I found Lunetta here on TA. I am 46 and up until April 9, 2012, was never outside the US, but have traveled extensively in the states, and research indicated that there are very different standards in hotel accommodations between the two continents. My trip originally had me staying 10 nights in Rome. I wanted a hotel close (walking distance) to the big cultural sites. I wanted something nice. I wanted to be close to restaurants and cafe's in one of the more popular neighborhoods. I got it all plus more than I expected from this beautifully renovated gem. Never being out of the US I was anxious as to what I might encounter. It is not a huge hotel. It is a european boutique. About 36 rooms (I think). The lobby is beautiful and you feel at peace once you come in from the nearby high energy Campo di Fiori. Just steps from the hotel are some of TA's top restauant locations, a few small grocery stores where you can pick up wine and food if you like. On arrival (9:30 a.m.) my room was not ready yet, but I expected that. I sat in the lobby and the manager on duty (Vittorio) sent me the most wonderful cappuccino I have ever had. Great espresso is an Italian civil right, I found during my stay.
The staff at Lunetta is very professional, all of them, made my stay very comfortable. My anxiety dissipated as I sipped the foam from my cup. About 45 min. later my room was ready. I stayed in room 108. See photos. It was spotless, the bed very comfortable, the flat screen got me to Sky news and CNBC just enough American TV to stay connected. My marble bathroom was luxurious, spotless, and the large soaking tub and oversized deluge shower head made me all the more happy to shower off the long plane ride. Also, the large spa tub in the lower level (which is something all guests need to experience) looks exactly like the photo on the TA site. Room 108 was very quiet as it is at the end of the wing. No noise from rooms above. Two large windows open (and I mean open all the way) to a little piazza that made for great relaxation time (drinking the 4, euro bottle of Chianti I bought down the street) looking out at the square. Also, Piazza Navona is about a five minute walk. I was in Rome to visit my daughter who is studying there. She stayed a night or two and since I booked a double the staff had no problem accommodating her. The breakfast each day was wonderful. Eggs, bacon, meats, cheese, chopped tomatoes, cereal, juice. It was by far the best hotel breakfast I have experienced. Hampton Inn this is not! The two breakfast rooms are small but well maintained during the meal and only once did I have to wait but for about 15 minutes, as a large family was eating together. I never left Lunetta hungry. My travel plans had changed since booking. My daughter and I made a side trip over the weekend of April 13, 14 & 15. So Lunetta staff worked with booking.com and got my booking modified. And I didn't have to pay for two hotel rooms over that weekend. Lunetta took very good care of me. So I returned bact to Lunetta for my last three nights in Rome. I left one of my bags at Lunetta over that weekend as I just wanted to travel with one carry on to Paris. On arrival back to Lunetta, on Monday April 16 around midnight. I found Stefano (night manager) waiting for me. He had my second bag already in the room, my check in was done in 30 seconds and I had my key. Though the bar was closed, but I asked if I could still get a Vodka rocks. Again I was not dissappointed as Stefano was happy to pour me a large American style Vodka rocks to soothe the travel anxiety. Thank you Stefano!
Also Thank You to; Vittorio, Carlo, Marco and Gabriel.
For the price I was very satisfied. Given the amount of time (and distance) I covered seeing a great deal of the cultural attractions, I eliminated (by virtue of Lunetta's location) a great deal of time that would have been spent getting around. Not to mention the cost of getting from a cheaper hotel to the centro. I put a value on that logistical issue, and Lunetta delivered.
I would stay there again, in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in early july 2011, the hotel Lunetta is the result of a complete renovation of a historic building dating back to 1368 ad and now an elegant 4 ****L The hotel Lunetta boasts 30 elegant rooms, all furnished in a sophisticated modern design, and differ among themselves for careful choice of materials and details that make one different from the other while maintaining a unique style.Opened in early July 2011, the hotel Lunetta is the result of a complete renovation of a historic building dating back to 1368 ad and now an elegant Boutique Hotel 4 ****L. The hotel Lunetta boasts 30 elegant rooms, all furnished in a sophisticated modern design, and differ among themselves for careful choice of materials and details that make one different from the other while maintaining a unique style.On the top floor the Roof Terrace Bar(open until Midnight during the summer) is the ideal place for relaxing moments sipping a drink and admire the spectacular view over the rooftops of Rome. In the morning, from 07.00 to 10.30 in the Breakfast room is served a generous Buffet with the choices of croissants, pastries and homemade cookies, natural fruit juices, as well as local meats, cheeses, scrambled eggs, bacon and specialty seasonal. Light Lunches or Dinner are served in the bar, or in the room through the Room Service. The Hotel Lunetta is located in the Historical Center of Rome near the lively Campo De'Fiori, a 30-minute walk from St. Peter's Basilica, 300 meters from Piazza Navona and a 12 minutes walk from the Pantheon and 20 minutes from the Spanish Steps.THE SPA Immersed in the extraordinary setting of the Theatre of Pompey, built in 55 BC in the ancient heart of the capital, comes the exclusive Spa of the Hotel Lunetta. An area of 300 square meters in which to relax and get in shape after a hike or a day's work.The Spa has an indoor swimming pool of 15 square meters with Jacuzzi and water blades for cervical muscles, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, chromo therapy, emotional shower, a wonderful spa suite for couples therapy and various booths for the more advanced treatments ... more less
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