Friday October 19, 2013 - I'm a travel agent and I used Trip Advisor to find a hotel for a pre-night cruise stay in Rome. So I'm thankful to all the guest who recommended the IQ Hotel. We arrived safely in Rome and our Viator driver was waiting for us and whisked us off to our hotel in Rome called the IQ Hotel at http://www.iqhotelroma.com. IQ is a very nice modern hotel in Central Rome. Our Viator http://www.viator.com (worldwide excursion company) car was a Mercedes sedan capable of holding our luggage in the trunk. Our driver was friendly and gave us some local information. It was a blessing I decided not to do the train to the hotel because there was a strike going on and all the trains were down for the day. It's always good to arrange transfers in advance and I do that for all my clients. The IQ Hotel reception was quick and friendly. The staff is young and fun. Our room was ready and we were delighted with the cleanliness and twin beds as requested. The spacious modern bathroom was a treat with a separate full bathtub and shower. There was also another full standing shower and a double vanity. The bathroom was spacious and nicely designed. The shower was hot with great water pressure. The hotel toiletries were very nice. We slept great that evening but we didn't go to bed right away so we could get a good nights sleep after sightseeing. Our sightseeing goals were to see the Trevi Fountain, have a great dinner and gelato. So after 25 minutes of walking and sightseeing we made it to the Trevi Fountain and on the way I had gelato. I couldn't resist it when passing by this gelato shop with a delicious looking display of flavors. From the Trevi Fountain we took a taxi to the restaurant our Viator driver recommended but to our disappointment it was closed for business. We should have Googled it but oh well we're on vacation. So being the smart tourists that we are we asked the taxi driver to take us to where he eats locally. We said we want food that tastes like your mother cooked it. So the driver brought us to the Trattoria Frascati and it was delicious. I had my Pasta Carbonara. We started with a simple but delicious salad dressed in olive oil and red wine vinegar with fresh bread. We also had a carafe of red wine. The weather was picture perfect and just right for dining al fresco. When the pasta carbonara arrived I said I can't eat all of this but I savored every last bit. We lingered and enjoyed the evening. We strolled down the street and picked up some water and just kept walking until we got a cab back to the hotel. A perfect evening. Our other travel buddy met us at the hotel and we showed her our room and Brenda walked her back to her hotel and had a gelato on the way. She felt safe walking back to the IQ by herself. It's a very nice area and the staff will make you feel like home. I loved the IQ and i highly recommend it for a short or long stay. It's centrally located and safe. Ciao Ciao.
- 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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