We stayed at the Gladiatori for 3 nights and highly recommend this hotel. It's a boutique, small hotel (17 rooms) on 4 floors. Our room (#31) was great - comfy bed, plenty of room, beautiful bathroom, very clean and comfortable, and the air conditioning worked great. The windows open up to a view of the park that houses Nero's Domus Aurea, with the Coliseum in sight with just a glance to the left. The front desk staff was always polite, very helpful and spoke great English. We mentioned during the reservation process that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they had a bottle of Prosecco and a plate of fruit waiting for us in our room. Free wifi throughout the hotel, although our iPhones had trouble getting the signal in our room but our laptop did not. Signal was very strong in the lobby which allowed us to use Skype on our iPhones and call home every day for free! If you don't bring your computer they even have a cute little Netbook that they will loan out to you. There is no fitness center but apparently they have excercise equipment they will bring right to your room! We walked off our calories every day so it was not needed.
Based on the hotel alone I would give it at least 4-5 stars but the location just cannot be beat. The rooftop terrace where you eat breakfast and enjoy drinks or food at night is very nice and you sit there and look 1/2 block away at the Coliseum, with the ruins of the Ludus Magnus being the only thing between you and the Coliseum. The walk from the hotel to the Capitoline Museums (with the forums and Palatine Hill between) and back felt like nothing. There is a subway station right next to the coliseum and many bus stops so getting anywhere in Rome was as easy as could be. The only time we took a taxi was to get to the Vatican and it was about 10 minutes and 10 euro, and the hotel called it for us and it was there in less than 5 minutes. Lots of great little places to eat nearby, a lovely little grocery store, a small open air fruit stand, farmacia, you name it! Everything was within arms reach it seemed. Even a couple decent places for nightlife a block away, including a very nice gay nightclub called Coming Out which was very lively but not obtrusive in terms of noise.
The breakfast was spectacular in my opinion. High quality meats, smoked salmon, pastries, cakes, a quiche-like pie, cold cereals, fruit, fresh-squeezed OJ and prosecco. It was delicious and filling and set us up perfectly every day for our active days around the city. It definitely exceeded my expectations. Andreas, who attends to the guests in the morning on the terrace, was a wonderful gentleman always ready to engage in a good conversation. And he makes amazing cappuccinos!
The only single complaint about the hotel is the drink prices upstairs. If you order a cappuccino when you are not enjoying your free ones with breakfast, it will cost you 8 euro per cup. And cocktails were extremely overpriced, I just don't get why they are so expensive. Way more than they should be, which kept us from wanting to spend much time up there drinking at night, especially with other options in the neighborhood with views of the Coliseum. But it's a very small thing compared to everything else about this hotel.
In summary, if you are willing to spend the money on a nice place and especially if you like that small boutique hotel feel and want to be in the central part of town, you cannot go wrong with Hotel Gladiatori. When we come back to Rome we are staying there again for sure without hesitation.
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