Everything is a tradeoff in an expensive city like Rome. We knew the tradeoffs and this hotel fit the bill.
THE LOCATION IS GREAT. It is a small hotel really right in between the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Campo Dei Fiori and Castel Sant'Angelo. A reasonable walk to the Vatican. Right in middle of good shopping. You can walk pretty much everywhere and not waste a lot of time getting places if you are there for only a few days. AND it is in a nice neighborhood with charm, small streets, shops etc. NOT like by the train station which is often advertized as central but is very unsavory and NOT charming at all. The girls wanted to go to the Trevi fountain at night and back to the hotel themselves which was perfectly fine compared to not fine at all if we had stayed near the train station.
The pleasant surprise was that the STAFF WAS ALSO GREAT. Very accommodating, and friendly. Roberto manned breakfast every morning. Great coffee made however you want, and great information on getting around. He also manned the night desk - we got there quite late, and very helpful. Cosimo manned the desk during the day. Great help printing reservations,boarding passes etc.and always very kind. The opposite of a large impersonal hotel, we felt very well taken care of.
VERY CLEAN ROOM THOUGH SHABBY. The non carpeted floor - some kind of shiny terrazzo? was very clean - walk around with bare feet and your feet are clean. WHY DOESN"T THE MANAGEMENT SPEND A LITTLE MONEY AND REPLACE AGING ITEMS? this would really make this hotel a find! The hallway furniture 2 floors up from the lobby probably used to be attractive and antique style but THREADBARE! and the fabric looked dirty due to so much wear. My lovely brocade bedspread had a hole in it.
There is a small elevator - good for luggage.
They do have air conditioning but you have to call the front desk to have it turned on. Very good cooling which is necessary when it gets hot in Rome. You can open the window but the garbage trucks will be really loud.
Great hot water etc. in bathroom.
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- Also Known As:
- San Silvestro Hotel
- San Silvestro Rome