I had so much expectation going to Rufugi, but was unfortunatly disapointed... Here is why.
First the goods:
Location is great, near piazza del popolo and about 5 minutes walk from Flaminio subway station. This was our second time in Rome and we knew this neighbourhood felt very safe, even at night. We were welcomed by the owner, a young men that was really friendly and eager to help. He even carried one of the luggage downstair. He offered us a beatiful room and even prepared it with fresh fruits, proseco and botteled water. That was a nice touch! He explained to us everything we needed to know about the room, like how the shower worked... The bathroom was equiped with modern fixture. Overall, the room look exactly like the picture. Wifi was also available in the room and connection was good.
Now the not so good:
The rooms being in the basement, you would expect to be more humid. But this was beyond humid, I mean damp sheets, wake up with wet hair, moldy smell kind of humid. And we've been to tropical destination before, this doesn't compare. We even tried to turn the heat on to cut back some humidity, didn't worked. Bottom line, this place was simply not made for sleeping in it, sorry to say it.
Second issue would be you the security of the room. Even tought it is a safe neigbourhood, in order to lock the door of your room, you would have to litterally lock yourself in with your key. No locket or automatic locking feature. My husband once went out without me, and I asked him to lock the door. We both realize after a couple of minutes that I was lock in like a prisoner! Not a good feeling when there is no phone in the room and nobody at the front desk.
Which bring me to the last issue, this place is advertise with 24 hours reception. This is not an hotel but we tought it was a great feature. The owner did the check-in with us, then left and returned the next morning, but that was it. Of couse, we were given an emergency only number to reach him. Everyone have one specific requirement regarding a room. Mine is having somebody available at front desk. I wouldn't have chosen this place knowing nobody was ever there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a prestigious 1600 building in the heart of the historic center of Rome, a few steps from Piazza del Popolo and Via del Corso, is Rifugio degli Artisti. From renovation of an old stable in the basement of the building that was to the most excellent property Borghese family, Rifugio degli Artisti offers its guests five artist studios tastefully furnished and equipped with private bathroom, wirless, tv.In unique charm, in ancient times Roman bricks, including original canvases, easels, hand-carved, antique Italian furniture, the artist studios are ready to welcome artists and art lovers who want to stay in the eternal city, in a street famous for its always been art workshops. In a fascinating and unique, in the way they lived and opererono artists such as Guttuso, Ivanov, Sarra and Canova, our artist studios welcome their guests in a memorable and enticing permanent art gallery. ... more less
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