This most charming hotel was a hdden gem. Centrally located and close to all transport, we felt this was a great choice for our recent 3 day stay in Rome. We selected this hotel based on all the great reviews on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed (thank you to all who had provided their recommendations). Don't expect the comforts and amenities of the international chain hotels but if you're looking for a charming boutique hotel with local character and history, we would certainly recommend Hotel Raffaello. Our room while not large, was beautifully decorated - upholstered headboard and matching wall treatments, hotel branded toiletries and even branded slippers - great attention to detail for such a small establishment. We had read all the negative reports about the small shower cubicle - yes it was tight however neither my husband nor I had any problems showering (and we are not small people), so we couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. Breakfast was amazing - fresh, plentiful and wonderful variety - juices, fruit, bakery items, cake, cheese, ham, scrambled eggs, yogurt and wonderful coffee/hot chocolate - all you could possibly need - so substantial that it kept us going until an early dinner. The breakfast staff were very efficeint and friendly and the made sure everything was replenished and coffees served at breakneck speed. Another thing we noticed which showed the generousity of the hotel. We observed earlier arrival travellers were offered to help themselves to breakfast, even though they were not technically checked in. Interestingly, further down our travels, we arrived at an International chain hotel (where we were gold loyalty members had booked an executive club room) and while waiting in the club lounge while our room was being readied, not only where we not offered to help oursevelves to something from the breakfast buffet in the lounge, but when I asked if we could have something (given we had just come off a long flight), we were told no we couldn't. So top marks to Hotel Raffaello, we are recommending you to all and can't wait to return to Rome in the future, where we would not even consider looking to stay anywhere else.
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