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“A Fantastic Stay at Residenza Cellini!”
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Residenza Cellini
Ranked #121 of 1,267 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 28, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at Residenza Cellini for a total of 5 nights in early March, 2011. We were given a "late winter" rate of 180 euros per night for a junior suite with breadfast , service and taxes included. After hearing all the stories about "european sized rooms", I was worried about the size of the room. It was quite spacious, and my wife, college-aged son and I had plenty of elbow room. I had also heard about standards of cleanliness in Europe being different from those in the U.S. Not so here. The room was as as clean as any I have ever stayed in at home or abroad.

We very much liked the fact that the hotel combines great rooms with excellent service. Barbara de Paolis and her staff were happy to make reservations for us both before our arrival and after our stay. The staff was also considerate about numerous small gestures that made our stay so memorable. Ice for drinks before dinner was swiftly delivered. When my wife wanted to take breakfast in her room, the staff saw me carrying a plate and graciously got me a tray and took it to the room. The staff was happy to store our luggage while we were in Florence, and thoughtfully placed the bag back in our room when we arrived. We were given a bottle of prosecco with peanuts and salty snacks on our last night due to the length of our stay.

There are no public rooms; you basically have your room, a terrace on the fifth floor we didn't visit due to the weather; and a computer in the breakfast room. We didn't find this to be a problem at all. We also read a review that cautioned against the third floor due to noise. Our room was quiet (except for sirens, we heard no street noise).

The location is a little distant from places like Trastevere and Piazza Navona. On the other hand, the Metro was close, and Termini an easy walk. The neighborhood is great. There is a wonderful bakery, restaurant, sandwich shop (Dagnino) a couple of blocks away that we frequented when we did not want to go out to a big dinner. There is a grocery store and pharmacy within a block or two. You are near some interesting sites, including the church housing the "Ecstasy of St. Terese", the National Museum of Rome, and an historic church built on the Baths of Diocletian. The Vatican, Colloseum, Piazza Bernini, and Spanish Steps are easily assessible by Metro.

We bought the Rome pass (25 euros), and used it quite a bit. If you have more than three people in your party, take advantage of the car service (55 euros). Somewhat more expensive than the trains, but worth it if you arrive tired in a new city.

Finally, Residenza Cellini went out of its way to let us check in early, a godsend if you have an overnight flight.

I consider myself a tough critic, but Residenza Cellini earned its five stars.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2011

This was our first trip to Rome. We chose Residenza Cellini because of all of its good reviews on Tripadvisor and the reviews were right!
Upon arrival at the airport, the hotel arranged a shuttle to pick us up. They took us to the hotel. The hotel is on the third floor in the building. We took an old fashioned lift up to the third floor. The lobby is small but beautiful. All of the staff members were awesome. We arrived at 11am and our room was not quite ready because check in was not until 1pm and our room was still being prepared. Even though we were early, they let us enjoy their buffet breakfast and let us store all of our luggage so we could go sightseeing. By reading the reviews and info on the website, I didn't realize how conveniently located Residenza Cellini is. The staff gave us very helpful, clear instructions and gave us a map that made it very easy for us to see how to get around on the bus system. For only $4 euro per person you can ride the buses all day long and the buses stop right near all the main attractions. You could actually walk everything as well-the hotel was close to everything. After about 10 hours sightseeing, we went back to our hotel and found that the junior suite room we reserved was very nice, large and clean. Real hardwood floors & tall ceilings. The bathroom had an awesome 5 jet jacuzzi tub that was absolutely perfect after the long work out my legs had sightseeing. The front desk directed us to a local pizzeria/restaurant for dinner and the food was very good. In the morning, the breakfast buffet was great. Lots of options, good food and although the breakfast room was a little on the smaller side, it was never a problem as there were never more than 3-4 couples in the room eating at once. At check out they quickly arranged a taxi to take us to the train station. We loved this hotel and how easy and luxuriously comfortable they made our stay- very attentive to our needs and very helpful with all of our questions. We will recommend this hotel and definitely stay here again our next time in Roma!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2011

stayed in this hotel for 5 nights, here's the thing, it's way overrated!

