Myself & my husband stayed here in early March for a 3 day break. We found the hotel to be centrally located for all the attractions. It is just around the corner from Piazza Navona close the the Pantheon etc and has some lovely boutiques and restaurants in the neighbourhood. It is also within 30 minutes walking distance of the Vatican. We found our room to to be comfortable, of a good standard and of a decent size and we had a minibar stocked with alcoholic drinks which were of a reasonable price. There was a bar in the main lounge however we never saw it manned Our room was at the front of the hotel overlooking the main road which, as we like to sleep with the window open for fresh air at night, could be very noisy, especially when delivery lorries arrive and unload their goods. The hotel is a good base for exploring the city.
Breakfast was included in the price of the room. On several occasions we arrived to breakfast, which was continental and included pastries, yoghurt, fruit, bread, jam, scrambled eggs, cold meats, to find many of the tables stacked high with uncleared plates and very liitle food available.
We went to the kitchen to explain the situation and was told it would be sorted in a few minutes. we waited half an hour for the food to be replenished which considering it was mainly cold meats etc seemed a long time. As the happened at the weekend I suspect the usual waiting/kitchen staff were off leaving them short staffed, however judging by previous reviews this seems to be an on going problem. There was a rooftop terrace where you could sit for breakfast, weather permitting, which unfortunately we did not get to use but it did have some nice views of the city, including the rooftop of St Pauls Cathedral. If visiting the Vatican I would recommend buying a fast pass as the queues can literally stretch for miles, not good in the heat. We got straight in without any queuing at all saving a few hours in the hot sun. I woukd recommend going early in the morning too before it gets too busy. There are a lot of guided tours, many Chinese/Japanese and if you get caught up in these groups it can be very difficult to get out and quite claustrophobic. There are hop on/hop off buses around Rome, however you don't get to see everything else this way we found it better to walk around with the map. we stumbled across many lovely places to eat etc this way. I would recommend wearing very comfortable flat shoes as we must have walked 10-15 miles in a day! If visiting the colloseum on a combined ticket, buy it from the Forum as the queues are much shorter and you can then bypass the queues at the colloseum or get a fastpass.
All in all, we loved the city and wished we could have stayed longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Rome's most historic and Baroque district, Hotel Genio has a rooftop terrace with stunning views over the city and is just 100 meters from Piazza Navona. Rooms come with air conditioning, carpeted or parquet floors, a TV and a minibar. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and the continental breakfast is served buffet style. Hotel Genio is set in a building dating back to the neo-Renaissance period and is surrounded by sinuous streets that host some of the most popular wine bars, cafes and restaurants in Rome. The property is a 10-minute walk from the shops of Via del Corso. Also, you will reach Castel Sant'Angelo and the Vatican City by simply crossing the Tiber. Piazza Navona is a great choice for travelers interested in food, culture and history. ... more less
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