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Hotel Raffaello
Ranked #84 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 22, 2010

This hotel is a genuine bargain in over-priced Rome. Although it is a walkable distance to Termini train station, I wouldn't recommend trying it with suitcases as the walk to the station is mostly uphill.

Can't say enough good things about the front desk staff. They were friendly, and helpful with directions. They speak excellent English and really went out of their way to make sure our stay was comfortable.

The hotel itself was extremely clean. Fresh towels, free slippers and an amenity basket with all the essentials rounded out the room. The bathroom is on the small side and in one of our rooms the rims of the bidet and the toilet bowl almost touched, making it necessary to step over the toilet to use it. Is the shower small? You bet. Is it unusable? Nope. The handheld showerhead makes things easy.

The room itself was decorated in old-world classic style. There was a lockable wardrobe cabinet as well as a small wall safe for valuables. The buffet breakfast easily saved us at least 20 euros every morning. It had eggs, toast, pastries, fruit, meats and cheese as well as an American option of scrambled eggs. Cappucino is included...just give your room number to the friendly waitress.

Internet can be slow and somewhat tempermental. Be advised that there is no printer accessable; if you need to print out boarding passes, you must be able to email the front desk with them and they will print them out there. United Airlines doesn't offer this option, so we were out of luck.

Overall, this was an excellent value for our money. I'd go back on another visit to Rome.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 20, 2010

Found this hotel extremely accessible to the train station, the subway, a short walk from the Coliseum to one side and to the Spanish Steps to the other. Hotel is on a side street so there is less city noise. Breakfast buffets were plentiful and varied and hotel staff very helpful.
What I liked best was the location and the quiet ambience. The room was comfortable and more than adequate for the price -clean, good sized bed, WC in working order.
One tip: Get a map and see where you are vis-a-vis the train station. Taxis are notorious for taking roundabout ways to get you from Point A to Point B. We realized too late that the station was a mere 10 minute walk after we had paid for a 40 minute drive with a cab.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2010

We stayed four nights at this hotel. The hotel location is quite good. It is convenient to get there from Cavour metro station. Cavour metro station is mid-way between Termini and Colloseo stations. So, its a good location.

Note to travelers: its a fairly long walk from Termini, if you have bags with you. The directions from Cavour on their website are poor. If coming from Termini or Tiburtina, go up the stairs to end up on Via Cavour. While facing Termini (i.e., in the direction of exit from the stairs), cross the street to your left. You will find a flight of stairs going down. Take those stairs (i.e., on the other side of Via Cavour) to reach Via Urbana. Start walking towards Termini and you will reach the hotel in about 7 minutes.

The rooms are decent size... not US-size, but very adequate for a vacation. The rooms are clean and the AC worked well (it was hot when we were in Rome... and coming from someone who lives in India, I really mean it :-)). The room was clean, but it had a very bad smoke odor. We did not request a room change, since we knew we will be out for the most part. But the problem was that the smell did not clear even after leaving the windows open for a day.

The bathroom was large and had ample of natural light. The (free) buffet breakfast was adequate... nothing great, but quite good nonetheless.

But the reason why we liked the place was the front-desk staff. Very helpful. They recommended us Restaurant Tema (about two blocks from the hotel), which happened to be the best restaurant of our 13-day Italy trip.

Will we come back... I don't know. If there is anything that will bring us back, its the helpful front-desk and the proximity to Tema.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

We stayed at the Hotel Raffaello in Rome for 2 nights in May. We arrived by train and took a cab to our hotel, although it was actually close enough to walk if we had known where we were going. It was on a quiet street and the main entrance and lobby are very elegant. The staff was very nice and helpful (except for one guy who told us the wrong bus to take somewhere), and they provided a free coffee station at any time of day for you to make something. They also offered a really big and nice buffet breakfast, with servers to bring you drinks, toast, and anything else you may need. Great way to start off our days!
Our room was VERY spacious and the bed was big and very comfortable! We had a king room on the 3rd or 4th floor, and looking out the window you could see the hotel's neon light at night and the quiet street (the light didn't come in the room to bother us). We really loved all the space, and there also was a fridge with relatively inexpensive drinks! The bathroom was also pretty spacious for Europe, the shower was a little small (and I'm thin) but that's the norm in Europe. The hair dryer took FOREVER to get my hair dry, but that's the kind they use there.
There are a number of gift shops right nearby the hotel on surrounding streets, as well as a couple cafes and a great gelato place on a corner. The subway station is very close also (5min walk).
As for the city of Rome, it's so huge but we utilized the subway as well as walking to get around (took a bus once and got totally lost and that ended using the bus system). We walked to the Colosseum, Capitol Hill, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, etc. (we're fit), but the subway could easily get you around too. We particularly enjoyed the Piazza Navona, about a 5min walk off the right side of the Pantheon when facing it (don't know what direction that is). It is a really large beautiful square lined with tons of cafes and restaurants along with lots of activity going on - we saw flamedancers, an opera singer practicing in front of a crowd, and one evening before a GREAT patio dinner there was an entertaining mime working the passers-by. Lots of fun and free entertainment! There's another square not far away that is more for a younger (and late-night) crowd (we are 30-something's and like that stuff, but we went there and preferred the options and ambience in Piazza Navona).
We went to Vatican on our last full day and it was pretty amazing. Don't miss the City nor the actual church. We did not have time to go to the museum. Don't miss the church and definitely try making the long walk up tons of narrow steps to the top...it's worth the view!
On our last day we walked with our luggage to the train station, since we knew where we were at that point. PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS - if you're heading out to the Rome airport, the walk INSIDE the trainstation to the Leonardo Express which takes you to the airport is VERY LONG. Add an additional 15-20 minutes of walking ONCE you get to the station.
Overall, Rome is a HUGE, OLD city, but it has charm and can be doable in a couple days. Pick out a few major sites, walk and subway-it around, and enjoy the GREAT food and wine everywhere. Our hotel was a great find and I'd definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