i'll start with the cons:
when we arrived it was freezing cold in the room and the girl at the reception couldn't help (the AC was off and she didn't know how to switch it on),
room itself was not spectacular but livable,
shower absolutely tiny (all appliances worked well though, nothing to complain about there),
small breakfast room (i felt like an elephant)
the hotel is not a normal type, but the appartment if not to say hostel type (there're many hotels in the same building)
not so many good restauratns nearby (but there's a good one on the same street)
there's a top-floor terrace which sadly was a mess (it's likely that they fix it by summer)

pros:
location was not bad (i would choose another next time though, Trastevere maybe), there're some shops on Via Nationale (especially liked Max Mara, good service, good price)
free Wi-Fi
everything worked well i the room and the staff were quite efficient

It's an average hotel, nothing more to say. sorry!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2011

This hotel was a small and discreet "perfect find" for a romantic few days away in a fantastic City. The service was fantastic in every aspect, the staff were attentive and fell over themselves to help you with everything. They were always on hand and very friendly. The rooms were clean, spacious and very romantic. It was cold breakfast only, but always plenty available and an adequate selection and variety. We spent lots of time relaxing in the hotel as it was so comfortable and the environment was great.

If you are planning on getting a taxi back to this hotel, be sure to take the full address out with you as we found most drivers weren't aware of its exact location by name alone.

The hotel was located right in the centre of Rome and we were able to walk to every site that we wanted to see. I would also advise anyone visiting Rome for a Romantic break to try and get a table at "The Library" restaurant, wonderfully romantic and a sure guarantee to impress your partner!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2011

Had an amazing holiday in Rome, and that was mainly thanks to the warm reception and beautiful accommodation of the Residenza Cellini. We booked the 2 bed apartment and everything was very stress free. They had booked us a limousine service which was only €55 from Ciampino airport and was well worth it as he took us straight to the apartment. We were met by Gaetano who spent an hour with us showing us the apartment, where to eat, visit etc. We had maid service at the time and day of our choosing. The apartment was beautiful, very well appointed and perfect for our needs and absolutely spotless. There were plenty of supplies left for us too for the time of our stay (5 nights) and the Despar shop was nearby if we needed anything else. There are plenty of local restaurants nearby which would suit every budget. The apartment has the best location in Rome I think, being only minutes walk away from the Vatican, The Castello de Angelo, Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, Pantheon and Piazza navona. The Colosseum is a short and handy bus ride away. Its also only across the bridge from the main shopping areas too. I loved the freedom of staying in the apartment and would definitely choose to stay here again when we go back.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank SuzieQ37
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

Maria and i have just spent yet another wonderful break in our home away from home at the De Paolis family's Residenza Cellini.Barbara, Donato and Gaetano are so well served by Francesca,Robert and all the excellent staff. We are made to feel so welcome in a warm, friendly and relaxing environment. The quality of the rooms, the decor the beautifuk flower displays and the soft pastoral background music especially appreciated in the small breakfast room all contribute to the charm of this gem of a hotel.
Hotel is excellently located and so quiet it's hard to believe it's in the heart of a busy and noisy city.We wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else in Rome, we love it in the Cellini.
Damien Halpin

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank LukeChristian
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

Barbara and Co. have a fantastic hotel. The location was the best, because it is located really close to the Metro and there are several places nearby where you can grab an afternoon gelato or glass of wine. Plus, there are a number of great restaurants the staff will recommend for you. In our experience you should always have hotels like this call and make your dinner reservations for you, because you will get better service at the restaurant. At several of our dinners we were treated to prosecco and free desserts. The staff and location (in that order) are what make this place a 5-star recommendation (the room was great too).

Some advice if arriving by train: you can walk to the hotel from Termini Station, but it is so easy to get here from the Repubblica Metro Stop. Just get your Roma Pass and start using the metro as soon as you get here to avoid the walk and getting lost ;-)

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank buckiz1980
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Address: Via Modena 5, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Rome
#24 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#73 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range: $167 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Residenza Cellini 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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