I booked this hotel for 3 days and 2 nights for my husband's surprise 30th birthday present. We wanted somewhere close to all the sites as we didn't have long in Rome and wanted to travel mostly on foot - as many people had reccommended.
I had pre booked transfers to the hotel from the airport which was a great move. The roads are very busy!!! and the journey was more than half an hour - I didn't fancy wasting time finding buses or the right underground .If you have spare pennies I'd book a taxi.
The hotel itself was fantastic. It was decorated beautifully. The rooms were not huge, but are definately not small. The bathrooms were gorgeous , all marble - very luxurious - just give the hot water a few minutes to come through in the shower.
The reception staff spoke impeccable english although we did try out a bit of our italian on them!
They can recommend trips/ restaurants and their advice is very honest.
The hotel was in a fantastic location. It takes a while to find your bearings but follow the map the receptionist gives you and you wont go wrong. We are quite fit I guess, but the walk to every attraction was never more than 30 mins away.
Give yourself enough time to see everything though - the Vatican and sistine chapel ( this is INSIDE the museum) took us all day and we went on a Tuesday which was apparantly a good day to go . On a Wednesday the Pope does his service to the people in the square which is mega busy ( but you can pre book tickets online if you want to go to this )
We did a Rome by night coach trip which took about 2 /3 hours but was well worth it ( about 35 euros each) It gives you a quick look at everything then you can find your way back there the next day. The trevi fountain was gorgeous by night - you have to go .
The receptionist recommended us to eat in their own restaurant the first night- which we did - but wondered if it would be any good ( you know what hotel food is like over here sometimes).
Boy were we glad we ate in the hotel - the food was the best we have ever had and we do like going out for dinner.
The waiting staff were amazing , as was the wine they recommended to go with the meal. We ate like kings and for only £100 euros with wine- well spent money if you enjoy a decent meal. If you like all you can eat meal's however, this probably wouldn't be up your street.
You can find some great places for pizza and pasta all over the place - an especially nice one opposite the Pantheon. Stand infront of the Pantheon and it is on your right, 2nd one up. You can eat outside and watch the world go by. It served amazing antipasti and huge pizzas.
A beautiful city and an amazing hotel - wish we had booked 3 nights, still, there's always next time.
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