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Hotel Isa
Ranked #72 of 1,258 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
belfast
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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Reviewed 7 February 2008

position A could not have been any better situated right between new and old town, accomadation clean and better

  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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West Palm Beach, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2008

This hotel was fine but our least favorite of the three hotels we stayed at while in Italy. It also was the most expensive of the three. The room was decorated modestly and the bathroom although tidy and clean did not have good water pressure in the shower. The water never seemed to get hot enough either which would have been nice since it was quite chilly ;-(. The location was great however. Right in the heart of the city and a 20 minute walk to the Spanish Steps or the Vatican. A good pizza by the slice place and gelato store across the street on the main road was a nice find though. Would stay here again but ,I would check the water pressure in my room before unpacking!

Stayed December 2007
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2007

What a great surprise! The location was excellent, within walking distance to everywhere we wanted to go. The breakfast terrace was lovely and the service could not have been better. We had a triple and it had plenty of room. I highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed October 2007
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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2007

My husband and I loved our stay at Hotel Isa. The location is very central---within walking distance to The Vatican, the Cavour bridge, the Colloseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Campo de’Fiori (the best area for shopping). Our room was very spacious and clean and we loved our balconies! The breakfast is superb, served on the terrace with a lovely view of St Peter's dome. We love Hotel Isa and will stay there again!

  • Liked — Trip advisor
  • Disliked — The front desk people.
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank WashingtonDCTravel
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atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2007

We were fortunate enough to stay at the Hotel Isa for 2 nights in October. It was a great hotel, great location, very clean rooms (a bit small) and staff was most helpful. The breakfast buffet is on the rooftop. It is a great view, the food was wonderful and the chef very entertaining. We would definitely stay there again!

Stayed October 2007
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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194 reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2007

Had read several good Trip Advisor reviews of this hotel and decided to follow their advice and book for a 5 night visit with my wife. We were not as impressed as we expected to be. The first room we were shown on the 3rd floor (310) was mock Roman villa shabby chic with the emphasis on shabby most of which was not deliberate. Additionally there was hardly any storage apart from a small wardrobe with a hole cut in the floor for longer items and no drawers or closed cupboards - inadequate for five nights in a sophisticated city. To be fair to the hotel when we asked if another room was available they immediately found us another on the re-furbished 2nd Floor at the same price and stated that room 310 was not one of those that was usually complained about! Room 204 was much improved with modern fittings and excellent bathroom. However it was facing the street and therefore very noisy.
This is a very expensive hotel considering its star rating and facilities. Our next trip includes a stay at a Mandarin Oriental, which is less expensive surprisingly.
Our specific concerns apart from cost which may be down to the prevailing market in Rome, were:- we had to request Bathrobes and slippers which were supposed to be available, we had no price list for the mini bar, broken window in our bedroom, noisy main road location, very limited breakfast choice unless you have a taste for cold scrambled eggs and sausages or hard boiled eggs floating in water, disinterested staff ( although Fatima, our room attendant was very good and it was obvious when it was her day off!) No hooks for bathrobes so these were place daily on top of the towel rail and it was necessary to climb on the bath to retrieve them, lift often in use by delivery staff to the breakfast terrace or decorators and therefore not always available to guests. No catering facilities apart from breakfast and not even tea or coffee making facilities in the room. Some reception staff suddenly found English difficult to understand if a problem they were asked to deal with became too demanding. Our example was trying to get a taxi booked to take us to the train station but during the time that took of nearly 40 minutes there were several others who were raising problems such as a superior room they had booked weeks before had been double booked and no longer available, a guest whose key would not work (again) and a couple who had booked the hotels airport shuttle getting agitated as it had not turned up at the agreed time. Eventually I hailed a taxi myself outside although it is illegal in Rome for taxi drivers to stop for fares but as the receptionist herself stated "this is Italy, so no comment"
The positive aspect of the hotel is its position 10 minutes walking from The Vatican and castle and near to Cavour bridge to cross the river. It is quite possible to walk to The Colloseum in around 30 minutes, the Trevi Fountain in 20 minutes and 15 minutes to Spanish Steps.
A word of warning to visitors to Rome for the first time, as we were. It is very easy to be ripped off by Taxi Drivers and in Restaurants. We were quoted 25 Euros from Termini Station to the Hotel, which we accepted. The return trip took far longer due to traffic conditions but was only 15 Euros - why? We stopped for coffee and a pastry at a cafe approaching Vatican City. Coffee was said to be 1.50 Euros on a list over the counter and Gateaux 5 Euros - total Euros13 .We were asked if we would like to sit down and they would bring it outside to us. The bill came to 34 Euros. 21 Euros was because we had decided to eat on the premises and a service charge for waiter service. Beware too of Romans bearing gifts in Restaurants. The "complimentary" bread or Bruscetta or vegetables they so charmingly serve with the compliments of the chef are anything but complimentary and can add significantly to the bill. We have learned that this practise has been outlawed by the Italian Government but still persists everywhere, and we don't complain do we because we are not comfortable with the language nor like to make a scene
Would not use the Isa again but the sights ( but not sounds - the worst traffic in Europe?) of Rome are wonderful and the City is well worth a visit

  • Liked — The bathroom with 'rain' shower and jakuzzi
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank Mr. MJB
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Honolulu
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2007

We Arrived in late September and checked-out in early October 2007. We were also referred to this hotel as a second choice by our travel office and was very satisfied with the accomodations and location.

Though there was a mix up by our agent in reserving the room on the first night, Isa Hotel staff immediately provided alternative lodging for that night that provided an opportunity to compare comparable "three star accomodations".

After conferring with other travelers while in Rome, we concluded that the Isa was a great find due to:
- Location. Just steps away from the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica and main shopping areas. Also down the street from a friendly Trattoria serving great food.
- Size of the room. We had room 310 and noted the bathroom was about more than twice the size of the other hotel from the first night.
- Breakfast buffet. A fully staffed outdoor/indoor roof top dining area with a clear view of St. Peter's Dome.
- Near public transportation. Major bus stop at the end of the road and within walking distance to the Metro.
- Friendly staff. Seem that most of the staff spoke English and were helpful in providing basic directions and recommendations.

I will definitely stay here again and quickly refer this hotel to others.

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  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Isa
Address: Via Cicerone 39, 00193 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Prati
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Room Service
Hotel Style:
#47 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#60 Business Hotel in Rome
#85 Family Hotel in Rome
#95 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Isa 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4 star Isa Design Hotel Rome is located in the heart of the city, in a 19th century historical building, and at a few steps away from Vatican City, St. Angelo Castle and St. Peter's Basilica. Navona Square, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Via del Corso shopping street are just a short walk away. The convenient location combined with the singularity of the interiors and high standard service will grant you a perfect stay in the Eternal City. Isa Hotel is the best expression of a boutique hotel in which a welcoming atmosphere perfectly matches with the luxury environment. Each floor features a unique and high level of style, from classical to design rooms, realized with the best tailor made fornitures and thought by brilliant italian interior designers. Hotel Isa is famous for its panoramic terrace "La terrazza di Isa", a roof garden with an astonishing view of the city and St. Peter's dome, where you can enjoy the rich breakfast or a drink at the relaxing bar. ... more   less 
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