A bit hard to find - I had to ask two people in restaurants on the piazza - but once you're in, the staff is extraordinarily friendly and helpful, and the place is excellent. My room was not particularly elegant, and had no view, but was pretty large, spotlessly clean and quite comfortable. Excellent, fast WiFi and ethernet, free minibar, good shower. And for a tourist, the location cannot be bested. One tiny block from the Pantheon, and a short walk to almost all the sights. Excellent breakfast, with lots of variety, delicious red-tinted orange juice, good pastries, meat and cheeses, not to mention coffee.
The heating in the room was the one real problem I faced. There's a thermostat, but it didn't seem to do anything at all, and the room was really too hot. (I visited in January.) So hot, in fact, that I woke up in the middle of the night, spent some time fiddling with the thermostat, and eventually just opened the window (it was about 5º C outside) to bring the temperature down to something I could tolerate.
(Oh, and it was a bit odd that the TV, which got about a million Italian-language channels, had none of the foreign-language channels such as BBC World, CNN, French and German TV that are standard in European hotels these days. On the other hand, if you want 40 varieties of Italian-language shopping channels, they were all there for your viewing pleasure. But I wasn't in Rome to watch TV, so this is the most trivial of complaints.)
If ever I return to Rome, I would absolutely stay here again. An excellent stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relais Maddalena stands right in the middle of everything! This cozy 6 room guest house is the ideal couch for those who love to get to Rome on a weekend for a romantic getaway or a quick tour of the historical centre. We are just 300 feet away from the Pantheon and the location is really convenient if you like to enjoy the beauty of monumental Rome without using the car or public transportation: everything is at hand and can be reached with an easy walk. The rooms are all elegant and functional; you will find hand made upholstery and fine antiques, king size beds and sound proof windows, plus all the comfort of modern technology: air conditioning/heating, minibar, satellite and cable TV, internet connection, safebox and more! Many rooms have a lovely view outside on piazza della Maddalena and on piazza Rondanini, two among the neatest small piazzas of central Rome.We clean the rooms every day and change the linen every 2 days, and towels every time is needed. All our rooms have private bathrooms, which are spacious and comfortable. The staff is helpful and will do nearly anything to make your stay in Rome the most enjoyable. Ciao!. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Maddalena Hotel Rome