After reading the wonderful reviews, we were really looking forward to our 4 x day stay at this highly rated property. On arrival at the airport, we were supposed to be met with a pre-arranged driver, after 45 minutes and NO SHOW we took a taxi to the hotel The fact is we arrived at the small reception where we were met with warmth. After being given our room key, my wife asked about the kitchen in the adverts, and was told there is no kitchen, she was disappointed, as she is a vegetarian and likes to prepare her own food where possible. On the third day we found out there is a charming kitchenette, at the out side of our room, cleverly concealed, with microwave, sink and all the utensils. There is an iron also (which my wife was told there were no irons) but be careful it leaks !
We are on a 4 x month trip through Europe, so we are making use of launderettes wherever we go ! On night two we hardly slept, as the neighbours above partied through the night ; due to the fact no management is in attendance from 10 pm to 7 am we were left in a quandary, management the next morning dealt with neighbours above…
There is only one small lift, and during our stay it was out of action for a whole day, so for a 65 + it was a bit of trip up and down the winding staircase.
The ambience is excellent, the room is similar in size to any Hilton or Marriot room, the bathroom which is tasteful, lacks a bath, and is small in size. The pillows are not feather pillows so a little hard. As is typical of Italy it is two single beds side by side
Next door to the Vatican City says it all, and the Metro is a 15 minute walk from the hotel which speedily gets you to all the tourist spots. Around the hotel there is a profusion of restaurants and we loved the early night life and the fact the ice cream is superb !
The staff are all very warm and friendly and full of helpful suggestions. While we asked about NON smoking, prior to booking they confirmed they are a non smoking establishment (we are both non smokers) this did not inhibit our next door neighbour smoking…
Frankly I think this is a super place for younger clients to stay due to the innovation, next time it's back to the more established hotel groups for me..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Rome right next to the most famous basilica in the world St. Peter's and the Vatican Museums you will find this exclusive hotel which offers a modern ambiance, is refined and elegant and in total harmony is cradled by its prestigious location. Ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in this spiritual atmosphere coming from one of the most talked about squares in the world: St. Peter's square. Perfect for shopaholics: a few metres away is the famous Via Cola di Rienzo shopping district where all the important brands can be found. A short distance away is the characteristic Borgo Pio neighbourhood, a small village lost inside the metropolis, where you can taste traditional roman cuisine. From here you can also easily reach the famous Castel Sant'Angelo fortress. Guest rooms are furnished to every particular detail. From some rooms you can admire the colonnade that surrounds the piazza, take in the majesty of St. Peter's cupola and also listen to the pope while he gives his sunday blessing. St. Peter's basilica is the largest church in the world and the centre of the roman catholic faith. Its immense square always gives off an amazing aura at every religious event. A visit to the nearby Vatican Museums, Castel Sant'Angelo and the characteristic roads surrounding this area will provide your trip with the complete satisfaction you are looking for. ... more less
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