We have just come back from a short break in Rome, where we stayed in the Hotel Bailey on a recommendation from a friend. We had a good-sized room (604) which was very clean and comfortable, with an adequate marble bathroom.
The hotel is a little bit away from the main tourist sites, but we had no problem with that, and there are a number of restaurants and cafes nearby that are not remotely touristy, which is nice in such a busy, touristy city.
We were very happy with the hotel and its environs. It is a pleasant walk to the Spanish Steps, and from there to the various other attractions. If your feet become tired, as they inevitably will in a city like Rome with all its marble floors, taxis are very good value. We took a taxi from Trastevere back to the hotel on Sunday afternoon (not much traffic, but higher rates apply) and it was only about €8. Rome is a city to walk around, but after a hard day's sightseeing, taking a taxi back to the hotel is a sensible option.
If you don't want to make your way back into the tourist centre of the city, the nearby Ristorante la Lampada serves good home-made pasta.
When you go to a city primarily for the sightseeing, the grandeur of your hotel is immaterial. The Bailey is very comfortable (though I thought the breakfast coffee was fairly bad), and the perfect spot to come back to in the evenings.
On the subject of sightseeing, the suburb of EUR (take the metro to EUR Termi) has wonderful examples of 'fascist classical' architecture to provide a cultural counterpoint to the mainly renaissance charms of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate Townhouse Hotel housed in a building dating from the 18th century & re-opened in 2001 after complete renovations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baileys Hotel Rome
- Bailey Hotel
- Hotel Bailey Rome