on January 24, 2006
You know those little itty-bitty elevators that you see in the movies, but you think you'd never actually see one; well, this one is an old-fashioned, do-it-yourself elevator. You have pull the door closed yourself, lock it, push the button, and off you go to the 5th floor! You can see the weights and all the mechanics working as you go whizzing up to the lobby.The room was sparsely decorated, but roomy, not much of a view, but had awesome quintessential Italian shutters. Our room was not an ensuite, but we got to share this one awesome bathroom that over looked a courtyard decorated in Mediterranean red stucco. It was absolutely beautiful.This hostel/hotel is located only a couple blocks away from the train station, convenient if you are traveling the country by train. Restaurants, grocery shopping, telephone booths, ATMs, and transportation are at your fingertips here at this hostel. All of these are within 5 minutes walk. Free Internet! You can drop someone a line if you need to, which I did to let my nervous parents know that I was okay.A word of the wise: This hostel is also located near a very busy street which can be very treacherous to cross at night. I almost got clipped by a scooter whizzing by!With no more than 50 US dollars per person/per room (it depends on how many people you have with you) this Hotel Des Artistes was clean, friendly, and worth it. Although in total oppose direction of all the popular sites it was easy to get to from the train station and from the main streets of Rome. This hostel is on my list of keepers!
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