My husband and I made our first trip to Rome, our dream trip (and without the kids!) We stayed at Roma Boutique from Nov 10-18, and it was simply the cherry on top of an amazing trip. I have so much to say, and will try stick to reviewing only the hotel.
From the moment we booked we started receiving incredible service. They booked our private car from the airport and despite airline delays, the hotel responded quickly, and the driver was waiting promptly when we arrived with a sign, and was easy to find. For 45 Euros he drove us not only to the hotel, but past some of the highlight sites along the way. It being nighttime when we landed this was a gorgeous way to arrive! I am thankful we had a car and not trying to use the train (which I am sure would also have been fine) but I can see why some people had difficulty finding the hotel, it really is a "Hidden Gem".
LOCATION: Even though it may be difficult to find, we LOVED the location. I felt very safe being across the street from the embassy, the neighborhood felt very safe to walk around even at 1 am and it was within walking distance to almost everything we wanted to see (within 30-45 minutes) and very close to a metro entrance. The only thing we took the metro to due to distance was the Vatican. When people described the hotel as "being uphill" and complaining about the way home after a long day I expected something awful....it is a slight hill, but with great atmosphere and very pleasant.....that tired? Take a taxi!
HOTEL: While we saw some hotels that were extremely "fancy" on the exterior, I would happily stay at Roma Boutique anytime we return. The rooms are located on the 4th and 5th floor, reception being on the 5th. And yes, you CAN trust the elevator. While it was old and tiny, we were thankful to be in Europe and have the option. Works great!!
We had originally booked a standard room and had the option to upgrade, but were so happy with our room we saw no need to move. The room was kept immaculate by staff, we had no issue with wi-fi, bathroom was very clean and modern. The beds are very hard as some reviewers explain, BUT we slept like a baby.....if you are doing Rome right, you will be so exhausted that the bed won't matter anyways! Lots of extra blankets and pillows and tons of closet and drawer space. TV had a good selection of English channels (although we watched little tv) and the mini bar was very well stocked. We used the water as it was cheaper than most other places. I'd suggest bringing a good re-usable bottle from home to pack around as they are very proud of their clean water drinking fountains and they come in handy.
Breakfast was a delightful treat. You order what you would like the night before, state a time you want it delivered and it's there the next day on the dot. A great selection, good cappuccino and pastries. Having one less meal to spend $$ on was a huge bonus.
The safe in the room worked very well, and my things felt safe in the room. When you leave the hotel you must leave your key (a good old fashioned real key) at the front desk and pick it up when you return. I never minded this because it was a great excuse to say "Buon giorno" to Alessandro.....cannot say enough about him, a simply INCREDIBLE man!! He was the epitome of everything we love about Italy! He would ask where we were going, make suggestions, answer questions and also recommend AND book restaurants for us. (A MUST is St. Ana, have him book this one for sure!) He was charming and was a highlight of the hotel. THANK YOU ALESSANDRO!
We would absolutely stay here again. The staff were amazing, the room was wonderful and I cannot stress how surprised I was with how safe I felt even late at night. A wonderful hotel for a wonderful price!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Rome Inn is a small but exclusive superior class hotel, burn from the experience of the Roma Boutique Hotel. It is located on the fifth floor of the same elegant beginning of the last century building. A few steps away from the Spanish Steps, our hotel is just behind Via Veneto, the famous street that ispired Federico Fellini in his world famous movie "La Dolce Vita." Thanks to its enviable position and first class service, boutique Rome Inn proivides the ideal place in the heart of the eternal city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Roma Boutique Rome
- Hotel Roma Boutique