Rome is a museum piece, known the world over for its embarassment of cultural treasures and ancient relics. Then, there is Hotel Giardino. Stepping into your room, you will be transported back to 1970 to a time where the thick veneer of moustache and pragmatism might have been able to gloss over the flaws. But 40 years on, and with not a paint job since, this may not be the kind of time travel you were hoping for during your stay in Roma. The yellow walls carry every knock, scrape or bump since time immemorial. The bed is a slab of old tuna covered in the gills of old men. The bidet (where some choose to wash their backside) is where you will find your clean towels in the morning; you'll need to be at your humorous best to stomach that little idiosyncracy. The lights are dim. The bed coverings appear to be old curtains and the curtains, ironically, old bedsheets. There is aircon (sometimes), the TV is modern, and the bathroom only a little dank, but there is no safe (you have to hand over you room key to reception every time you leave the hotel) and no bar fridge to cool your water from the fountains. So why stay here? The location is fantastic. Just seconds from Quirinale Hill (the Presidential Palace, the best sunset in Rome and two of its finest Churches - think Bernini and Borromini) and possibly the best seafood you will eat (Corte del Grillo). The Trevi is no more than a 5 minute walk, the Colosseum, Wedding Cake, Pantheon, Santa Maria della Vittoria all within 10-15 minutes, Piazza Navona 20 and St Peters Square 40. We didnt need a cab once during our stay, nor a bus or train. The 24 hour service is also good, but dont expect any privacy. The breakfast, however, is well below average. The pastries are yesterday's and the powdered orange juice is a memory fit only for school camp. No free wi-fi. Relative to other hotels in Rome, Hotel Giardino seems inexpensive, but we immediately regretted our decision to skimp and would look elsewhere on any future stay; even though we spent very little time in the room, it was an unpleasant retreat whenever we did return. In short, strictly recommended for those looking to stay on a tight budget and prepared for the worst.
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