This hotel was a sweet experience. The hotel is located on a tucked away little street bustling with good restaurants and just a stones throw away from central Roman avenues. If it is your first time to Rome, many of the Roman "must sees" are within easy walking distance from the neighborhood (e.g. Coliseum, the Forum, etc). While it is a doable walk from Roma Termini, I would suggest against it for those with luggage, since the streets are ancient, and rolling luggage does not work well. Take a taxi. Otherwise, city buses run very close to the hotel, and subway stops are little further (but still an easy walk).
The hotel itself is quite fine. The rooms were tastefully appointed and well kept. Beds were firm, linens ample, and the wi-fi worked well. Considering the city location and European standards, the room size was good. The bathroom was great. Americans will be pleasantly treated to the nearly invisible and quiet plumbing that has spread throughout Europe (and that we may have one day).
The halls and entrance ways are marble and old hardwoods. Security is very good. The caged elevator looks like it came directly out of Roman Holiday, but it was preserved like a work of art and worked well. The staff at the desk overnight and in the very early in the morning speak limited English, but they were very accommodating when I could break through in my phrasebook Italian or through "sign language." The front desk staff in the day speak fluent English, have a good attitude about tourists, and helped us out on more than one occasion (e.g., booking a tour at the Vatican Museum, restaurant recommendation, a few hints on some off-the-beaten-path things to do).
The continental breakfast was ample and good (croissant, brioche, assorted Italian and German meats and cheeses, yogurt, breads, cereals, digestive biscuits, fruits, juice, cappuccino and other coffee beverages). The breakfast area appears a little small at first, but, as we were later to learn in other Italian hotels, most are small. Compared to the breakfast areas in our other Italian hotels, this was one of the larger areas. Food can be an expensive affair in major Italian cities, and so we were grateful for the good breakfast and tried to eat light lunches (or just get a sandwich at a local market or patisserie before we headed out). There is a little market across the street where one can pick up a few things, and patisseries are everywhere. Buy before you hit the heavy tourist areas.
By city hotel standards, the hotel was a great value. The family proprietors obviously take great pride in, and pay close attention to, their hotel. Didn't take any pictures of the room because we only thought of it before maid service (so that wouldn't be fair).
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