This was really a business trip, but I'm putting it under "couples" because my girlfriend came along, and this is quite a lovely hotel for a romantic getaway. To be honest, I think that all the charm of the hotel and downtown Frascati would would be wasted on a solo business traveler.
The hotel is located in the picturesque downtown area, near the cathedral (don't worry, the bells *do* stop ringing around 10PM). We arrived by cab, and the driver had a heck of a time navigating the downtown area even with a GPS. If you come by train, it's just a short walk from the station, but there are stairs that would be a real pain if you have a lot of luggage (that would be true of any Frascati hotel). The decor is tasteful and charming. There are very nice paintings, murals, and furniture, as well as little antique collections (mostly cameras) on display. Even the lobby computer has been turned into an objet d'art, but setting the disc drives and media sockets into a wooden facade and hiding the computer itself.
The room was nice, if a bit small, and the bed was comfortable. In contrast, the bathroom was on the large side. I would rather they had traded that space for a bigger closet, since storage was limited. Our room had a tiny balcony overlooking the Piazza del Gesu. It gets a bit noisy in the evening, but if you close the window, the soundproofing is remarkable.
WiFi was free and the speed was pretty good.
Breakfast is included in a lovely little basement dining room. It's Italian style, mostly bread and pastries, without the meat or cheese you would find in other parts of Europe. There's some good fruit, however, if you start to get a carb overload.
They don't have a restaurant of their own, but there are numerous wonderful restaurants within a short walk.
The staff is very friendly, but it's hit or miss whether they speak English, so if you don't speak Italian, be ready to do a lot of pantomiming and and consulting of phrase books.
All in all, a very pleasant stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Far only two steps from San Pietro Cathedral in Frascati, the Hotel Colonna faces Piazza del Gesù, wherestands the homonymous church of the 7th Century characterized by a wonderful front, a Carlo Fontana’s project.Breakfast is served in a polished room with original frescoes representing the beautiful facades of tuscolanas villas.Hotel Colonna offers advanced services and it answers carefulnessy to tourists and working people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Colonna Hotel Frascati