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Kolbe Hotel Rome
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via San Teodoro, 48, 00186 Rome, Italy (Ripa / Aventino)   |  
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Ranked #232 of 1,268 hotels in Rome
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“A real gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

When I booked this hotel through Expedia, the pictures and location seemed too good to be true. The Kolbe more than lived up to our expectations. The old monastery has been superbly converted in understated contemporary style. Even though the building is now a hotel, it still exudes an air of peace and quiet (though our room was on the inside, facing into the garden. No idea whether rooms facing the road would be as quiet). Our room (a standard double) was compact, but well thought out. And you don't really come to Rome to stay holed up in a hotel room. The bed was very comfortable, with lovely linens, for a good night's sleep. Never did figure out what all the switches did though. Breakfast was fine and plentiful, and if at the end of long day traipsing the streets of Rome you can't be bothered to go out again to eat (even though the plentiful restaurants of Trastevere are only 10 minutes walk away), the hotel restaurant is also excellent (if not cheap). Staff were friendly and helpful, and the Kolbe will certainly be the first place I check out when we're next lucky to visit Rome.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the garden are probably quieter?
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

The location of this hotel is the selling point – the Forum/Palatine is the front yard. You can walk around the Forum, past Circo Maximus to get to the main entrance and the Colosseum. The hotel is a converted convent, which makes for an interesting back story. Rooms are small but nice, we had one with a loft. The ceilings are exposed brick and wood beams. Tall windows give a great view of the gardens. Since the back faces the garden, you don’t have to deal with traffic noise. Our bathroom was high end and spotless, but unfortunately smelled a little like there might be a septic tank problem. The bathroom in my sister’s room did not have the smell. Beds are European hard – no Heavenly Beds here. Nice, fluffy towels. Hot breakfast buffet is very good – eggs, sausage, bacon, cereal, yogurt, lots of pastries. I know this is pretty standard in European hotels, but I love the self-serve espresso machine.

The front desk service is spotty – the woman at night was not friendly and made us take two trips back to the car to get passports (she did not mention the first time that she needed everyone’s passport, not just the person checking in). If you don’t have everyone’s passport, they give you a really hard time – something worth mentioning when you book. The gentlemen at the front desk were much friendlier during the day, although one worker gave us erroneous information when we asked about the hours for the Pantheon (he said it closed at dusk, it was open til 7:30pm, well past dusk). Rooms on the top floors were really hot, even when we turned OFF the heat. Left the window cracked all night, even though it was winter.

At about $250USD/night (we had a discount), this hotel is a great value and you cannot beat the location. Because some of the rooms sleep four, families don’t have to get two rooms (a problem we have run into in the past when travelling in Europe).

Room Tip: Ask for room facing the garden if you want peace and quiet. Loft rooms are pretty neat.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Great hotel in a convenient location (close to Colosseum and Roman Forum) with really spacious rooms, good breakfast, friendly staff, overall lovely stay!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

I stayed at this hotel during a business trip in December of 2011. The location is amazing. It was a 5 minute walk to many of the major sites and the Jewish Getto. The hotel staff was very helpful and friendly. The hotel was nice, the rooms are a good size. Overall, I would recommend this hotel and stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

I stayed at the Kolbe Hotel Rome for one night on the 25 September 2011 and made the booking on the based on the high Tripadvisor.co.uk member ratings and consistently positive reviews.

During my first two nights in Rome, I stayed at the woefully inferior Atlante Garden Hotel (see my review on Tripadvisor). So, I was determined to find an excellent and affordable hotel for my final night in Rome and thankfully the Kolbe Hotel Rome met and exceeded all my expectations.

I cannot recommend this 4 Star hotel highly enough and do not have any negative comments to make about my stay there. I only wish I had stayed there for my first two nights in the city as well. I would not hesitate to stay at the Kolbe Hotel Rome again if I returned to visit the city in the future.

