We chose this hotel due to its location, price, and reviews we had read online. We were situated in a room on the second floor in the building across the road from the main reception, and stayed for 6 nights in the middle of July. (Be aware that the building across the road which we stayed in has no lift, which means carrying luggage up the flights of stairs!)
First of all, this hotel is ideally situated 5 minutes walk from the Colosseum, Forum, etc, and a 40 minute walk from the Vatican via the Tiber River- so highly recommended for those who wish to get the most out of their holiday through sightseeing, but don't wish to stay in a hostel. Our room was a private room with double bed, and had an en-suit which included shower, toilet, sink and bidet. The bed was a bit on the short side (my partners feet hung off the end!) but was comfy enough to sleep in. The was air-conditioning in the room, which was highly appreciated in the middle of summer! And large opening windows to allow some fresh air. Our only issue with the room itself was that after the first day, the shower had no hot water- which meant freezing cold showers! As we has such a busy schedule, we did not report this to reception- but I have no doubt that it would have been sorted straight away had we bothered to report it.
The staff at this hotel were especially friendly, and provided us with a map of Rome on our arrival, circling the hotel and then the main sights for us to visit on the map. The staff also recommended a nice local restaurant for us to eat in, and were easy to communicate with as their standard of English was very high. The hotel ask that you leave your keys with them when you leave, and we never had any problems with this. They have security on the reception desk 24/7 for those who might be arriving back to the hotel late at night, or leaving early in the morning.
The breakfast in the mornings is basic, but more than adequate. The breakfast room can get quite busy in the mornings though, and so arriving early is recommended if you don't wish to wait! (We usually went for breakfast 30minutes after it opened and, in the middle of July, never had to wait. But some who came down 10/15 minutes after us struggled to find seats).
Overall, this hotel is highly recommended for couples or friends wishing to visit Rome in order to have a busy sightseeing holiday, and wish to have somewhere quite and friendly to rest at night.
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