The hotel is located directly next to the Roman Forum and very close to the Circus Maximus & Colosseum. This was great for us as for me these are the best sights in Rome. Walking to the Colosseum is a must do at night as it is all lit up.
The closest Metro is the Circo Massimo, if you look on a map the Colesseo looks a similar distance but as you can't walk through the Roman Forum the Circo Massimo is the best one to go for.
We decided to walk everywhere from our hotel as it wasn't far and that way you get to see all the streets in between, if you have a smart phone i'd definitely recommend downloading the Tripadvisor Rome app before you go as it's really useful for getting around and seeing whats near you. If you turn data off when you get to Rome & just have GPS then it all works fine and doesn't cost you a penny.
We ate in the nearby Restaurant/Pub that was just right out of the hotel and then first right and it is then hidden on that corner, we really enjoyed it there and after a hard day of walking the last thing you want to for dinner is venture out too far to find some nice dinner. There are some similar nice restaurants around the Colosseum (Some quite expensive, especially for drinks) and also near to Circo Massimo Metro. Again using the app you can see just how well reviewed any nearby restaurant is!
We booked through British Airways Holidays and decided to pay a little extra to get the Superior Room (No View Specified). I also sent an e-mail direct to the hotel to request a nice view & a jacuzzi bath if possible. When we arrived they had indeed upgraded us to the Junior Suite Room which was perfect for a hard day of walking. It's worth sending them an e-mail before you go especially if you aren't travelling in the Peak seasons like we did. I would be interested to have seen the Superior room to have seen the difference but the Junior Suite room had everything you need.
Breakfast - Scrambled Egg, Boiled Egg, Fried Palma Ham, Frankfurters, Croissants, Pastry s etc. For a European breakfast it was definitely one of the best I've had.
The staff in the hotel were all really friendly and were always on hand to answer any questions we had.
To & From The Airport Fiumicino
From the Airport we took the local train to Roma Trastevere train station, from there we got a bus which is just out of the station on the right hand side.(I had a look on Google Maps -Public Transport before we went which helped) This dropped us really close to the hotel and you could then walk from there. The train fare was €8 each so a lot cheaper than the 'Leonardo Express" then the bus cost just €1.50 for a single. As this method dropped us off a lot closer to the hotel than by going via the Rome Termini & then Metro we found it a lot easier than that method and cost less. The walk from Circo Massimo isn't far with no luggage but sure it would seem a lot further dragging a big suitcase. As previous reviewers have mentioned if there is 3/4 of you it's probably worth getting a taxi, there is a set rate of €48 from the airport to the rome centre which would make things easier. Probably worth ensuring you will actually get charged the €48 as you hear of a lot of taxi drivers trying to rip you off from Airports. http://www.revealedrome.com/2013/08/ciampino-airport-taxi.html
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Casa Kolbe Rome