I booked this hotel for a 4 night stay while in town for business, but ended up staying for only 1 night. The hotel may be fine for leisure travel, but not suitable for working, or staying long periods in the room.
The check-in process was fine, and staff seemed pretty friendly. I was given a voucher for a welcome drink. However, I was told that I arrived too late at night (8 pm) to actually use the voucher.
The room itself is very small, and the decor is pretty old fashioned, though some may consider it rustic Italian charm. I would personally leave this type of historic building with character for sightseeing only, and be able to retire to a calm oasis with modern amenities. Cleanliness seemed decent, but be on the look out for insects that may fly into your room from the window. The window was open when I first got in. The bathroom is also small - I am a slim female, and had issues with my elbows knocking on the shower knob while shampooing.. unintentionally giving myself a cold shower. I don't know how an average sized guy would be able to manage it.
The location is probably the best thing about this hotel. It's a close walk to the Colosseum and lots of shopping. Also, being right across from the Forum, it presents pretty views from the breakfast room.
Breakfast itself was an unimpressive spread, but the croissants were definitely delicious. You can order hot items for an extra fee, but the normal items include cereals and pastries, and 1 variety of cheese and cold meat.
The #1 reason why I decided to switch hotels was due to the poor internet connection. The primary reason for my trip was business, requiring a constantly reliable internet connection. Although the staff gave me the unexpected perk of 48 hours access to the wifi for free (they normally charge for it), it was almost unusable, and I'd have been even more upset if I had to pay for it. They did try to accommodate my concern by suggesting I wait until there was less guest traffic on the system, and offering access to the front desk's hard wire line, but that wouldn't work for my case. The desk and chair in the room are also not suitable for working.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The elegant and exclusive Forum hotel is situated in the very heart of the Eternal City, between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum and just a short walk from many of Rome’s major attractions.The property features a lovely panoramic roof garden restaurant, with an amazing view of the Roman Forum, elegantly-furnished comfortable rooms, spacious lounges, parking, and meeting facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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