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“Moses Fountain made our Rome stay!!”

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Hotel Moses Fountain
Ranked #560 of 1,271 Hotels in Rome
Reviewed 4 December 2009

We stayed in The Moses Fountain in mid November and it was BRILLIANT! If you have been waiting to book stopped procrastinating and get on this small 6 room hotel NOW!!
It was my first time to Rome and the hotel, location, room and most importantly the brother and sister owners Emmanuela and Andrea made this a wonderful experience. Close to Termini the main station I was a little hesitant but the area is great – excellent access to Trevi (the fountain itself and the nearby awesome San Crispino Gelato only 5 minutes away).

As other reviewers mention owners Emmanuela and Andrea double as meet and greeters and together with a couple of tireless maids create a great experience. On arrival Emmanuela gave us some great leads on local restaurants and not one disappointed (actually one did – it happened to be closed when we went back a second time it was that good!). This was the Rome we were after eating with Italians in trattorias off the tourist trails. Emmanuela even helped me track down some AS Roma tickets (if you are at all a football fan and in town on Sunday the experience is a must!).

We had the Golden Sixtus room, with some downside being adjacent to the breakfast preparation area (a closet it perhaps a better description) but despite some noise in the morning it was after we were already on the go and was no problem. The breakfasts themselves were a good start to the day basic but worthwhile and of course include and each room has an in room Nespresso machine for your caffeine hit FOC whenever you need it!

On top of this free Wi Fi and limited free mini bar made this hotel a double thumbs up. It is an old building (of course the Fountain itself is part of it) so the noise internally can carry but we were never bothered by the noise from other guests despite the obviously thin walls.

I was also lucky enough to have a tour of the huge area being renovated behind the fountain with Andrea, this in itself was a great insight to what is behind the dozens of fountains you see all around Rome.

Being intrepid we also walked from Termini – this is relatively easy (no dramas on route), just evaluate how many bags you have. Depsite the wheels on each bag the Roman cobblestones ensure you get a work out for the 10-15min walk.

We will be back!!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2009

This hotel is a gem! Although it's hard to find, once you've found it you won't want to leave. This isn't necessarily what you'd call a hotel, it's more of a 'aparthotel', with a series of small apartments. There is no 24 hour reception, so you need to let the hotel know what time you will be arriving. But don't be discouraged, the lack of front desk most definitely does not equate to a lack of service. The service at this hotel is excellent. The staff are friendly, very helpful and will show you great places to visit and restaurants to eat at. They also clean your room more than once a day! In the winter, they serve you breakfast in your room.

This hotel is quite a way from most of the major attractions. However, Rome is already quite spread out, so no matter where you stay you need to walk, take a bus or taxi so don't let this put you off. This hotel is just so lovely because after a busy day in sometimes hectic Rome, the hotel provides a nice getaway. There is some traffic noise, but it didn't bother us at all while we were there.

And as an added bonus, the minibar is free, which includes beer, soft drink, chips, nuts and more. There is also an espresso machine all to yourself in your room!

Make sure you stay at Moses Fountain as it is something of an attraction itself - it is GREAT value for money. I'd probably get in quick before they start charging more, because they should be!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2009

My wife and I made our first trip to Italy this September and our first stop was in Rome. After wading through pages and pages of hotels on various travel sites including TA, we stumbled upon the Moses Fountain Hotel - And I'm sure glad we did.

For Americans, traveling in Europe without a tour can be an interesting endeavor. In the US we're used to consistency across hotel brands and general consistency in room sizes. This couldn't be further from the truth in Italy (or old Europe) where a city's age has a lot to do with dictating the size and amenities of a hotel. Admittedly, we were a bit nervous as we saw a lot of inconsistency in the reviews for supposedly good hotels. Furthermore, price didn't seem to have any impact on quality. Needless to say, we weren't sure what to expect.

Then we arrived at the Moses Fountain Hotel and had what we consider as the best stay of our trip.

Our room was the "Swanky Cardinal" which was decorated in a lovely and ironically sinful red. The room was spacious by Italian standards with a good sized bathroom and a balcony overlooking the hidden gem of Santa Maria della Vittoria. The bed was comfy and the communication options (TV/wifi) were great. Also, the free mini-bar was a lifesaver when coming back from day long walks in Rome.

I would like to give special attention to our shower. I want one of these in my eventual home. It was a wondrous, mosaic tile laden relaxation place with fun fiber-optic lighting (I took night showers just to use the lights). Very tall and about two to three times as wide as any other shower I used in Italy, it was the greatest amenity we had on our trip.

The location of the Hotel was fantastic - right in the triangle between the Via Veneto, Trevi Fountain and the Termini, it was quick to walk anywhere. In fact, that's one of the best parts of Rome - as long as you're not on the edge of the city, you can walk ANYWHERE. As a result of its central location, the MFH worked out great. There is plenty to eat in the surrounding area as well (after a few block walk to the right of the side entrance you can still find good dinner at 10PM on Sunday). Some folks on TA have complained about the noise. We really didn't notice it. It's city noise and we've both lived in cities in the past so what's there is to be expected. I'd be surprised if anywhere else in Rome with exterior windows was different. We also felt very safe here and the room has an ample safe where I could store my electronic gear and cash without worry.

