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The First Luxury Art Hotel
Ranked #34 of 1,269 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 April 2013

We just finished a stay at the hotel in April of 2013. The hotel and it's staff truly deserve five stars. We arrived at check in to English speaking staff and were upgraded upon check in. Inside our room, a First suite was a bottle of champagne and some cookies. The room was nice, very modern and spacious. It consisted of two rooms; a living room and bedroom. The bathroom was modern with a rain shower and one sink. The bed was hard and pillows very soft. It was winter and the air conditioning was turned off. Opening the windows solved the problem and made it quite nice. There was a bit of noise from the street when opening the windows but it got quiet around 1130.

A minor gripe about the room was the shower door didn't close and water went out on the floor. The floor was marble so it wasn't an issue. Also, the wifi in the room was absolutely terrible. It only worked (sort of) near our door and not a foot further. I got one bar in this location. The problem was especially true in the bedroom, couldn't even see the network. This was frustrating.

The hotel itself is simply elegant. The staircases and common areas are lined with fine marble and art. The bar is beautiful and restraunt gorgeous. We didn't eat breakfast there as it was quite expensive- 15 for continental or 30 for buffet. Upon check in we were informed it wasn't included in our rate and we could purchase it or just order items ala carte. Then, when I went down the first morning I was informed no ala carte items were available, only two choices were possible which were continental or buffet. Therefore, if I wanted one egg scrambled it would be 30. Yikes. Not too worry, plenty of coffee shops just around the corner provided nice eats in the morning.

The location was great. The furthest we walked was 25 minutes to the Vatican and colesum. Everything else was closer. Tons, means tons of places to eat around. Another note is the staff, they do go out of their way to help you. They will tell you "we are always here" this is true as we could always ask them anything. We had our laundry done a few times, it was expensive but we are on a two week journey and needed it. The hotel also rents small electric cars but I wouldn't dare drive in this city, it's crazy.

I would highly recommend the hotel and would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Nimisis303
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thefirsthotel, Direttore generale at The First Luxury Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2013

Dear Guest,

First of all we would like to thank you for having chosen to stay at the First Luxury Art Hotel Roma and also for having taken the time to share your comments with your beautiful words of praise.

We are happy that you found everything to your satisfaction. It is indeed our constant aim to make our guests feel at home and to render their stay as memorable and comfortable as possible. We were therefore delighted to learn that we succeeded in doing so, and that you enjoyed being here. Your kind words of appreciation were also passed on to the staff.

We look forward to greeting you again, hoping that the future stores many other opportunities for you to stay with us.

Kindest regards,

Giuseppe Falconieri
General Manager

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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Stayed Feb/March 2013
After looking online at several hotels for our first trip to Rome, looking for a light modern hotel in a central location, this hotel was top of the list. The hotel itself is in a quiet side street but in a central location, perfect! With numerous shops and cafes just steps away, a few minutes walk to Piazza del Popolo and the Borghese Gardens and a 5-10 minute walk from the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, the location could not be faulted.

The hotel itself is lovely, very bright and modern. We stayed in Room 204 which was nice and spacious with a great bathroom. The only small complaint was the walls are quite thin so every night we could hear the TV from the next room which was not ideal but not a major problem.

We had breakfast at the hotel everyday and it was one of the best breakfasts we have had. The selection was amazing, everything you can think of and if there was something you wanted which they didn't have out, all you had to do was ask. The breakfast staff were all very friendly and helpful but also let you eat your breakfast in peace which was great.

With regards to the other staff, we had mixed views. The man who checked us in was lovely, very friendly and chatty and made us feel very welcome. During our stay however, the reception area felt a little bit awkward. It's not your normal reception desk, its almost like a room of its own which was nice and private but not very welcoming. Everytime we walked past there was somebody behind the reception desk (which is behind a wall!) but also a member of staff sitting on the sofa on their laptop which made you feel like you were disturbing them. This was not a massive problem, it just felt a bit awkward at times.

I booked this trip as a surprise for my boyfriends 30th birthday. The one big disappointment I had was that this was not acknowledged at the hotel, despite informing them of this at time of booking and on arrival at the hotel. Having just read other reviews of this hotel, other guests received a bottle of bubbly or a cake or something which makes it just that bit more special and while this is not expected, I think the hotel needs to be consistent, especially being a 5* Luxury hotel!

All in all, these few bad points are only small things and do not change the fact that this is a great hotel with lovely rooms in a great location.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank LPRJ
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Really nice architecture, very friendly staff,excellent quality of food. We spent 3 nights with our little baby in March and we therefore upgraded, everything was perfect, we will come back! Dont miss the view from the rooftop-terrace and the great salmon at breakfast!

Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
1  Thank Coccoa_11
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thefirsthotel, Direttore at The First Luxury Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2013

Dear Guests,

Thank you very much for your feedback on your recent stay at The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma.

Your superb comments regarding the service, the staff dedication, not to mention your enjoyable breakfast at the restaurant are much appreciated.

The utmost comfort for our guests is most important to us.Your appreciation means a lot to the team and your remark to the management.

Looking forward to your return visit in a near future,

Yours sincerely,

Giuseppe Falconieri
General Manager

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Reviewed 1 April 2013

What a great way to start our time in Italy.

Our stay started with a bit of a hiccup. As part of my rate I was supposed to get a car service pickup from the airport and it didn't show up. After a quick call to the front desk it was all cleared up and 20 minutes later we were on our way. Agata at the front desk was very sorry for the trouble and it sounded like it wasn't the hotel's fault.

When we arrived to check in we were immediately greeted and our bags were quickly taken. Check in was quick and friendly. It was great that our room was ready even though we were at the hotel long before normal check in time. After a long flight and the car trouble, this was really appreciated.

