This is not a standard hotel and it's hard to find at first. There's no sign, only a brass logo beside the door and the numbers "171" to show the street address. It appears to have been a small apartment building at one time and they've converted each of the two suites per floor into a hotel room. I would guess there's no more than 12 rooms in the hotel. There is no restaurant and the lobby consists of a small desk, staffed by one person, and a sofa. There is a bellman during the day but at night, the entrance door is locked and you must get the attention of the night watchman to enter if you don't have a room key to open the outside door. My husband and I arrived on separate flights and even though I pointed out to the evening person and then the night attendant (at 11:30 pm) that he would be arriving just after midnight, he was not able to get in and was left standing on the street for 20 minutes until he was able to wake me via cell phone. I had to go downstairs to let him in and had to walk by the office in the lobby where I could hear the load snoring of the night watchman. A bomb could have gone off and he wouldn't have responded! My husband was dressed in a business suit, carrying a briefcase and felt very exposed at that time of night as the hookers and others spotted him banging on the door of his "hotel". The front desk staff were helpful and the rooms were very clean but many little things like no drinking glasses in the room one night, a wasp's nest on the ceiling of the main room, a running toilet, the cover for the toilet flusher fell off in my hand once, no blanket on the bed, only a sheet and a heavier sheet for a cover, no soap dish in the shower so you needed to hold the soap in your hand, the closet was in the middle of the hallway, no mirror in the bedroom.....all added up for a negative experience for us. I've read the other reviews and if you needed a small kitchen to feed a child and an extra room to spread out a lot of gear, this would work but as a middle-aged couple looking for a secure and comfortable place to stay, we were disappointed. We stayed three days and then returned for another night at the end of our trip. We were travelling with 3 other couples and we all left a suitcase in storage while we were travelling in the countryside. My friend had 2 pairs of expensive shoes stolen from her suitcase while our bags were stored with the hotel. We were NOT impressed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Roma Resort Barberini is a new hotel placed in the heart of Rome's historical center, in a corner of Piazza Barberini at five minutes walking distance from the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Via Veneto and at 50 meters from the Metro Station Barberini (red line A). Recently renovated with care and attention, the establishment offers double, triple, quadruple rooms and a unique Penthouse suite on the top-floor. All the rooms have a large double bed (no twin possible) and a private bathroom with shower. The triple and quadruple have also a comfortable single or double pull-out sofa-bed and a kitchenette. The only two Economy rooms are placed downstairs in the basement or in the hall of the reception. Features: free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, Satellite TV, daily cleaning. Reception open with limited time, check-in from h 02:00 PM to 09:30 PM. Later check-in not possible, nor advising, check your time of arrival before reserving or you'll enter the next morning at 8:00 AM. Staff can help in booking tours of Rome or various tickets. No breakfast is available on site but a lot of good places are just outside the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Barberini Rome
- Residence Barberini Hotel Rome