A perfect location for exploring Rome. This small hotel looks nothing from the outside, tucked away in a side street, but the bedrooms have everything you would need, including TV, fridge, very well stocked tea/coffee tray (in fact the best selection of teas that I have ever seen in any hotel), napkins, and a real bottle opener (not just the cheap version). The rooms vary in as much not all are air conditioned nor have a balcony/terrace, (we had one of each style) but that is only to be expected given the lay out of the accommodation - just a few rooms on each floor off a spiral staircase; however, each of the rooms that we had was more than adequate in size, with spacious and well equipped bathroom. You do need to be fairly fit to cope with the staircase and your luggage, although reception is always manned and so someone can normally assist if necessary with the luggage; both reception and the breakfast room are situated on the first floor with bedrooms allocated on a further 3 floors. Access to the hotel is by pressing the buzzer on the outside wall of the side street, and the door opens leading to the spiral staircase.
There is a small breakfast room which provides typical adequate choice for a self-service continental breakfast: orange juice, tea, fresh fruit, yoghurts, selection of individual cereals, cheese and meats, rolls and selection of packaged savoury biscuits, and of course, croissants, pastries and cake. There is always someone on hand to offer cappuccinos or espressos. Staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful, and speak good English.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of Castel St. Angelo, the Vatican, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, in fact most of the main tourist attractions although we did take the open top tour bus eventually as we only had 2 days in Rome and tried to see as much as possible without total exhaustion!
There are numerous small bars around the hotel, as well as interesting individual small shops plus restaurants/cafes galore, many frequented by the locals. We enjoyed wonderful food, atmosphere and plenty of Prosecco, all reasonably priced, in around the side streets within walking distance of the hotel.
Tips: we were told at the airport that taxi from the airport is a set charge of 30 Euros, however, our taxi driver told us that was to the centre, and not to our hotel; our final charge was 47 Euros although to our mind the hotel is very central indeed! The return journey by taxi, booked via the hotel, was only 35 Euros.
If planning on walking around Rome you definitely need extremely comfortable, deep soled, foot attire as most of the streets are sets or cobbled and hard going on the feet!
Overall impression: whilst the hotel is not fancy, more like an extremely good B&B, I would recommend it strongly and would certainly stay there again as and when I return to Rome.
Room 42, top floor so lots of stairs to climb, but has lovely terrace to sit out on.
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