I stayed at the Hotel Raffaello the 2nd week in July. I cannot say enough great things about this hotel. The service was awesome. Very friendly front desk. My bag did not make it to Rome with me (beware, this apparently happens quite a bit in Rome), and they were very helpful in helping me deal with that situation. The room was perfect size for me, the A/C worked great. The breakfast was wonderful. Wireless internet worked well (I paid 25 euros for use of it for my entire stay). The location is awesome, I tend to stay lost when I go a new city and this hotel was so close to everything, I didn't get lost once. Very great place to stay. When I go back to Rome, I will stay here every single time.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

Having spent a few weekend breaks trying out various hotels dotted around the City my number one priority in Rome is always to get a hotel with very little noise but still central enough to make sight-seeing without travelling or walking a great deal. Throw in a cobbled street, a great breakfast buffet and friendly staff and you get the Hotel Raffaello

Location - very little traffic flows past Raffaello as it is located on a narrow one way street with cobbles to slow what vehicles do venture down Via Urbana. Access it seems is for locals only. That said turn left outside the hotel and walk down the hill and after 7 minutes you hit Carvour Metro Station. Turn right out of the Hotel then left and in 7 minutes you hit Republica station. Turn right out of the Hotel and keep on going and you hit Termini Station in 8 minutes. Immediately around the corener you have the splendid sight of Santa Maria Maggiore Bassillica. As other reviewers have said the Colloseum is also walkable and on the way is St Pietro in Vincoli and the magnificent Michael Angelo sculture of Moses ( free entry from 8.30am)

Hotel is very comfortable with good sized rooms ( that take 3 pinned not 2 pinned plugs ) and bathroms are fitted with power showers with jacuzzi body sprays. Air conditioninga must. Wifi is available but it is not free.

The sister hotel offer is a MUST too. It is located right next to the Pantheon and the small bar terrace of about 12 tables on the rooftop overlooks a splendid view of the City. If the barman can be bothered you can get drinks too although he was ill the night we chose to visit. Hotel will also arrange a good local taxi firm to pick you up at the airport - important as we arrived very late. The trip was Euro 55 although going back was Euro 43 to Fumicini ( Leonardo Da Vinci).

This is the best hote I have stayed at in Rome.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

We chose and booked this hotel on the internet primarily for its location close to the main railway station. What a find! Friendly staff checked us in. The bedroom was spacious and spotlessly clean. The bathroom had a bath and a bidet. Plenty of toiletries in the en-suite - all with the hotel's monogram. Thick curtains ensured the bright morning sun was kept at bay. Air conditioning was excellent. The rate included continental breakfast with a good selection of fresh fruit, eggs, cheese, meat and pastries. A wide choice of restaurants for evening dinner closeby was appreciated after a long day sightseeing in Rome. Only downside was the lift access to the bedrooms was on a mezzanine level for each floor, so we had to go a floor higher and walk down - not too easy with heavy suitcases.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Urbana 3, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #84 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Price Range: $88 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Raffaello 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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The 3-star Hotel Raffaello in Rome will ensure you feel at the centre of the world each and every day. In central Rome, immersed in the wonderful stream of life, culture and history that runs through the heart of the capital. You'll also be at the heart of the hotel, of its services and its activities. For us, you always come first. Hotel Raffaello is situated in a quiet street in the Rione Monti, one of the historical quartiers of the capital. It is abuzz with people, shops, bars, restaurants and boutiques; one of those neighbourhoods where you never get bored. The Roma Termini train station, Colosseum, Fori Imperiali, Piazza Venezia and all the monuments of Rome are so close that you don't even need to orient yourself with a map.i suoi servizi e delle sue attività. Per noi, voi venite sempre al primo posto. ... more   less 
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