It was my wife’s 45th birthday and she did not want a big birthday party so I surprised her with 4 days in Rome. I wanted to stay at a really nice hotel close to ll the main attractions so I chose Palazzo Manfredi. I was a little nervous because it was a small hotel but once I got there I was quickly put at easy. As soon as we arrived at the hotel it was raining but Giacomo was there to greet us outside with an umbrella. He had a big smile and was very friendly. He quickly made us feel like we were home. Giacomo was very helpful and went out of the way to make sure our stay was a pleasant one. I have been to bigger hotels but to come down to the lobby and be greeted by name every time was a 5 star experience for us.
The proximity to the Colosseum and the Forum was great, and there are some really nice restaurants in the small streets nearby. All with great food and friendly fun people.
We did not use cabs as we were in walking distance to all the main attractions and restaurants. The room itself was luxurious and plush as expected, the bathroom was beautiful with nice pressure water.
Giacomo invited us upstairs to restaurant 'Aroma' which was really nice (5 star restaurant). We originally went up there for a free welcome drink but then decided to have dinner to celebrate my wife’s Birthday.The view of the Colosseum was breathtaking. The food was absolutely delicious and although a little on the expensive side it was well worth it for the ambiance and the type of food you would not normally find at any restaurant in Rome.
I see reviews that say it’s stuffy and expensive however I was in Jeans and button shirt, no jacket and was treated like I had a tux on. The staff was excellent.
The only negative part of the trip was that our room didn't have a view of the Colosseum; rather, it looked out onto the adjacent under-construction building. Don’t get me wrong it’s not the hotel’s fault that it’s next door neighbor was under construction. There was not even any construction going on while we were there. We did not pay to have the view of the Coliseum but we did not pay to have the view of the construction either. In any regards, that didn’t matter to us because we would not be staying in the room much. We closed the beautifully plush curtains and enjoyed the room while we were there. I would highly recommend Palazzo Manfredi to anyone. It’s a great hotel, wonderful staff and great location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Palazzo Manfredi is a magnificent historic villa that today serves as five-star hotel offering the tradition and warm hospitality of the Counts Manfredi. Every detail is a family jewel, from the spectacular view of the Colosseum, to the courtesy of our staff, the classic and contemporary elegance of the decor, and our sophisticated restaurant on one of Rome's most romantic terraces. History is on our doorstep, but true luxury is being part of a great family's history." ... more less
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