I was a little skeptical if iQ would live up to the great reviews on this site, but it did not disappoint.
As other reviewers have indicated, the hotel is pretty new, very clean, centrally located, and has great service. We were able to walk from Termini (the central train station) upon arrival in Rome in about 10 minutes. The only time we took the subway was to the Vatican (though we walked home that day).
The one downside to the hotel being so popular was that it was actually oversold when we arrived. We were happy to take the front desk's offer to check in to their sister hotel, The Artemis, located around the corner and accept free breakfast each day (normally ten euros/day) for our troubles.
One tip: I generally find European hotel rooms warmer than I am accustomed to at home and that was the case with the Artemis and IQ as well. We slept with the window cracked at night and were so tired the little bit of street noise was not a problem, but if I was to return, I would request a courtyard room... something to consider if you also like a cool hotel room and don't want to deal with noise from the street.
The rooftop terrace was fantastic. There were heaters and it was enclosed, so usable even in the winter. Though we were just two, I think it would be ideal for small groups or families traveling together to have a common area besides the room to hang out. The vending machine offered wine and beer at very reasonable rates.
I also like the close proximity of the Irish Pub around the corner. Made for a great last stop close to home after dinner : )
Overall, a fantastic hotel worthy of the great reviews and rating : )
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IQ is a 4-star hotel, with a twist! Located in downtown Rome, just a short 15 minute walk from the Trevi Fountain or the Colosseum and with Repubblica metro station just 200 metres away, hotels don't get much central than this. IQ guests enjoy free Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel, a lovely terrace where to unwind overlooking the Opera House, and free access to our gym and sauna. We believe in tailor-made hospitality, so there are vending machines in virtually every floor, where you can buy yourself a bottle of wine, a pack of crisps, a tooth-brush or even an umbrella (not that you'll need it often!), All at very competitive prices. Now that you've found us... Welcome to a whole new hotel experience! IQ STAFF ... more less
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