The hotel is situated very conveniently in some ways in the heart of ancient Rome. Outside is an early 4th century Roman arch, and from the front door you can see ruins on the Palatine Hill and some early temples in the other direction. For very noisy Rome, the location is extremely quiet, especially considering there is a busy road nearby.
Our room was actually two rooms, a lounge room with a comfortable couch, table and chairs and a kitchenette; and a separate bedroom. The bed was comfortable and both rooms large. There were two televisions, a good bathroom and plenty of towels.We could open two doors onto a terrace for fresh air. The kitchenette was fairly disappointing as it only consisted of two hotplates and no microwave or oven to heat items in. There was also a small refrigerator and a dishwasher. I don't know what is normal in Italy, but we were expecting there be a small amount of cleaning material there so we could wash the dishes in the sink or the dishwasher, and wipe down the benches etc. However, when we asked at the desk we were told this was not supplied, which meant we had to go out a buy a whole bottle of dishwashing fluid, a scourer and a packet of kitchen wipes. We didn't bother with the dishwashing tablets. If you were only staying there for a night or two, it wouldn't be worth it, in which case you couldn't use the kitchen facilities at all. As this hotel is not a cheap hotel, I think it would cost the hotel very little to put some limited supplies in for guests and this would create a lot of good will.
The location is very close to the ancient heart of Rome and near to bus stops. It is a short walk to the Capotoline Museums. Breakfast is a typical Italian breakfast, but with the addition of boiled eggs. The staff were friendly and helpful.
It is not an area teaming with restaurants and cafes. However, close to the hotel there are two cafes and two restaurants which was fine.
My main gripe was that of all the places we stayed in Italy over five weeks, this was the only hotel that charged for internet use. The rate was 9 euro a day which is fairly expensive in itself. They did have a one hour rate as well.
However, overall we enjoyed staying in this hotel and felt very relaxed and having two large rooms was excellent.
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