Babuino 181 is a curious place. We stayed in room 103 for five nights. The hotel is on a busy commercial street very near the lovely Piazza del Popolo. Our room was very quiet, not on the street side, facing other apartments and a ramshackle inner courtyard that did not belong to the hotel. If you want a view, this might not be the right hotel. But this is a good room if you want peace and quiet. The room was spacious by city standards and very clean. The bathroom and shower were superb. The AC was quiet. Breakfasts are now served on the top floor rooftop bar/lounge and were rather repetitive – standard fare, yogurt, cereal, croissants, fruit, cold cuts – same thing every morning. The Babuino 181 aims to be hip and I think it succeeds with the glass elevator and minimalist art and furniture. But for a “luxury” hotel the Babuino is in other ways oddly no-frills. The place isn’t big on little details. For instance, there was a deficit of written material in the room for the traveler – info about hotel services etc. There was a price list for the mini-bar but the items on the list were not actually in the mini-bar. Just a quibble, but the same Bruce Hornsby CD played all five mornings during breakfast and seemingly non-stop all day in the rooftop bar/lounge. While it does not affect ones comfort level, the paint and plaster job in our room was downright sloppy, pencil marks used to position fixtures on the wall were still visible and baseboard molding looked to be raw wood. I can’t imagine why. On a more serious note, while the room was ample for a big city, it did not have much of anywhere to unpack two peoples’ clothes or stow gear (and we travel light) and no place to sit other than a desk chair and the bed. The concierge/desk varied in regard to helpfulness – multilingual Jessica, from Mexico, was fabulous. The rooftop bar/lounge was perplexing. We expected a bartender. But there was no bartender on duty when we visited – just self-serve wine and glasses. Not sure if it is really a bar or not. The hotel is in a number of ways, vague, for lack of a better word. So is Babuino 181 a unique hotel? Yes. Is it worth the price of a “luxury” hotel? Dunno.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rome’s most exclusive boutique hotel, on Rome’s most exclusive street. Babuino 181 is located in the best location in Rome, in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter. And every bit of it is as chic as its neighboring boutiques. Step between Rome’s top fashion designers, disappear through discreet glass doors… and enter another dimension of Italian boutique luxury. After a day of inspiration touring Rome’s sites, come back to your home in Rome. Sip a cocktail on the brand-new, rooftop terrace overlooking Rome’s beautiful streets. Soak in a spacious marble bath. Slide between Frette sheets. Rest in comfort—and with the confidence that, no matter what you need or what personalized service you require, Babuino 181’s professional staff can make it happen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Babuino 181 Hotel Rome