We stayed here at the Babuino 181 in early June with not much information to go on and it was such a pleasant treat! The hotel is situated just a few yards from Piazza del Popolo and is in walking distance from all the major historical sites- Coliseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon... Lots of shopping and places to eat and drink all around. Basically, we spent almost four days eating, drinking, and walking.
The room was very comfortable and decorated in a modern, Italian style and had some very thoughtful design touches not necessarily found in other hotels. It wasn't a huge room, but it was laid out pretty well. Loved the bed! It was an extremely comfortable, platform bed. The platform framed the matress an extra six or so inches, but it was cushioned so there was no fear of bumping into it. Nespresso coffee maker in the room with a full complement of coffees and teas. Free internet (and it worked!). Mounted flat screen with satellite had Italian channels, so not a lot of English channel choices, but it was fun watching reruns in Italian. Walk-in closet, with motion sensor lights. Light-blocking drapes, to include one for the door. Bathroom was very spacious and very clean. Separate tub and shower. Didn't use the tub, but it looked to be good-sized and it was very clean. The water pressure in the shower was fantastic! The toilet/bidet area had a sliding door to separate from the rest of the bathroom. There were motion sensor lights in the bathroom to act as a nightlight so there was no need to turn on the lights in the middle of the night. That was a nice design touch. Although the hotel is on a busy street, it was surprisingly quiet in the room. We did not hear other guests within the hotel.
The staff was really great- they were very attentive and friendly. They arranged our amazing Vatican tour and our car to the airport, as well as some very nice recommendations to local restaurants. There's not much of a lobby as it is very small and there is no seating, so don't expect to hang out there. However, why would we? Small glass elevator takes you to the upper floors. We arranged to have a private Vatican tour, which was organized through the hotel. Four+ hours going through the Vatican museums and getting detailed historical context (and by-passing all the lines)-- it was phenomenal.
Perhaps the one area that can use some work is the breakfast. There wasn't much of one. There was food- danishes and minimal choices of fruit, some juice and coffee. Not much choice and it did not seem that appealing. It was also an awkward arrangement, in what seemed a day room. No real table to eat at- a couch and a coffee table. There was no real reason to linger, but that did not affect our overall impression of the hotel.
We would definitely recommend this hotel!
- 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