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:
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.
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.
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.
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