I picked the Hotel Canada based on Trip Advisor reviews and wasn't disappointed. Stayed here 5 nights after a 2 week wine tour to Sicily with friends. I had a single room and my two female travel companions shared a double (room 112).
The hotel staff were all efficient and accommodating. By day two of our stay the front desk staff knew us and simply handed over our keys and messages when we entered the hotel. I really appreciated this personal touch since the hotel is obviously a cruise line passenger stop-over favorite and can be quite busy.
I also need to commend the front desk staff for their restaurant recommendations. One of my companions has Celiac Disease (no gluten allowed). We showed the night manager a list of restaurants in Rome that specialized in catering to people with this allergy and he asked why we didn't just walk to his favorite seafood restaurant a few blocks away? We agreed and he called the restaurant owner to ensure we'd be well taken care of --which we were. That was great service.
I mentioned the hotel is busy, but it's also relatively small, so we never felt lost in a crowd. The comfortable lobby is set up for small groups to rest, share happy hour drinks and snacks, or use the hotel's guest computer. My friends and I used the lobby to lounge about after breakfast and in the over cocktails after our long walks and guided tours of Rome.
My room (512; highly recommended) was large and very nicely appointed --with a high, painted ceiling. This corner, top floor room doesn't have spectacular views, but with 3 windows opening over quiet streets I could sleep comfortably without air conditioning and rise with the sun each morning. Of course for travellers who prefer to live in the dark, the windows have heavy drapes and iron shutters to block out the light too.
Like several others I enjoyed the breakfast the hotel provides. It is a bit repetitive each day, but hard to complain about the large selection of cereals, meats, eggs, breads/cakes, yogurt, and fruit, they lay out. Really good quality foods, and their coffee and cappuccinos are excellent. I also liked the wait staff. Low key, but very efficient even when the restaurant was crowded –which was every morning starting at 8 a.m.
The only negative some people may find with the hotel is its location. Being close to Rome's main train / bus terminal (~5 blocks away) means the area is both touristy and a tad seedy. I saw it as a positive, since there are many reasonably priced, better-than-average restaurants and pizza places, Internet cafes, and interesting characters 1-2 blocks away. Being in the center of the city was also great since it was only a 10 minute walk to a mass transit/tour bus hub, small shops, and (15-20 minutes) to some of Rome's best historical sites.
I feel confident recommending this hotel to anyone who wants to be away from the action (e.g., the noise and bustle of Campo di Fiori or P. Navonna), and still feel like they're in the heart of Rome. I'll certainly be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In an elegant historic building in the centre of Rome, the Hotel Canada represents the outcome of Hoteliers' generations experience. It shows the ancient tradition of hospitality that renews itself every day. A recent refurbishment has rediscovered the original architecture of the building. It was constructed in 1870 in order to provide accommodation for officers from the nearby barracks of Castro Pretorio. The Hotel Canada is easily reachable from "Termini Station" (500 m), the most important station of the Eternal City and the main rail yard of Italy. This Station is well connected with both airports of Rome: Roma Leonardo da Vinci/ Fiumicino and Roma Ciampino. The Hotel Canada is located in an ideal spot to visit the very historic centre of Rome. It is close to the subway (Line B, Castro Pretorio's stop) that allows every guest to reach the downtown in just a few minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Hotel Rome
- Hotel Canada Rome
- Best Western Rome
- Canada Hotel Rome
- Rome Best Western