We stayed here in September 2011. We were upgraded to a junior suite which was spacious and a great location (on the hotel corner, second floor which made it easy to use stairs). The room was fantastic - plenty of space - and the breakfast was a very nice European breakfast. The hotel staff are really attentive - they know your name, always asking if there is anything they can do, and treat you like it is a small boutique hotel. The restaurant recommendations were also really good.
Two potential improvements - at our time of staying there, they advertised that they had a modern exercise room. It was not up to even basic US multigym standards. They told me that they were in the process of upgrading it late in 2011 so this may have been changed. It was not a reliable option for any type of cardiovascular or weight workout so this was disappointing. The other note is that they arranged a tour guide for us to take us through the Vatican Museums and St. Peters. We did not learn much more from her than we could have with a guide book. We were there in September and it wasn't terribly crowded so we didn't even use her access pass to get us anywhere faster. For the 200 Euro price it was not worth it. One other thing we noted is that there are hundreds of tour guides taking people around the vatican -- you could almost just stand near a group at a major place of interest (say, the Sistine Chapel) and you would get the high points just be listening.
The hotel itself is in a fabulous location near Piazza Navona but it is not at all loud - it is actually a wonderful oasis in Rome. We will definitely stay here again. These guys have it figured out.
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