Terrific hotel and excellent value. We stayed 6 nights, and the central location enabled us to walk everywhere in Rome. We had a fourth floor room with great views facing the piazza. Although on the small side, the room was smartly laid out and extremely clean and up-to-date. Same for the bathroom which had a very pleasing oversized tub. Fridge, safe, robes, slippers, lighting, quietness, soaps and shampoos, hair dryer, bed comfort and bedding quality, etc. were all good. Don't be feaked out if you get a room with two twin beds like ours had. They are very close together--and can get virtually side-by-side by pushing.
Be aware that the hotel requires the room key to be inserted into an electronic slot inside the room for the electricity in the room to work. The protocol is to drop the key at the front desk when leaving--so the staff can tell when the room is vacant and thus available for cleaning. Then when you return, the front desk staff gives the key back. It sounds like it would be freedom intrusive, but it actually works well. The staff was always fast to accept and give back the key, plus that "key" interaction multiple times each day creates natural opportunities to ask the staff quick questions.
We were happy with the daily breakfast service. Self-service coffee/tea/juices, eggs, breakfast meats/cheeses, fruit, cereal, yogurt and all manner of fresh baked goods each day in a very nice setting. The hotel had a few copies of American newspapers free for guests each morning.
We went to the rooftop bar to check it out, but we aren't drinkers, and since we had supreme views from the room, and also enjoyed the hotel chairs outside on the piazza, we didn't stay long. The chairs outside the hotel are also a great place for an evening gellato and people watching.
Though we often used the small elevator going up, we always used the spacious/attractive hotel stairway coming down. Much faster.
The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, though we did get more meaningful dining recommendations from the front desk daytime staff than the evening shift.
We used the free hotel PC and printer to get boarding passes--everything worked slick.
There was a HVAC problem (apparently) affecting multiple rooms one evening. It was fixed in a couple of hours. Stuff like that happens and was not a big deal, but a slight knock on the hotel for so-so communications on what was going on.
We used the hotel arranged car service to and from the airport. That went very well and was well worth the money (only costs a little above a regular cab ride). Sedans were plush and clean, and the drivers very professional. One didn't speak English, but it was easy enough to communicate.
A final few comments on location... Along with many, many cafes, there are places all around the hotel to buy sundries, food, bottles of Diet Coke, etc. Also, anyone in decent shape can literally walk to all significant Rome/Vatican sites from this hotel, and if not, cabs stands are right there. For walkers, it pays to invest a little time with a map (our phone GPS was sketchy in the narrow, winding, canyon-like streets) before venturing out, and be warned that it is really easy to get started down the wrong street right from the piazza. The first day we frequently got twisted around. The second day we still got a little twisted around (going to new places), but by the third day we were smooth going in any direction--even in the dark. By the way, we felt no safety risk anywhere in Central Rome. There were many street peddlers, but a polite smile and head shake is all it takes to keep them away.
This hotel exceeded all our expectations and we highly recommend it.
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