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“Hotel Madrid-A good choice”
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Hotel Madrid
Ranked #111 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
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Maryland
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“Hotel Madrid-A good choice”
Reviewed October 8, 2009

Hello-
I stayed at Hotel Madrid in early October for 3 nights. I booked the Hotel via venere website (but I noticed I would have received a cheaper rate if I just booked on the hotel website). Anyway, I was nervous about this hotel because of some of the reviews. I e-mailed them in advance and confirmation directly from the hotel was received. Our transfer limo driver easily found the hotel and was able to drop us off at the front door. The limo driver remarked to us that we picked a hotel with a perfect location. The gentleman working the desk helped us move our luggage from the van into the hotel by the desk and then helped us move the luggage to the elevator (much appreciated!). We checked in at 11:00am (early) and the room was ready. Check in was easy and quick. The elevator to the room worked well (we were on the 3rd floor), with a nice large bed.

I was impressed at first glance with the bathroom and bedroom (roomy and clean, no foul odor). It was hot in the room when we first arrived so we closed the windows and turned on the AC which worked fine. Also, the safe was a nice touch and it worked fine too. Bathroom was beautiful and shower pressure was fine (I read another comment that stated poor water pressure which was not the case). Plenty of nice hot water for a long shower. Couldn't find any evidence of mold, dirt or anything to complain about at all. Nice size desk, armoire with 10 hangers. There were no drawers or dressers so we basically just kept everything folded in our suitcases and lived out of them. Also no alarm clock but a working phone and the front desk does wake up calls as needed. Hotel is nice and quiet (which I was worried about because last time I was in Rome I stayed on via del corso which was very loud!!). Also thick curtains help to block out sunlight if you want to sleep in, or they can be pulled back for light. I had read a review that rooms were small so I made sure to book the double superior which was a perfect size!! The price was normal for a big city, and it is similar to other hotels in the area. You are staying in an area with a perfect location for sightseeing and by all the high end shopping (and very safe). If you want a cheap hotel (like near the train station), you are going to pay in other ways (lack of safety, not being able to go outside at night....).

Also, there is a minibar in the room with prices listed on the desk. Maid service did a good job. TV is small and English stations were CNN international and MTV. Wi-fi available in lobby area.

Breakfast was served 7am-10am in the morning buffet style, and consisted of fruit, pasteries, cereal, yogurt, eggs (scrambled and hard boiled), french toast and bacon. Also assorted juices, water and coffee was available. So yummy, perfect breakfast!! Probably the best free breakfast I have ever had at a hotel. The view from the roof-top terrace is nice and you can see St. Peters. Although, there is a picture that someone took of the view from the window to St. Peters, but it is misleading (I think they zoomed in alot for there picture, the Basilica isn't actually that close).

We walked alot to different places in Rome. For shopping Via Condotti and Via Del Corso are within minutes walking and then you can walk to other sites like Spanish Steps (5 minutes), Colesseum (25 minutes), Forum/Circus Maximus (30 minutes), Vatican (40 minutes). Cab ride to Vatican was 10 euros from hotel so we decided to walk afterwards back to the hotel. It was a pleasant walk passing Castle Sant Angelo and crossing the river. Make sure if you need a transfer/taxi to the airport you only accept a flat rate of 40 euro. I think that the hotel driver charges 50 euros. Oh- and make sure that if you are taking a direct flight back to the US they drop you off at terminal T5 at the airport (new terminal for direct Israel and US flights). Plenty of bars and restaurant within 5 minutes walking from hotel.

My overall impression is that it was a good hotel to stay at and I would stay there again. It is an old building but everything was clean (i.e. no rotting wood, no stains on walls, no ragged carpet). In other words, the building doesn't show signs of its age. It was alot of money to stay there but you are paying for location, safety and a good hotel in a large city. I have paid similar prices for far less charming hotels. I rated it a 4 because I thought it was very good for a 3 star hotel. I would say if you are going for more business interests or looking for complete luxury to stay elsewhere. This is just the perfect charming hotel for a stay in Rome.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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FulvioG, Director at Hotel Madrid, responded to this review, December 16, 2009
Dear Guest,
We would like to thank you for the kind suggestions left regarding our Hotel .
We are very glad to see that you enjoyed your time in our hotel and we sincerely hope to meet you again in the next future.

