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“super place to stay in Rome” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Fontanella Borghese
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   84 Largo Fontanella Borghese, 00186 Rome, Italy (Campo Marzio)   |  
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Ranked #210 of 1,263 Hotels in Rome
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“super place to stay in Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This little Hotel is a small jewel in the heart of Rome, very conveniently situated , within walking distance to the 1) Piazza del Popolo,2) fountain of Trevi, 3)Piazza Navona, 4)Piazza Emanuelle.
A mildly longer walk or a short taxi ride is the famous Coliseum. The rooms are comfortable, with great beds and very adequate bathrooms, good air conditioning, as well as very good breakfast selections, either in the hotel itself or if you wish at the downstairs cafe-bar next door. By the way I did not mention that it is also very close to Spanish steps but once you enter the little courtyard you are free from the "crowd"of people and tourists!.The Hosts and the whole staff are incredibly well-informed and helpful with anything and everything one needs and will direct you to all the treasures of Rome in which you may be interested.Very good value for the price and highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TOMMYMIO, segretaria at Hotel Fontanella Borghese, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Sirs,
We had the chance to read the message you posted and we are so happy to see you a had a great stay with us and that the hotel was as you were expecting. We are also glad that the staff was helpful enough wish suggestions and not only and hoping therefore to see you again as soon as you can we send you our warmest regards.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

On the surface it is an amazing bargain in a truly fantastic location in the heart of Rome, so we arrived with some optimism. It almost looks like a 3 or 4 star hotel in many ways, but the reality is that it is closer to a 2 or so star hotel, with all of the problems that come with that in an old European hotel. The hotel is hidden inside a larger building, so if you arrive on a weekend or after 8pm you need to ring a buzzer in an otherwise unmarked door to get in. The front desk staff is friendly and was extremely helpful with everything we asked about. But we ran into simply too many problems. Our room was loud. The noise is caused by a bar nearby, whose voices get amplified by a narrow alley that the rooms face, and by a _very_ loud flock of seagulls (I’m not kidding) that lives on the roof. We slept fine with earplugs in the very clean room and comfortable room, but again, we did need earplugs. The next night the phone in our room didn't work so we were moved to another room by the very helpful staff. Then, the next morning, there was no hot water in the shower. It was apparently fixed quickly and maybe the hotel was just having a bad day—I can’t say after only one stay if this is normal or not. But the noise and water issues were enough to make us frankly hate our stay. We will not be returning. And yes, this means we will need to pay a lot more for another truly 3-4 star hotel next time. Bottom line, the main thing we want to say about this hotel is that you get what you pay for—this hotel is indeed a very affordable option in an amazing location within Rome, with all of the tradeoffs that come with that level of affordability.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TOMMYMIO, segretaria at Hotel Fontanella Borghese, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Sirs,

We got the chance to read your message and once again we wish to apologise with you as you dind't enjoy your stay as most of our clients do but unfortunatley it was out of our control and because the hotel is just like a house, it can happen to have a big damage that causes other big damages. This is what happen during your stay. As you know we had a damage with a water pipe that caused a short-circuit and consequently a big damage to our switch board and to the boiler. As soon as we realized what happened we immediately call the repair the boiler but, as you know, to have hot water then, it took a while and after a couple of ourss it was workling perfectly. As we told you it was our of our control and we are so sorry about that, but now that everything is working perfectly we would like you to come and stay with us again to check by yourself. We would also say that if the hotel was run this way, it couldn't have all the returning guests it has luckly. We are anyway happy that at least the staff was helpfull enough and again in the hope to meet you again we send you our warmet regards.
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Darien, Illinois
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

