This hotel is in an excellent location, just a short walk from the Pantheon in one direction, and the Trevi Fountain in another direction. Be aware though, that with this location in the centre of the historical district comes nearby restaurants that cater to tourists (e.g. pizza topped with French fries), high prices, noisy rooms, and people everywhere.
My husband and I were travelling with a party of 8, so we were able to see a few of the rooms in the hotel. Our room was #46 (fourth floor). The room was very noisy, and the air conditioning did not work fully while we were there; just the fan worked. Also, when we closed the bathroom door to block out the noise, the door rattled when the fan was on. This is a corner room that faces the shops and restaurants below on one side, and a piazza on the other side. The room itself is very spacious, with a small sitting area beside the bed, a minibar fridge, and a small bathroom in the suite (shower only). The room had a large armoire for storing clothes, but I had to ask my husband to hang things up and retrieve them for me because the hanging rod was out of my reach (I am 5'3"). This room also has a musty smell to it that did not exist in other rooms we we in. My understanding, from others in our party who have stayed in Rome before, is that our room was quite spacious by Rome standards. My only other comment about the room itself is that the bed frame squeaked and should be replaced.
Room numbers are not indicative of the floors they are located on. For example, room #29 is on the third floor. This is due to a network of small staircases (5 steps here, 4 steps there) that create somewhat of a maze.
Room 29 has a similar layout to Room 46, but the bathroom is larger, and the room is a bit quieter because it is on the corner of the main road with the shops and restaurants and a smaller alleyway (versus the piazza that Room 46 is on).
Room 27 is a smaller room with two twin beds and a reasonably sized bathroom.
The rooftop terrace has a nice view, and is lovely to sit at for an evening cocktail, which our group did the first night we were there. However, drinks are approximately 3 times as expensive here as at the many restaurants at street level.
The front desk staff are very friendly. The lobby area is very small, with a couple of couches, chairs, and one Internet computer. A bathroom is also located in the lobby area, which is particularly nice if you are walking in the local neighborhood and need to run inside and use the bathroom without going up to your room. An elevator is located in between the front desk and the seating area.
When you leave the hotel, you leave your key at the front desk, and retrieve it when you return.
Breakfast at the hotel is small but adequate. Selection includes bread, cold cuts, pastries, cheese, yogurt, fruit, cereal, juice, milk, coffee. The chairs and tables inside are somewhat uncomfortable, primarily because the chairs are so low to the ground. If the weather cooperates, you can eat outside on the rooftop terrace. Dinner is not served at this hotel.
While not related to the hotel itself, if you plan to travel to Rome in April you should be aware that April 25 is Liberation Day. Italians get the day off work, and many make an extra long weekend out if it. This means even more people than usual, as well as more singing, dancing and general partying in the streets (and in particular in piazzas) than typical.
This is a nice hotel in an excellent area that is particularly well suited to visitors who are in Rome for the first time. If we return to Rome though, we will stay elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Between Fontana di Trevi and the Pantheon. The 48rooms are elegantly furnished and provide a complete range of amenities and facilities. No smoking hotel. Buffet breakfast and trendy bar on the roof garden. Private garage nearby at extra cost. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Cesari Hotel Rome
- Albergo Cesari Rome
- Hotel Cesari Rome
- Cesari Hotel Rome