaces are full. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Candia Hotel Rome