I will freely admit that I was intimidated by Rome. I had heard of all the crazy crowds and driving, and I'm kind of a country mouse. Visiting and touring Rome was certainly worth the stress and frenzy, but we also found a wonderful oasis in the Hotel Locarno.
My wife and I and our three children (10,8,6) arrived at the hotel, and immediately the very pleasant people and the wonderful throwback (art deco-ish) decor made us feel very relaxed. They very kindly moved us into the "suite," which was really like a large flat -- three bedrooms, two baths, and a nicely sized gathering area. The kids loved the "birdcage" elevator, and walking up the five flights of stairs was a pretty good exercise for me. The rooms were clean, the bathrooms more than serviceable, and the location was amazing. Locarno isn't cheap (is anything in Rome?), but I felt we were at least getting what we paid for, without the feel like we were staying in some odd spa/safe house.
The hotel's bar should have its own review, as it has some of the most amazing cocktails. Do not leave before ordering at least one negroni. And it turned out to be what looked like a fairly hip place for the slightly younger crowd as the evening got late (I went to bed).
The breakfast (in the lovely garden area, shaded in what I think was wistaria ) was a highlight for the kids, as well, with a great selection of fruit, meat, and cereal. It wasn't a crazy, kids-running-around-everywhere hotel, but for little ones that do well in restaurants, it was a terrific spot.
Again, the location was great, within a 3 minute walk of Popola and several great shopping and dining streets. But it is wonderfully tucked away, quiet, and - well...civilized.
A short cab ride gets you to the Vatican, the Forum, or pretty much anywhere else. I think we took about 20 minutes or so to walk from the hotel to the Borghese.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travel back in time to the 1920s!Near the splendid Piazza del Popolo, at the very heart of Rome, is a romantic and intimate guesthouse sought by actors, directors, writers, producers and musicians. Its two buildings are adjoined by an open garden where in spring and summer guests can take their breakfast and lunch or just an excellent aperitif. Enjoy relax and atmosphere in our bedrooms and suites strictly antique but also featuring modern facilities.Hotel Locarno: we’ll make you feel welcome! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Locarno Hotel Rome