We have just returned from a city break in Rome organised by Riviera Travel for a group of 40 that included our 24 strong party from Sheffield. Overall we were quite well looked after and no great problems encountered. At the time a part of the front of the hotel was covered in scaffolding and we were told that none of our party would be in a room affected by this, however the balcony of our room was covered on scaffolding. Anton our guide insisted on getting a change of room and we were taken to another room without scaffolding.
The new room turned out to much smaller and the wardrobes looked like they had come flatpacked and put together by someone with no DIY experience. We immediately returned to reception saying the room was unacceptable and got the response that the hotel was fully booked and they couldn't change the room. However as my wife could speak a reasonable amount of Italian and had a somewhat stubborn streak, the argument was won and we were provided with another room that was perfectly satisfactory. Apart from this incident the hotel was fine and made a good a base from which to explore the City.
As previously mentioned the breakfast buffet was fine with plenty of choice although the decor in the breakfast room was interesting with floors sloping into walls along one side of the room giving a strong subterranean , OK if you weren't too late the night before!
The location was good with the main restaurant area of Trastevere within 5 - 10 minutes walk, where there are so many bars and restaurants that you should always find something to your taste. This area gets really lively in the evenings, even around midnight there are still some shops open. Great fun.
Transport links are good with the no 8 tram virtually on the doorstop to take you into the centre of Rome. Once there it is great fun to use the little electric buses; we used the no 116 & 119. The 116 goes round a lot of the narrow, cobbled backstreets, so you get to see parts of the city you might not otherwise visit and you will quite often get into a conversation with other local passengers/visitors. It's route runs from near the Ponte Principe to near the Villa Borghese. However be prepared for a bumpy ride across the cobbles and constant near misses with parked cars and vespas.
To sum up, it was a perfectly adequate base for our needs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Trastevere, one of Rome’s oldest most vibrant neighborhoods, Worldhotel Ripa Roma is daringly modern and smart with a look and feel of a contemporary art gallery. Modern design in no way inhibits the personal service and attention devoted to all guests. 197 rooms and suites to optimize space, light and comfortin a chic but friendly atmosphere. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV, minibar, working desk with sofa, WI-fi connection and rooms Rituals amenities. Mini gym on first floor with Techno-gym facilities.Underground parking. Ripa Place, our newly refurbished restaurant is a bistrot serving innovative roman cuisine to appeal and surprise our guests and friends. The minimal and chic atmosphere is enriched by a selected list of local wine.When in Rome, you cannot miss: strolling around in Campo de’Fiori, rent a scooter to feel like the famous couple Peck-Hepburn for a real Roman Holiday, every day at noon on the Gianicolo Hill the cannon sound Midday, sunset at Giadino degli Aranci, Aventine key hole, test if he really loves you and ask him to put his hand inside the Mouth of truth inside church S.Maria in Cosmedin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ripa Hotel Rome
- Hotel Ripa Rome
- Rome Hotel Ripa