SUMMARY: It was a brilliant city break, hotel was in a great location 2 minutes from Piazza Navona and was very clean which is what we wanted. We would stay here again and we slept very well because we were so tired everyday! We were probably the last ones in most night as we only heard the door bell one night. It did rain every day we were there but it would be sunny until about 5/6pm and then there would be a down pour and it would clear again leaving the sun shining until about 8.30. The last day we were allowed to leave our luggage after checking out as our flight wasn’t until 10.00pm. They also let us use the facilities across the road to freshen up. They have some rooms in the apartment block across the road and they are newly decorated rooms. There was a taxi rank just before the Piazza Navona square and we paid 30 euros to the airport.
Taxi From Airport to Hotel: When my husband and I arrived in Rome we went to the Taxi stand outside the Ciampino airport (white taxi’s). We had read that it is a flat fee of 30 euros and told the taxi man where we wanted to go and said “will it be 30 euros?” he replied, “no, it will be 50 euros”. At this point we were concerned about getting ripped-off. Then he went onto say that “there is a marathon on at the moment and all traffic has been diverted around the city”. We were still unhappy about this. He then told us to wait and there were 3 other ladies that also joined the queue, he then asked them where they were going and then suggested we could all share the taxi and pay 30 euros each. The taxi man was using his Sat Nav to get us to the hotel and he managed to get us as close as possible. But he could not take his car down to the hotel so we had to walk to the hotel, which was fine because it wasn’t far.
Hotel: The hotel is quite difficult to find but fortunately we had read the previous reviews and had a look on Google maps. It was basically a green door to this apartment block and the hotel is on the first floor of this apartment. There is a lift and we used it because we had a suitcase and a trolley, it was bit of a squeeze for the both of us and our luggage, and we are both of slim built! The receptionist was very friendly and welcoming. We arrived at about 11ish and were worried about arriving earlier than the check-in time, the lady said that it was fine and that we could check in early! Bonus! We could start the site seeing straight-away!! We were given a key to our room but not a key to the front door. You had to press the bell to be let in but this was manned 24 hours.
Room: We stayed in the room that was in the lobby area but further away from the reception desk it was called Navona. The room was nice and comfortable but not that spacious. The first thing we checked was the safe as we had read in a previous review ‘the safe was not attached to the wall’ – luckily it was. The bathroom had a Jacuzzi that did not work but we couldn’t be bothered to complain about this and just used the shower and had a bath. The bathroom window had a hazardous handle and my husband scrapped against it on the way to the toilet in the middle of the night! Beware of the window handle! The room was quite dark with little light – although this was because our room faced into the courtyard. The walls are very thin and we could hear the people in the next room and we could also hear people downstairs in the courtyard. Because our room was in the reception area we could hear the noise from the lobby too, although having the TV on drowned out all the noise. There are a few English channels but we only had it on as background noise and to check the news. Breakfast was served in our room and you would have to pre-order what you wanted the night before – we were very happy with breakfast. I didn’t like the orange or pineapple juice and we had the bread, scrambled eggs, bacon, croissants and tea.
Itinerary: We went for 4 days and as soon as we checked in and freshened up – we went to grab a bite to eat on the go. Headed toward Piazza Navona and just before you cross the road into the square there is a pizzeria on the corner. Day 1: Headed to look at the Panthon, Trevi Fountain, towards the Spanish Steps along via Condotti & via Del Corso (main shopping road) and finally to Piazza del Popolo. Had Dinner @ Cafe Barocco, good food. Day 2: Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia (ate at some cafe was overpriced and it was raining), Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, Sant Maria Del Popolo & Pincio Gardens (amazing views). Dinner was near the Pantheon @ Trattoria Al Pantheon-Acquisto Cartasi, good food but service could be better. Day 3: St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel and lunch @ pizzeria in the Museum. Dinner & drinks were at Campo del’ Fiori first restaurant on the left as you enter the square from Piazza Navona. The food was not very good and I would recommend this square for drinks and hanging out late into the night also there are clubs near too but we were too tired to check them out. Also the clubs are not all in one location either. Day 4: Went to the Vatican as heard the Pope was here today, Castel Sant’Angelo and explored Piazza Navona. Dinner @ Anima Sapori, food was good but portions was small but adequate. It was on the side street next to Tre Scalani on Piazza Navona.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imperium Suite Navona is a nice art-apartment-style hotel in the historical center of Rome, providing completely renovated and fully equipped accommodations. The property features a welcoming and familiar atmosphere combined with the best hospitality of the Italian tradition. Each room is finely furnished and provided with all amenities to satisfy any requirements you might have. Breakfast buffet is served every morning ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperium Suite Navona Rome
- Imperium Suite Navona Hotel Rome