Relais Piazza Del Popolo is a great hotel if you're an independent traveller. While we enjoyed it throughly, it's not for everyone. Here are the pluses and minuses that we observed during our trip.
-centrally located right next to the Piazza del Popolo Metro stop. We also used the 117, 119 and 95 buses. The #2 tram stopped right outside the building in case you want to go to see the new MAXXI museum.
-one of the cheapest places to stay in this nice safe high rent neighborhood. We went during September which is high season and this was by far the nicest place for the money. Any cheaper, and we would be staying near the Temini or further out of the city.
-window that opened and AC that worked.
-jacuzzi tub & bidet, they also have a shower but there's no shower curtain to keep the water from splashing all over the place. We loved the jacuzzi bathtub for soaking our tired selves after a long day of touring. While most people complained about how tiny the bathrooms particularly the showers were in Rome, the bathrooms here at Relais were sizable.
-spacious room with modern furnishings. The hotel is sleek and modern although the room we stayed in could use a little paint to cover the scuff marks. Bed was comfy with a "Temperpedic" type mattress.
-Right next to Piazza del Popolo, Pincio Garden and Via Del Corso (the main shopping drag in Rome) and lots of great restaurants for every budget.
-Conveniently located next to two Bankomats (ATM machine). You will need lots of cash while in Rome as a number of restaurants and sites only took cash.
-towels are like thick dishtowels (not really a minus unless you're expecting big fluffy towels)
-breakfast is a typical roman breakfast with juice, coffee, fruit and pastry. (not really a minus unless you're expecting an american breakfast).
-they really don't have anyone at the front desk full time so if you need anything, please request it when you check-in as you may not see anyone for the rest of your stay. (we made all of our own arrangements in advance so it really didn't affect us.) Rosa, who works the front desk and cleans the rooms is very sweet but she's not totally fluent in English.
-they don't tell you how to find the place. We researched the hotel before we went and found out how to get there and most importantly, how to get in. (Once you get off the metro, look for the Burger King). It's in the same building. Go to Piazzale #9. If it's between 12 noon and 3, the big brown doors will be locked for lunch. If that's the case, ring the doorbell and someone will come down if they are there. Rosa who mans the front desk may be cleaning one of the rooms during that time. If you arrive at any other time, before 8 pm the building door will be open. Go in and turn right to go up Scala (stairs) B. Take the retro elevator up to the 3rd floor. (If you take the stairs, you need to go up 4 flights as the 1st floor counts as the lobby) As soon as you get off the elevator, the B & B is right there in front of you. It's easy to find if someone tells you, very frustrating if you have to find it on your own. Note that they will give you three keys, one for the building, one for the B & B front door and one for your room. I'm not sure what you would do if you forgot or lost those keys. We made sure that we always had them especially since we had no way of contacting anyone should we get locked out. Also, I believe you need to make special arrangements with them if you need to check-in after 7 pm.
-the only real problem we encountered was that they said they offered Wi-Fi but when we got there, it wasn't available. When asked when it would be fixed, the reply was that they called the repairman but throughout our stay, he never showed up.
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- Relais Piazza Del Popolo Hotel Rome
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