I absolutely adore this place! It was the best hotel experience of my life and I would come back to this place in a heartbeat. Actually I tried to stay there for one night after I was done touring other parts of Italy but they were full.
The greatest part of this establishment is that it’s not a hotel, it a very cute 4 room flat with a cosy living room area. The flat is very modern, clean, and ..have I mentioned cosy. It’s feels like your home away from home, and takes away some of the anxiety that comes from travelling to new places. You will feel like you are actually living in Rome. It’s perfect for a group of friends who wish to travel together. My friends and I had booked two rooms for 4 nights in Rome. Both of the rooms where super clean, well sized (esp for Europe sizes) and had really good layouts. I often worry about the quality of the bathrooms so I just want to add a note in here that they were very clean (!) and modern like with an excellent shower and really nice fresh towels (not worn out like they are in some hotels). I also find with most hotels you can’t really trust the pictures they put up on their website but with this place what you see is what you get.
All rooms also come with free refreshments..which I didn’t think we would use but they really came in handy (Free bottlesss of water everywhere, fruits, pastries, chocolate (yes!) and coffee satchels) I am a late riser but I love to start my day with a coffee and a snack, and its always a mission getting ready in the morning on an empty stomach and going hunting for the perfect place to eat. So having access to coffee and a snack made me super happy.. for those who think I missed out on the “Italian Breakfast” experience…don’t worry I had no problem having 2 breakfasts :P
Relais Sistina is also very well located between the Spanish steps and Barberini square, and is considered as a part of the Via Veneto area. Via Veneto is the expensive side of town where all the large chain hotels and upscale restaurants are located. The hotel is not on that road but a 5 min walk south of it. You will find that hotel is perfectly positioned as a 5 min walk to the left of the hotel gets you to the top of the Spanish steps overlooking the heart of Romes shopping area (via condotti, Via del corso etc) and a 5 min walk to the right takes you to Barberini square which is where you will find the metro stop and the taxi stand. Walking down Barberini will also connect you to Via del corso the shopping street and trevi fountain.
It’s worth noting that despite being in such a central location, the hotel is in a quiet and safe area. Its not in the most happening part of town in terms of nightlife but it’s perfect base for daytime activities (I prefer that no drunks! Yay!).
Gorgio and Max the guys who run this place are amazingly helpful and very hands on so they will help point out the important parts of town and how to get there. They are a big reason to why I love this place so much. Gorgio literally spent hours telling me the best places to eat all over town and bought us our very own adapter because we didn’t have our own. Gorgio and Max are usually available for any questions or concerns during the morning. After which they leave but you can easily contact them if you need anything during the day. They also offer an airport pick up service which we found very helpful as we arrived late and were too tired to go searching for our hotel with luggage in hand. The pickup service charged us 45 Euros for 2 people with 4 luggages, which according to our Roman friend is a very good price.
The hospitality of both Gorgio and Max showed us was comparable to none. Staying at this hotel really made our experience in Rome. During our time in Italy we stayed in other establishments that did not even compare to our experience in Relais Sistina. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone. I cant say this enough times, but this place is really amazing and everyone going to Rome should stay here!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wonderfully located 50 mts from the Barberini Steps, the Relais Sistina is housed in a beautiful building opposite the famous Teatro Sistina in which perform the best local and international artists since 1949. From its strategic location, it's easy to reach the most important historical sights of the Eternal City: going downstairs the Spanish Steps you can walk through the best shopping streets of Rome, Via Condotti, Via della Croce, Via Frattina and Via del Corso; in 5 minutes walking there are: the Trevi Fountain; Piazza Barberini and its Triton Fountain by Bernini (in which there's the useful metro station - Line A - that connect the area to all the corners of the Eternal City), Via Veneto and its Dolce Vita, the Pantheon and many more.The Relais Sistina will welcome you in the very heart of Rome, in its elegant atmosphere and modern design. ... more less
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