My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Barocco in Rome, Italy the last week of October 2009 for our honeymoon. The hotel in the Piazza Barberini. It does not have a grand entrance so is hard to see from the street. You actually have to go down the side street to go into the hotel’s entrance. Once inside, there was a large arrangement of fresh flowers that made the lobby smell wonderful. The lobby is small and the elevator even smaller. I was a little worried getting on it being it barely holds 3 people with luggage, but we didn’t get stuck.
The positive: We had the honeymoon package, so we stayed in a junior suite. It was a very nice room. There were a dozen long stemmed red roses in our room when we arrived, which added a nice romantic feel to the sitting area. There was also fresh fruit set out in our room daily. Our balcony was huge and had a wonderful view of the square. The rooms next to us had a wall around most of their balcony, so we were fortunate to be able to look out over the square. The room was fairly quiet. You could hear some of the street noise outside, but if you closed the outside shutters of the windows, it was not bothersome at all. The hotel staff was very friendly and spoke very good English. Each concierge was able to assist us in recommendations for a place to eat and in directions to get there or anywhere else in the city. Their recommendations were always excellent choices for the types of places we wanted to eat. If you need an iron and ironing board the hotel will bring you one on request, but it does not stay in the room. Anytime we had a request (like needing a converter plug, the iron, etc.) the hotel staff would have it to our room within five minutes. I was very impressed with the service. Unfortunately we only got to eat breakfast one morning our entire stay due to leaving early for tours (and sleeping in), but it was very good and the food was fresh (eggs, thinly sliced bacon, cheeses, coffee cakes, etc). The location of the hotel was excellent. Most of the sites and good places to eat were a 5-10 minute walk. The Coliseum and Vatican would be a too far to walk, but the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, St. Mary’s Basilica, Fontana Trevi, and many others were well within walking distance. The hotel also has an airport transfer for Euro 50, which I would recommend using as it will be a private car with plenty of room (unlike the taxi’s that are small, compact cars). The hotel will arrange for the transfer. The hotel also arranges for taxis if you need one to go anywhere. All you have to do is let the front desk know 2-3 minutes before you’re ready to leave and the taxi will be there that quickly.
The negative: The king bed was firm, but in doing reviews I read this seems to be typical in Rome. The bathroom is a little small by American standards, but was still nice. I would recommend taking your own hairdryer though as the one in the bathroom is not very powerful and takes a bit to warm up, so it took a while to dry my hair. The room has an “old” feel to it, but I liked it given that we were in Rome and I did not want to stay at a typical American hotel. The elevator was out of service about three times while we were there, but not for very long. I would also recommend taking your own converter plug. The hotel let us borrow theirs and it worked fine for charging the cameras, but when I tried to run my small portable fan that I brought with me, it blew out the converter and my fan. It was actually funny after the shock of it wore off!
All-in-all, I would definitely recommend staying at the Hotel Barocco. The helpful staff, excellent service, and location of the hotel will make your stay in Rome a memorable one!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Bernini's Triton Fountain, the Barocco is a boutique hotel with just 37 rooms (and a staff of 22!) Located in an old aristocratic building in the heart of Baroque Rome. Carefully refurbished in 2010 and 2012 to offer guests superior standards of comfort and style, the Barocco has followed the example of leading international hotels, becoming 100% smoke-free.Attention to detail, absolute cleanliness, unique and highly sought-after rooms, an atmosphere from times past, and 21st-century technology, make guests' stay at the Barocco a warm Italian experience full of magic. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barocco Hotel Rome
- Hotel Barocco