This hotel is simple, tastefully done and extremely effective. Easy to find - just a 5/10 minute walk from the central 'Termini' station. Accessed through two huge double doors, with access to other apartments, 66 Imperial Inn was found on the 4th floor, which you can access either via a gorgeous but lengthy staircase, or a beautiful little old fashioned wooden lift. We entered the hotel doors straight into a cute, quirky reception area, with hand painted (we were told by the lovely host) stereo-typical Italian countryside scenery on the walls. This was also the 'breakfast' area in the morning, which is admittedly quite small, but this just makes it all the more cosy and 'homely' feeling. Or, if you weren't so keen on eating with others in the morning, you were given the option to have breakfast served to you in bed. Upon arrival into this gorgeous reception/eating area, our host was exceptionally helpful from the word go - providing us with a brilliant map (which lasted the entire sightseeing holiday and served us extremely well), carefully going through and marking on the map all of the absolute 'must-see' attractions across Rome, including recommended restaurants, which we were also extremely pleased with - just a stone's throw (literally) from the hotel, the meal at 'Ristorante Strega' (which, again, we would highly recommend) was by far the best meal we had during our time in Rome. After our in-depth discussion with host, Cristina, about the attractions of Rome, we were shown to our room. Now, upon booking our stay online, there was a 'additional comments' or 'other information' box at the bottom of the booking form - and from seeing the rooms online, I took a particular liking to the 'Zebra' room (self-explanatory from the website photos) so put a comment in this box with words to that effect. Definitely don't be afraid to do this if you take a fancy to a particular room - Cristina had indeed made sure that we were in that room! As we entered our room, Cristina said, 'I knew you liked the room from your booking, and it was available, so prego!' - A truly lovely, personal touch. The room was gorgeous - light, airy and beautifully designed, with all matching furnishings, giving a really well thought out and 'lovingly created' feel. The location was perfect - not right in the hustle and bustle of the really 'touristy' Rome centre, but close enough to it that you could walk to all the central attractions, like the Collosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona (stunning- biggest 'square' in Rome - definitely make sure you sit and have a drink there!), Pantheon, Vatican city/St Peter's Square (if you fancy a longer walk), Spanish steps, etc etc. Breakfasts were simple but set you up for the day. Overall, I can't recommend this hotel enough - I can't fault anything. And even better - they have another 'branch', so to speak, in Venice - another destination we'd like to visit so we will most definitely be booking in there, knowing the high standards. Excellent stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our maison de charme is located in the "heart" of Rome, in front of the Teatro dell'Opera and nearby of the Termini train Station, Palazzo del Quirinale, Colosseo, Fori Imperiali. In 10 / 15 min. You can reach Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna, Trinita dei Monti, Via Veneto and the famous streets of the shopping. We are close also to the Metro (Line A, stop 'Repubblica') and in 4/5 metro stops from the Vatican City (on foot, about 30 minutes).All our rooms, refurbished in April 2010, are quite, bright, dyed and no smoking, have fully equipped en-suite bathrooms with shower, conditioned air. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 66 Imperial Hotel Rome