Being Rome novice's my boyfriend and arrived at the hotel by Taxi, using the hotel postcode programmed into the SatNav.
It was getting quite dark by this point and it seemed as if we had been dropped off in an alley outside a derelict old horror-movie style building titled 'il covo.' The was a sign on the door (in italian) so, we, being English couldn't understand it. We ended up spending 30 minutes asking neighbouring hotel and restaurant staff what the hell was going on... they helped us out and a kind waiter walked us to il covo's reception which was 20 metres up from the road where the taxi had dropped us off earlier.
The reception was quaint, small and strange. The receptionist, Carlo, was not friendly and the checking in process was long. We had to wait another 20minutes in reception for Carlo to finish having a conversation with two German old lady customers. They could only speak German. Carlo spoke English and Italian - but, he did not speak German.
Eventually, he began walking us to our room which was in a different building one block away from reception. He bumped into someone he knew on the way and began a full blown conversation with him. Yet again, we had to wait. Then, the cheek of it, he turned to me and said... "one moment, I have to go do something..." I cut through his rubbish and politely explained to him that we had been travelling all day and just wanted to be shown to our room. He complied. Remember, I'm half Italian, I know... if Italians can mess you around, they will, especially if they're Roman and you're a tourist.
When we FINALLY got to our room, it was clean, spacious, pleasant. Checking out was also a long arduous process with another rude member of staff. The hotel's location is really central, which is great! But they're are so many unclear or non existent road signs and as a result, you will get lost.
Our stay was brief and we will NOT be staying here again. Too much stress - who needs stress on a holiday!?
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- Also Known As:
- Il Covo Hotel Rome
- Il Covo Bed And Breakfast