The room itself was very nice. We had booked an Art Suite, but I believe we had been upgraded to what's listed as the Jacuzzi Suite. Definitely a shame the weather was a bit rough since we couldn't use the terrace much during our stay. The view over the city was beautiful and the time we could spend out there at night was great.

The bathroom was comfortable and had everything we needed. The main room had a comfortable sitting area with plenty of room and seating to relax after a long day of exploring Rome. Throughout the room there was plenty of interesting art that really added that something special to the room.

Breakfast was served every morning in the restaurant and was a great way to start the morning. Everything was delicious, fresh and replenished often.

It's a shame we came just before the spa and gym are opening inside the hotel, because we were both wanting a good workout after all the Italian food. But, the staff is friendly and wants to be there to help make your stay great. The rooms and hotel are clean, safe and quiet. Overall we both really enjoyed our stay at the First hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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thefirsthotel, Direttore at The First Luxury Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your recent visit with us and your valuable feedback.

We were truly glad to hear about your wonderful experience and thank you very much for your pointing out many of our assets.

The central quiet location is one of them. Indeed, the hotel is located within walking distance of the beautiful Popolo Square and the famed Spanish Steps, home to fine boutiques.

Moreover, we note with great pleasure that you enjoyed the utmost comfort of our rooms, the impeccable service provided by a dedicated team.

We are sorry for the missed pick up but our team could repair straight away on it.

Our daily main aim is to make our guests happy and we genuinely put a lot into it to provide the highest standard of services.

Thank you again for your kind words and we all look forward to welcoming you back soon at the First Luxury Art Hotel Roma.

Best regards.

Giuseppe Falconieri
General Manager

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Reviewed 22 March 2013

We recently stayed at The First Luxury Arts Hotel, Rome (march 2013): Location was perfect for exploring the ancient sites and great for shopping too.......The rooms are elegantly simple (stylish). Lovely Michelin starred restaurant - staff are extremely helpful/friendly which made for a very relaxed/great trip !!! We will defo be staying here when we return to Rome - Fantastic City! Highly recommend this boutique hotel !!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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thefirsthotel, General Manager at The First Luxury Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2013

Dear Guest,

thank you very much for your recent visit with us and your valuable feedback.
We were truly glad to hear about your wonderful experience.

We are also happy that you enjoyed the comfort of our rooms and our restaurant All'Oro.

The close proximity of our hotel to some of the major attractions of Rome is one of the plus point of The First Luxury Art Hotel in Roma.


We are also very proud of our staff, is what really makes us stand out with their flair and friendliness.

We all look forward to welcoming you back soon
at The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma.



Best regards.

Giuseppe Falconieri
General Manager

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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Loved the hotel, brand new, very boutique, 10 minutes away from the Spanish Stairs (centre of shopping area), 3 minutes away from Piazza del Poppolo (beautiful square with bars and restaurants).

The design of the rooms is simple yet very elegant. The TV system they have is a bit confusing but has lots of channels in different languages.

Concerning the food: the in-room dinning is a bit limited and the restaurant of the hotel has 1 Michelin star and is very good BUT I would recommend going there one evening to experience it and afterwards have your meals in town where there are a lot of small restaurants with great food.

If I go to Rome again I will definitely stay in this hotel.

Room Tip: Book in advance as the hotel is pretty small.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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thefirsthotel, General Manager at The First Luxury Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2013

Dear Guest,

thank you very much for your recent visit with us and your valuable feedback.
We were truly glad to hear about your wonderful experience.

We are also happy that you enjoyed the comfort of our rooms and our restaurant All'Oro.

The close proximity of our hotel to some of the major attractions of Rome is one of the plus point of The First Luxury Art Hotel in Roma.

We thank you for pointing out the intricacy of the TV system and we shall try and improve it and make it more user friendly.

We all look forward to welcoming you back soon
at The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma.

Best regards.

Giuseppe Falconieri
General Manager

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Reviewed 19 March 2013

We recently stayed at the Luxury Art Hotel and thoroughly enjoyed the excellent facilities, friendly staff and excellent food - we recommend eating at the restaurant. The hotel is perfectly located from all of the sites of Ancient Rome. We highly recommend it and will stay again when we are next in Rome.

Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Michael S
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thefirsthotel, Direttore at The First Luxury Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2013

Dear Guest,

thank you very much for your recent visit with us
and your valuable feedback.

We were truly glad to
hear about your wonderful experience.

We are also happy that you enjoyed our restaurant.

The close proximity of our hotel to some of the
major attractions of Rome is one of the plus point
of The First Luxury Art Hotel in Roma.



We are also very proud of our staff, is what really
makes us stand out with their flair and friendliness.

We all look forward to welcoming you back soon
at The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma.



Best regards
Giuseppe Falconieri
General Manager

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Address: Via del Vantaggio 14, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Campo Marzio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#21 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#63 Family Hotel in Rome
#97 Business Hotel in Rome
Price Range: £283 - £691 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The First Luxury Art Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Awarded 5 stars boutique hotel located in the historical center of Rome, a drop from the iconic shopping streets and The Spanish Steps. The historic building dates back to the nineteenth century and has been completely renovated respecting the original architecture, redesigned with refined colors and natural materials. The First welcomes its guests to venture into the Italian contemporary luxury, with 29 rooms and suites perfectly matching culture and elegance. Each room is curated by a contemporary artist, just like in an art gallery, yours for a few days. Enjoy AcquaRoof dining with breath-taking views of the Eternal city, and the amazing cuisine of Michelin star Chef Alessandro Narducci at Acquolina. ... more   less 
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