I would love to say this was all perfect, especially since I decided to be generous with my hotel choice for our romantic 10-year anniversary in Rome.
The hotel indeed was comfortable, beautiful, great location, loved the coffee machine in room, bed, docking station for the i-phone, the staff was kind and welcoming, etc.
But still. I read a review from a guest who was disappointed (rightfully) for having to eat breakfast in the room, since the dining room was not ready. I emailed the hotel to make sure that within 2 months, by the time we visit, the dining room will be open, and was assured it will be. I don't mind as much that it wasn't, as much as I think we should have been notified about this earlier than check-in.
Having breakfast in your bedroom MAY be romantic once, but having to eat on a tiny table, on a tiny platter, with no room for the plates, coffee mugs and saucers etc., is NOT my idea of nice. I was told that all is ready and the hotel was "only" waiting for a permit, which could arrive at any moment. Well, it didn't arrive on our 5 nights there, and I would have even preferred to get a discount on the room rate and go have breakfast across the street, at Hotel de Russie, for instance.
If I give a list of the tiny details I have noticed that were not perfect you will think I am MAD (perhaps I am), but since I am an interior designer there are things that cannot escape my eye, and I had a feeling the hotel was designed to be mainly trendy and good-looking, not always thinking of comfort and efficiency. (Just one example is the sliding glass door which separated the toilet from the bathroom, which didn't close all the way because of some details not thought of entirely). When i decide to pay more than 300Euro per night i expect it to be perfect to the tiniest details, which this one, sadly, wasn't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rome’s most exclusive boutique hotel, on Rome’s most exclusive street. Babuino 181 is located in the best location in Rome, in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter. And every bit of it is as chic as its neighboring boutiques. Step between Rome’s top fashion designers, disappear through discreet glass doors… and enter another dimension of Italian boutique luxury. After a day of inspiration touring Rome’s sites, come back to your home in Rome. Sip a cocktail on the brand-new, rooftop terrace overlooking Rome’s beautiful streets. Soak in a spacious marble bath. Slide between Frette sheets. Rest in comfort—and with the confidence that, no matter what you need or what personalized service you require, Babuino 181’s professional staff can make it happen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Babuino 181 Hotel Rome