(Hotel Review) Radisson Blu Rome (44,000 Club Carlson Points/Night)
After a short, windy walk from Hotel De Monti (hotel review), we arrived at the Radisson Blu Rome. It is right next to Termini Train Station. I booked 2 nights at this hotel a few weeks ago with my Club Carlson points (planning/booking process). After my stay last week at the Radisson Blu Amsterdam (hotel review), I didn’t know what to expect.
In the lobby, you can see the old Roman building that used to exist where the Radisson Blu is currently located.
There was a convention going on this week for World Food Program. This definitely is a business-oriented hotel, so there will probably be meetings and conventions going on all year round. Since it is so close to the Termini Train Station, it is a great meeting point in Rome.
Here is the view from the courtyard outside the lobby.
Like the title says, this hotel is 44,000 Club Carlson points per night, but if you have the Club Carlson credit card from US Bank, you get your second night free. If you stay 2 nights, then it is basically buy one, get one free or both nights are half price. At check-in, we were upgraded to a Business Class room (located on the 6th floor) which is a beautiful room with a walkout balcony (tons of photos below). Unfortunately, even though I was upgraded to a Business Class room, I didn’t get complimentary breakfast (which is consist at all the Club Carlson properties I have stayed at).
Look toward the floor for your room number. It is very reassuring to have a fire extinguisher by the hotel room…
Anyways, the moment you have all waited for, the inside of the hotel room…
And the view from the balcony onto the center courtyard.
At night, some of the rooms have cool color lights coming from the bottom of the curtains.
Here is the view from the roof-top pool (freezing water).
Here is the view of the Termini Train Station on the other side of the hotel.
Here are some of the drawback about this hotel:
If you redeem points, they will not include free breakfast, so we had to pay for breakfast both times. They have a 6 Euro breakfast which is really tiny and consists of a hot beverage and your choice of small, bite-size breakfast food. You do not get any fruit or cereal, just small pastries. If you are hungrier than that, you can go with a more expensive breakfast option.
Also, the hotel is not in the best part of Rome. Walking around the hotel, you will not see many tourists. This is where the locals live, so the food is really cheap and you can find some great deals. If you want to explore the tourist sections of Rome, you can walk to Termini Train Station which is about 5 minutes to the northwest of the Radisson Blu. From there, you can get to just about any where in Rome, to the airport, or any other part of Italy.
If I were staying in Rome in the future, I would probably stay at the Hotel De Monti instead. If you go in the off-season, room rates are very affordable, you get a huge selection of complimentary breakfast choices, you are close to some fantastic restaurants and gelaterias, and you are in walking distance of the main tourist sites.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Arrivederci everyone!