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“Great location, decent hotel for the price.”
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Hotel Genio
Ranked #452 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Reviewed 8 December 2009

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...
PROS:
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Large Room
Large Bathroom
Great rooftop view
Clean room
Reasonably priced wi-fi connection
Breakfast

CONS:
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.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank David W
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Reviewed 29 November 2009

Very nice distance "Walking distance" to alle the major attractions. Rooms OK, Bath hot water a problem in the morning and before dinner otherwise OK. Breakfast fine. Bed clothes and towels changed every day.

Stayed: November 2009, travelled solo
Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

This was my second stay at Hotel Genio. The first was fine--decent room. Great location. The second was completely awful. I stayed for a week and thought given that other hotels had offered me reduced rates, the Genio would at least give me a decent room. I knew the staff would be surly as they were last time but given that I was there a week, the room was most important. They gave me a much smaller room than my last visit and when I asked to move they gave me a slightly bigger room but the bathroom had only half of a shower door. Needless to say the bathroom flooded when I showered. There was mold and mildew all over the bathroom. There were dust balls hanging off the walls. The chair in the bedroom had stains all over it. When I asked to have the shower door replaced they promised they would or they would move me. They never did either and they had a week! The staff acted like the guests were a complete burden to them. Would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled solo
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3  Thank LisaTis
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Reviewed 26 October 2009

Very well located, but too expensive: 3 TV. Channels and pepople in the reception allways in a bad humour, that sucks!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled solo
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2  Thank FORNARINABuenosAires
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Reviewed 20 October 2009

close to alot of things hotel was clean has a rooftop terrace which was a plus but the front desk staff was not that friendly that would be my only gripe-not very accommodating

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Thank kathy1955
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Reviewed 14 October 2009

Walking distance to everything. Fab rooftop! Bustop right outside. We spent every evening after dinner on the roof looking over the beautiful skyline of Old Rome. The rooms are adequate and the breakfast substantail. Great Value

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank yyzdognut
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

Stayed at the Genio for 6 nights. Ideal location for getting around by foot to the old city and the main sights. Room was decent size; bad bed, good bathroom. Great deck on top of their bldg (6th floor). Good views there and is relaxing if weather is moderate.
We got the hotel reservation from an American Airlines vacation deal, so it was prepaid and there was no issue about getting our room (vs other reviews that have had problems).

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Allen727286
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Address: Via Giuseppe Zanardelli 28 | Piazza Navona, 00186 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori , Ponte
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#243 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £91 - £303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Genio 4*
Number of rooms: 62
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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