You can't have everything. There are literally maybe 3 hotels near P. Navona.....if this is where you want to stay ( I do), and have nice quiet quaint cobblestone streets to wander - with Latin remaining inscribed on the windowsills......and with zero traffic, no cars allowed, then Hotel Raphael is a good choice. It used to be full of Roman antiques in the lobby, hopefully still is, making it a very interesting place.
There is a nice small intimate bar and a rooftop bar as well. The hotel is covered with vines, on the street just behind the Piazza Navona, you can't get any closer. Since there are no cars allowed in the area I'm not sure why some of the reviewers would say this isn't a quiet location. The only noise could be from people coming home from restaurants, and an occasional motorcycle a few streets away.
The room I shared with a friend was adequate, not fabulous, but nice. Bathrooms are "let the shower rip" type.....the walls and ceilings are all tile. It's Italy, this is quite common and shouldn't be regarded as a "bad bathroom". I think it's expensive for what you get, but it's nice, and you are in the best area in Rome as far as getting around to anything you'd want to see. I prefer the Hotel Portoguese Roma but this would be second choice, and is MORE expensive than the latter. Both have English speaking staffs, Raphael is a bit stuffier feeling than the more casual Portoguese Roma nearby.
My friend and I had a double room, it had an armoire with plenty of space, 2 double beds, plenty of space to get around the beds, not as upscale as the price would indicate but staying in this location more than makes up for that. Did I mention that before?:-)
I can't imagine staying in any other location in Rome. I can't remember the other hotel close by but when I do I'll review it.
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