We stayed three nights at the Kolbe Hotel. The hotel is very well located right next to the Roman Forum. It is an old convent that has been converted into a hotel and appointed with modern furnishing and decorations. The hotel has a lovely quiet courtyard and is a pleasant place to eat breakfast or sit with a wine or beer.
The staff were all very friendly but unfortunately there did not seem to be enough of them. At the time of our stay a couple of large tour groups were also staying at the hotel. While the groups were being attended to for meals there were no staff left to attend to other guests, so on several occasions we were left waiting with other non-tour guests for both table service and service at the bar.
The rooms were nicely appointed, although the bathroom was small and the shower was a full length gyzmo that was annoying and we didn't enjoy. We were given a loft style with the lounge and bath on one level and an open bedroom on a mezzanine level. The airconditioning was ineffective at cooling the bedroom area which was hot and stuffy through the night. The mezzanine was quite high above the lounge with a steep set of stairs to reach it. The stairs were metal and very slippery and felt dangerous, especially when visiting the bathroom in the middle of the night.
We had the opportunity to come back to Rome on the same trip but chose to stay somewhere else because the negatives were just slightly tipped against the positives for us on this hotel.
- 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