What a beautiful gem hidden from the street but an inviting embrace of a hotel that offers modern convenience at the same time it takes you back to a era of nobility and elegance. Since we were interested in historical and religious sites the location turned out to be in walking distance to some very special places, including some of the most beautiful of of the 300 Catholic churches in Rome. A special delight was top see in one of the side chapels of the Church of St. Louis of France three Caravaggio paintings on the theme of St. Matthew - his calling, his writing of the Gospel, and his death. Recommended would be a study ahead of time of the composition of these incredibly alluring paintings since it would add to the appreciation of a careful admirer. Also the Jesuit Church nearby is also a marvel in radiant beauty, and of special interest is a side chapel dedicated to Mary that includes scenes and representations taken from scriptural quotes, especially the 'Song of Songs.' The hotel is most welcoming and its staff exceptionally helpful. You enter a different world through its doors.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TOMMYMIO, segretaria at Hotel Fontanella Borghese, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Sirs,

What a pelasure to read your message! We are so pleased you consider our hotel a hidden gem in Rome and that you found it comfortable, well located and with helpful staff.
We hope therefore to see you again in the near future and till then, please accept our warmet regards.
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

You can't see it when you pull up by cab. But a quick elevator ride takes you to what is perhaps one of the best secrets for hotel stays in Rome. Friendly staff and owner, helpful with reservations and tours. Walking distance to almost all of the central Rome sites on the must see list. Will stay here again!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TOMMYMIO, segretaria at Hotel Fontanella Borghese, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
MY DEAREST

We have just read what you wrote on Trip Advisor and we really glad to wsee yo uenjoyed yoru stay with us and could receive all the help you needed during your stay. We hope to see you then again in the near furture and till then please accept our warmest regards.
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Wasilla, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stayed three nights and would definitely go back. The rooms where very comfortable and the breakfast was excellent. The location is central to many attractions. The staff was very friendly, especially Khaled. Expect to learn your room number in Italian. They helped with reservations to attractions and had great recommendations for restaurants that were close by. Can't wait to go back to Rome and stay there, again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TOMMYMIO, segretario at Hotel Fontanella Borghese, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear vicki,

What a pelasure to read your message on Trip Avisor. Khaled was inpressed and he, as all the staff of the hotel, wishes to thank you for the nice words to spent. We are really glad you had a pleasant stay with us and can't wait to meet you again; so organize soon another trip and let us know as soon as you can.
Till then accept our warmest regards.
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Alexandria, Virginia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We spent two nights here and found it to be a clean, convenient hotel with easy walking access to many of the main tourist sites in Rome. We had four rooms, all of which were rather small but had large comfy beds. The bathrooms were compact but included deep tubs, which were nice. Street noise from below could get distracting so it would be smart to ask for the quieter side of the building. This hotel has a tiny elevator from the courtyard, which is a welcome bonus. There are a number of good trattorias and bars right in the neighborhood. It is an easy walk to the Spanish Steps, and an excellent shopping area. Breakfast is included in a pretty dining room.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TOMMYMIO, segretaria at Hotel Fontanella Borghese, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Dear notlostyet,

We saw you wrote a review about your stay and we wish to thank you so much. We are happy to see you find the hotel comfortable and had an enjoyable stay with us.
We really hope to meet you again in the near future and till then please accept our warmest regards.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We stayed here at the beginning & the end of our trip. The staff is what makes this a great little gem. The rooms are typically small but there is a lovely breakfast room & waiting lounge. It is just down the road from the Spanish steps & walking distance to all main attractions.The staff are extremely helpful & very pleasant, they made restaurant reservations & organized cabs for us.My daughter had to catch a very early flight before breakfast was served & they were all concerned that she have something before she left. A tray was sent up late in the evening! I definitely would stay here again if I was to return to Rome.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TOMMYMIO, segretaria at Hotel Fontanella Borghese, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Dear Glabe50,

We read the message you posted on tripadvisor and we wish to thank you so much. We are glad to see you apprciated our efforts to let you have a pleasant stay with us and we really hope to meet you again in the near future!
Till then please accept our warmest regards.
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Address: 84 Largo Fontanella Borghese, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Campo Marzio
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Hotel Style:
#120 Family Hotel in Rome
#210 Business Hotel in Rome
#291 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Fontanella Borghese 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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