Bettoja Hotels chain is the rail thing for clients

ROME -- As any rail fan can tell you, agents can make European itineraries more efficient by booking clients in hotels near city train stations.

The rail traveler's dream-come-true here is the Bettoja Hotels chain. With five properties within walking distance of the main Roma Termini train station and the Metro subway system, Bettoja Hotels offer train-hoppers 900 rooms at the Mediterraneo, the Massimo D'Azeglio, the Atlantico, the San Giorgio and the Nord.

The family-owned hotel chain opened its first property in 1878, and there is still a family feel its management and service.

And Bettoja properties are more reasonably priced than their amenities would suggest, with rack rates ranging from $140 for a single room at the Nord to $600 or higher for a deluxe suite in the Mediterraneo.

A breakfast buffet is included in overnight rates, the staff speaks English and the Mediterraneo has a rooftop terrace with a near 360-degree view of the city.

Bettoja Hotels also owns a property just outside Florence. For information, call (212) 860-5445 or visit www.bettojahotels.it. For reservations, call (011) 39 6 481-4798.

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