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“Great hotel for Families with older kids - super location for evening meals” 5 of 5 stars
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Raffaello Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Urbana 3 / 5, 00184 Rome, Italy (Monti)   |  
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Ranked #57 of 1,264 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Somerset, England
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14 hotel reviews
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“Great hotel for Families with older kids - super location for evening meals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We returned from the Rafaello yesterday. It had been recommended by friends so we were already expecting it to be suitable for our needs but it was far better than that.

Easy to find, short walk from Termini (15 mins), welcome was friendly, quick check in and up to our room (in the tiny lift but it does just the job - kids used the stairs!). Take the train from the airport it's easy to do and quicker than a taxi - though for 4 people the cost would be similar 14 euros each, free under 12.

We had a quad room on the 4th floor as we had an 11 year old and 14 year old - not old enough for their own room but too old for camp beds. Room was just what we required - bedroom off a bedroom - proper beds for all and a nice spotless bathroom (shower). No view, as stated in previous reviews - that would just have been a bonus. Pillow menu was a nice surprise - we all chose differently (!!) and free Wi-Fi was fantastic bonus - where would we be without email and Facebook! Also, it is an area restricted for traffic so there is very little road noise so we got a very good nights sleep even with the windows cracked open!

The area of Monti is super - loads of reasonably priced, authentic bars and restaurants. Pretty square with fountain & evening sunshine surrounded by nice bars, plenty of nice small boutique shops and a fantastic gelateria on Via Leonina for after dinner ice-creams. It feels safe, busy in the evenings with nice local people having a good time and no hard sell touts. Perfect for families with older kids looking for an "Italian evening" without crowds or having to walk too far!

The Rafaello doesn't have a restaurant - it doesn't need to with all those great restaurants on the doorstep. However its small breakfast mezzanine is perfect. Breakfast was lovely and the service from the ladies there every day was just great - friendly, smiling, helpful and kept everything clean, tidy, topped up and running smoothly. And, there is a nice coffee machine, kettle etc in the lobby to help yourself to a free drink when you return from a long day out!

Front desk staff very cheerfuly, friendly and helpful. Return airport taxi (set cost 48euro) arrived 3 mins after booking and was efficient on a Sunday - weekdays I would use the train again. Housekeeping impeccable & friendly.

I would definitely stay at the Rafaello again if we returned to Rome and would recommend it to anyone (expect perhaps those with small kids in pushchairs - the cobbles, hills, stairs, lift etc may be too much a challenge for them). For us, the area in the evenings was the biggest plus - a really nice place to be, particularly if you've had a hard day sightseeing.

Thank you to all the staff at Rafaello.

Room Tip: Quad rooms for family perfect.
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Elena G, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Raffaello Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Dear SomersetSarah,

Are you sure you are not a hotel critic?! :) As you seem very fit to me, you have thought about everything, I don't know what else we could add to such a complete review like yours! :)

Thank you, first of all, for having chosen us. Second, thank you for having enjoyed us. And third, thank you for having given us some of your precious time, while writing such a detailed and precise review! :)

We are glad to hear we have impressed you so much, and that your staying here was such a warm one, and we do hope you will give us the chance to host you here again soon. :)

Warmest wishes and welcome back home! :)
Regards,
Elena
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

A wonderfully welcoming hotel. We arrived late and staff were immediately on hand to help and suggest somewhere to go out and eat. The restaurants that were recommended were excellent. The rooms were comfortable and clean and for breakfast you were able to choose from a good selection of tasty foods!
The location is fantastic and allows you to explore Rome on foot.
We would definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Elena G, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Raffaello Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Dear Joyce_614,

Of course we did that! We always do it : that, and more! :)

We are here for and due to you- our guests- and we never lose that of sight or mind, that is why we always try to always do, give and make the best in order for you to enjoy not only your staying, but the Eternal City, as well...

We are glad you have enjoyed your staying here so much, and we do hope to have you back here as soon as possible. :)

Warmest wishes,
Elena
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16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Thank you so much to all the staff at the Hotel Rafaello for making our first visit to Rome so lovely.
We found the staff to be friendly and helpful and the standard of our room and the hotel in general excellent.
The continental breakfast included in the price gave ample choice and set us up with a good start to the days walking and sightseeing.
I had read previous reviews before booking and these had influenced my choice of hotel - the reviews were accurate and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit this amazing city.

Room Tip: We had a room on the 5th floor(there is a lift) and it had a balcony which was lovely.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elena G, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Raffaello Hotel, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Dear Christine,

Thank you for having joined the ones who have already praised us on Tripadvisor, we would like to remind everyone the Tripadvisor users have a special discount! :)

Coming back to ourselves, ...we do our jobs with passion, commitment, and respects towards our guests' needs, and we can only be glad when this is perceived, and appreciated...

