We were very pleased with this hotel.The room was small but otherwise very nice and comfortable (and, as others have noted, quiet). One minor downside was the lack of a mini bar. All of our other hotel rooms in Europe had one and they were useful to keep a few things cold. Breakfast was very nice as well. Some have commented on the coffee being horrible, but we found it okay - not as good as we had at some other hotels on our trip, but fine to start the day. The terrace was also another plus, though we were only able to use it once since it was raining 2 of the 3 days we were there. The staff was very helpful, offering valuable information about how to get to places. There was a bit of confusion at the end of our stay when we were told the evening before we checked out that we could divide our bill between the cash we had left (we were returning to the US the next day) and our credit card and then told we could not do that the morning we left. But that left us with the pleasant problem of which bottles of wine to buy at the duty free store at the airport to take home with us to run through our euros.
But the location of this hotel is by far and away the biggest selling point. It's a great value for being as close as it is (5 minute walk, I'd say) to Campo dei Fiori. Even closer is a great restaurant right across the street from where you enter (had the swordfish tuscany style - delicious!). Just a few more steps away is Vineria Salumeria Roscoli. We didn't eat there since you seriously need reservations in advance, but bought two bottles of wine there and was not disappointed. They definitely know their wines making it a dependable place to buy one for the room. More accessible is their deli style extension, the Forno Roscioli where we had the best quick lunch of our vacation. We were very pleased being right in the middle of such a great neighborhood in Rome.
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