We booked this hotel as it was fairly inexpensive and looked the ideal location to see all the sights we wanted to in the 4 days we had in Rome for our Honeymoon. We read all the reviews here and on expedia carefully and decided it was worth taking a chance and I guess we didn't have high expectations.
It was fabulous!
Reception is a little on the small side but its clean, bright and welcoming. We arrived earlier than the stated check in time and were greeted by the smiling young man on reception (his name is Asif). We were fully prepared to have to go for a coffee till check in time but Asif had our room ready and let us know the times of breakfast and that the mini bar in our room was free.
Our room, The Palatine, was on the 4th floor, so we used the elevator. Again a little small and I suppose it would be a very tight squeeze if we had larger luggage. On opening our room door we were pleasantly surprised. It was a good size, clean, well laid out and the bathroom was spotless. The fridge mini bar had a few cans of soft drinks, a beer, a couple of bottles of water and was replenished daily, this really was a lovely touch.The wardrobe had a safe (On expedia it only mentions there is a safe box at reception so having one in the room was an unexpected bonus). So after a short nap we headed out to explore.
Everything was within walking distance, The Trevi is about 5 minutes stroll away from the hotel as is the Spanish steps. On the two mornings we had early tours and didn't want to risk getting lost walking, Asif rang us a taxi and it was with us in less than five minutes. (14 Euros to the Vatican and 10 Euros to the Colosseum).
Wifi was free, signal was good in our room, a little patchy on the terrace and non existent in reception.
Breakfast is on the 5th floor roof terrace in a VERY small sun room. While it was clean, and a lovely room to eat in it was difficult to get to the buffet if there was more than 4 people in there. Breakfast was a selection of small bread rolls, ham and cheese slices, pots of yogurt. bread for toasting, pastries and boxes of cereal. Although we both enjoyed breakfast I'd image more than 4 days it gets a bit boring. The coffee smelt horrendous (my husband said it tasted "ok") the juice was some kind of concentrate and was vile.
The roof terrace is delightful, on 2 afternoons after our tours we would get a sandwich from "Bread and Break" just up the street and sit on the terrace. Even in November it was pleasant to sit out and the canopy meant we could still sit out despite a light rain shower.
The only negatives about this hotel are their awful breakfast juice and lack of coffee making facilities. We would have been happy to pay for a cup of cappuccino especially sitting on the roof terrace so if your reading this Hotel la Fenice.....Get a vending machine for the terrace, and give Asif a pay rise!.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In an area surrounded by art galleries, monuments, refined boutiques, the Hotel Fenice, a 3 star Hotel, is without doubt a romantic choice for a romantic weekend getaway and cultural or business visit. Relax and enjoy the unique view of the city from our roof garden. Hotel Fenice offers guests double triple and quadruple rooms: comfortable and elegant, equipped with all amenities. 11 highest quality rooms guarantee your stay to be unique. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Fenice
- La Fenice Rome