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“Not a 4 star hotel!” 3 of 5 stars
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Le Chateau Blanc
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via del Babuino 35, 00187 Rome, Italy (Campo Marzio)   |  
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Ranked #1,134 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not a 4 star hotel!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

Great location!, Good service, modern look, clean rooms. Definitely not a 4 star hotel, overpriced for the quality offered like no shower curtains, 5 floors and NO ELEVATORS!, VERY poor quality breakfast, set up on building roof with no ice for hams, cheeses, milk, etc., NO A/C and beds that looked lite cuts. Not worth the $260 I paid for it.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2010

This hotel was our base for exploring Rome, and we could not have asked for a better location. While our booking indicated it was in the Piazza di Spagna, where the Spanish Steps are located, the hotel is actually closer to the Piazza del Popolo. Regardless, the hotel is a 2 minute walk to the Piazza del Popolo and a 5 minute walk to the Spanish Steps. Other sights, like the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon are also within a 15 minute walk. The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are a 30 minute walk, as is St. Peter's and the Vatican. Otherwise, we never had a problem finding a line to taxis in the Piazza del Popolo.

The hotel itself is very small, and almost blends in with the street. The entrance is a small doorway along Via Babuino, and the lobby consists of a small front desk, two chairs, and a computer. The hotel has 4 floors of rooms, and the breakfast room is on the 4th floor in bad weather, or on the roof deck (another flight of stairs) in good weather. We always ate on the roof deck, which was very nice. There is no elevator.

Our room was on the first floor, along a private hallway, which was nice because there was no noise from the stairway or other guests. The maid closet was right outside our room, and while we could hear her working, it was never a problem. We had absolutely NO view; our 3 windows looked into an air shaft. The windows provided enough light during the day, and while we were never promised a view, this was sort of dissapointing. I don't know what the other rooms offer, but I am sure rooms facing the street offer a view. The plus side of this was that our room was very quiet. Via Babuino is a busy street, and we never heard any outside noise. The room was actually very large for european standards. Our bed was two twins pushed together (typical for Europe) and was fairly comfortable. The sheets seemed worn, but always clean. There was also a decent sized closet and desk in the room. The bathroom has a large tub that looks rather old, but otherwise the bathroom was fine and very clean. We also had free wireless in our room, and it was fast and reliable.

The staff were very friendly, and I have never met a housekeeper that works so hard! She was so polite, and very pleasant. The front desk staff were also very nice. When you leave the hotel, you give them your key (trust me, it is very heavy!) and they hand it back to you when you return. I think this ensures a little more security.

The biggest downside was the breakfast. It was the worst of our trip. The buffet is small, consisting of very runny scrambled eggs, sad, fatty-looking bacon, and some assorted pastries and yogurts. We always found something to eat before heading out, but by the end of our trip we skipped breakfast and found something in one of the many cafes close by.

I would stay here again for the neighborhood and location alone, but the hotel overall was very average.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Haddenham, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2009

My husband and I stayed at this hotel quite by accident. We had booked into a B&B that we didn't stay more than one night in, then we booked a deal with a sister hotel to this one, but they were full so transferred us to the Chateau Blanc.

It's so newly refurbished, they were still putting the finishing touches to it! The staff were very friendly, and security conscious as they checked we were residents when we were going up to our room each time.

The rooms are immaculate, safety deposit boxes in each room, and a mini fridge. The beds are big and comfortable, and each room has a flat screen t.v. and is tastefully decorated.

The only downsides - there is no restaurant on site, so we were directed to a cafe across the road which covered the Breakfast - it was disappointing - just a coffee and a croissant. The bathroom had a tendency to smell of cigarette smoke - not sure if it was coming in through the ventilation from another room. But we reported this, so hopefully something may have been done.

The rooms were tasteful - yes, they had been decorated slightly on the cheap, with pictures and soft furnishings coming from Ikea and the furniture didn't look particularly robust.

However, the location, cleanliness, and friendly staff easily make up for this. The rooms were also remarkably quiet and of a very good size - not something you usually get with hotel rooms in Rome.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Le Chateau Blanc

Address: Via del Babuino 35, 00187 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Campo Marzio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#346 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Chateau Blanc 4*
Number of rooms: 25
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