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“Not what I expected” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel Garda
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Lombardia 30, 00187 Rome, Italy   |  
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Ranked #559 of 1,263 Hotels in Rome
Rome, Italy
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“Not what I expected”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

In terms of location, Hotel Garda is relatively good, 10 - 15 minute walk to most central locations. Good variety of restaurants close by.

The lobby area and breakfast room is modern however the rooms are extremely small. dingy and old. The bathrooms are ridiculously small and in reality this hotel should be rated at a 2 star rather than 3 star. The single rooms are small and claustrophobic and dark.

The breakfast is basic - pastries and bread however you are able to drink freshly made espresso.

The staff are very friendly and provide a map on arrival and outline the sights worth seeing and highlight best routes etc.

Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2010

I can not possibly say enough good things about this hotel. The staff was extremely helpful and courteous. Our room had high ceilings with french doors out to a balcony, and was very clean. Of course, as with any big city, the room was on the small side - but who goes to Rome to stay in their hotel room all day?

At the desk, they provided us with a map. They also gave great advice on the best way to travel to places we wanted to go and even drew on the map to show us the route! They called a taxi for us when we needed one and spoke English very well.

We arrived a little before check-in, and they let us check in early. Breakfast was simple but delicious. (They make your coffee for you fresh by the cup!)

Close to Via Veneto and The Borghese Gardens - both of which you should definitely walk. Hotel Garda is also close to a metro stop at Barberini Square. I had no problem taking that stop down to Ancient Rome and all the other historic sites I wanted to see.

The Hotel may be a little difficult for you to find, the sign is really small and you have to walk down a hallway in order to actually get to the entrance of the hotel... but that was, for me, part of it's charm! I suggest going on Google Earth and checking the street view of the area so you can recognize it easily once you are actually there in person.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

Hotel was nice - clean, small rooms but okay for us as we only need a room to sleep in when we are traveling. Breakfast was small - a few pastries, apples and coffee. We did not encounter any problems. Was a bit of a walk to all the main sites, wished I had known this prior as we like to walk everywhere. Overall, a good experience but would not recommend for the location.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2010

Great hotel, good location and above all staff is very helpful. I asked for a room with balcony and it was given to me as promised. Breakfast is limited but everything is fresh. Room sizes are also good. Very good restaurants within walking distance. For Nightlife Piazza di Spagna is only 5 mins away. "Anche Roma mi e' piacuta, quando ritorno sicuramente scegliero HOTEL GARDA"

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2009

The hotel is a hidden gem, and I do mean hidden. There is a small sign near teh front door that can be easily missed. Once you go in side you will be pleasantly surprised.

Hotel was very clean, staff very helpful and friendly.

Do not expect to have US standard size rooms, the shower is small but the water is hot. It is worth having a small shower to be within ealking distance of Via Veneto and the Spanish steps.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

In first week of august 09 I spent a couple of days in Rome and stayed at the Hotel Garda. I was familiar with this hotel having worked at the US Embassy in Rome, located only a couple of blocks from the hotel. During my time in Rome I booked several friends and visitors at the Garda and most reported having had a good experience.
Now that I experienced the hotel first hand I can honestly report that it provides excellent accommodations at a more than reasonable price, especially considering its location. The hotel is 2 minutes from the Borghese gardens (where one can go jogging), about 5 minutes from Piazza Barberini, 10 minutes to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, next to the famous Via Veneto of the “Dolce Vita” and relatively close to the main train station, Termini. Although it is centrally located it very quiet and easy to get to sleep. The breakfast is the typical continental type with fresh pastry, good coffee, and friendly service. The manager Filippo could not be nicer.

Restaurants of all price ranges are within walking distance, one right off the exit of the building. I tried La Bruschetta on Via Sardegna and Vladimir's right around the corner.
Also close are the Borghese and many other museums, cultural, and historical sites.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2009

We went to Garda at the end of January and i want to sent a special thanks to a previous traveler that wrote instructions on how to find the hotel. the instructions were very usesful.
Regarding the hotel, its location is very convinient as you can visit most of the sights on foot. I should recommend to any next visitor to ask for a renovated room as not all the rooms are like the ones on the hotel's site. Our room was pretty old but clean.
Moreover, the hotel's personnel is very kind and helpful.
As an overall comment, I would say that garda hotel is a good choice for travelers going to Rome for the 1st time, are planning to stay 2-3 nights and are not looking for romance inside the hotel.
Enjoy your staying in a beautiful city like Rome!!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Lombardia 30, 00187 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #559 of 1,263 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Garda 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Garda is situated around the corner of Via Veneto and five minutes away from Piazza di Spagna in the city's most exclusive district. Our hotel is rated with 3 stars, it is situated in an elegant building dating back to the late 1800s, at 30, via Lombardia, close to the famous via Veneto, the "dolce vita" street, within walking distance from Spanish steps and via dei Condotti, and near the green park Villa Borghese. From its excellent location all the main tourist sites, such as the Coliseum, the Vatican and the Roman Forum are easily reached. ... more   less 
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