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.
- 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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