Located close to the business district, the hotel was close to transportation, upscale restaurants, and attractions in the Spanish Steps area. Less expensive restaurants were also close by. Downhill walk to most central sites, but after a long day exploring Rome, walking back up hill to the hotel is exhausting. Taxi or closest bus stop most preferred. To get to the hotel requires walking through doors accessed only through a buzzer system, then up the elevator, to the desk. If familiar with the show, think "Get Smart". Easy to miss the entrance if not familiar with the area. There is a small placard in front of the building which has the name on it, as well as several others.
The staff was helpful with directions, advice on local areas, bus assistance, and general how to get around town items. I was especially impressed with Luigi, the night clerk.
Breakfast is weak....Little variety, in a very small area insufficient to house the hotel guests. When attempting to sit in another sitting area to eat because of no seating in the breakfast area, was told it would not be possible and needed to wait for a table. Don't expect Wi-Fi in your room. None of the guests in my group had access, and were told to come sit in the lobby. With current technology, this is an easy fix for just a few Euros and they need to take care of it.
Forget the shower, extremely small and I'm not that big of a guy. Temperature was never warm, unless it was simply passing through hot to cold and vice versa. Literally had to shower by body part, ie., feet, then hands, then - well you get the picture. When it came to addressing these items with staff, they showed absolutely no interest, more likely than not because they had heard it before and have no control.
There are likely better options in the area for a similar cost or slightly higher. Would not seek this hotel out for a future visit.
- 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