Wow! Finally someone dared to break away form the traditional style in an old part of Rome in favor of a thoroughly modern design and high tech amenities, and combine it with the attentive, very personal service.
The location is reasonably good, if you don't venture towards the railroad station (which is ugly in every single city I've visited), but the other side provides access to Republica with subway connection to Vatican, Spanish Steps and Barberini/via Veneto, and buses to elsewhere. Via Nazionale has lots of shops, and there are plenty of restaurants around. Opera is next door (literally).
Rooms are very large, comfortable, with nice beds, lighting and bathrooms. Very fast free Wi-Fi in the room (their internet provider plays a big brother, though, blocking some web sites, which mistakenly prevented me from accessing one of my work-related sites; that was annoying). The breakfast is very good in quality and variety, and could be had on a rooftop veranda or indoors.
If you arrive by car - make sure to request a permit from the front desk, because they are in a limited traffic area. Parking garage is 2 blocks away, but it's not cheap.
Overall - this hotel was a fresh breath of comfort and relaxation at the end of our 8 day trip around country, and I will call them first next time I am in Rome. Unfortunately, their introductory sale will end sometime, but at this time it was a great value and a great pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IQ is a 4-star hotel, with a twist! Located in downtown Rome, just a short 15 minute walk from the Trevi Fountain or the Colosseum and with Repubblica metro station just 200 metres away, hotels don't get much central than this. IQ guests enjoy free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel, a lovely terrace where to unwind overlooking the Opera House, and free access to our gym and sauna. We believe in tailor-made hospitality, so there are vending machines in virtually every floor, where you can buy yourself a bottle of wine, a pack of crisps, a tooth-brush or even an umbrella (not that you'll need it often!), All at very competitive prices. Now that you've found us... Welcome to a whole new hotel experience! IQ STAFF ... more less
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