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Gambrinus Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Piave 35, 00187 Rome, Italy   |  
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Ranked #395 of 1,263 Hotels in Rome
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“Mixed views really”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Greeted at Reception with the message from the member of staff that our room was a problem but that he had sorted it by moving another guest who had not arrived yet. Seemed strange to tell us about a problem solved that we would not have know existed but we made our way to our room on the 2nd floor (211 I think). It was a tiny double room that was stifling and the air conditioning was clearly not working well. This was by far the smallest hotel room we have ever had and that includes New York. When we complained my wife and I were assured that the air conditioning was centrally controlled and that all rooms were like this. If this was a classic double I would hate to think what a smaller double might be like!. Little space to store clothes and you had to step over your luggage on the floor to move around. Again we were assured this was indeed a classic double room and so turned in for the night. Day staff were far friendlier and when we made the same complaint the following morning we were quickly moved to a bigger room where the air conditioning was also far better. Wi-fi was patchy but better in our second room which was on a higher floor. Customer care in the hotel was mixed though with in general the day staff far friendlier.

The hotel itself is fine if a little in the classic Italian style with strong patterns and colours. The corridors have bold, padded wall coverings which seemed strange and the bar just off Reception never seemed to be open in the 5 days we were there. It is an old building and all areas can feel a little cramped.

Breakfasts though were fine and plentiful with what you might expect - fruit, cereal, cold meats, bacon, scrambled eggs etc. The hotel itself is in a quiet area but walkable to most visitor attractions. We only took the bus to the Vatican but walked it back. Rome is stunning and well worth the visit but I'm not sure I would return to this hotel.

Room Tip: Our first room overlooked the street but was quiet enough. Our second room at the back overlooked t...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I wrote to the hotel twice before i left making requests as it was my partners birthday which they totally ignored but that is the only real negative thing i have to say. We got the leonardo express from the airport. Just watch out Termini station is busy on the way back, if you need help you have to wait for an hour, we figured it out ourselves though
We stayed in room 118 which is on the first floor in the next building to the hotel. The room was gorgeous. Very spacious with a big bathroom. Very comfortable bed. Check in was fine and they gave us a map and took the time to point out the points of interest including an amazing ice cream shop at the end of the road.
Breakfast was good, not amazing but we didnt go hungry, lots of choice but the same every day. The coffee was bad, but we just got a coffee during the day in Rome.
It is quite a walk from Termini if youre not a walker especially in 40c, we walked everywhere and our legs were killing, blisters apon blisters, but that was our choice as we love walking and it was too hot to wear anything other than flip flops. You miss some amazing sites taking the metro as there is something amazing round every corner is Rome. If you can, you should walk it. It is a good location and very accesible to everything via busses and the metro if you cant

I cant really say anything else about the hotel, it was neither exceptional or bad, it was everything we needed, so i will give you a few tips about Rome.
The restaurant opposite is not "the best pizza i have ever tasted" but was nice, and cheap. The ice cream shop at the end of the road is THE BEST ice cream i have ever tasted, i recomend the Amerino. Beware of guys in the metro stations "helping you" get the right ticket, some just want a tip other pinch money from you. It is super easy just get it yourself and tell them to leave you alone.
We booked the Vatican in the evening which was just AMAZING! I have done it before in the day and i felt like cattle, this was like a private tour, 12 of us staring up at the sistine chapel! It was dimly lit and very romantic. It had so much more meaning being able to enjoy it without being pushed. 20,000 visit the vatican every day we were told, i seriously recomed booking the evening tour before you go, trust me i have done it both ways it is 10,000 times better!

Because it was so hot we went to Santa Marinella on the Sunday, 50 minute train ride from Termini. Gorgeous beach with no obnoxious brits bathing topless and shouting (im a brit i can say that) all local people, great sand, great water, great food. The train ticket is €9.50 return and it is the train to Piza that you need to get on. It was a gorgeous day, we are so glad we did it. But no one speaks English so be prepared to do it on your own!

If you can see an monument from the restaurant dont eat there (if youre on a budget) walk round the corner and everything is half price. We normally had a pizza between us at lunch €8 and then pasta and wine for dinner which is about €9 each. Beware of the seating tax in some restaurants. Most restaurants serve after 11 so dont feel you have to rush home to go out for dinner.

Go back and see the Trevi fountain and Colosseum at night, so much more beautifull and romantic! Dont accept a "free" rose off anyone, nothing is free! Amatrician pasta is to die for no matter where you eat it. Italian wine is better than the others!

