When booking a hotel in an ancient European capital, one's expectations can't be the same as a Caribbean all-inclusive or North American hotel. Rooms are much smaller & older; often the building was not even designed as a hotel. Unless you're willing to pay a lot more money you just have to accept a few stairs or small lobby. In a city like Rome, location is everything. The Fellini is a 5 minute walk from the Trevi Fountain (surrounded by restaurants, souvenir shops, grocery stores). Most of ancient Rome is within a 20 minute walk. The Barberini station is also 5 minutes away and it's a breeze to take the Metro to the Vatican, Colosseum or Piazza Popili.
Based on previous revues we avoided the smaller standard rooms and booked a junior suite. It was definitely worth it. High ceilings with chandeliers and lots of mirrors. The extra space provides a day bed, desk and wardrobe (with safe & mini fridge). The bathroom was large & modern with hair dryer. The shower stall was a little snug but lots of hot water. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. No english channels on the TV but a couple of great music video stations. Housekeeping was very good. Yes, you can hear the hum of traffic but I think this is standard in a downtown hotel. The windows were double-glazed and I always travel with a white noise machine. By good luck our suite was on the first floor (actually up one flight of stairs). This meant we got free wi-fi in our room and didn't have to use the elevator; it really is the size of a phone booth!
The small breakfast buffet, right next door in a small cafe, was typically European with fresh croissants (some chocolate or jam-filled!), sliced cheese, ham, hard boild eggs, canned fruit salad, and a stack of apples. Best of all, fresh steamed espresso, Americanos, and hot chocolate. The staff were very friendly and efficient.
Service at the front desk was excellent. Everyone spoke english and very helpful making a private gallery booking, loaning a power converter (when ours got fried), or arranging an airport transfer.
We stayed 6 nights and my wife and I were very happy at the Hotel Fellini. We give it top marks for value, location, service and, based on the junior suite, accommodation as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Fellini is located just a few steps away from the bustle and romance of the legendary Trevi Fountain, whose extraordinary surroundings have formed the backdrop for the creation of true cinematic masterpieces, such as “La Dolce Vita”. Hotel Fellini is ideally located near Piazza di Spagna, Via Veneto, and Piazza Barberini with the metro station of the same name. Other attractions in the city are also within easy walking distance: the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. Hotel Fellini offers rooms and Junior Suites which have recently been refurbished down to the smallest detail and equipped with air conditioning, telephone, an ADSL socket, satellite TV and a safe. In addition it offers its clientele free Wi-Fi connection and a generous complimentary buffet breakfast. Our multi-lingual and highly professional staff are always at the full disposal of our guests to answer queries or to offer advice on: restaurants, tours of the city and transfers to and from the airports. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fellini Hotel Rome
- Fellini Bed And Breakfast