We (family with one 8 year old) started a European vacation with five days at the Hotel Columbus and LOVED it! We sprung for a family suite on the third floor - two connected bedrooms with a bath - and it was a perfect base for us. Quick pros and cons:
-Location. St. Peter's Square is two blocks away. All the hop-on, hop-off buses board across the street, literally, from the hotel. There is an underground stop nearby, but we did the HOHO Bus one Day to tour the city and otherwise walked wherever we wanted to go. If you are Catho
IC and want to attend an early morning mass (7 am, which I could not recommend more highly), being so close to St.
Peters is invaluable. There is also a host of serviceable dining on Borgo Pio a short walk away(and great gelato). We walked easily to the area around Piazza Navona and Castel San Angelo may as well have been our front yard.
-Value. There are other hotels nearby. This one was a little cheaper given how nice it was.
-Atmosphere. It was almost mystical to stay in a 15th century monastery. Explore the common rooms on the first floor. There is one outside 201 with a beautiful ceiling fresco. The courtyard is gorgeous, with a beautiful church just beyond the walls. You don't get this at a chain hotel.
-A/C. That's right, the air conditioner! I worried when I saw the comments here, but the units on the third floor were great! Our room was icy cold, and we are from Florida, so we love our AC! The common areas are hot, but the stairway seemed reasonably cool.
-Service. The service at the desk was homey and friendly. This is a boutique hotel, and people leave their old school keys at the desk, but the crew speaks English well and were very helpful.
-Furnishings. The furniture is old, worn, and mismatched. Big deal. It added to the charm for us.
-Shuttle. We were quoted a high price for the shuttle from the airport and didn't do it. The cab was cheaper. But we did use the shuttle on the way back and it was easy and a little cheaper. But not the deal it apparently used to be.
-elevator. It is really small, although we actually saw smaller.
That's it. Look at the pros, look at the cons. You can see why we lovedthe Columbis and would return in a heartbeat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atmospheric 4-story Hotel with historic ambience, converted from 15th-century Villa, 2 blocks from Vatican. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columbus Hotel Rome
- Hotel Columbus Rome