Hotel Lilium Review
The Hotel Lilium is on the Via XX Settembre (pronounced "Via Venti Settembre"), a large street north of Termini Station. The hotel is three stories up from the ground floor in number 58A, the tan building on the right side of the photograph.
Several government ministries are nearby, and the British and Japanese Embassies are within a few minutes' walking distance. (There's also an excellent pizza-by-the-slice shop just up the street.)
You'll see the Hotel Lilium's building nearly straight ahead as you walk up the Via Goito. (Look for the double doors to the left of the "Docs & Parcels" shop.)
The building's doors may be unlocked during the day, but if they're locked, ring the hotel from the directory and intercom panel downstairs. The hotel receptionist will buzz you in.
The double doors lead to a courtyard. Take the steps immediately to your right (not shown) to reach the elevator landing.
The small elevator is old-fashioned, but it works. (If you're traveling with a companion and bulky luggage, one of you may need to take the stairs.)
Once you're inside the Hotel Lilium, you'll see an attractive lounge--complete with a piano and caged birds--to the right of the reception desk. A small balcony overlooks the street.
The breakfast room is just off the lobby. It's a cheerful place,
with plenty of daylight, and it's open from 7 to 10 a.m.
From the lobby, a hallway leads to the guest rooms. (The wooden
floor is stained a dark purple, a shade that echoes the color scheme in the
My single-bedded room was located just to the right of the steps in the hallway photo.
Note the floral paintings on the armoire: Each room in the Hotel Lilium is named after a different flower. Doors and furniture (including build-in nightstands and tubular metal bedframes) are painted in pastel shades. Floors are of varnished wood, with the planks laid diagonally.
Superior double rooms (designed for two guests) have queen-size beds and small terraces with flowering plants.
My room had a very small desk and a TV set (not shown) mounted on the wall.
Unlimited Wi-Fi access was included in the rate. The procedure for connecting to the hotel's network was a bit complicated, but an instruction sheet--available at the reception desk--minimized confusion. (I had my own ThinkPad, but if I'd been without a computer, I could have borrowed a laptop from the reception desk for up to an hour per day at no charge.)
The room came with handheld controllers for the multispeed ceiling fan (top), air conditioning, and the satellite TV (not shown).
From my window, I had a view of the Via Piave. (The window had a scrolling shutter that could be lowered at night.)
The room's high point was the bathroom, which was decorated in an attractive mosaic tile. It was well-equipped, with a good-size shower, a shaving mirror, a hair driver, a wall-mounted radiator that doubled as a rack for bath towels, and a shelf with "golf ball" soap and other amenities. (I saved my open bottle of Hotel Lilium shampoo for future travels, and it lasted a long time.)
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