Best Regards
La Direzione
Fulvo G.
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Reviewed October 5, 2009

We stayed here for 6 days and really enjoyed our time here. The location, near the Spanish Steps is the perfect base for sightseeing. Our room was small with a large bath with big fluffy towels. Everything was spotless. Rome is noisy 24/7 so good soundproofing is needed and the Madrid has it; we slept peacefully at night and retreated to our room in the late afternoon for respite from the beautiful chaos of the city. The rooftop breakfast room is so delightful with a perfect view of St. Peter's dome. Breakfast choices include espresso drinks, eggs, bacon, pastry, and lots of fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, the works. The front desk staff are all English speaking and very accommodating and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2009

Nice rooms, nice and helpful staff and brilliant location. Breakfast was lovely too.

Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Frankfurt
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

The hotel is in a great position right in the middle or Rome few meters from the spanish steps. Unbeatable.
The hotel however is very old and run down. Bathroom especially was small and the showere did not have enough pressure .
Wi-fi only available in the (small) lobby. For the price of 170 Euro I paid this was really overpriced.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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atlanta
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Reviewed September 18, 2009

We were traveling in a group of five staying in Rome just one night before our Tuscany trip began. We loved it so much that we decided to change our hotels for the end of our trip back to Hotel Madrid and the same room.

We booked the Hotel Madrid from ratings on this website and have nothing but great remarks. Wonderful staff...the desk staff (Tony, Max and Luciano) very helpful and customer-oriented. The woman, I feel bad I cannot remember her name, who made our cappuccino and breakfast was absolutely wonderful. We looked forward seeing her and having a great start to our day.

There were five of us (all women) and we stayed in the room with five beds, one bath. Yes, it was a little tight for us to have only one bathroom but we loved sharing our late nights reviewing all the events of the day.

We are planning on returning next year for addtiional tours of Italy and the Hotel Madrid is on the top of our list.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed September 16, 2009

Location...Hotel Madrid is located in an ideal location with a 2min walk to the Spagna Metro and 20min walk to the Vatican and a 15min walk to Villa Borghese. We really enjoyed just walking around a night (i.e. Trevi, pantheon, spanish steps) and not being more than 10mins from our Hotel. This being our first trip to Rome, we were a little overwhelmed by all the hotel choices, but we were 100% happy with this choice. The staff was friendly and helpful, although we did not ask for much since we like to explore ourselves. The superior double room is adequately sized (on the smaller side), but we didn't spend much time in the room. Breakfeast on the rooftop was pretty good with scrambled eggs and "bacon". Only a view of other rooftops though. Overall, great hotel and provided a relaxing haven from all the tourist stuff.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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montreal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2009

Location - Great, it was a 15-20 minute walk to Colleseum, 2 minute walk to metro and 2 minutes to bus stations. Tons of restaurants right around the hotel and tons of shopping and other tourist items next to the hotel. 4/5

Staff - Extremely friendly, advised us where to go, very helpful 4/5

Rooms - Very decent size rooms, bathrooms are nice as well, did not hear the neighbors either 4/5

Overall, solid 3 star hotel. It is definatley not close to a 4 star but still very nice

Price - A bit expensive but overall not terrible

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Madrid
Address: Via Mario De' Fiori 93, 00187 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Colonna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#135 Family Hotel in Rome
#137 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#177 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Madrid 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rome is an immense city but there is only one place that represents it like no other - Piazza di Spagna. Here on these authentic Roman streets, only 100 meters from the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) and the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), is located the 3-star Hotel Madrid where the staff welcomes you as family and everything is in walking distance. Singles, doubles triples and our big family suites with free wi-fi. Panoramic Roof-garden for your morning buffet breakfast with view and a good thea in the afternoon ! Private Limo Service from and to the Internatinal Airport. ... more   less 
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