We had a great welcome from reception & were pleased with our room with balcony & view of Tempio di Vesta. The bathroom was small, but we had no problem with noise, maybe because we were on the 5th floor. Breakfast was ok, but I expected something a bit more special, & tea & coffee were never hot enough. On arrival, being tired & hungry we decided to lunch in the delightful courtyard. It was very enjoyable, but rather pricey & not a lot of choice.
Sightseeing in Rome is pretty exhausting & it would have been lovely to be able to make ourselves a cup of tea at the end of the day. I know very few European hotels provide this but if they want good reviews then why not? It would have been a thoughtful touch.
One evening we were too worn out to go looking for a restaurant so ordered room service, which was fine, but again, very pricey & limited choice. The same can be said of the roof restaurant which hardly anyone seemed to be using whilst we were there. We did enjoy a couple of nightcaps there, but were almost alone.
There is usually a van nearby for buying drinks etc. in the daytime, but otherwise there is nowhere near to stock up on snacks etc.
Trastevere was about a 10-15min walk & there are plenty of restaurants there.
It is impossible to find a hotel near all the sights in Rome & this is probably as good as most if you are reasonably fit. But if you want restaurants, shops etc on your doorstop this may not be the place for you.
We bought skip the line tkts for the Vatican on the internet, but we needn't have bothered. At 2.30pm on a Saturday there was a queue but it was moving quickly. Also we did not automatically go through to the Basilica, as we had been told, but had to queue again.
Take good walking shoes & plenty of money - you'll need both!
All in all, I thought the hotel was good but there could have been a little more thoughtfulness for the weary tourist.
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