The Genio Hotel offers a number of pros and some cons. My girlfriend and I stayed for three nights at the beginning of our week long trip to Italy. We arrived on a Saturday morning around 10am with our bags in tow. At first glance it has a nice street presence in a neat, clean area of town just blocks from the Tiber River. We didn't expect our rooms to be ready and they weren't. However, the gentleman manning the front desk politely held our bags with him in a secure area until a room was ready around 1pm. We came back after exploring a couple of hours and checked in. Our room was good size with one full bed and a very large bathroom with tub. The room appeared clean but smelled like it was a smoking room. The view was not appealing overlooking the busy street in front of the hotel on the second floor. The street noise did prove to be a big negative at night because we wanted to sleep with the windows open to get some cool air. In all fairness, we didn't ask for another room because we figured it would be a hassle and were a little afraid we may be given a smaller room with other potential issues.
Bathroom was nice and large, especially for a big city. The only complaint (and it is a big one) was that the water wasn't hot in the morning. It was great at night but not hot while we were getting ready between 8 and 9am. We just showered at night which was fine for a few days.
Hotel staff were somewhat friendly. Not overly helpful and I did see them get into disagreements with some of the other guests for various reasons.
The best part about the hotel is the location. It was perfectly located so we could walk to many of our destinations. It was also close to the "hop on hop off" buses we used the first two days. The Vatican is about a 10 minute walk and the Colosseum was about a 20 minute walk (we walked it once but to the bus the other times we were near it). Piazza Navone is few minutes away with a number of restaurants.
Breakfast was included which was a huge plus. Great continental selection of fruit, pastries, cheese, yogurt, coffee, juice, etc. It was so helpful to get a good meal and hit the sights right away each day.
Here is a breakdown of what we liked and disliked...
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Great rooftop view
Reasonably priced wi-fi connection
Room smelled like smoke
Street noise at night
Water didn't get hot in the morning
No English speaking channels on the TV
The hotel worked for what we were looking for--a moderately priced hotel with the basics and a convenient location. I would consider staying again in the future if the price was right.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Genio Hotel Rome