Trying to find a ‘family’ room in Rome is almost like asking for a private audience with the Pope, but after a few days searching we finally came across the Franklin! The hotel didn’t have the pool we were after, but did have a PS3 in the room. The children now declare that a PS3 in the room is better value than a pool and to them this was ‘the best hotel ever’, so on that score it was a winner!
Once you have found your way to slightly off-map location (we did make it by walking from the metro), the music themed hotel is very welcoming. A small, but enterprising lobby, seamless check in (as the room was ready they were happy to check us in early for our two night stay) and a great room full of musical references and features. There was a treasure hunt for the kids, which they loved. PS3 games and board games were provided too and both the board games and the PS3 received good use. The only thing missing from the room is a curtain (or door!) dividing the area with the sofa-bed and the bed, so that you can watch the news while the children are playing the PS3!
The family rooms are on the ground floor and have access to some outside space too (which we didn’t use, but in hotter weather may well have done). The room has enough space for a family of four, but if you have lots of large luggage you may struggle to fit everything in. There were plenty of towels in the bathroom, Sky Italia on a large screen television (probably the widest range of TV channels available that I have ever come across in a hotel) and the breakfast was great (although traditionally continental, so lovers of a full cooked breakfast would be disappointed).
The hotel is only about 10 minutes from the Vatican and the closest metro station, although to some it may still seem too far away from the action. If you’re happy to walk then the location is no problem at all. Ambient hotel noise (e.g. toilets flushing, high heels on the floor above) did cause a bit if disruption to me, but these things and subsequent irritation level depend widely on the type of person you are.
One other thing that bothered my wife was the irregular shaped wooden bed frame, which despite looking great, meant she walked into it several times and banged her leg. Someone who gets out of bed on the ‘right’ side would not be aware of this problem, but it is worth mentioning.
On our departure the hotel arranged a taxi transfer from the hotel to the airport (FCO), which was an interesting experience. I thought India was bad, but I hadn’t taken a taxi in Rome until this trip! Still, at €45 for four it was a good value (and quick) ride!
We would happily stay at this hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Franklin Feel The Sound is not just a hotel. It is the ideal place from which to visit the center of Rome in an intimate, family-friendly setting, just steps away from the elegant Prati quarter. If, like us, you are passionate about music, design and technology, come visit us at the Hotel Franklin Feel The Sound, a relaxing 3 star accommodation option in Rome where you can enjoy your trip to the rythm of your favourite music! Feel Our Sound and make it resound in one of our 22 rooms inspired in Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Soul music. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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