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Hotel Fellini
Ranked #171 of 1,291 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

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.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

This was a great Hotel in Rome. The location was just right. The entire staff was welcoming and helpful as my friend and I vacationed in Rome. We spent 4 nights at Hotel Fellini which was in a great central and safe location. We were able to walk to most things and if we needed there was a metro station around the corner. Our breakfast was included in our room rate and was wonderful. A small but great selection of eggs, meat, cheese and bread and choice of all types of coffee. Our room was for two people, typical small European hotel room however we never felt cramped. I'd highly recommend staying here. The price is more than right!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights (3 nights in the attic room and 1 night in a regular double room). I would recommend this hotel strictly for the attic room which has a private 900 square foot terrace. We enjoyed a few bottles of wine on our private terrace overlooking rooftops and looking up at the stars. It was a very special experience. As a warning, to get to the attic room you have to go up 2 flights of stairs (the first floor and the last floor) because the elevator only operates between floors 2-5.

Location: The hotel is about a 1 minutes walk from Fontana di Trevi and the subway. It will take you about 10-15 minutes to get to the Colosseum and Vatican by subway.

Service: Some of the staff were much friendlier than others.

Other: The elevator only fits 2 people at a time (or 1 person and a suitcase). It only operates from the second floor so you have to walk up at least one flight of stairs to get to any rooms. Breakfast was decent.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane Region, Australia
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and the location was perfect, walking distance to everything. We stayed in a junior suite which was very roomy with a good sized bathroom and comfy bed and pillows. The only downside to this place is needing to walk up the stairs with your suitcases to arrive at the lift. The staff weren't very helpful at the front desk, they all seemed quite disinterested and rather unfriendly. Breakfast is next door which is no bother and was simple yet tasty and authentic and the ladies were lovely.

Room Tip: Suites are very roomy with block out drapes
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nashville
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

The hotel is within easy walking distance of almost everything we wanted to see in our first visit to Rome, although St. Peter's is a bit of a trek. We spent 3 nights in a junior suite and were generally pleased with our stay. Admittedly, not feeling cramped in the room was an important attribute for us, so we were prepared to pay for that trade-off in cost.

What was good:
They were exceptional in exchanging emails and answering our questions in the days(weeks?) prior to our arrival. They provided a clean, well kept suite, large bed, room to relax, more than enough storage space, a mini fridge, hair dryer.

What you should be prepared to work with, or around:
No coffee maker or kettle, no alarm clock/radio, a TV that only broadcasts in Italian (even the closed captioning), no iron, no bathtub, our suite had a small corner shower that I think a man wearing XL size shirts may feel a bit cramped in. The elevator looks like it served as a dumb-waiter in a previous life, just big enough for two to snuggle, or one and a bag. Also, you have to climb the steps from the ground floor to the first floor to catch it. We were on the 4th floor and the wi-fi worked fine on my laptop, but it was too weak for our phones or the iPad to pick up.
But, even with all that, the only thing we really disliked was the inability to iron the wrinkles out our clothes. There wasn’t even a loaner iron, which seems such an easy convenience to provide to guests. And even that might have been okay if the towel rack heater had worked.
While the breakfast buffet is really just an expanded continental breakfast, the quality of the food was above average; and we thought it was more than adequate to start the day.

Rome is an awesome city! During our visit, we walked from the hotel to the colosseum, the Piazza del Popolo, the Villa Borghese gardens, and back from St. Peter's. If we get back we will definitely stay in the same area of the city, and unless we find what we believe to be a better combination of location, space, price, and cleanliness, we will stay at the Hotel Fellini again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for a weekend in Rome. We had a Jr.. Suite and it was beautiful. The location was perfect. - walking distance to almost everything. The staff was very helpful and the breakfasts were good. Would stay there again! Highly recommend it!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013

When we arrived the girl behind the counter was very helpful and nice. We were told we were on the fourth floor and that the wifi was on the 3rd and 5th floors (their website that there was wifi in the rooms) and the only way to get wifi was to go to these floors. I mistook satellite TV to mean that there would be at least one English channel, but that was not to be. We were the only room open on this floor as there were renovations going on in the other rooms. Sheetrock, old doors, and other construction items were all over the place. The shower drained so slowly I worried that it would overflow by the time i was done washing my hair. The worst thing about this place however is the noise!!! It is near a tunnel that has cars going through it 24/7 and the tunnel seems to magnify the sound tenfold. Then to make matters worse there is a church that rings its bells at least hourly (although not always on the hour). I had to keep checking the windows because the sound was so loud it seemed that they were open. The breakfast was ok. It was in a dark, dirty, little resturant a couple of doors down. Very underwhelming. Totally disappointing. Good thing we were only staying one night as I did not sleep more than five minutes at a time.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank aprilbw
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HotelFellini, Proprietario at Hotel Fellini, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Dear April,

On our web site it does not says that there is wi-fi in the rooms. In fact our web site says as follows:
"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."
The room you had was one of the junior suites, which is exactly the one of the cover photo on Tripadvisor, which was renovated in April of this year and so it is surprising that the shower drain did not flush properly, the room is fitted with soundproof double glazed windows.
The bell that you heard was not from the hotel, but from a church that is located inside the Quirinal Palace, so one should understand that we cannot do anything about this, especially since Rome is full of churches with bells.
Regarding where the breakfast is served, effectively it is a little small and also a little dark, but it is an exaggeration to say that it is dirty as this does not correspond to the truth.
I must add that in the near future, breakfast will be served in a new, much larger and completely renovated breakfast room.
However, it seems strange that all of this was not reported to the reception, which is always very attentive to this kind of problems and to problem solving.
We could have solved almost all the problems you complained about, of course, we could not have solved the noise problem, but for the future we can suggest to you not to choose such a centrally located hotel, because as you can imagine, if a someone lives in a countryside or in a very quiet neighbourhood and then sleeps for a night is in a busy city centre, they are unlikely to sleep peacefully or restfully.
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Property: Hotel Fellini
Address: Via Rasella 56, 00187 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Trevi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#203 Family Hotel in Rome
#253 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Fellini 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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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