I normally scoff when I read hotel reviews complaining about noise -- I stayed in a hotel next to a busy police station once and it didn't bother me-- but this place really was pretty noisy. With the windows closed, the street noise was minimal, but the room was quite small (as you'd expect in any major city) and so it quickly became uncomfortably hot and stuffy. (We tried both the a/c and fan on the thermostat to no avail). But with the windows open, the banging from a loose manhole cover every time a car drove over it (about once every fifteen seconds) was just excruciating after a while, not to mention the usual street noises of drunk and loud people in the middle of the night. I think the fabulous location on the piazza --and make no mistake, this is the absolutely best hotel location in Rome ---may actually amplify sounds. Anyhow, even all that wasn't so bad -- closed rooms get stuffy, city streets have noise-- but there was also a lot of "inside" noise as well. The hallways are not carpeted, so the normal hotel sounds of people talking, rolling bags and closing doors really reverberates. The doors are somehow set to slam very hard (maybe something to do with the electronic locks?), and this was loud enough to wake me up several times a night, any time someone on my floor entered a room. Even when people were going into rooms way down the hall it was pretty loud, nearby it was...very, very loud. When there were people in the room next door (speaking normally, not yelling), I heard every word clearly and could also hear...other stuff going on. On the plus side, as mentioned, the location is just amazing -- you can see the Pantheon from your room! And the hotel is central for all the major sights. The bathrooms are very nice and seemed like they were recently renovated; the water pressure was good; the bed was very comfortable and the staff were all helpful and courteous. But if you are a light or fussy sleeper, I think you'll go nuts.
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- Six-story hotel housed in a restored late-17th century building with Napoleanic decor. ... more less
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- Grand Hotel Rome