I hade stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago and liked it very much: the location, the charm, the pricing. As a result, in January I made another reservation for this May, broken into a two night stay and a three night stay. Unfortunately, a week before our stay was to start Scalinata indicated that it would not honor the first, two-night reservation, citing construction that was going on in the hotel. Interestingly, my daughter, who was spending the semester in Rome, had been in contact with the hotel a week or so before and they had mentioned nothing about room unavailability due to construction.
The staff offered to find us another hotel and gave us a couple of options, including Hotel Nerva, where we stayed and which I have separately reviewed. While we were quite happy with Hotel Nerva, we were fortunate: given the late cancellation by Scalinata there simply were very few hotels available in Rome and thus we did not have the opportunity to truly choose our hotel or location. Hotel Nerva was very nice and we stayed for both parts of our trip-finding it was the one good thing to come out of our Scalinata experience this time around.
A friend, a resident of Rome, who had originally recommended the hotel has told me that he no longer does as others have had their reservations dishonored in the same way-typically people who were only planning to stay two or three nights. I have also seem similar comments about "room construction" and overbooking in other Trip Advisor reviews. While the representative of Scalinata seemed apologetic, the actions by the hotel and the uncertainty created by the sudden "unavailability" of the room, as well as time spent by my daughter and me doing research on other locations, make it necessary for me to warn other potential guests to have back-up plans as there is a chance that there reservations will get cancelled if there is "construction" (or if someone else books a longer stay...). Very disappointing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting the best location in Rome, at the top of the Spanish Steps, 3 star hotel Scalinata di Spagna offers a warm and elegant atmosphere as well as the most beautiful view of the Eternal City. Following extensive renovation works, the hotel is now ready to welcome guests in a more exclusive and elegant ambiance. Mentioned by the best tourist guides such as Fodor and Frommer, the Scalinata di Spagna is the best accommodation choice for those in search of a tiny and elegant hotel in Rome city centre equipped with all the necessary facilities for a comfortable stay in this outstanding ancient city.Guests will easily reach on foot all the main historical and tourist sites as well as the most exclusive shopping areas, such as Via Condotti, Via Frattina or Via del Corso boasting the best Italian fashion boutiques. The area also offers a wide choice of bars and restaurants, and Via Veneto, the famous street of La dolce vita, is just a few blocks away.Scalinata di Spagna Hotel facilities include a panoramic terrace, free wireless internet access and an Internet Point. Furthermore the hotel's staff is at your complete disposal in order to make the most of your memorable holiday in Rome.Please note: Complete renovation of the guestrooms and of the public areas has been completed in March 2010. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scalinata Di Spagna Rome
- Scalinata Di Spagna Hotel