I've stayed at the Albergo Roma many times over the years, as my partner is Italian and comes from not far up the valley. I've become very fond of the place, but will try to offer a balanced review.
The Roma is set at the very heart of the town of Tolmezzo, a traditional northern Italian town with a good range of shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel was once very famous for it's restaurant, where chef Gianni Cosetti elevated the cuisine of the region to a level which brought people from across the world to this quiet corner of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, even getting a mention in the New York Times. However, those days are now gone, and although the restaurant is trying to rediscover those glory days it's typically very quiet. But back to the hotel.
Although it's been in the town for many decades, the hotel is quite modern inside with tasteful and up to date furnishing. They have both rooms and apartments, but I've only ever stayed in an apartment. These are very spacious, again with modern furniture and other fittings but - and here's the big sticking point - although they have all the plumbing and other bits for cleaning and cooking these have never been connected! All the apartments have kitchens but the hobs have no gas, the ovens no electric and the taps for the sinks are still in their wrapping in the cupboards! In fact the only thing that works is the fridge (which is stocked with non-alcoholic drinks for free - which is nice). It's been this way for years now, so I guess they just ran out of money to do the rest of the work (not exactly untypical in Italy).
Facility wise there is a great bar downstairs where they still have the traditional open fire set on a table (!) in the winter called a fogolar, but in a modern setting. I'm very fond of the local wines they serve , Refosco for example, and if you're one of the first there in the evening you'll usually be offered some prosciutto and bread to go with your drink. The hotel has ample private parking, free wireless, and offers a simple continental style breakfast.
So why do I always stay there? Well even though you can't cook in the apartments, you still get loads of space and can always eat bread, cheese, fruit, etc. in the living room or the kitchen. Provided you don't want hot food it's not a problem. The daughter of Cosetti runs a small deli just two doors down from the Roma so it's not exactly a challenge to find great food. I guess at the end of the day the apartment doesn't cost that much more than a room, and you get to feel like you're in your own home rather than being confined to just once space. Like I said in my title - for me the Roma feels like a home from home, and for that it definitely gets my thumbs up.
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