We previously visited Rome around 8 years ago. Having an idea where we needed to stay we booked 2 rooms last year, due to the location, for our visit this month. Our room should have had a terrace.
On arrival we were told the room wasn't ready and were given a 'family' room - no hot water - told to run it for 5 minutes to allow it to reach our top floor room. I pointed out it had been running for 8 minutes already and I had given up!
Next day we were moved to a standard room as ours was unavailable due to hotel renovation work - which had happened to start that week they said - not by the look of the hotel I thought.
Standard rooms are not small- they are minute, e.g. open the wardrobe door and you can't walk by the bed. The rooms have clearly had a en-suite built into one corner of the bedroom and have actually been built across 60% of the room window. It is then impossible to stand in front of the dressing table mirror as the wall of the en-suite reduces the gap to 15 inches. No trouser hangars in the wardrobe at all and no drawer space - clothes piled in a heap on the top shelf and bottom of the wardrobe.
We subsequently learnt the 'terrace' would have overlooked the interior of the building back yard - not what we had in mind at all.
Having said all the above you cannot fault it's location - turn left out of the hotel door, walk 50 yards up the street, turn left again, walk another 50 yards and, at the corner, look left at the Coliseum at the end of the street. In walking that far you have passed 2 great bars and restaurants and have La Carbonara restaurant 50 yards in the other direction - a very good local restaurant.
On the plus side, the hotel staff are excellent- very friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. Breakfast is adequate but cramped owing to a change of room following the ongoing renovations work.
We tried to visit the roof top terrace but once up there found it covered in building materials and stored furniture items- not great.
One final thought- every night there was a great deal of noise as guests climbed the stairs to their rooms. The corridors echo a great deal and the sound reverberates along them due to no carpets etc- stone/marble floors make poor noise insulators.
There it is - great spot versus small rooms; what is your priority?
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