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“Excellent place to stay in Rome”
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Chroma Hotel
Ranked #1,218 of 3,668 Rome B&B and Inns
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“Excellent place to stay in Rome”
Reviewed January 31, 2010

Chroma hotels is beyond doubt one of my best discoveries yet. I bumped into it quite by accident. I was browing through Google Maps for hotels in Rome when a bright red room with sleek interior caught my eyes. When I checked their website and I was surprised - a nice room in a B&B in central Rome at such a reasonable price was too good to be true. Nevertheless, after sending them a number of emails( which they patiently answered, even the ones with my silly questions!), my husband and I decided to take the chance.

They had arranged for a taxi to pick us up from the airport. When we finally reached the hotel, what we saw in front of us was a charming old building with an old big black gate... The reception was in the first floor, where we were greeted warmly by two members of the hotel. Our luggage was promptly taken to our room while the gentleman at reception gave us a map and in about 10 minutes explained almost everything we needed to know about Rome! He then showed us our room- which was as good as what we had seen over internet. Can't tell how relieved and happy we were! The room was good-sized, extremely clean and nicely decorated. The bathroom was big, shower was great and again, very clean. The room was well equipped with a mini fridge, safe and other essentials.

Chroma is situated in a very convenient location. It is very close to Manzoni Metro station (which makes almost every important part of Rome within your reach), and at walking distance from major tourist spots. There are some good restaurants nearby, so food was never a problem. The neighbourhood is very safe and we were given our own set of keys so that we could move in and out whenever we wanted.

Chroma has met all our expectations and gone beyond. It is a perfect little no-frills B&B - it doesn't have a lounge or a common area, but we didnt go to Rome to sit in a hotel lounge. If you want to station yourself in a stylish pad in the heart of Rome, this is where I recommend you stay. A note about breakfast though- tell them about your breakfast preferences beforehand. They do not serve hot items but what they serve keeps you going for the day.

Many thanks to Chroma team for taking such good care of us and making our stay in Rome comfortable. Wish them the best in their future endevours.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2009

This hotel is located in a residential building in a prime location within walking distance from Termini. There are a lot of nice cafes and restaurants close by. The rooms are very modern contemporary with an awesome high pressure shower head that feels like rain.
I would recommend this hotel for it's location, price, and personalize service. There are only a few rooms with this place and all rooms have an electronic card as a room key.
Jerson and GianCarlo are very friendly and are very accommodating.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Miami, FL
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Reviewed October 23, 2009

This hotel is actually more of an apartment place. It will be hard to find as there isn't any signage depiciting it as Chroma Hotel (you will have to rely on your taxi to be knowledgeable enough to find it). It is well situated in a nice neighborhood. Termini Station is about a 10 minute walk. You can walk to the Colosseaum, but it is a long walk (about 20 minutes). The neighborhood has plenty of restaurants, gelato stores and we found a grocery store near by as well.
The rooms are spacious for Europe standards and they are nicely decorated. We happen have the Emerald Room and I must say what I liked best was the bathroom. Although I didn't like the square shower head that sprays water all over you, so if you're trying to avoid wetting your hair, let's say it will be challenging. The beds are big, but the sofa bed is not comfortable, no matter what they tell you over the phone or the website. Once inside the actual Chroma hotel you will see it is very small. It's basically a foyer with the rooms around it as an L. Before you enter you have to climb a floor and the elevator is the smallest elevator I have ever seen. Only one suitcase will fit and you will fit if you are under 115 pounds. Do not expect to see a lobby; it's basically a desk with the person that takes care of everything (it's a one-man show) from checking you in to serving you the coffee in the morning. I think the same person cleans your room too. There is also a small porch where they serve you breakfast every morning. The breakfast selection was well varied (fruit, cereal, yogurt, pastries, milk, juice, coffee- no OJ though or hot items). I did wish they offered regular bread that you can toast in a toaster with butter, but what they had instead was already mini toasted bread that was individually packaged.
As far as the service goes, it was friendly and accommodating. Although, sometimes the attendant was not at his/her desk when we needed to talk to someone. FYI- their english was not that great. They understand the basics. If you like your privacy, do not get the Emerald room since the desk of attendant is right in front and he or she can hear everything that goes on in your room.
Do not expect to find any amenities/services that regular hotels offer; but honestly you won't miss them much if you will be out all day exploring Rome/Italy. Chroma basically offers a nice clean room with breakfast and internet ( you do have to pay extra for internet access). The only thing they provide is baggage storage, which sometimes means leaving your suitcases in the middle of the hallway where other patrons can have access to them. Make sure you take a lock with you.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

If you really want to pretend that you live in Rome, rather than are just a tourist, then this is the place for you! The hotel is situated in rather a residential area a short(ish) walk from the station and unusual in that the rooms are part of an apartment. The entrance is immediately opposite the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale main entrance so should be marked on most maps. You ring the bell on arrival and after that you're given the key to the front door to let yourself in and out. There is no communal area to speak off apart from the breakfast terrace. Room was a bit small but clean and well equipped; the member of staff on duty (we only saw the same one and we were there four days!) helpful and polite. Would recommend to all except those unable to cope with stairs (not too many but some. (Excellent pastries and restaurants available nearby!)

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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2 reviews
Reviewed July 22, 2009

The place wasn't like other hotels with a sign out. You have to find the address and ring the buzzer and it doesn't even say it is a hotel. Very cramped area, no window in the room. Check in time was later than the website posted and the checkout time was earlier than posted, as well. Overall, a clean place to sleep in a good location, but not much beyond that.

Stayed July 2009
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Northern California
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Reviewed June 30, 2009

If you like quiet, upscale, and modern, this hotel is for you. We stayed two nights. At first it looks like an apartment building, but it is a small part of the building and is awesome!!!! Very modern and clean. Great shower and bathroom.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chroma Hotel
Address: Via Merulana 43, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1,218 of 3,668 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The fusion of Italian creativity and elegance, with modern, minimalist design gives the Chroma Hotel a unique style. Nothing has been left to chance. Avant-garde interiors and furnishings, allow every quests' need to be met. Whether travelling on business or pleasure quests are guaranteed the enjoyment of a tranquil atmosphere, traditional service and high-tech comfort.For complete well-being of body and psyche the bathroom of each room is equipped with a wellness corner where one can benefit from chromo-therapy and aroma therapy. One can benefit from the therapy which each colour possesses. ... more   less 
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