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“Nice hotel, perfect location”
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Genio Hotel
Ranked #486 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
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26 reviews
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“Nice hotel, perfect location”
Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

Best location and view from breakfast terrace, while rooms are a bit old, but fully functional with a/c and warm water. Recommended!

Bring a bottle of red wine, and a sandwich or a warm pizza from the restaurant below to the terrace in the evening and enjoy a perfect and private view of old Rome and Vatican city. Priceless!

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Medium hotel with friendly staff and excellent location ...
My main complaint is as it i was winter , the rooms were cold and and they would not turn the heater on , only at a certain time.Sth i found rather disturbing as i called the reception desk and they said they could no nothing about it .
same with hot water.
big minus.
also it was a bit expensive in my opinion.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2014

We were pleased to return to this centrally located hotel with spacious rooms, well appointed bathrooms, good service, and a nice breakfast on the rooftop. Within steps to the Piazza Navona, the Genio commands a stellar central location for travelers who wish to explore many of Rome's treasures on foot. Tevi Fountain, the Forum, the Pantheon, and St. Peter's are among the many attractions that are within easy walking distance.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Just had a weeks stay and overall am very happy. The hotel is in a great location near to many of the main attractions. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was a good size as was the bathroom. Breakfast was fresh and generous with great views over Rome from the breakfast room.

We did find the bed a little hard but maybe that's just our preference. Our only gripe was that our room did not have a tea/coffee maker and we had to leave the hotel if we wanted a hot drink outside of breakfast time.

Overall, very good and would definitely use again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Donegal, Ire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2014

Just returned with a group of 17 people having stayed 5 nights at the Hotel Genio. It is perfectly situated within 15minutes walk of the Vatican, beside Piazza Navona and many and varied restaurants all around. There is a bus stop outside the door as is a taxi rank. The staff are friendly and efficient, rooms allocated quickly to the group. The corridors are narrow and the room doors are very close together but once inside the room I was surprised by the size of the Rome especially as I have stayed in other hotels in Rome and rooms much smaller! Everything you needed was in the room. The room was serviced everyday with clean linens and all that you could need for a stay in Rome. The lift was very small quicker to use the stairs but that not a negative. The breakfast room was very nice on the rooftop with a lovely view over to the dome of St Peter's Basilica. There was a varied selection for breakfast, everything you could need and want to start the day. The staff were friendly and efficient and offered us maps of Rome.

I would recommend this hotel and I would certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the main street can be noisy if you a light sleeper.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Orange County, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2013

This is a difficult review to write, because my wife and I have such mixed feelings about the Genio. We chose it for our visit to Rome because of the central location to the main tourist sites we wanted to see, and on that score it would be very hard to beat. The Genio is very close to the Piazza Navona, and from the hotel we wandered on foot to the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Forum, Vatican City, and the Campo de Fiori. It was perfectly located and therefore it met our #1 need for a Roman hotel. The other big selling point is the rooftop terrace, where one can eat a very pleasant breakfast while enjoying panoramic views of Rome, including St. Peter's Basilica. That was hard to beat, and the breakfast buffet was quite good, in my view. Similar to what you get as the included breakfast buffet in many mid-market business hotels in the U.S. We also found the staff to be friendly and very helpful. (I want to be clear that the comments below are not directed at the staff - they were wonderful).

But the rooms, or, to be specific, our room, was a real disappointment. The "double" rooms were not available when we booked, so we had to book a room with two single beds. That's not ideal to begin with, but we were prepared for that. The beds were pushed next to each other to mimic a double bed, but each was made up with it's own linens. Unfortunately, the room flooring was very slick, so the beds constantly slid around if you did anything but lay quietly on top of them. The one "headboard" that spanned both beds was not attached to either the wall or to the beds, so it was impossible to sit up in bed to read, work on the laptop computer, watch the undersized TV, or just talk. If you tried, the bed slid away from the wall and the headboard fell over. Hilarious! (Or it would be, if it wasn't a 4-star hotel).

The windows, with a view out onto the busy streets below, were a frustration because if you wanted to have them either fully or partially open to enjoy the night air, they slammed shut in the slightest breeze. And then slammed open again, depending upon the wind. The mechanisms by which one would adjust the windows was broken, so that if they weren't latched closed, there was no controlling what they would do. The air conditioner (once one figured out how to operate it) was loud enough that we had to think hard about whether we were really hot enough to put up with the noise while trying to sleep. I finally solved the problem when I remembered that I had thrown some foam earplugs into my shaving kit before leaving home. Our nights at the Genio were the only nights in three weeks of traveling throughout France & Italy that I wore earplugs. They almost masked the incredibly loud hammering sounds made by the plumbing approximately one minute after flushing the toilet (every single time).

We had a wonderful visit to Rome, and the location of the Genio was superb. But as a 4-star property, priced as a 4-star property, the quality of our room was a disappointment. If (when) we get back to Rome, we will definitely explore other lodging options.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Breakfast on the roof terrace with St Peters in the background is a marvellous way to start the day. the staff are excellent and very helpful with lost luggage. The hotel has an excellent location. The rooms are comfortable, they have everything you need. Some noise is inevitable in any city but earplugs deal with this. It's worth a visit.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Genio Hotel
Address: Via Giuseppe Zanardelli 28, 00186 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori , Ponte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service
Hotel Style:
#246 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Genio Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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