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“Great location, but not value for money” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #213 of 1,263 hotels in Rome
Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great location, but not value for money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We decided to stay here after some very good trip adviser reviews, but I'm afraid I just don't agree with them, at £165 per night 'off season' I was expecting something better than what we found. We had a queen sized room on the ground floor over-looking the garden. The room was basic and felt fairly empty. The TV only had BBC world news on it, and whilst I know no one goes on holiday to watch TV - it's nice to be able to chill out at the end of a long day of sight seeing. My biggest disappointment was with the Jacuzzi bath/shower. It was a cramped shower cubical with jets of water coming out of it. I'm not a big lad but when I turned in the shower it would hit the hot/cold tap and bang you were woken up very quickly! I guess the hotel could have been clearer on what it means by a shower/jacuzzi - in my mind thats a jacuzzi bath with a shower in it, again after a long day of walking a bath is exactly what you'll need. The service was pretty poor at times, some real attitudes especially at reception.

So on to the positives;

1) You can't get more central - It's right outside the Roman forum and a stones through to Circo Maximo. It's a 15 minute walk to the nearest Metro and 5 to the bus stop (Although the transport system is truly awful! No bus stop has a time table so we often waited up to an hour for something to turn up, no logic or structure - my advice is save time & walk - The Metro is best, however be prepared for strikes.
2) It's a quiet hotel - unless you go for the cheaper room which faces the cobble road, very well used street at night so I would imagine not so quiet.
3) It's clean, room was mopped daily - The cleaners are all really lovely and friendly.
4) The breakfast was very good - American breakfast - waiting staff also friendly.
5) The beds were firm - plus point in my books
6) 24hr manned reception desk.

So not a bad stay over all - i've marked it as average, and as strange as this may sound I would recommend people to go for the right price (£80 - £120 per night), but for me it boiled down to feeling a little short changed. I've stayed in much nicer places for far less money.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

modern and very clean hotel, with attentive service and good restaurant. very good location, quite but close to the center. the hotel booked a guide in japanese that turned out to be very competent and professional.

Room Tip: The view of fori is not worth the car noise, since they are on the street side. The garden side is v...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Lake Jackson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed in hotel for 7 nights. Kolbe staff were polite and helpful - they made both airport transfer reservations for us. Daily breakfast buffet was very good and plenty to eat, drink. Room was on 3rd floor overlooking garden. The room had upstairs loft with queen bed and downstairs queen sofa bed. Room was spacious enough. During this time of year, the air conditioning was not available, however, opening the window provided adequate climate comfort. Location is close to the Forum and Colosseum. We walked to most sight-seeing ventures, however, took taxi back to hotel a few times because we were tired of walking all day. Vatican is about an hour walk from the Kolbe; most other interesting locations within about 30 minutes walk.

Room Tip: The first room assigned was a little small, so we requested a larger room. We were able to move into...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Last week we stayed at the Kolbe Hotel in the centre of Ancient Rome. It was a classic case of "location, location, location" mixed with a delightful stay due to the staff and the immediate neighbourhood. We were a 10 to 20 minute walk to almost anywhere in Ancient Rome. The staff were fluent in many languages and most helpful and accommodating. The room was clean and modern with a large window that opened unto a delightful garden. We were awakened by the birds every morning despite its location in the city. The mattress was hard but we obtained extra pillows to compensate. The breakfast was excellent and weather permitting could be eaten outside in the garden. The bars and restaurants around the corner on either side of the hotel added to the experience as did the local weekend market. We even discovered the local "deli".

Room Tip: We loved the bar to the right of the hotel "Anima Mundi" (next to the Roman arch) and the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

The facilities, staff, location, and restaurant were all fantastic. The room had a perfect view of the forum, and was close to nearly everywhere we wanted to visit.
Via di Teodoro can be very loud at night, especially on weekends. If you like your window open at night, be prepared to deal with very loud, drunk kids congregating outside your window.only downside IMO.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

What a lovely, well-situated hotel close to the Forum and the Colosseum and within walking distance of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Panthenon. The Vatican is a 30 minute riverside walk away.

The hotel itself is very welcoming, quiet and relaxing. The staff were all very helpful and pleasant and offered good advice when asked. A special mention must go to Alessio and Maurizio in the restaurant/bar who made the evenings special. They were so friendly and courteous - a credit to the hotel.

The room itself was spotless and well equipped. Our room had French doors into the enclosed gardens which was very pleasant.

We had a great time and would definitely return to this hotel.

Room Tip: Room 114 was very quiet and looked out onto the garden at the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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 March 8, 2013

The hotel is very well located for all the main sights but in particular for the Colosseum, Forum and Piazza Venezia. The Metro station is about 10/15 mins away. Frequent buses round the corner will save your legs if you get tired. Stayed with friends for 2 nights so saw 2 different room types. Rooms at the front (reasonably quiet street) offer a Forum view, ask for an upper floor to get better views. Garden facing rooms are reputedly quieter however when we stayed noisy deliveries were made at 6am!
The hotel is impeccably clean and the rooms offer all the usual amenities (incl slippers). The dining room is fresh and very comfortable. Breakfast is relaxed and offers a reasonable selection. The hotel is excellent value. Would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Also Known As:
Casa Kolbe
Casa Kolbe 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:
#77 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#88 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#100 Business Hotel in Rome
#149 Family Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kolbe Hotel Rome 4*
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