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“Great Location, Excellent Service”
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Relais Maddalena
Ranked #100 of 3,643 Rome B&B and Inns
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San Francisco, CA
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“Great Location, Excellent Service”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

My husband and I stayed 6 nights in February at the Relais Maddalena and would definitely stay here again. This is not your traditional hotel, but not exactly a bed and breakfast. The is a small number of rooms with no one on duty after hours. Our room and bathroom were large for European standards and very clean and comfortable. Plus they stocked the free mini bar with beverages everyday! From our window we had a view of the Pantheon, one piazza away. It was lovely.

The location was perfect and all of the major sights of Rome are with in walking distance. The only negative would be the noise from the piazza below. Our room was directly above a restaurant which played loud music every night, and well into the late hours on Saturday. The widows kept out most of the noise, as did my earplugs! But we could not leave the window open due it.

The breakfast is wonderful, with meats, cheeses, pastries, fruit etc. Perfect to get you going! The service was fabulous and Selena was extremely helpful with arranging transportation to and from the hotel, as well as local recommendations. All of the staff was wonderful and attentive.

Also, note you have to walk up a flight of stairs to get to the hotel as there is no elevator. If you have mobility issues this will be a problem for you.

In all, a great stay and we highly recommend Relais Maddalena!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

This hotel is amazing. The location is perfect for sightseeing and shopping. You could walk anywhere in 20 minutes, most places a lot less e.g. the Trevi Fountain is 10 minutes away, the Pantheon is literally a minutes walk and the Colosseum is a 20 minute walk past many attractions. One of the main shopping streets is 10 minutes away too. Our room was beautiful. The breakfast room was light and airy with a lovely view. There was a good selection for the continental breakfast. The owner was a lovely man - very hospitable and accommodating. Selena on the concierge desk was brilliant. She communicated beautifully before, during and after our stay. While we were there she was very helpful and gave us tips and advice. I travelled with my 17 year old daughter, we had a fantastic time... The only problem was we didn't have enough time! So we will definitely be visiting again and staying in this wonderful location.

Stayed February 2014
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

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.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

This is an extraordinary little hotel! Excellent location, right around the corner from the Pantheon. Clean and comfortable rooms. Copious breakfast. Easy access at all hours. Very friendly and helpful staff. Much recommended!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

This is a bed and breakfast rather than a hotel but the staff are very helpful, the breakfast good and the rooms to a high standard. Large, modern, and with HUGE beds. Situated in a small piazza very close to the pantheon it is a little noisy in the evenings with the hum of people eating outside and in early mornings when deliveries begin, but we had the windows open and with them closed it was no problem. There are no staff on site overnight but they can be contacted by phone.
Entry through a small door set into a large one (they're not allowed a sign, so look at the buzzer labels) and up a flight of stone stairs, this place is an excellent blend of old stone and heavy wooden doors with modern decor. The location couldn't be better for exploring Rome on foot.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Stowe, Vermont
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

We stayed at Relais Maddalena the last week of November. We had a wonderful stay, and I would stay again, because the location is perfect for the Centro Storico. We stayed in the George Sand room, with a view overlooking the Piazza. The bed was very comfortable, the room and bath were large by European standards, with plenty of storage, and spotlessly clean. The location could not be better for tourists, once block from the Pantheon. A complimentary bottle of wine was included, in celebration of our anniversary, and we were greeted with a heart of rose petals on the bed. As part of our room rate, transfers from the train station were included; our driver, in a Mercedes, promptly greeted us. Alas, it happened to be a day when Vladimir Putin was in Rome, and many streets were closed and traffic was gridlocked. We ended up walking to Relais Maddalena from about half way from the train station, which was not a bad walk at all, even with luggage (one carry on bag on wheels). Everything is very close to Relais Maddalena!

The booking process was very easy. Francesco was a delight to work with.

Lots of reviewers call this a hotel. I am not sure that is accurate. Some call it a B&B, which for me connotes images of a cheerful, chatty innkeeper meting out freshly baked cookies. It most definitely is not that type of B&B. It is lodging, in a rather austere building with offices and apartments. It is lodging that has a small lobby, and a breakfast room. There are no other amenities that I could see, and no sign announcing that Relais is in that building. Keep your eye out for the giant green door across from the church, the door being nestled between two restaurants. The woman who worked the desk was very nice and helpful, but please don’t be disappointed and think this is a full-service hotel. It isn’t. We knew that, so we were fine. For those who are less than able-bodied, I did not see an elevator (although there may be one), I did see a chain device on the stairs, so maybe there is a lift of some sort? The stairs are steep. If you normally cannot climb stairs, I would ask about this before booking.

The positives have been listed here in many reviews, and they are true! There were a couple of negatives for us, which might have me looking elsewhere next time, but then again, maybe not, because the location is that good, the rooms large, the beds that comfortable. The rooms overlooking the piazza are noisy. There is a restaurant directly below the rooms, and you can hear noise from it, and the other two restaurants on the piazza. And, noise from revelers in the piazza. On the weekend, I needed earplugs to get to sleep. The other negative for me was that the shower floor, at least in the Sand room, was very slippery; there is an area in the center that dips down a few inches and it was difficult to stand without slipping, and heading toward that dip. The only soap provided is a liquid bath gel, and ladies, to shave your legs; there is no ledge or anyplace to put your foot up.

The minibar was included, which was a very nice gesture.

While the bath was well lit, the room was dim. Romantic, but not bright.

Slippers are included in the rooms, and bathrobes (we were there when Rome had a cold snap) would be an amazing addition to the rooms, and would feel very luxurious.

Breakfast was a European-style cold breakfast (bread, cake, meats, teas, Tang-like juice) and was a nice start to each day, in a room overlooking the plaza.

If you are looking for very clean, large, nicely decorated rooms with a modern touch in a classic setting, an excellent location for the historic center, and a independent experience, Relais Maddalena is perfect. I did not have a warm, personal experience with this lodging; if you are looking for a full-service hotel with a bar, restaurants, and amenities, you will be disappointed. If you are not, you'll probably love it.

Would I stay here again? Yes, if the price were competitive with full-service hotels.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the piazza, but be aware there may be some noise at night.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Another great find through Tripadvisor! Amazing location but what is so nice is the comfort of the room and wonderful staff involved in making this a great place !No need to repeat all the positive comments others have said.. It is all true! When in Rome,will be back here!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Relais Maddalena
Address: Piazza della Maddalena 6, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Colonna , Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #100 of 3,643 B&Bs / Inns in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Relais Maddalena 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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