My wife and I spent the last 4 nights of our trip to Italy in the centrally-located Albergo Cesari. Operated since 1787, it is housed in a brown-stuccoed building (complete with some missing exterior plaster) a short block south of busy Via del Corso, the main street between Piazza Venezia and Piazza del Popolo, and on the main pedestrian route between the Fontana di Trevi and Pantheon (each about 5 minutes away). The area is filled with restaurants and shopping. A 15 minute walk north will take you to the fancy designer stores and eating establishments near the Spanish Steps and 10 minutes west is Piazza Navona with more expensive cafes. Just south of the latter is Campo de Fiore, with lots of fruit, vegetable, and clothing stands as well as cafes. Equidistant from the hotel is the Roman Forum area which sits just south of Piazza Venezia. The Vatican is on the west side of the river, about a 30 minute brisk stroll from the hotel. We walked everywhere, only taking a cab from our rental car drop-off point in the parking lot of Villa Borghese to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport (the front desk staff arranged a limo for us and he was a delight, a friendly limo driver with fine English skills).
The hotel decor is conservative and a bit dull, the formal wood furniture and long draperies and bedspreads in striped green and yellow matching well with the wooden floors. Our room was very large and could actually accommodate two other guests with the chairs that open into beds. Windows were provided with heavy panes and shutters that worked well to keep out the noise and light (while one street in front of the hotel is strictly pedestrian, the adjacent Piazza di Pietra and other streets do serve motorscooters, taxis, and some other vehicles, so there is city noise, including the early morning when the street sweepers come out). There was plenty of storage space in a wardrobe and drawers. The bathroom was a bit dated but very clean; the hot water was slow to develop in the morning when everyone was waking up. The halls kind of wander around with steps here and there, but an elevator is provided to eliminate most, if not all of them, depending on your room location. The breakfast room on the 1st floor has 10 small tables; food consisted of cheeses, meats, fruit, breads, and pastries. Staff was friendly and very professional, making restaurant suggestions and reservations if asked. A computer in the lobby was available for guest use (sign up at the front desk to gain access to it), but was popular and not always unoccupied.
Make sure you walk one block south of the hotel to see the charming Piazza Sant'Ignazio which looks like a freshly-painted stage set and the Galleria Alberto Sordi just northeast of the hotel, which is a handsome, recently-restored interior shopping "mall". The Colosseum, a 30 minute walk away, is well worth a visit; make sure to save time to look at the museum located on the upper arcade near the elevators, which has a nice selection of Greek and Roman building ornamentation, stone friezes, and pottery. The city is fun to walk; we even happened to be in the Piazza San Pietro when the Pope was making his Wednesday late-morning blessing of the crowd. And as we were leaving on our last day, a large crowd was peacefully gathering with colorful banners at the prime minister's residence a block away in support of farmers.
The Albergo Cesari was a fine, reasonably-priced and well-located hotel for exploring Rome.
- 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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