Myself and my girlfriend arrived via a pure booked taxi from fiumicino airport. The signs for the hotel are easy to spot. On entering the building we found that the reception was on the first floor (not ground level), we opted for the lift/elevator as we had heavy bags. The lift by the way was very cosy to say the least. Only just big enough for us both and our cases. Check-in was easy and the reception guy spoke good English. Off we went to our room on the fourth floor (room 416). Key card entry. Wardrobe on the left. Bathroom to the right. Further in the room the there was a big double bed to the right and a couple of chairs and a desk on the left. It wasn't a massive room but it was bigger than the other hotel rooms I've stayed in whilst in rome previously. Best thing about the room was the bed, very comfy. There is a fridge in the room too. (Empty, good for storing water for a cold drink when you get back from seeing the sites). It is best to buy a few bottles of water from the vendors doted about the city but then just top them up from the FREE drinking fountains around the city. Good way to save money.
The hotel offers free wi-fi. We had no problems with the Internet during our stay. No passwords needed.
The bathroom was compact but ok and everything looked clean. However when we got showered on the morning we found that the temperature of the water was going hot and cold every 30 seconds or so. Unless you got the temperature lever millimetre perfect the water would be really hot or refreshingly cold :-) that said though, everything else was fine in the room. The television was working fine but the only channel that was in English was the bbc news. I didn't find this a problem as I was there to see rome and not the italian tv. The air conditioning worked fine but wasn't very powerfull. The same key card used to enter the room is the one needed to put into the socket next to the door to ensure the lights and aircon work. If the aircon was left on all night the room would be lovely and cool in the morning but not when you get back from site seeing on the night as you would have the key with you and therefore no power to the room.
There wasn't any noise from the rooms either side of us but we could hear people walking past the room on a night. Our room did not face out onto the main street which I'm glad as there seems to be an ambulance or police car going past every half hour at least.
The breakfast was nice but basic. Breads, pastries, cold meats, cheese and yoghurts. Plus the tea and coffee. Breakfast room is on the small side but we never felt cramped at all. The waitress staff on a morning were lovely. Air conditioning worked fine. Not too powerfull though. The key card that lets you into the room also has to be inserted to the socket just next to the door to enable all the electrics in the room.
So..... On to site seeing....... the hotel is fairly central. The colosseum is about 15-20mins walk away. Spanish steps maybe 20mins. Pantheon/piazza navona is about 30mins walk away. The Vatican and castel sant'angelo is a bit of a trek at about 45mins to an hours walk away. Everyone gets hung up about how far away the sites are when walking but let me just say........ Rome is a fantastic place and there is loads of little streets where you can find all sorts of little treats on the way to the sites. I've been to rome three times now and I don't see a need to use the hop on hop off buses. I think you get a better feel for a city when walking through it. Plus from other reviews I've read the public transport can be a bit dodgy with pick pockets.
On a night the hotel closes the main door at 23:00. To gain entry you need to push the door bell. The one problem with this is that there were three doorbells to choose from. I'm still unsure which bell worked. Once you are allowed in....... The door opens automatically and closes of its own accord.
Just outside the hotel is via nazionale. It's a very long street. Luckily there are lots of restaurants bars and refreshment areas like the gorgeous ice cream shops. There is also loads of clothes shops to keep the girls happy. Although all the designer shops are at the street at the bottom on the Spanish steps.
Overall I would say 8/10. Due to the shower problem and the breakfast being a little basic. The staff were great. I would stay here again but I think it will be a while until I go back to rome again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the centre of Rome, the Hotel Giolli in Rome enjoys a prime and executive privileged position on the prestigious Via Nazionale, in the heart of the historical and commercial area.This late nineteenth century mansion house is situated very close to the Quirinale palace and opposite the Exhibition Hall.With the hotel Giolli in Rome as a comfortable and convenient base, you can visit all of Rome's major attractions and most recognised landmarks, allowing you to experience the city's awe-inspiring beauty, history and culture.Momuments, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within the immediate vicinity.Tastefully furnished and well equipped rooms, the Hotel Giolli in Rome offers authentic marble bathrooms, complete with hair dryer.Room amenities include, mini bar, satellite color TV, direct dial telephone, in room safe, key card access, wifi and smoke alarms.Hotel is completely air conditioned with sound proofed windows, doors and an advanced alarm system assuring total securtiy.The area has a rich selection of restaurants and shops, and is also home to several banks and ministries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Giolli Hotel Rome
- Hotel Giolli Rome