To keep this review simple, I list the positives about this hotel under a series of headings:

The Room

This was a Standard Double, but the quality and size of it was in keeping with a Superior or Deluxe Double. The room overlooked the Palatine, which was a special and unexpected added bonus. The spatial scale of the room approached the size of some suites at other hotels I have stayed in, except it did not have a separate lounge area. The main room and bathroom were in superb condition and kept immaculately clean. You do have the option to book rooms overlooking the rear garden too.

The Common Areas

The overall appearance of the hotel is modern, with a sense of elegant understatement. There is no ostentation and dramatic grandeur found in some 5 Star hotels and I’d say this is a refreshing attribute.
The comfortable, spacious feel of the room extended to the common areas in the hotel, such as the reception lounge and restaurant. All areas were maintained to a superlative standard with exemplary cleanliness throughout, including the lobby toilets.

A unique and delightful feature of the hotel is the rear garden, which has the atmosphere you would expect from a building which was a former monastery. The garden, weather permitting, in is a lovely place to relax and absorb the peaceful energy, which pervades it. There is a narrow terrace area on the hotel side of the garden, immediately outside the restaurant, replete with tables and chairs, where you eat your breakfast or dinner.

The Staff

I found all the staff I spoke to friendly, helpful and efficient. I was made to feel very welcome and enjoyed their urbane, Latin charm mixed with the right level of attentiveness.

The Buffet Breakfast

If this is not included with your room booking it costs an extra 10 Euros and is incredibly good value. The format is “American” with a generous array of fresh fruit, pastries, cereal, fried foods (bacon, tomatoes, eggs, etc), yoghurts, fruit juices, toast and condiments and hot drinks.

The Location

I don’t know what more you can ask for in Rome, except it being closer to the Vatican. As previously mentioned the front of the hotel overlooks the back of the Palatine, which adjoins the Roman Forum and is one of the largest settlements from Ancient Rome remaining in the city. You can walk to the Palatine and Roman Forum complex from the hotel in about 10 to 15 minutes. If this was not enough, the Colosseum is situated just to the other side of the Palatine. What more could you want if you have a short stay in Rome? I would allow a full day to walk around these three attractions.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

Kolbe Hotel was a great hotel in the best area of Rome. Before going to Rome, I thought having a hotel in the center of Rome would be great, but after actually going there, I found out that in the center is very noisy. Kolbe hotel is so close to everywhere, still calm & nice. We bought metro tickets the first day, but actually we didnt use it that much, exept for going to Vatican. Rome is so much nicer to walk around the city & enjoy the Roman culture & history. All the tourist attractions are so close to eachother so the best thing is to walk.
Kolbe hotel is mostly close to Piazza Venesia, mouth of truth, circus Maximus( where they played Ben Hur movie), collessium, Forro Romano.
The breakfast was very good. The cleaning was the best I can say. Also the receptionists were really helpfull. they gave us a map with all the places that we had to see. They were always giving us tips whenever we asked for.
There was a lovely, cozy bar, restuarant called "0.75" close to the hotel with free wifi & english speaking staff. We were there almost twice a day.
I recommend Kolbe hotel to everyone going to Rome, enjoy your Roman holiday!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

My family and I went to Rome at the end of November 2011. We booked this hotel through British Airways Holidays. The hotel is lovely, quiet, clean and friendly. We went in the 'quiet' season so you often moved around the hotel without seeing any one.

Hotel bar / restaurant was good with exceptional service. Rooms were a good size, the heating is particularly difficult to work out and in November when its still 18o you'd rather it was turned off but that is my only complaint.

I would recommend this hotel to families, couples, a girls weekend, its perfect.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kolbe Hotel Rome

Address: Via San Teodoro, 48, 00186 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Ripa / Aventino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#95 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#128 Business Hotel in Rome
#131 Family Hotel in Rome
#232 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kolbe Hotel Rome 4*
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