we arrived at about 8 am, but since check in is at 2 pm they stored our luggage and we went out and about in rome. the first thing we noticed was the hotel's proximity to beautiful and famous attractions in rome. while the hotel itself appears to be in a quiet area, the piazza barberini was less than a 10 minute walk away, as was the piazza della republica, just beyond which are the national museum and the diocletian baths. the church of santa maria della vittoria was about 5 minutes away. so this hotel definitely gets a 10 for location. the front desk staff were courteous enough and very helpful when we were looking for directions and tips on taxis and such. they were also very efficient about getting us a taxi at 6 am when we were leaving. we didn't realize they actually have 24 hour room service, and they also had a very reasonable minibar (mini bottle of prosecco 3 euro). the room was small but normal by rome standards i'm sure; only complaint was our view was of a ventilation system between our building and the next. but we were barely in the room to enjoy the view anyways so that wasn't a big deal. the bathroom was also small but had the necessary amenities as well as bidet. the shower had jets which allowed for a relaxing shower/massage after a long day walking around in rome! there was an in-room safe which was also useful. I've read some reviews of hotels not having many power outlets; this one had plenty. also when we went (october) it was quite hot, but the airconditioning was adequate. We did notice that although it was a "double" room, the bed was 2 twin beds put together - but this was not too uncomfortable for us and no one fell through the crack in between the beds. while the bed was not soft by any means, I think the firmness was actually quite comfortable as we were sore each night from walking miles in rome, and woke up well rested and pain free.
the breakfast was included and was more than adequate, with 3-4 types of bread, 2-3 types of cold cut meats, and cheese, and some other things like sweet croissants, marmalades, cereals, juices etc. they provided a variety of caffeinated beverages also included (cappucino, tea, etc) and also still and sparkling water. everything was quite good, service was quick and friendly. one morning we decided to "splurge" and ordered omelettes, which were very large and filling, and also quite good, and only 4.5 euro.
All in all our stay was very good and we enjoyed it.
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- Downtown Hotel (opened in 1962; building dates from 1800) situated near Via Veneto shops & attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Veneto Hotel Rome