The owners and staff were wonderful and I need to give a special thanks to Emmanuella (hoping I didn't misspell her name). She greeted us so warmly after what had been a long overnight journey and got us entirely situated in our room and in the city. Daily breakfast was a treat - we never made it out on the terrace for it, but it was nice to have in our room.

I would stay here again in a heartbeat and would love to come back and see the lobby when it's done (they are currently renovating the fountain and entrance - we didn't experience any noise from this).

Of the 4 places we stayed in Italy, this was easily the best!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2009

Moses Fountain is absolutely stunning. A small hotel (6 rooms i believe), great location with Rome' s center within walking distance. Extremely nice staff who have a lot of knowledge about where to go and where to eat ('tourist free' restaurants which demand a little understanding of the language). Spacious rooms with Nespresso machine! (and we had the one with our own hammam). Breakfast was served outside on a roof terrace.
Entrance of the hotel is a little hard to find and most taxi drivers probably don't know the place. So you bring the exact adres when you arrive. We spend a week there on a Honeymoon. If you plan your Honeymoon (or any other excuse) and you are not looking for hotels with uniformed doorman, a 24/7 reception or a breakfast buffet, check out Moses Fountain.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 November 2009

We recently stayed in the "Turtle Dove" room at the Moses Fountain. We were pleased with our stay but feel that some of the reviews here are a bit overstated/inflated with respect to some elements of the hotel.

The good: The rooms are well appointed with modern, chic decor and include free WiFi, complimentary drinks (beer, soft drinks, water, Pringles, nuts), continental breakfast, a spacious bathroom and nice (Etro) bath products. We were met and greeted by Andre and given a very comprehensive overview of what to see and eat. Andre's restaurant recommendations served some of the best (and, might I add, non-touristy) food we had while in Rome. The location was great and we did not at any point think that the area was seedy or dangerous (this was one of my chief concerns when booking the hotel) relative to any other big city. The hotel even gave us a free bottle of wine one night.

We had a very early checkout and Andre met us at 6:30 am. He was prompt and cheery.

The cons: From reading some of the reviews, you would expect the rooms to be palatial, but they are not. They are certainly nice and well decorated but they were not so big as to warrant the effusive comments that others have made in their reviews. Perhaps this point isn't so much a "con," since we were just fine with the room size, but we just think it's necessary to manage people's expectations when reading some of the reviews posted on here. So, in summary of this point, the Turtle Dove room (which was a "superior" type/priced room) was average. The bathroom, however, was quite spacious and the appointments were excellent (two basins, large shower/tub).

We could definitely hear our (adjacent) neighbors on 2 of the 4 nights we stayed at the hotel. Also, each morning, we could hear Emmanuela getting breakfast ready in the hallway/small work room. This is probably my biggest complaint about the hotel and the place where they could use the most improvement.

Lastly, the hotel was difficult to find. As other reviewers have mentioned, the best way to find it is either to reference the St. Regis hotel (around the corner from the hotel) or the Church of Saint Mary of Victory (immediately across the street). The hotel did, however, send us a picture of the front door/entryway which was extraordinarly helpful as it gave us an idea of what to look for.

Parting words: All in all, we thought the Moses was a nice hotel for the price. I liked the hotel but nothing about it blew my mind as some reviewers seem to suggest.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2009

We always look for small boutique places when we travel--we don't need the restaurants, golf course, conference centers, athletic clubs that most chains offer ad nauseam. The Moses Fountain has none of the above. In their place are a fabulous location, extraordinarily warm owners who double as the front staff, and rooms that are new, clean, over-sized, artfully decorated. We stayed five nights in Theresa's Sofa which features a cool steam shower set up with funky LED lights embedded in the tiles. You have to experience it! Andreas and Emanuela were perfect hosts--helpful, funny, solicitous, and quick with a restaurant suggestion when we needed it. Everything feels close by--either a short walk, a quick metro or a taxi will get you there in just a few minutes. There's no place I'd rather stay. A bonus is that Bernini's St Theresa in Ecstacy is right across the street in Santa Maria della Vittoria. The only drawback? Our cab driver had trouble finding it! Use the church (Santa Maria della Vittoria) as a landmark and you'll be fine.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2009

This seven room hotel is located in the center of Rome, within easy walking distance of most major sights. Owner, Andreas, and his sister, Gemma, were very welcoming and helpful in all respects. They spent a good deal of time with us when we arrived, orienting us to the hotel and the location. They were attentive to our every need, very nice people. Our room was furnished beautifully in a contemporary decor, it was very clean and comfortable. A very good continental breakfast was included.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via 20 Settembre, 98/L, 00187 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#108 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#272 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £63 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Moses Fountain 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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