We were very fortunate to utilize tripadvisor to choose RRC post-cruise. We booked them months in advance and utilized their special available at that time for a 3-night stay. Unlike many hotels RRC is in a mostly residential building occupying the 2 bottom floors on one side of the building. There are only 4 rooms on the bottom floor along with the tiny check-in counter, a foyer, coffee counter and breakfast room. I don't know how many rooms are on the 2nd floor, perhaps 7 or 8 that are accessible by elevator or stairs outside of the bottom floor. we had room #4 that faces the "courtyard" because it is a space where bicycles and mopeds are kept by residents of the building. we experienced no noise. the room has a firm king-sized bed, armoire, long sofa and desk with a small flat panel on the wall over the desk. The ceilings are high and a room key is needed for lights to operate except for the lamp on the desk that is plugged into an outlet on its own circuit (this is important if you are charging something while you are away from the room). The large window opens in two possible methods. there are no screens on the windows so this is something to think about when it is mosquito season. We experienced only a single mosquito and, luckily, it met its demise before it could taste anyone. The bathroom is modern and unlike some rooms in RRC we had a bathtub. I won't go into my distaste for European bathtubs as we all know how the showers get the floors wet. Marble flooring in the bathroom and two translucent windows (that can open) brought in plenty of light. the ceiling bathroom lights are operated by a light switch in the bedroom by the bathroom door while the over sink lights have a switch by the sink. the other three rooms on the first floor face the street. this is not a noisy neighborhood. the hotel staff are all excellent and helpful changing the complimentary ipad to the language of your choice and eliminating info on the ipad when you turn it in (ask for them to do this). they can arrange transport to the airport and the city map RRC provides (perhaps also available at other hotels) is one of the best maps I have seen provided by a hotel. the breakfast does not have anything hot, except coffee or tea, but the spread is wonderful. there are pastries of many varieties, cuts of meat, including prosciutto, as well as cheese and hard-boiled eggs. if you like to walk, you can walk pretty much anywhere from RRC, it is perhaps a 7-8 minute walk to the Barberini metro station, a 15 minute walk to the Trevi Fountain, a 20 minute walk to the top of the Spanish Steps. there is a small supermarket just up Via Lucullo (actually on Via Toscana, 3b) where you can buy bottled water, etc. We all know that during high season staying in any large city will cost you, that being said the other hotels we considered were all higher in cost than RRC. Any drawbacks to RRC? the only thing is can think of is that many people would want to be closer to more of the attractions. if so you have to be prepared to pay for that convenience. we didn't have any problems with walking from or to RRC from anyplace in central Rome. would I stay here again and do I recommend RRC? you bet!
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