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“Good hotel with below average restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Kolbe Hotel Rome

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Kolbe Hotel Rome
Ranked #163 of 1,290 Hotels in Rome
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
“Good hotel with below average restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

I stayed in this hotel in November. The staff was friendly and helpful, the price was solid and the room was pretty good. We had a room on the first floor with a door to the outside which was nice and the bathroom was very large. It was clean and the location was good.

My only qualm with this hotel is the restaurant. We ate there the night we arrived because we were tired from traveling. The restaurant served us the worst food I ate during my entire trip in Italy. For a 4 star hotel, I expected a lot more. It was a Friday night so I don't think we ate there on an "off" night for the kitchen. It's not only over-priced but borderline inedible.

I'd recommend this hotel as long as guests eat somewhere else.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

This place is a joke. Décor is horrible. It is extremely loud and the front staff is extremely rude. The lady who checked out completely lied about the conversion rate as we were in a hurry.

The owner of the restaurant keeps all of the tips from servers and the food is horrible.

Don't waste your money, there are much nicer hotels in the same area.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

We spent 5 fabulous days in Rome at the start of October. We chose the Kolbe hotel because of its proximity to the Circus, Palatine, Roman Forum and Coliseum and it proved to be a great choice. Rooms are very modern and comfortable. We we had a view over the courtyard garden although some rooms face the Palatine hill and Roman Forum. It was within east reach of other major sites too and in walking distance of both Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto, both great for dinner.
Staff on reception were very knowledgeable about the main attractions and the best way to see them. We would definitely stay there again - it provided a haven of tranquility in a very busy city.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Superb location in the heart of rome. Next to everything all within walking distance. Staff really helpful and chatty. Rooms clean tidy and the whirlpool spa bath was a godsend after walking rome all day. Good food and drink selection but the winner for us was the hotels location.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dover, Kent
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

We arrived having booked and paid for a "superior room" and were shown into a tiny room with a tiny bathroom. Having put down our suitcases we could hear talking (not shouting or anyone rowing) quite audibly through the walls. This was unacceptable. We immediately returned to reception and stated our concerns. The receptionist told us that she had been there for five years and we were the first people to complain about noise. Her inference was clear, I was not being truthful. She then told me that we had been given a superior room to which I replied that I should hate to see what an inferior room was like. We were, happily, offered a choice of two other rooms, one of which was not an improvement but the other certainly was. The room we took was large, airy, had a mezzanine floor where there was a very comfortable double bed. The bathroom had a jacuzzi bath (most welcome after a hard day's walking around Rome).

I won't go into location of the hotel, which for us was fine as this was our eighth visit to Rome, other people have described the location pretty accurately but I will say that having stayed in a number of Roman hotels, the actual facilities offered to us were really no better than those in a three star hotel and in no way are comparable to other four star hotels we have stayed in, in Europe. A four star hotel offers four star accommodation in its most basic rooms - usually robes, slippers, tea and coffee facilities in room, iron and ironing board, iPod dock and complimentary water. None of these apart from the slippers were included in our room. I would gladly have swapped a jacuzzi bath for an ordinary bath and have the usual facilities of a four star room when I have paid four star prices.

We could not look out of windows as they were blinded by opaque glass panels and so only the blue sky was visible, not really what you want in a hotel.

Most staff members were very helpful and friendly although we rarely called upon them for assistance. We did not use the restaurant so cannot comment on it.

Suffice to say that although the actual building of the hotel was beautiful, when looking for a four star hotel in Rome again, this hotel will not be on our list.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kingston, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

First off - we've stayed on the Aventine as well in years past and the hotel there (San Pio) just had a bit more charm (the Aventine is my favourite area in Rome). However, it's a bit of a walk off the Aventine and the Kolbe is really well situated to most of the 'downtown' Rome people want to see. There were no real shortcomings to the Kolbe - efficient and friendly staff, good breakfast, OK price, super location, adequate room. A former convent, it's quite lovely in the foyer and reception area, as well as the restaurant, and has a really nice back garden - quiet and calming. The room, albeit nice and clean and well appointed, was out of character to the look of the hotel, having modern furniture and an almost Scandinavian style. A bit clinical, I found, and not really very charming. But that didn't matter much since, like most tourists, we were on the go the whole time. By the way, don't settle for the coffee out of the machine at breakfast - ask one of the friendly staff and they will gladly get you a fresh cappuccino or machiato or americano or espresso using fresh beans in the kitchen (the machines are Nestle).

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

We had a huge room with a round king size bed and a pull out couch. Bathroom was very modern with both toilet and bidet. Staff was very friendly and helpful - spoke both Italian and English. Hotel was walking distance to the Colosseum. Great continental breakfast. A bit pricey but very nice.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Kolbe Hotel Rome
Address: Via San Teodoro, 48, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Aventine , Ripa / Aventino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#88 Family Hotel in Rome
#97 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#190 Business Hotel in Rome
#230 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kolbe Hotel Rome 4*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Kolbe Hotel Rome, where the Ancient and Modern blend to create a new form of hospitality. The Kolbe Hotel Rome will host you in a setting with all the flavour and fascination of history, but with the service and style of the most modern and prestigious accommodation. This unique four star hotel is set in a magnificent 17th century building, which was a former Franciscan convent, and is strategically located in front of the Roman Forum, very close to the Colosseum and just a nice and comfortable walk to the Spanish Steps, Trevi fountain and Navona Square as well as to the main shoppings streets such as Via Condotti and Via Frattina. It also offers a very quick and easy connection to the Vatican and every area of the city. Trastevere, the charming medieval district with restaurants, bars and cafes is within walking distance. The hotel has 72 rooms, all recently renovated and fully equipped with Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions and air-conditioning, most of which face the Roman Forum or the enchanting internal garden. The indoor spaces at the "Al Palatino "Garden Restaurant also reflect our efforts to achieve a perfect blend between past and present, the distinctive feature of the Kolbe Hotel Rome. Moreover the Hotel bar, lobby and garden will be a place of refuge to wind down at the end of the day, sipping a drink or just relaxing to the soft music and lighting, especially designed for your maximum comfort and serenity. The whole staff is glad to welcome you to the Kolbe Hotel Rome! ... more   less 
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