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Hotel Sistina
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

We were in Rome for an extended stay and stayed at the Sistina because of the great location. But, the rooms are very small and it is difficult to manuever with your suitcases. Staff was very helpful in giving directions. The breakfast was filling and the young lady who worked here was wonderful. Very helpful and positive.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cheryl K
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

We have just come back from a 5 night stay in Rome and stayed at the Hotel Sistina. It is a lovely quaint hotel with very friendly and helpful staff on the reception desk all with good English. We were in Rome to visit the notable attractions e.g. Vatican Museum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps,Trostavera etc and the central location of the Sistina just off Piazza Barberini is two metro stops in Line A from Termini, which by the way was out of service due to track upgrades so we had to lug our baggage to street level to take a bus. The location was perfect for us as we could walk to most locations. Rome is hot (34c) in August and some restaurants closed up for holidays during our stay but many good one's remained open. We really liked the Sistina apart from the fact that the room was a little on the small side. If you are intending spending a lot of time in the hotel it's probably not the place for you. All in all a very pleasant experience indeed and if you are having breakfast, expresso, cappuchinos can be ordered at no extra cost from the waitress if you don't like the standard coffee served.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Christy H
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

The hotel is located about 30 minutes walk from the Termini, so if you're afraid of using your legs be sure to book a transfer - if you walk there it is also easy to miss. Walking from Piazza Barberini, it is on the right hand side of the road on the corner of via Cappucine. The sign is very small so keep your eyes peeled! It is well located for the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and for the Cappucine Monks church. It is also about a 15 minute walk to the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) and 30 minutes walk to Piazza Navona. we arrived at 3:45pm which is pretty much bang on time for check in. We checked in smoothly and trouble-free and were able to go straight up to the room. The hotel is quite old, I wouldnt be able to hazard a guess at how old but it's so charming inside and beautifully decorated with lots of antique furniture.  The lift is very small but big enough to fit two people with their luggage. One thing you need to be aware of is when you hop in, wait till everyone's completely inside the lift until you press the button for your floor. The doors immediately snap shut when you press it and will crush any unsuspecting person in the process of boarding the lift.  We were in room 324 which is located in the back corner of the building which was nice because the only noise we got was the cleaning cupboard next door which was opened by the staff at intervals during the stay. The room is very clean and not too small. The bed was firm but still comfortable enough to have a great night's sleep. There is a large wardrobe to store luggage and hanging garments, a desk and a small television with about 14 channels. the bathroom is much bigger than your average European hotel bathroom! Very dated but at the same time charming, and most importantly, clean as a whistle! The only problem with the shower was that the faucet (one of those ones that is on a hose so you can hold on to it) could not be easily placed in such a way that you could have a shower without holding it. Also there may have been some kind of blockage in the drain because the floor inside the shower filled up like a swimming pool -- be sure to close both the shower doors otherwise this water will spill out onto the bathroom floor. The only other issue we experienced was that on the second night of our stay, the air conditioning in the room decided to stop working. In the middle of summer this proved to be very uncomfortable! The room was like a sauna. Daniel phoned reception to let them know it wasn't working and the man had said he didn't know was the problem was, didn't know how to fix it and would leave a note about it. He didn't seem to care at all for our concern and as a result we had a very uncomfortable sleep, in the morning the room was even more like a sauna and stunk to high heaven of sweat. I had to open the window just to try to relieve us of the smell! It didn't help with the heat as it was hot outside too. 
The hotel breakfast was great! A range of fresh and canned fruits and cereals with milk, tea and coffee, a selection of meats and cheeses with bread and also plenty of croissants and cakes. We were very impressed with the breakfast. On the whole I highly recommend this hotel for a clean, tidy, comfortable hotel for your stay in Rome. 

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
4  Thank Ness-of-Sydney
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

The hotel is small. Only 25 rooms of different size. But because of that it is nice and quit. Our doublebed room was just big enough for two, but it was clean and in good condition. The breakfest was good and the breakfestrooms are very nice. Nice and polite staff. Short way to Spanish steps and to the ancient Rome. We where walking everywhere from the hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ellinelli
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

Great location - very close to Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese, and easy walk to everything else (central Rome is really not that large). Taxi stand just a block away. ATMs are very close and plentiful.

Front desk staff is great and most speak English well. They are very helpful. Cleaning staff forgot something for our room each day - at first towels and a bathmat, then soap, and then left a bottle of water in the room that wasn't ours - not a big deal as the front desk was always able to get us what we needed.

The hotel lobby could use some remodeling, but the rooms themselves are very nice and seem updated, except for the faded framed prints on the walls. The bathrooms are very nice but the showers are small.

There is a rooftop terrace that is great in the shade or at night.

The continental breakfast is plentiful - fresh hard-boiled eggs (the shells were always difficult to peel), lots of tomatoes and cheese, some sliced meats, cereals, yogurt, some fresh fruit, lots of canned/preserved fruit, croissants, milk, coffee, tea, juice, and water. There is no real kitchen at the hotel, and it's surprising how much breakfast they can supply without one. I only ate fresh fruit and tomatoes, eggs, and had juice, so I'm not sure how the rest of the breakfast tasted.

You must leave your key at the front desk whenever you leave the hotel, so don't let the giant tassel freak you out.

This hotel was fine, and I would probably stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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1  Thank BrownWahineTX
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