And, yes, the location is fabulous, ditto the rooftop terrace. Rack rate on my 2-twins-made-up-as-one-bed room was 450 euros, but of course TA regulars never pay rack rate, right? I chose this because it was covered with points from a credit card I have and the rooftop looked irresistible. Room was not as small as it would have been in Manhattan and bathroom was larger. I found the front desk folks pleasant and helpful, although people who like best-pal-chatty will be disappointed. By the 3rd day, they recognized me and knew what my room number was. The decor is dated, although I find that in many non-chain European hotels. My lower-floor room was not dark, although it would be a stretch to call it sunny. Firm mattress, so firm I was concerned but it slept really well.
The problems occur with the details. There was no roller for toilet paper in the bathroom for my entire stay and the lid to the wastebasket there was broken off and placed on top without being fixed. Something had splattered on the bathroom window and was never cleaned. The day before I left, the room was never made up at all.
There was an in-room safe, which isn't mentioned on the website; had I known, I would have taken my netbook. There's wi-fi, and a computer in the lounge area which is accessed by cards you purchase at the front desk, 3 euros/30 minutes, 5 euros/ an hour. There's also a fridge in each room that's stocked on the honor system. The terrace doesn't have waiter service, so it's up to you to bring your own drinks. (Please take the empty bottle and glasses back, unlike some folks I saw.) Large breakfast buffet, and one earlier TA commenter talked about hwo hard it is to get a second cup of coffee; boy, is that right, no matter how busy it is or isn't. Lovely mortadella, tomato salad (Italians like their salad tomatoes a little green, be aware) and little balls of mozzarella. Sweet pastries can be somewhat stale.
Would I stay again? Depends on how much I'd have to pay.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pace Helvezia
- Pace Helvezia Rome