We stayed at the Raphael for 5 nights at the beginning of October. The hotel is just off the Piazza Navona, quietly positioned, and very convenient for walking to the major sights. In fact we walked everywhere, and didn't resort to any public transport or taxi. The Colosseum was the furthest, and about 35 minutes walk.
Our suite was a deluxe on the 5th floor, set over two levels. It has a very modern fit-out, and whilst on the small side, was well laid out. The bathroom was well appointed, but very cramped, with a standing only gap between the vanity and toilet/bidet. There was a sitting area with desk, and then a marble flight of stairs up to the sleeping area. This space just accommodated the bed, with barely enough room to move down the sides - watch out for banging your shins on the wooden bed-frame! The stairs are steep, so caution is needed. I did fall, myself, and only just managed to hang on to the hand-rail - serious injury would have occurred otherwise.
The suite is under their terrace, where evening drinks and some limited dining is served. At the end of the evening, and also early morning, the staff dragged the metal chairs and tables around, which consequently sent a considerable amount of noise through the ceiling of our suite, making sleep impossible. The remedy is to head to bed after 11:00pm and rise by 6:15am.
Breakfast is very good, with a broad selection of cold and hot foods, including cake. Great coffee is made promptly for you as soon as you sit down.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, and our room was supplied with a beautiful fruit platter with a bottle of wine on arrival.
I would visit again, but would want a better room on a lower floor to avoid all noise.
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