Hoping you did throw a coin in the breathtaking Trevi Fountain, and therefore, ...you will come back to Rome, ...we wish you all the best, and a Happy and serene Easter! :)
Warmest wishes,
Elena
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Portsmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We have been to Rome three times and stayed at different hotels each time, this hotel is the best we have stayed at, it is centrally located but down a quiet side street, the staff were very helpful and the concierge was available most mornings to help you plan your day and route, a clean comfortable room with small balcony, very good breakfast, small lounge with coffee and tea available anytime, I would highly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Elena G, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Raffaello Hotel, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Dear unhappy4540,

We are glad we could make you happy for a change! :) (yeah, I know, bad joke! :))

On a more serious note, ...we are here for you: our guests, and your wellbeing is what we mostly care about, therefore we can only be happy when hearing or reading words like yours...

Thank you for having given us a little bit of your time, and ...we hope to have you soon back here.
Until then, best and warmest regards,
and Happy Easter! :)
Elena
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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Raffaello Hotel is a great choice! Comfortable, very clean, and the location is very convenient to the Coliseum & Forum. The staff is very friendly, accommodating and tried hard to insure my stay was wonderful. I needed a hotel that is convenient to transportation and comfortable for a solo woman. The Raffaello is 2 blocks from the metro and within easy walking distance from the main train terminal but located in a quiet residential neighborhood with lots of restaurants. Please consider the rooms with terraces on the top floor. The rooftop view is lovely and well worth the small extra cost.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elena G, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Raffaello Hotel, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Dear Fremont21,

Thank you for having shared us with the other Tripadvisor users, whom we would like to remind they have a special discount!

Glad to hear we have been able, through our way of perceiving work, to make your stay here such a plesant one, and glad we were able, as much as we could, to give a little warmth to your experience in the Eternal City... :)

Hoping you will renew your visit here as soon as possible, we would like to take advantage of the moment and wish you all the best, and a serene and peaceful Easter! :)
Warmest wishes,
Elena
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Mareeba, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We have just enjoyed our second visit to this wonderful hotel. Last time we stayed as a couple and this time our daughters (and mother) came with us, and once again the helpful and friendly staff made our visit special. The location is perfect as it is located within easy walking distance from the train station and we found rail travel in Italy to be excellent. The breakfast is delicious and some small changes made each day. We stayed here after a long journey from Australia and it really felt like coming home, comfortable beds and the pillow menu is a special little extra that is offered. Many good restaurants are close by and the staff are helpful with recommendations and reservations. I can not finish this review without mentioning Elena, whose attention to detail and willingness to give extra service is outstanding. We look forward to staying again and would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

Room Tip: 506 on the top floor is a very special room with a beautiful large balcony
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elena G, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Raffaello Hotel, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Sally!!!!

I can't believe you remembered to write a new and such enthusiastic review about us! :)

We are so glad to hear you got home safe and sound, and that we have managed to recreate the "homish" atmosphere you were looking for! Glad, as well, that we were able to somehow improve your holiday here with such small details... :)

Looking forward for your daughter's visit, we hope we will manage to satisfy her expectations, as well... :)
Happy and serene Easter!
Elena
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Rogaland, Norway
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

This was my second stay at hotel Raffaello, and it was just as great as the last time. There's something about the atmosphere at this hotel that makes it so special. The staff is very friendly and helpful, they do everything to make your stay something to remember. I booked a transfer from the airport from Francesca, and that was perfect for us, but you can also take the train to the main station Termini and walk to the hotel. We stayed for 4 days, and we walked to all the main attractions in Rome. I really like that about Rome, it's nice to explore things on foot.
Hotel Raffaello can offer a very good breakfast, and I really like the little, cosy breakfastroom! I have recommended this hotel to others, and will continue to do so. I love everything about this hotel, and I will absolutely stay there the next time I visit the amazing city Rome!

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Elena G, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Raffaello Hotel, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Dear Kari T,

Our guests' satisfaction is what we care about must, and there is no bigger reward than words like yours, that is why we would like to thank you for your praising and enthusiastic review! :)

We are glad you have enjoyed your staying here as much, and we can hardly wait for a renewal of your visit, as there is no bigger compliment a hotel could ever receive, other than a new visit! :)

Hoping yours will be on a short notice, we take advantage of the moment to wish you a Happy easter! :)
Warmest wishes,
Elena
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Address: Via Urbana 3 / 5, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
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Hotel Class:3 star — Raffaello Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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