We stayed at the Hotel Raffaello for 3 nights in September 2012. I don't know why it has taken so long to write about our visit, just life got very busy. Before we left for Italy, we were "warned" that the rooms are very small and that there aren't really 5 star hotels. Well, we were not disappointed at all! Yes, some rooms in Italy are in general smaller than those of big named hotels in America...but are you going to Italy to sit in your room? We found our room to be quite nice. Plenty of space for us and our luggage. Everyone at the hotel was pleasant, happy to have us as guests. The room was clean, quiet and quite comfortable. It was so easy to walk to the hotel from the train station. Breakfast was yummy, and they made me a lovely cappuccino every morning. They have a quaint little breakfast room. The concierge was so helpful. We purchased our tickets to the Vatican Museum online from our room, emailed them to the hotel where they gladly printed them for us. They made us feel very at home! They directed us to delicious food in the city, laundry service (we wanted to do our own rather than have hotel do it for us) and a shipping location to send home the many bottles of wine we had bought along our journey. Rome was very hot, and humid, but we enjoyed walking to all the sites, and then returning to the pleasant A/C in the hotel. Everything is easily reachable from the hotel by foot except for the Vatican, but you can reach it by train. You can walk to the Colosseum, the Forum, Vittoriano Museum (definitely recommend this place!) the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon. Trevi fountain was beautiful and yes, we tossed our coin, and do plan to return, maybe in 2014!
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