As this was our first trip to Rome its difficult to compare this hotel with others in the area, although I have found out from friends that you could pay the same amount as SuiteDreams or even more and get a really disappointing hotel.
We travelled to Rome for a friends wedding with one day spare to go sightseeing, other friends stayed in the Trastevere area and complained that it was much more of a walk to get to the sights than we had at SD.
The location of the hotel is fab, almost all the sights are walking distance (definitely take your flat shoes if you go to Rome) we spent an entire day from 8am to 10pm walking around taking in the sights whilst we were there and the location of the hotel meant that we were never too far away, the only limitation we had was time!
The hotel was very easy to find, our taxi driver dropped us off right outside after coming from Ciamparo airport, but please be warned that the fare really shouldn't be much more than 30 euros, there is (in theory) a flat rate to and from Rome city centre of 30 euros but we got stung by a con-artist taxi driver who told us that 'due to protests in the city centre he couldn't honour that amount'.........we ended up having THE most dangerous taxi journey there AND THEN he charged us 50 euros for the pleasure. I know the hotel can arrange taxi pickups so i really would advise this so as to not get caught out like we did.
Hotel is very small and on the first floor but there is a lift although I much prefer to take the stairs (cases and all) and we arrived at least 3 hours early and our room was ready for us already which was brilliant. Everything about the hotel is very modern, clean cut, fresh and minimalistic. I would suggest that if you are looking for a slice of old world Rome this is not the hotel for you, although you will find more than enough history right on your doorstep. The bottle of water for each guest in the room each day is brilliant to take out when you go sightseeing as Rome can get mighty hot (even in mid october) and the air con was used every day when we got back.
Bed is very comfy and we slept incredibly well, the black out blind is also a good noise reducer, as being relatively central i'm sure we should have heard more noise from outside than we actually did. Bathroom is great size and the slate shower and enclosure is fantastic.
Breakfast selection (which we only got one day to try out) was really good, its a great selection of 'Continental' items, pastries, cakes, cereals, fruit and the tassimo machine is great fun if you can work out how to use it!! Being such a small hotel this breakfast set up is perfect, I guess if you want a bigger cooked breakfast you'd be able to walk less than 5 minutes and find somewhere but we filled up nicely on the lovely fruits and breads etc and were set for the day.
The staff at the hotel were great, were really great helping us arrange transport to the wedding we were attending and sorted out items such as ironing boards, irons, hairdryers, DVD's without hesitation, the maps on the front desk are invaluable to carry around and the hotel staff will point out all the attractions and ways to get around. They also have a handy guide to the restaurants they recommend, we went to the one opposite the opera house which was very nice (but please do remember to order sides with any main courses, i ended up with a dinner of two very lonely lamb cutlets on a plate!!) and the location was less than 5 mins away, also walked past the restaurant (target?) below the hotel which looked really great too, just didn't get a chance to eat there.
Overall I'd definitely recommend this hotel and would definitely stay there again, without us even realising it the place made our brief city break a whole lot more enjoyable. Upon speaking to our friends at the wedding we all attending over in Rome, who had all stayed in Trastevere, we were astonished to find how much our opinions of Rome, Roman Italians and the area varied. Where as our friends were disgusted at the amount of litter, graffiti and dog mess in 'Rome', we had completely the opposite opinion and were saying how clean and litter/graffiti free the city was in comparison to London. Without having heard other people's opinions I guess we wouldn't have realised how lucky we were to stay in such a nice area, nice location and such a well kept part of the city. Before my trip I was slightly concerned about the cost of staying at SuiteDreams but I can assure you it is worth every penny.
My only other recommendation is whilst you're in Rome do visit Piazza Navona, its only through a recommendation that we visited there and it really was beautiful, took our breath away and had a fantastic meal on the edge of the square as artists bustled around and music played in the background...........my absolute favourite memory of Rome :)
I hope you enjoy Rome as much as we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Little design boutique hotel at the first floor of a residential building in the heart of Rome.15 minutes walk from Coliseum, 5 minutes walk from the train station, 1 block from Repubblica metro station. 24 hours doorman, breakfast room, free wi-fi internet, free water in the minibar! ... more less
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