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Hotel Navona
Ranked #132 of 1,267 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 April 2007

I have been coming to Hotel Navona for almost two decades. The Hotel has always given me a warm welcome and they have become like family to me. I am quite surprised by the comments that some travellers have made of this family-run establishment. Being a family run business, complaints are taken personally, not as in a large hotel chain. I mention when things need to be fixed, exchanged or improved but in a polite manner. If you have an attitude that you are unhappy and everyone on either side of the reception desk should know it (we've all met travellors like that) then a small hotel (at a reasonable rate) in Italy (or most of Europe) is not for you. A traveller coming to Rome has to appreciate the high prices that hotels now command given that the Euro has more than doubled the cost of visiting the Eternal City. This sometimes makes it difficult to find a decent, well priced and safe place to stay, especially if you are a female travelling alone. Hotel Navona has provided me with this type of safe environment and this encouraged me to stay there alone or with my family. The rooms are clean, comfortable and the many renovations over the years now guarantee me windows with double-glazing that prevents the outside noise from coming in. The (very) light breakfast in the morning is welcoming but as some guests have written, if you want more than juice and a fresh bun, there are plenty of restaurants or bars within a few minutes walk that offer a greater variety. I've found this small hotel is always improving and always accommodating.

If you are used to the large North American style hotels and amenities without the old world character, than this is not the place for you but of course you are going to have to pay a substantial premium to get that kind of service.
Mirella- Toronto, CANADA - March 2007

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Reviewed 15 March 2007

Although the hotel is well positioned, the rooms are nothing like the pictures shown on the website.

Our standard room did not have air conditioning as stated in the web site and the room was small to the extent of being claustophobic

The attitude of the owner left much to be desired, as when challenged the rooms did not match the picture on the website, we were told " You are paying for the location not the room.

The exterior of the courtyard was dilapadated and uncared for.

Breakfast while included was very sparse " a roll and cup of coffe and fruit juice out of plastic cups"

An experience to avoid

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank jazz2007
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Reviewed 23 February 2007

The manager was rude. The rooms were not clean. I would not stay here again. We were booked at the Residenza Zanardelli but were bumped to the Hotel Navonna. It was a very bad experience.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 February 2007

We went to Rome for our anniversary. We were looking for a hotel that was reasonably priced, yet quiet and clean, with historic charm and close to nearby attractions. Hotel Navona was delightful and met every expectation. We are from Chicago, and if you are used to "American" hotels, this is different. But we wanted a different experience, and we couldn't have been happier with Hotel Navona. We would stay here again without question. We took a cab from the airport...in the future we would take the train, as the cab was slow in traffic and quite expensive. The hotel manager came down to the cab to greet us and even helped me with my bag (there are many stairs and no elevators here). The room was clean and with the windows closed, extremely quiet. The room was not large, but perfect for the two of us, and we did not want to spend much time in our room anyway. We walked to the Pantheon, Colloseum, and charming Piazza Navona for a lovely dinner there. We also took the train everywhere else, which was great. The staff was quite helpful with calling cabs, providing us with hairdryer and also electric outlet converters. One surprise: it said they took travellers checks, but these must be in Euros. We had travellers checks in dollars and they would not accept this. Other than that, Hotel Navona was great, the staff was friendly, the breakfast was adequate and we would definitely stay here again. Close to all of the sights, clean, quiet, and the price is right.
Keri & Frank Walters
Chicago, USA

Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 3 January 2007

2006 nov. A simple, basic, place in an old building in a very old centrally located section of Rome. Cramped narrow halls & rooms. Narrow passage to the toilet & shower (back in to use). I could have written the pigeon central review. (filthy) Full the night I was there; Hotel Navona has appeared in a lot of international travel publications & blogs the past couple years. Roll, juice & coffee at breakfast. $35e cab ride from termini; but couldn't have found the place alone. The cab driver found a traffic jam & then waived buses in front of him. All very genuine.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 December 2006

Perfectly located in Historical Center just 2 minute walk from Piaza Navona and bus to Vatican and Termini Station. Stayed here about 4 years ago and place seems the same but a little more faded and could do with a lick of paint. Rooms are quite dingy. Breakfast is still a bland 'long life' croissant with a few other bits. Prices in Rome have gone up for everything. Small beer on Piaza Navona was 7 Euros!. 70 Euros for Taxi from airport so you are best to pre-book taxi on internet or take train Rome does not have to be expensive as we discovered when we had the most enjoyable and affordable drinks in a bar followed by a perfect meal in a restaurant in Travestere.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 December 2006

I stayed two nights in Navona - in a tiny single room. Its a nice, clean hotel with great staff that speak English quite well. We all stayed on the main floor which is one flight of stairs up from the street level. I don't recall if they had an elevator, but I don't think so. Very basic breakfast offered. I stayed there with friends and it was during the bus strike and a national demonstration. We ended up walking much of the two days we were there, which was fine because Navona is not too far from the Vatican (about a 15-20 minute walk). Its very close to the Pantheon and there is some good shopping and great restaurants not too far away. Our last night, we ate at a wonderful little trattoria (Tritone, on Via Tritone) about 5 minutes from the Spanish Steps as the owner (or friend of the owner) stopped us on the street and invited us to have dinner with him. It was absolutely wonderful. Our best meal throughout our time in Italy! We walked back to the hotel because we were stuffed. Everything was great in Rome, too bad we didn't have more time.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled with friends
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Address: Via dei Sediari 8, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#27 Business Hotel in Rome
#92 Family Hotel in Rome
#199 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £81 - £692 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Navona 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of the historic centre, Hotel Navona Roma enjoys a privileged position only a few steps from Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Campo de’ Fiori and the other main tourist attractions in the Eternal City, all within walking distance. Stay at Hotel Navona and immerse yourself in history. This historic 15th century building stands on the site of the Baths of Agrippa,, the first bath complex in the city, which was built by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and opened in 12 BC. The hotel has been completely refurbished, while retaining aspects that reflect the glorious past of the Eternal City. Several rooms feature frescoed ceilings, and ancient Roman bricks are still visible in the communal areas. The hotel provides different types of room with Economy, Standard, Superior and Family Rooms. Each elegantly decorated room features a private bathroom, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi (excluding groups ), mini-bar and satellite TV. For those who prefer a stay in total freedom, we offer comfortable, functional apartments with kitchens in Rome’s historic centre, just a few minutes from Hotel Navona. Hotel Navona provides a full buffet breakfast served between 7.30am and 10am, for you to start your tour of the city bursting with energy. Breakfast is not included in the room rate, and is charged at 10 euros per person. Take advantage of our special ‘breakfast included’ offers for your stay! ... more   less 
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