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“Cute hotel, great location, variable rooms” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Locarno Rome
Ranked #609 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
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104 reviews
69 hotel reviews
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“Cute hotel, great location, variable rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

My wife and I first stayed at the Hotel Locarno fifteen years ago. We did not choose the hotel -- we were on a trip organized by my someone else -- but we remembered it fondly, so we booked two nights there on our return visit to Rome this month. We paid extra for a "superior" room, because one of the things we liked on our earlier visit was the spacious room with a little hallway that gave it the feel of a suite.

So we were surprised to find that our room was barely big enough for the bed and a couple of other pieces of furniture. It was way too small for two people; the spaces between the bed and the walls were too narrow for more than one person to pass. Although there was a small side table that could have served as a computer desk, it was impossible to sit there because the chair would not fit between the table and the foot of the bed. At first we thought our memories of the large room on the previous visit must have been wrong. But the next morning we happened to walk by several rooms that were being cleaned, and they were all substantially bigger than ours. One room even had a hallway at the entrance, just as we remembered. We mentioned this to someone at the hotel desk, who told us that our room was classified as "superior" because it had a bathtub rather than a shower, and that the less expensive "standard" rooms were even smaller.

Everything else about the Locarno was as pleasant as we had remembered. The building appears to be at least 100 years old, with the high ceilings, woodwork, and other features that make old buildings so much more interesting than new ones. The furnishings in our room and in the public spaces were all either antiques or reasonable imitations thereof. The ancient wooden elevator was charming, although its tiny dimensions and manual doors presented some challenges. Breakfast in the bar/lounge, included in the room rate, was tasty and problem-free. The roof garden and courtyard, although somewhat inhospitable in January, are a great feature at other times of the year. The free wi-fi worked fine, as did the hot water in the bathroom. And most of the staff members were awfully nice people. (One or two of the senior staff seemed a little stiff, but we might have caught them on a bad day.)

As noted by other reviewers, the Locarno's location is also just about perfect. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants are in easy walking distance, as are the Piazza del Popolo (around the corner), the Borghese Gardens, the Spanish Steps, and the River Tiber/Tevere. The Vatican and the Trevi Fountain are a bit further but still walkable on a nice day, and there's a Metro stop (Flaminio/Popolo) a couple of blocks away to take you just about everywhere else.

We would love to stay at the Locarno again. But next time we will request a room substantially larger than the tiny "superior" room we had on this visit, and if our request cannot be honored then we will probably just pay the lower rate for a "standard" room.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

Great location, just behind plaza del Popolo. It was recommended by a friend and I certainly would have not found it by myself.
The hotel is a bit decadent but a beautiful and very charming, the room we stayed in was really spacious! We loved the beer garden or should I say the wine garden :-)

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

I stayed in this hotel in 2011 and was affraid of the outcome due to the mised reviews, it cost €20 Euros from the airport( Rome Ciampino) to this hotel, when we arrived hotel staff were very friendly, they brought our luggage to our room, the rooms were i thought lovely, very old fashioned but very clean, we were only around the cornor from peoples sq., we were also only 10mins walk to st peters sq., at night everyone congragated in the beer garden area which had big sofas, it was cosy. I found mainly italian here, good choice of wine. The breakfast was buffet and basic, overall good hotel and I would definitly say again

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

I loved this place. Though I have no other hotel in Rome to compare it to, I would stay again. I chose it based on location (near Plaza Popolo and transit) and price. I looked at photos of this hotel and comparable ones. I noticed many had this modern cheesy style in the photos that felt like Las Vegas' version of Rome. I chose this place because the photos looked like it was old fashioned. It was perfect if that is the aesthetic you are looking for. If some disrepair bothers you, the basin in our bathroom was cracked. That did not bother us and we were very happy coming back here every night. The elevator was old fashioned and had a glass gold door. I was pleased with the breakfast buffet. It has ricotta and ham and baby croissants and something similar to Spanish tortilla. Also prosecco. And they'll make you a latte.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nectarine2000
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Albergo R, Direttore at Hotel Locarno Rome, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for having shared your opinion regarding your last stay with us at Hotel Locarno!
We really appreciate your comments and very glad to hear that you’ve liked the style and the Belle Epoque atmosphere at the hotel, rest assured the undergoing restoration will enhance this flair! I hope to meet you personally during your next visit in Rome.

Best regards,

Claudia Giuliani
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Studley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

We stayed as a couple for 5 nights over New Years ....we had previously stayed here a couple of years back which we thought was great but still Shabby Chic.....unfortunately the hotel has lost its Chic......I am aware that the hotel will be undergoing renovations in he coming year but the paying customer still should have 4 star rooms ...of which we paid for a Superior Room ......not sure this as the case as it was small, dark and in disrepair ......there was a shower in the bath and when the shower was turned on.....the taps came on!.....one of the lights was hanging off the wall......the people in the room above marched around the wooden floors like a herd of buffalo....e complained but no action was taken and some nights 2- in the morning .....the hotel is really noisy .....doors slamming and the main road at the back never stopped until late morning......I paid quite a lot of money for the 5 nights totally 1100euro certainly not value for money at all ......itll be the Nazionale again for us next time

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank petemcgrath
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Albergo R, Direttore at Hotel Locarno Rome, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Dear Mr & Mrs Mc Grath,
Thank you for having shared your opinion regarding your last stay with us at Hotel Locarno!
I agree with you that Piazza del Popolo is not really the most quiet place to come over New Year’s Eve – concerts were taking place till late at night but this is the best part of Xmas holidays for travelers, we believe!
The room you’ve booked and you’ve stayed in, is a Double Superior Room of about 30sqm overlooking to the main road behind the famous Piazza and surely not renovated as the renovation is at this stage only involving the dependance. With regards to the noisy people above, the night porter have confirmed me that he called them many times to make them a little quieter but in that particular night was not easy to let them understand they were maybe too loud, we are truly sorry about this inconvenience.
I hope to see you soon back to Rome and please do not hesitate to contact me directly for your next stay with us, it will be my pleasure to help you in choosing the accommodation that would be most comfortable for you
Claudia Giuliani
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Cheshire, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

We stayed here after landing at 11:30 on a Thursday night. We emailed the hotel and they arranged a car to collect us from the airport. It was a lovely start to our break to be met by the hotel driver and led to a black Mercedes. This cost us 50 euro but worth the money for the luxury. On arrival we were told we were booked into the annex over the road from the hotel. We checked in then went to our room. This was on the third flor and decorated in black and white. Very clean and bed comfortable but as we had been travelling from the UK we crashed out. No noise and up early the next morning, showered and went back over the road to the main hotel for breakfast. Lovely buffet style breakfast with a good selection of Danishes, meats, yogurts, fruit and cereal and very Art Deco with a wood burning open fire. We saw they had a court yard and had it been warmer it would have been lovely to have breakfast there. Swift check out and on our way to our next hotel. Would stay there again and highly recommend the annex to stay in.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013 via mobile

A wonderful property to stay at...very old world charm...very clean and well presented....great breakfasts and a fantastic little garden terrace to enjoy coffee or a drink...would certainly go back...

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Locarno Rome
Address: Via della Penna 22, 00186 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Campo Marzio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#284 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Locarno Rome 4*
Number of rooms: 67
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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