1. Location -
An easy walk to the Metro station at Piazza della Repubblica; also walkable from the Termini (especially if you're traveling light); very close to Via Nazionale, which is a very good non-touristy street for shopping (in fact, there are clothing-stores almost next door to the Dorica); a pleasant walk up the Quirinale to the Piazza di Santa Barberini, and further to the Spanish Steps and beyond (del Popolo); very close to the Maggiore cathedral; longer walks (a great thing to do in Rome!) or reasonable cab fares to the Colosseum and Forum in one direction, or to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona; not a lot of fine restaurants in the hotel's proximity, but quite a few very good coffee bars (at which, in Italy, there's also plenty to eat)
2. Breakfast (currently, 7:00 to 9:30) -
Without being sensational, the Dorica's breakfast is more than adequate (a number of hotels have this sort of package); espresso is available on demand; Mario, Diana and their young assistant, with their great service, ensure a pleasant start to the morning; if you want more, there's the large Caffe Morganti next door (this used to be the Gran Caffe Piacente; Morganti is also good for buying a quick bottle of water, or for having a drink in the evening)
3. Service - I saw less of the gregarious owner, Peter, during this (my second) stay, but that's because he has very efficient people working at the hotel now; the spiffy Marco is a great communicator in English and will make sure to arrange airport transfers and to check with you on your experience with the taxi and the hotel; the taxis they work with are usually Mercedes Benz cars that can hold lots of luggage comfortably; Florian is often doing the night shift; both he and Marco are knowledgeable about Rome and can play concierge very well; Mario and Diana must be two of the nicest people in Italy, and Peter one of the funniest!
4. Rooms -
Quite spacious, by European standards, especially in the most-visited cities such as Rome; the tiled bathrooms are evidently newer than the rooms; the shower-stalls are much less cumbersome than slippery bath-tubs elsewhere; some will appreciate that the shower can be hand-held too; shampoo and bath gel in packets are provided; to complete a fine shower experience that the tiled bathrooms seem to be suited for, bring your own cosmetics
5. Other Aspects -
a. The reception is one level up from the street. If you have luggage, you could take the quaint elevator/lift. Remember that the elevator doesn't respond to buttons being pressed unless the grill-door is closed.
b. At a few times, the hotel can seem noisy, but that's usually only when there are several guests in the breakfast-room. I slept very well every night.
c. They do try to offer a free wireless connection to the InterNet, but with a ministry building right across the street, the connection can be flaky.
d. Someone is behind the reception-desk at all times; if you return very late in the night to the hotel, ring the doorbell at the street-door
6. Room Charges -
Very reasonable; very attractive off-season rates; if you get the super-discounted rates, be prepared to pay by cash (there are ATMs a couple of doors from the hotel); overall, great value for the money; plus, they do accommodate special requests, as for a specific room number/description
Hotel Dorica is a great way to stay in comfort, while enjoying wonderful service, and to save some money for other Rome experiences such as food and shopping. It's family-run and the employees take the smooth operation of the hotel seriously.
In my view, Dorica is a more charming experience than a chain hotel, without compromise on safety and comfort. Having a solid, metal key to the room is nice by itself. (Remember it's easier to turn it in at the front desk, when you go out.) A genuinely Italian experience in Rome begins at Dorica!