This hotel is located in the green, quiet and rather beautiful Aventine Hill area which is a welcome respite from the madness of the rest of Rome. It is very expensive, around 400 euro a night but suffers badly from being a converted villa, it has hardly any public areas, just the breakfast room and a tiny, unstaffed bar, so it's really a glorified B&B. Granted that the décor is spectacular with our room extensively painted and gilded but I wish they had spent some of the gilding budget on the stuff that makes a hotel truly comfortable, not to mention luxurious. Firstly the plumbing, a spa bath/shower enclosure is all very well but not when there is insufficient water pressure to run them effectively, a common issue in Rome but easily solved with a proper tank/pump setup in the basement. It also helps if the bath/ shower is not covered in black mould on the joints and looking generally old and battered. A further bathroom issue was just two medium sized towels and a lot of cotton dishcloths pretending to be towels, again common in Italy but in 2 star places. Then the four poster bed would give a concrete floor a run for it's money in terms off hardness, the linen smelt musty and the pillows were cheap and lumpy. So no marks for those fundamentals of hotel living, bath and bed.
Finally, just to cap it all, the breakfast was really poor, beautifully displayed and laid out but... solid, hours old scrambled eggs, the cheapest possible cold meats (pressed shoulder), juices that were not fruit juice, just some kind of diluted, coloured, sugary substitute, tepid coffee, only one hard pressed,member of staff on deck, etc etc.
So a triumph of style over substance, you would complain at 80 euro a night, we won't be returning.
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