If you are looking for a good hotel for a special trip, then you could do no better. It isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for. Its location is perfect; it is right in the middle of the historic city centre with the main sites and museums all within easy walking distance for the tolerably fit. Our suite of rooms (double bedroom, sitting room, bathroom and lobby) were very clean, comfortable and spacious with air conditioning throughout and with one of the best views in the hotel - the rear of the Pantheon and overlooking the Piazza della Minerva with its Bernini elephant. The main reception area of the hotel is absolutely stunning with its large coloured glass ceiling; it is a wonderfully welcoming space after the heat and bustle of the Roman streets, with lots of soft chairs and sofas and the gentle breeze of air conditioning. (It may have been early April but it was still rather hot, and Rome was certainly very busy.) The "American" buffet breakfast was excellent and we found it ample enough to fuel us up for a whole day of strenuous sightseeing; there was a full range of hot and cold breakfast food including smoked salmon, bacon, Italian sausage and scrambled eggs together with breads, toast, cakes, pastries, and lots of fresh fruit. We didn't eat any other meals at the hotel, but we did venture up onto the rooftop terrace for a look, and the views were truly spectacular. (When it comes to food, there are a great many eating places nearby, and we found a couple of good ones in the Piazza Capranica which is just five minutes' walk away.) We found the service excellent; the staff were efficient but in a calm and unobtrusive way, being also friendly and approachable. We went on a package deal with Kirker Travel which was very good value, particularly given that April is one of Rome's more expensive months; for about £1800 we had four nights for two with breakfast plus flights to and from the UK and transfers, along with free prebooked tickets to the Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel. (An important travel tip - the queues for the Vatican Museum are unbelievably enormous, so it pays to book in advance.) Kirker also let the hotel know that this was a special trip (to celebrate my 50th birthday and our silver wedding anniversary which both fall during 2014) and they had a bottle of Prosecco on ice to greet us on arrival as well as giving us this room with such an excellent view. All told, it was a perfect trip.
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- Six-story hotel housed in a restored late-17th century building with Napoleanic decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Rome