Stayed here for four nights and really enjoyed it. The "IQ" in its name must come from the fact this hotel is so well thought out. The design is more smart and modern than opulent, luxurious comfort though, so don't expect deep soft mattresses and pillows. Do expect minimal modern functional design and clean rooms. After the other European hotels I stayed in, the room felt huge, but not large by most US standards. My room had a nice balcony where I could sit outside and watch the street below. Shower kind of small, basically a narrow box you stand in with 2 odd doors you open and enter through the corner of the box. Empty refrigerator in room for your use, always a huge plus. Great location, a little touristy, but not too bad. Like most of Rome, neighborhood was a little grungy with lots of culture for those who like it that way (me included). I walked to Pantheon and other nearby attractions easily in about ten minutes (it's a great scenic walk too), but took the nearby train to the Colosseum (could have long walked it though). Some useful facts: Laundry on 2nd floor, only 1 washer, 1 dryer. Costs 4 euros each. Takes 40 minutes for each. Ironing board in laundry room, not in rooms. Ice machine, coffee machine, liquor vending machine, and snack/soda vending on 5th floor (bottle water only costs .70 euros and is cold, this is cheaper than everywhere except supermarkets in Rome). The "IQshop" on the 4th floor is merely a vending machine with toiletries and other useful odds and ends. Wish I had figured out the train from airport to hotel before I left for trip. Taxi cost me 65 euros to hotel, but train only cost 14 euros back to airport. Take the Leonardo Express train and you'll get there faster than a cab. It's only a 5-minute walk from train station to hotel. In summary, this is one of the best values for modern hotels in Rome for those looking for functional design and location. Made my IQ feel higher by choosing Hotel IQ.
- 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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