I find it hard to evaluate hotel recommendations sometimes because they don't take into account the price. Someone on a very tight budget may be delighted with just a clean, very basic hotel if it is sufficiently cost saving. Another may want to spend far more and will expect a huge breakfast buffet, a very large room, a luxury bed, new furniture, and be disappointed with even an excellent hotel.
If you want to spend 800E per night for the luxuries of the Hotel de Russie in Rome, that is one thing. If you want an excellent hotel with clean, well furnished rooms, well trained and friendly staff in a five star location, a roof top bar in an extremely safe neighborhood, you would be hard pressed to find a better value in Rome than Albergo Cesari. It's hard to believe what you get for the price.
It is one block from the Piazza del Pantheon. I've stayed at hotels right on the Piazza del Pantheon that are basically the same or of lower quality, but they cost two to three times as much and all you get are more noise and crowds, and a more jaded staff.
I travel to Italy 5-6 times per year, but generally not to Rome. However, I recently stayed at Albergo Cesari. I noted that the front desk staff are bilingual (At least bilingual, as I only spoke Italian and English to them). They are very interested in your stay, make sure that you are having your needs met, and are unfailingly polite and friendly. My room had a view on the Piazza (Not Piazza del Pantheon one block away, but a smaller, quieter typical piazza.). There were no noise issues, day or night.
I have back problems, and I need a decent bed or else I'll be sore the next day. The bed was fine, and I slept well. There was a small sitting area so that if you just want to browse the internet with the free WiFi, you have a place to do that. People who have been to Italy and Europe know that room sizes are generally smaller than they are in the U.S. My room was not small. It was very close to, if not the same size, as a hotel room in the U.S.
The bathroom and shower were reasonably spacious. There was a very nice body sponge for use in the shower. There is a flat screen TV with a BBC channel so you can listen in English and catch up on the news. The room and bathroom were spotless. There is a lovely bar on the roof with multiple indoor and outdoor sitting areas where you can be by yourself, be in a small group, or be in a general area. It was a great place to finish off the day with a glass of wine before turning in.
The rooftop bar is also where breakfast is served. I did not attend breakfast. Italians (I am a dual citizen, U.S. and Italy) really are not much for breakfast. For italians breakfast is typically a croissant and a coffee, eaten standing up. A large italian hotel that specifically caters to tourists will have eggs, pancakes, ham, bacon, etc. I don't know what Albergo Cesari serves. Literally five steps out of the front door is a classical Roman coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating, full of locals. I went there for the atmosphere, would grab an espresso, a small pastry, and be on my way.
Sometimes I read hotel reviews that are extensively based on the quality of the breakfast and the size of the rooms. At least to me, quality of the breakfast may be crucial if you are on a cruise and have no place to go, and I definitely can't handle a claustrophobic room. However, when traveling in Italy if you must have a HIlton type breakfast buffet and a Marriott size room you will miss out on what many an excellent italian hotel can offer.
By being one block from the Pantheon I felt like I was staying more in an italian neighborhood, not so surrounded by tourist gawk. I did walk to the Piazza del Pantheon every day to have a glass of wine at one of the many restaurants and bars surrounding the Piazza. From this location you can walk to any of the tourist sites that would want to go to. It is practically in the geographic center of it all. If you are not up to walking very far, the bus and taxi stop are right around the corner.
For the location, cleanliness, room size, rooftop bar and amenities, I believe you will be delighted with Albergo Cesari, and would have expected to pay far more for a hotel of this quality.
One final note about the hotel's exceptional integrity and service. When I returned to the U.S. I noted that I had lost a pair of sunglasses with interchangeable lenses, and the chest strap to a heart rate monitor that I use when I run. I had deposited a pair of old running shoes in the trash. I only missed the glasses and strap, but didn't contact the hotel to see if I had left them there because I figured the postage to send them to me would be too much.
Weeks after I returned home I found out that I have to go back to Rome in September. I emailed the hotel at 4:25 PM California time, which would have been 1:25 AM in Rome, and asked if by any chance they had found a pair of sunglasses and a chest strap, and if they did, could they hold them for me until I am back in Rome in September. Within a few minutes the night desk clerk responded, saying that he would have the staff check when they arrive in the morning.
In the morning I received another email (my email to them was in Italian):
"è fantastico! Il Signor Caporicevimento Signor Vopi ha questa mattina con incredibile efficienza ritrovato gli oggetti da lei menzionati (due paia di occhiali + copriocchiali e cintura) con altri effetti di vestiario. Attendiamo quindi la Sua venuta."
Translation: "Fantastic! This morning our concierge found the objects you mentioned, the sunglasses with interchangeable lenses, the case, the chest strap, and other clothing you left behind. We'll hold them for you until you get back."
The other clothing can only be the old sneakers!
I believe that if you want location, quality, and efficiency, at an exceptional price you will be delighted if you stay here, and will find it very hard to find a better place.
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