This hotel was our base for exploring Rome, and we could not have asked for a better location. While our booking indicated it was in the Piazza di Spagna, where the Spanish Steps are located, the hotel is actually closer to the Piazza del Popolo. Regardless, the hotel is a 2 minute walk to the Piazza del Popolo and a 5 minute walk to the Spanish Steps. Other sights, like the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon are also within a 15 minute walk. The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are a 30 minute walk, as is St. Peter's and the Vatican. Otherwise, we never had a problem finding a line to taxis in the Piazza del Popolo.
The hotel itself is very small, and almost blends in with the street. The entrance is a small doorway along Via Babuino, and the lobby consists of a small front desk, two chairs, and a computer. The hotel has 4 floors of rooms, and the breakfast room is on the 4th floor in bad weather, or on the roof deck (another flight of stairs) in good weather. We always ate on the roof deck, which was very nice. There is no elevator.
Our room was on the first floor, along a private hallway, which was nice because there was no noise from the stairway or other guests. The maid closet was right outside our room, and while we could hear her working, it was never a problem. We had absolutely NO view; our 3 windows looked into an air shaft. The windows provided enough light during the day, and while we were never promised a view, this was sort of dissapointing. I don't know what the other rooms offer, but I am sure rooms facing the street offer a view. The plus side of this was that our room was very quiet. Via Babuino is a busy street, and we never heard any outside noise. The room was actually very large for european standards. Our bed was two twins pushed together (typical for Europe) and was fairly comfortable. The sheets seemed worn, but always clean. There was also a decent sized closet and desk in the room. The bathroom has a large tub that looks rather old, but otherwise the bathroom was fine and very clean. We also had free wireless in our room, and it was fast and reliable.
The staff were very friendly, and I have never met a housekeeper that works so hard! She was so polite, and very pleasant. The front desk staff were also very nice. When you leave the hotel, you give them your key (trust me, it is very heavy!) and they hand it back to you when you return. I think this ensures a little more security.
The biggest downside was the breakfast. It was the worst of our trip. The buffet is small, consisting of very runny scrambled eggs, sad, fatty-looking bacon, and some assorted pastries and yogurts. We always found something to eat before heading out, but by the end of our trip we skipped breakfast and found something in one of the many cafes close by.
I would stay here again for the neighborhood and location alone, but the hotel overall was very average.
- Also Known As:
- Miro Hotel Rome