We stayed here for 4 nights in April 2014. Our 1st impressions weren't great, the hotel looked outdated and the reception staff were miserable and not particularly helpful.
On a plus side we were shown to our room and suitcases were taken up to our room as the lift wasn't big enough for us and our suitcases. However, when we got in the room (119) we were taken aback as it was VERY basic and not at all like the pictures. It was a bit like concrete city with cheap plywood nailed to the wall in an attempt to make it look better. Cheap plywood wardrobes separated the sleeping area and what I suppose could be classed as the living/sitting area (a cheap plywood table with 2 plywood chairs and an old settee)....we never sat there! The tv was out of the arc ages, but to be fair we never even turned it on. Another plus is there was a safe that we could use free of charge, which was easy to work. There was also a mini bar, although we never used it. The bathroom was clean but very dated (tin basin), although the shower was powerful and there was always plenty of hot water.
The bed was very comfortable and the room was very clean and was made up every day. We were also given clean towels every day. However, another down side on this hotel was that it was very noisy....guests were noisy...the walls between the rooms were paper thin, so you could hear your neighbours....the windows didn't block out sound so you could hear the roadworks outside the hotel (& occasional traffic).... But the thing that disturbed us the most were noisy guests walking along the corridor to their rooms, there were no manners or consideration for fellow guests, their conversations were loud at all times of the night (right up until 2-3am) and the reception staff didn't appear to manage this. One night I hardly slept as I was constantly being disturbed.
The breakfast was the usual continental breakfast, they tried to provide an English breakfast but it didn't look at all appetising so we never tried it, however there was cereal, toast, fruit and yogurts, and also meats, cheeses, bread and croissants so plenty to choose from. A major plus was the freshly squeezed orange (blood orange) which was a lovely start to the day.
The location of the hotel was great, it took about half an hour to walk to the colosseum and 35 minutes to the Vatican. There was a tram about 3minutes walk from the hotel, although we never caught it. And the was a taxi rank about 6 minutes walk away.
One thing we didn't realise was that we had to pay city tax on top of what we had already paid, which was 3 euros per night per person...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Trastevere, one of Rome’s oldest most vibrant neighborhoods, Worldhotel Ripa Roma is daringly modern and smart with a look and feel of a contemporary art gallery. Modern design in no way inhibits the personal service and attention devoted to all guests. 197 rooms and suites to optimize space, light and comfortin a chic but friendly atmosphere. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV, minibar, working desk with sofa, WI-fi connection and rooms Rituals amenities. Mini gym on first floor with Techno-gym facilities.Underground parking. Ripa Place, our newly refurbished restaurant is a bistrot serving innovative roman cuisine to appeal and surprise our guests and friends. The minimal and chic atmosphere is enriched by a selected list of local wine.When in Rome, you cannot miss: strolling around in Campo de’Fiori, rent a scooter to feel like the famous couple Peck-Hepburn for a real Roman Holiday, every day at noon on the Gianicolo Hill the cannon sound Midday, sunset at Giadino degli Aranci, Aventine key hole, test if he really loves you and ask him to put his hand inside the Mouth of truth inside church S.Maria in Cosmedin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ripa Hotel Rome
- Hotel Ripa Rome
- Rome Hotel Ripa