Room Tip: Higher the better from what i can tell, but the first floor was great for us
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Arrived at the hotel near midnight. We were greeted by name in the beautiful, spacious, marble lobby. Room 104 was the perfect size. Large wardrobe with ample storage. Well appointed bathroom. The only downside was the size of the shower but it was average by European standards. My husband is 6' 2" but he didn't complain about the shower. The walls of our room were covered in the same fabric the drapes were made from. Just a beautiful room with comfortable bed. Good Internet speed in the room and lobby. Large windows for a nice breeze at night. Excellent breakfast included with our room. Eggs, bacon, mushrooms, sauerkraut, fruits, breads, pastries, sliced meat and cheeses, breads. Coffee machine with several options. Courteous staff to assist with breakfast. The desk staff were very helpful with directions and assistance. Lift was small but glad to have one. Convenient to the walk to Termini station to catch the metro, train or bus. Numerous restaurants near by including a little one just on the corner with excellent pastries. Good brick oven pizza across the street. Will definitely return on our next trip to Roma!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chesham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

7 night stay.....just returned..........wow
I was nervous when I booked this hotel but it was totally unfounded. The hotel although not central to Rome city is in a good location. We walked everywhere from the hotel during 8 days stay. the Spanish steps and Trevi fountain are not to far away and everywhere else is reachable easily. The hotel is close to the main train station should you wish to travel further afield. Lots of local restaurants close by to cater for all tastes.
The hotel was clean and tidy and the staff were both friendly and knowledgeable. They all spoke very good English and were always polite. Breakfast was fantastic for the price we paid. Cooked bacon, eggs, mushrooms and cabbage. all types of coffee chocolate and tea. cold food bread, rolls,ham, cheese, salami. sweet melon, water melon and fruit. cakes of all types with croissants and chocopans. yogurts and lovely creme caramels. fruit juice. toast and jam. you could have as much as you wanted and it was all very good.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a good hotel for a very reasonable price. I would definitely book here again if I went back to Rome.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Goodyear, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

As an American traveling in Europe, often times one can be disappointed in hotels stays. We have stayed at the Gambrinus three times in the past 10 years and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. The prices are great especially if you book well ahead of time. Upon arrival, our welcoming is always warm and friendly. We particularly found Joe and Roberta incredibly fun and full of great recommendations for eateries and excursions. There are numerous conveniences within two blocks of the hotel plus a great restaurant across the street. We look forward to returning to the clean and comfortable Gambrinus next year and particularly look forward to seeing the staff who go out of their wynro make us feel welcome! Don't hesitate to make your reservation here.
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  • Stayed July 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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Whitby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

Excelent location, meters away from French embassy, so very safe at night, when returning late with 5yr old son, wife and 18 yrs old beautiful daughter...
Found Rome safe everywhere in touristic areas, anyways.
Personnel is AWESOME, kind, caring.
Rooms are small for american standards, but in ANY OLD EUROPEAN CITY rooms are same! You think otherwise, you either never traveled in Europe before OR you are very rich and stay only in luxury hotels.
cross the road is an AWESOME pizzeria (Al forno de la Sofita) which must be checked, remember to also ask for BARICATTA, a type of GRAPPA, Italian vodka, but far better than that!
Take the bus to downtown, its 5min walk from hotel (to downtown) or across the road to Termini train station. Super and cheap if staying a week or more, buy a wily pass from subway, it is good on bus and subway and worth the money but even more the convenience.
In 5 min walk on the orange trees boulevard you get to the subway station Republica (avoid Termini as it has weird people).
In fact, a full walk to downtown core, where all the monuments are, takes about 40min!!!
That in itself and the decent price should sell this hotel to any normal real tourist!
Breakfast was very good tasting, a little repetitive though! Compensated plenty by the kindness of the servers always willing to help.
Btw, I am an ugly tall man with a tendency to confront, so if I tell you the personnel is friendly, believe me they really are!
You will never forget this trip!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

we stayed at this hotel after a cruise. could not believe the rooms were smaller than our cabin. bathroom very small. they advertize air-conditioning, but it is central and they keep it hot. good breakfast on a positive note

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Piave 35, 00187 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #395 of 1,263 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Gambrinus Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just 15 minutes walking distance from Spanish Steps and Via Veneto, the Hotel Gambrinus is placed in the heart of one of the most distinguished and refined district of Rome. Minutes away from the Termini train station and both line A & B subway stops, the hotel is a short bus ride distance from the most important monuments of the Eternal City such as Colosseum and the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Vatican city.As soon as you cross the threshold of this exclusive hotel in Rome you will sense its special atmosphere of warmth and intimacy, relaxation and charm. An atmosphere that makes you feel like at home away from home, where every detail is cared with passion and where guests receive a truly personal attention.A generous buffet breakfast is served every morning in the hotel's stylish dining room that features original stone-works of the 19th century in the vaulted ceilings, and Roman-travertine floors whre you could choose from a huge selection of cereals, bread, pastries, fresh fruit, eggs, cheese, bacon, ham and salami.You will love staying in our tidy, cosy, intimate and fully furnished rooms and suites that are ideal to enjoy relaxing moments after long days walking tours and shopping of this city.A multilingual and young staff, well trained and naturally oriented to the Guest, will be dedicated to satisfying your every need and request, suggesting and booking city tours, tour guides, restaurants, Spa treatments and massages, transfers by car to the airport or to the city and any other service that will make your stay unforgettable. ... more   less 
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