It's not very often you discover a place in the heart of a major tourist area that makes you feel at home. But Relais Maddalena is the place in the great old city of Rome for us. As long as they have the same wonderful staff and standards we will never stay anywhere else when we visit the city.
We used the Limo service arranged by the hotel and it was first rate, a friendly young driver dressed to impress driving a slick new Mercedes. We felt like stars as we traveled through the countryside from the airport to Rome. And considering the narrow streets and crazy drivers once we were in the old city, it's amazing that the limo didn't have scars, dings and dents.
We had seen the facade of the hotel from the Internet and were prepared for a rather plain yellowish rectangular building on a small cobblestone cover square within a stones throw of the Pantheon. We were greeted by a smiling Francesca who didn't speak much English, but her charm and enthusiasm was all the communication we needed after 18 hours on the road.
We didn't see too much of Francisco, but he gave us his number to call 24 hours a day if we needed anything at all. He is very charming and speaks perfect English.
We totted our bags up one level to our room and we were floored by our delightful & romantic room with coved ceilings and venician plaster walls, and a window which faced the church in the square. Unlike vanilla major chain hotel rooms this room had class, it oozed Rome. The bed was large and comfortable and the bathroom modern with a great shower. The linen was silky and towels were fluffy.
When the window was open, you could clearly hear the bustle and chirping of tourists and locals going about their business as well as cabs, motorcycles and the chattering of kids taking a break in a school across the way. But once the windows were closed, you could hardly hear a thing except sometimes late at night on a Friday or Saturday when you could slightly hear a few drunks singing at the top or their lungs.
If there was one little nit to pick it would be the sound of the air conditioning motor when it was running. Fortunately, the weather was perfect and we didn't use it the whole time. I'm sure they have this fixed by now, but check it out before you take the room.
The location as all of my fellow Trip Advisor reports have mentioned, was perfect. In the center of where the action was with a zillion shops and restaurants a few steps a way from the hotel doorstep. BTW I highly recommend Cul de Sac enoteca for my wine loving friends. You'll find a review here on Trip Advisor.
The staff is eager to help you find your way in the city and will arrange transport to the airport or to any where else you need a ride. But the location made needing wheels only necessary when reluctantly leaving for your next destination.
It's a good thing that I loved the room because I came down with a nasty bug my second day. And I must say that Francesca and Anastasia heroically helped us cope through a nasty couple of days. All in all it's a wonderful place to call home when in Rome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relais Maddalena stands right in the middle of everything! This cozy 6 room guest house is the ideal couch for those who love to get to Rome on a weekend for a romantic getaway or a quick tour of the historical centre. We are just 300 feet away from the Pantheon and the location is really convenient if you like to enjoy the beauty of monumental Rome without using the car or public transportation: everything is at hand and can be reached with an easy walk. The rooms are all elegant and functional; you will find hand made upholstery and fine antiques, king size beds and sound proof windows, plus all the comfort of modern technology: air conditioning/heating, minibar, satellite and cable TV, internet connection, safebox and more! Many rooms have a lovely view outside on piazza della Maddalena and on piazza Rondanini, two among the neatest small piazzas of central Rome.We clean the rooms every day and change the linen every 2 days, and towels every time is needed. All our rooms have private bathrooms, which are spacious and comfortable. The staff is helpful and will do nearly anything to make your stay in Rome the most enjoyable. Ciao!. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Maddalena Hotel Rome