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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quiet and exclusive, Residenza Cellini combines the timeless charm of its luxurious historical interiors with the functionality of the most modern and exclusive comforts to ensure a pleasant and restful stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residenza Cellini Hotel Rome
- Residenza Cellini Rome