On arrival in Rome our transfer from the airport to hotel was 50 minutes late! When we finally got to our Hotel Hotel Centrale we were told that the Italian Agency IMG Incoming had over booked and we had to transfer to Hotel Garda. Another taxi drive away we arrive at our new hotel Hotel Garda. There is only a very small plaque on the wall you could very easily miss the place! You have to ring a buzzer to enter and push a big heavy wooden door. You walk down a long corridor marbled floor to another door and buzzer. Then a lift that fits 2 people or 1 person and a big suitcase upto the 4th floor for reception.
The lady on reception checked us in but wasnt interested in helping us out trying to sort our transfer back to the airport out. Our room was very small dark and dingy. It reminded me of a room we had in New York some years ago. There was a small window but no real light came in. There was a mini bar/fridge but you had to move a chair to get in it and it wasnt capable of keeping a bottle of water cold........... The bed was ok but the 1 pillow each wasnt enough they were as flat as pancakes! There was a wardrobe which was that tall you had to use a pole to take your clothes in and out.
The bathroom was ok but the toilet was so close to the wall if you were wide or tall your legs would be up the wall! We had plenty of towels and there was shampoo/gel but this wasnt topped up at all in the 4 days we were there. The shower was naff it went hot and cold and the shower head was old and worn so water sprayed all over the place.
The room temperature was too hot and stuffy and we only managed to get a remote control for it on our last night which meant a couple of nights being woken up too hot. The room was not noisy and we didnt hear any outside noise.
The reception area was clean. All but one member of staff a more senior gentleman were useless they didnt want to help you out.
Breakfast! In a small neat and tidy room you were served fresh coffee tea and hot chocolate. Food a cake like a maderia a tart like a treacle/jam tart and 2 types of danish plain and custard which were all nice and fresh. There were also some hard white rolls and some packs of jam and soft cheese. One type of cereal ie cornflakes. Milk and 2 orange juices. No ham or meats.
The room had a wiff regardless of whether we left the window open all day or not! The area seemd ok close to the attractions we walked everywhere and a few minutes walk from the Hard Rock Cafe. There is a shop next door and a cafe with outside seating too.
One niggle is the WI FI we couldnt always get on it and you have to pay for it! We used the Hard Rock Cafes which was free but you have to show your passport and leave your email address. Not many cafes seem to have it or be willing to let you use it? The only other free place was a The Vatican.
It was ok even for a few nights as we were out most of the day and night. You wouldnt want to hang around these rooms in the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Garda is situated around the corner of Via Veneto and five minutes away from Piazza di Spagna in the city's most exclusive district. Our hotel is rated with 3 stars, it is situated in an elegant building dating back to the late 1800s, at 30, via Lombardia, close to the famous via Veneto, the "dolce vita" street, within walking distance from Spanish steps and via dei Condotti, and near the green park Villa Borghese. From its excellent location all the main tourist sites, such as the Coliseum, the Vatican and the Roman Forum are easily reached. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garda Hotel Rome