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The Inn At The Roman Forum - Small Luxury Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via degli Ibernesi 30, 00184 Rome, Italy (Monti)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Houston, Texas
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Quintessential Roman Holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

When we checked into this hotel and saw our room and the upstairs terrace it was everything we wanted for our holiday. We were on the first floor, so even though we could sometimes hear things in the hallway, it was still splendid to be in our luxury cave. Everything was spacious and the bed was comfortable with lots of pillows. We loved the terrace and went up there to drink wine after our dinners (staff very helpfully brought us glasses and snacks when we appeared). We also took advantage of an offer they had to visit the terrace for happy hour at the Inn at the Spanish Steps for a perfect refreshing snack and glass of wine before we kept walking. The staff at both inns was great. We had a bunch of questions and when they couldn't give us answers they would research it until they could.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

This hotel was a great find - when checking in you are welcomed with a drink and allowed to walk through some Roman ruins while they register your details. Location is extremely central (walking distance to most areas). Taxis won't drop you off right at the door as it's at the end of a small street. Beautiful, small hotel with a one-person reception (very helpful and all those we saw spoke English too). Flowered roof terrace where aperitivos are served.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

My wife and I stayed with this hotel at the suggestion of a travel agent and we were more than pleased! We were upgraded (free) to a nicer room upon arrival. The airport transfer service offered by the hotel was very reasonably priced. Contrary to other reviews, the "alley" where the hotel is located is not graffiti covered and certainly isn't unsafe. We didn't experience any noise from the streets below and we left the windows open most of the time.

The location is great. The hotel is less than five minutes walking from the Colosseum and is adjacent to the Trajan's Market ruins. The Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Baths of Caracalla and Circums Maximus are all very easily and quickly reached on foot from the hotel. Piazza Novana, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon can all be walked as well. We only used the bus to go to the Vatican and Campo de Fiori. The staff was friendly--they offer umbrellas during poor weather, provide adapters should you forget yours or need an extra. The breakfast was nice and I recommend taking them up on it even if it isn't included in the room rate you choose.

Tours are available on their web site though I recommend booking through a local tour group as we were able to find them for a bit cheaper. Although the packages the hotel offers often include transportation.

You are less than five minutes from a bus stop and with a metro line right next to the Colosseum transportation isn't a problem. We were very pleased with our stay and will certainly stay here next time we travel to Rome.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2010

I would NOT recommend staying here. When we arrived off the train, no taxi new where this place was. It turns out the reason is because it is located in an alley way full of graffiti, trash and resident parking. They boast themselves (and charge for) a luxury hotel, but the location is anything but luxurious. We were also told upon reservation that if we were interested in booking a private tour to the Vatican that we could do so with a call to the concierge. We tried this and all they did was send us to the Vatican website so we could do everything ourselves. When we arrived, we found out why. They don't have a concierge. In fact, we only saw that they had 2 staff at the hotel. When we asked for something simple like a location where we could ship souvenirs back to the US, they referred us to the internet as they didn't know. We then had to purchase their wireless internet for 10 Euro to find our way. Not helpful whatsoever. Couple of other things to be aware of: 1) the rooftop terrace doesn't have much of a view, although they will tell you otherwise, 2) taxis will no pick you up or drop you off in front as it is in an alley (you have to walk down a set of stairs outside to get to another small road where a taxi still gets lost), and 3) local residents tend to congregate just outside the hotel at all hours talking and smoking around the scooters they park in front of the hotel entrance. Now, the rooms were nice, the bed was comfortable, and bathrooms were plenty big. If that is all you are interested in it could be a nice place for you. But if that is all you are interested in, why would you pay 350 Euro ($500) a night? Oh, after the first night when we indicated we weren't pleased with what we paid for and found a better hotel for half the price, they proceeded to charge us the FULL amount of the 3 nights we had booked before we could leave. We have been in a battle with them to get that refunded. Don't stay here! There are MUCH better hotels in better areas for less money.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Maidstone, Kent, England.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

We have just enjoyed three hectic days in Rome with a wonderful two night stay in the Inn on the Forum. The hotel is tucked out of the way (very easy to miss as we did!) and approached via cobblestone steps to a small side street at the end of the Via Baccina. The entrance looks just like another street door so check the numbers.
Once inside, the hotel is full of charm and peaceful elegance. The staff were extremely helpful and polite throughout, the rooms were plush and stylish (although ours was a little small for a 'superior deluxe' - this is my only complaint!), the lounge area was very elegant and the roof terrace was perfect. From our first view over Rome we could not identify the buildings but once we were familiar with our surroundings it was apparent that we could see The Palatino and The Musei Capitolino amongst other roof tops.
Breakfast on the roof terrace made it a treat to start the day and afternoon snacks were also available at both this hotel and the sister hotel at the Spanish Steps.
It was our first trip to Rome and we packed in as much as we could. Highlights were the inside of the Pantheon (make sure it's a sunny day for the best effect) and the views over Rome and the Vatican gardens from the Cupola at St Peters Basilica. Unfortunately we missed the Sistine Chapel as last entry is 4.00pm and closed on Sundays. Also, no shorts or sleeveless tops or you won't be permitted entry to St Peters.
We had an excellent pizza and pasta evening meal from the restaurant on V.N.Salvi overlooking (only 50m away!) the floodlit Colloseum and, whilst in Rome, do as the Romans do...eat ice cream. Lots of it, it's delicious!!!!!
Mike and Nicky Bedford. Kent, England.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2010

It was a great boutique hotel, with a great location, excellent service, the staff was truly amazing no matter who was on duty, always went that extra mile for you.
The breakfast was great, with a roof top garden location weather permitting, good selection of European and American foods.
Would definitely stay there again and highly recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2010

We were in Rome for a long weekend (couple with 2 year old daughter) and prefer boutique style properties, so chose this one based on that, reviews and location. We were not disappointed!!!
When we arrived it was hard to believe we were at a hotel, the entrance discretely tucked away in a little back street, However walk 2 blocks and there was the Colesseum, Roman Forum and access to many other sights, restaurants etc. The hotel itself is beautifully presented with individually styled rooms, our room was very spacious with a separate entrance hall and more than enough room for the 3 of us.
Probably our favourite part of the hotel was the roof terrace where we had breakfast every day - just perfect!! We took advantage of the free nibbles with drinks one night and ended up eating some simple but delicious pasta in the upstairs bar/dining room.
Service was fantastic, even though it was more of a couples type place our daughter was made very welcome. We felt like we had discovered a great secret and would highly recommend it. We also got a pretty competitive rate via Hotel.com for such a lovely place - if you go to Rome stay there!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via degli Ibernesi 30, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
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Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#11 Family Hotel in Rome
#11 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#98 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Inn At The Roman Forum - Small Luxury Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this Inn member of the small luxury hotels of the world with a 5 stars service boasts charming views of the Campidoglio,Palatin Hill , Roman Forum,Venice Square . It is represented by Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is the only luxury residence in Rome which actually houses Roman ruins inside it. At the entrance, a passageway leads you to a Cryptoporticus; an exquisite stone gallery with engravings that can be traced back to 2,000 years ago. The five stars service accommodations are carefully decorated in a modern style and are luxuriously furnished. On the roof terrace you can enjoy free snacks from 17:00 to 20:00. This inn is pet friendly ... more   less 
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