We stayed at the Hotel Grifo for four nights in early March. We had read several reviews on trip advisor and did not know entirely what to expect, and upon arrival the reception area was piled with boxes, and there was a sound of ongoing building work. Upon being shown to our room however, our worries went. The room was large, clean and led out onto a large open balcony. The balcony itself was not in tip top condition ( tables and chairs piled up with some sort of broken machinery sat on top! ) however this was down to the builders and the weather was not the warmest so this did not effect our stay. The best thing by far about the hotel however was the location. The district was full of locals, with lots of nice restaurants, bars and shops in very close proximity. The chap at reception gave us a map and told us some very useful information about the city, things to avoid, things to do, and the advice was invaluable. We found the hotel to be a great base for exploring the city, the coliseum is less than five minutes walk away, the trevi fountain 10 minutes, and we managed the 40 minute trek to the Vatican with ease. In reality, Rome is not that big and you should not have to trek any further than 40 minutes in any direction. The hotel was away from the touristy bars and restaurants therefore the ones nearby were more reasonably priced and very tasty!
Back to the hotel, we heard very little noise from other guests, and although the bed was comfy the pillows were a little hard for our liking. The breakfast was tasty and filling, the croissants were delicious, and it was a substantial start to the day! The building work went on from bout 8.30 to 18.00, however, you don't come to Rome to relax, and this did not effect our stay.
What we found great about the hotel was that the bad things about the hotel Grifo were far overshadowed by the good things. If I was to start this review mentioning the builders, the poor balcony, the box filled reception, the lack or hot water between 0800 - 1230hrs (due to the pipes being installed by Mussolini 70 years previously and no-one wanting to go near them allegedly!) the occasional power cuts and the hard pillows, no one would understand why I gave a five star review. The fact is the hotel made up for it in more ways than just the great location. My wife has Italian family, so we have travelled to Italy numerous times before and all we can say is the Hotel Grifo is traditonal Italy, and this is the Italian way. The Hotel Grifo was quaint, loveable and ideal for a short break! Five stars well deserved and we would happily stay there again! Our holiday to Rome would not have been the same without Hotel Grifo!
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