We stayed at the iQ Hotel Roma for 2 nights in early September, 2011. We decided to book this hotel based on TripAdvisor reviews (it was ranked #8 out of 1,279 hotels in Rome at the time), and we also cross-checked with other sites like Booking.com and Hotels.com which were all consistent with positive reviews. We found a great rate booking directly through the hotel's website, so we decided to give it a shot. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again/recommend to friends.
The hotel itself is clean and modern, advertised as a 'self-service hotel' meaning it has limited services and lacks certain amenities. For example there's no restaurant on-site, no pool, and no big luggage trolleys to wheel your stuff to your room. However, there is a porter to assist with bags (upon request), and the hotel desk clerks are very friendly, helpful, and able to assist with things like directions (including free maps), restaurant recommendations, and they'll even make you a Nespresso from one of the cool coffee pods arranged decoratively on the wall (for 3 Euros). The clientele tends to be younger than the typical 'Boomer' crowd of more traditional, old-world hotels in the area. The guests are efficient, know what they want, and don't need a lot of fuss. But by comparison, the iQ Hotel feels like a boutique hotel with its small size (I believe there are 33 rooms?) so the property is not teeming with people, making it feel almost quaint amid Rome's hustle and bustle.
While the room furniture is somewhat reminiscent of Ikea, the room and bathroom were absolutely immaculate with strong A/C (we were there in the heat of late summer, and were almost a bit chilly with the A/C in the room -- not a complaint!). They really thought of everything when designing this hotel. I loved that there were 2 carpeted luggage shelves in the room; convenient for storage without taking up the sitting chair. The advertised 'memory foam' mattresses were somewhat firm, but not uncomfortable; both my husband and I got a restful night's sleep, courtesy of the soundproof rooms (absolutely no street noise) and blackout curtains. The free WiFi was a dream, and the rooftop lounge area with clean outdoor sofas, tables, etc. was a pleasant way to wind down before dinner. We bought a bottle of really pretty decent wine (7 Euros from the vending machine), there are corkscrew/bottle openers chained to a wall-mount for free use, and you either use your plastic bathroom cups or buy more for $0.60 each (also from the vending machine). Despite how it sounds, it really doesn't feel like you're being nickel-and-dimed, because everything you'd really need is provided for free in your room (shampoo, lotion, soap, even foaming bath gel and a shower cap). The vending machines (I believe there are 2) are very chic and elaborate; they're not the generic, run-of-the-mill types you'd find in an airport dispensing bottled water and soda. The red modern sofas in the main lobby are surrounded by books; grab one to read and people watch from the big picture windows in the lobby, or take it up to the quiet rooftop lounge.
We utilized the hotel's front desk staff to assist us in making transfer arrangements (which were on-time and reasonably priced), and for a dinner recommendation. We skipped the optional breakfast offered by the hotel for 10 Euros per person and instead walked a couple blocks to Bar Nazionale for a morning cappuccino and pastry with the locals. The dinnertime restaurant recommended to us by the hotel staff was Ristorante Berzitello, just about 2 blocks away. Barely noticeable from the street, it was filled with locals (just what we wanted) and offered homemade pizza, pasta and desserts at very reasonable prices; the owner is even there serving customers and gives it a real homey feel. So good, we went back the next night.
The location is easy walking distance to the Colosseum, Forum+Palatine Hill, Piazza della Repubblica, and the Termini train station. We also walked from the hotel to the charming old quarter where the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Campo Dei Fiori and Piazza Navona are, but those are about a 30 minute walk one-way so it really depends on what you want to see when you choose a hotel, and how much time you have. Otherwise, there's a convenient Metro station nearby (about 3 blocks) if you want to take advantage of Rome's excellent public transit system.
For a very comfortable, modern stay in the Eternal City, you will enjoy the iQ Hotel Roma's clean aesthetics, well-placed location, and modern conveniences.
Our room was on the ground-level (# G 500) and it was quite large, though I believe this was because...
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