My husband and I just returned from a stay at the Hotel Raphael and loved it. It is small but sophisticated in an understated way. The location is excellent, just off the Piazza Navona on a relatively quiet side street. Upon arrival, we were provided with a "welcome" cappuccino and cookies in the lobby -- just what we needed after our overnight flight. We were upgraded to a junior suite on the first (i.e., second) floor, and found it very comfortable. The marble bathroom had both tub and glassed-in shower, and while not roomy, it was fine for two. There were two large arched windows providing a nice view of a small courtyard along the street below; unfortunately, these were not entirely soundproof, so we could hear late-night revelers passing by until we turned on the fan to mask the street noise. It was also difficult to regulate the room temperature at night, so we were a bit warmer than we would have liked (the A/C had been turned off for the season).
Despite these minor factors, the hotel was handsome and charming and the staff was universally cheery and helpful. Everyone was friendly and greeted us whenever we passed by. The lobby is brightly decorated in reds and yellows with attractive art and many inviting sofas and chairs. While the rooms are decorated with antiques, the stairs and hallways are modern in design, with chrome railings and sleek lines; it's a bit incongruous, but it works. We had drinks (reasonably priced) but no meals in the hotel. The front desk was great about calling taxis and bringing our bags promptly. There was a concierge desk, but it was never occupied during our stay; good thing we didn't need any concierge services.
We plan to stay here again when we next visit Rome.
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