We emailed the hotel a few days before arrival to advise them of our early arrival and that it was a special occassion (our 10th wedding anniversary). We got to the hotel at approx midday and expected just to drop our bags off but we were really pleased to find that we could check-in and therefore get changed ready for an afternoon of site-seeing on a particularly hot day. The welcome we received was lovely and there were coffee and pastries laid out for early arrivals to enjoy whlst waiting for their room - a nice touch!
A few people have mentioned the quaint tiny lift but what did make us chuckle was the emergency sign that had been translated to 'stay cool' instead of 'remain calm'. I guess in Italy it is a must to be cool.
Our room had good air-con, which was bliss. The room itself was on the small side but we had expected this from reading previous reviews. It was however modern and the bathroom was particularly up-to-date with a good size decent shower. The bed was disappointingly small, just a standard double. Free wi-fi was available and was handy for checking traveller tips on trip advisor for restaurants and beating the queues at the attractions.
The area the hotel is in is a little run down but this gives it a certain charm. It is so close to the train station and metro and very easy to find. We made use of the open top buses for getting around the City and for finding the various tourist attractions. The main stop for these is right next to the train termini but you can pick them up from various locations. The hotel was doing an offer of 1 Euro saving from the ticket, which all helps.
The breakfast buffet was varied and it was nice to have hot food as well with plenty of scrambled eggs and bacon.
We decided to use one of the hotels recommended restaurants and they booked a table for us and provided us with directions. We had a lovely tasting menu of 9 courses, washed down with Prosecco - lovely!
We visited the Vatican and Cistine chapel but feel we got a bit ripped off by a guided tour sold to us on the street and then paid for at the shop opposite St Peters Square, so be careful. However we very fortunate to be there as The Pope held a vigil in front of thousands of people.
On our last day the hotel kindly stored our luggage while we squeezed in a trip to the Colisseum. We took the advice to buy a ticket at The Palentine instead of the Colissuem as the queue is shorter and the ticket covers both. Later on in the afternoon (Sunday) the queues had gone right down, so if you have a late flight, better to go after 2pm.
Overall the hotel was a great base for our City break and was excellent value for what we paid to British Airways. My only gripe was that the hotel did not make any recognition of our special occassion, but maybe that's because most people are there for similar reasons.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Morgana Rome
- Morgana Hotel
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- Hotel Morgana is a charming four stars hotel, ideally located in the heart of central Rome and within walking distance to the main cultural and architectural landmarks as Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and the Spanish Steps. Hotel Morgana is closed to Termini railway station and steps away from th main bus and subway lines stations thus it allows an easy access to any sites. Hotel Morgana features 121 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites that are stylishly designed with a fusion of comfort and elegance. ... more less
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