I just completed a 6 night stay at the Hotel Dharma and couldn't have been happier. Don't let the 1-star rating fool you; that is not reflective of the quality of service you will receive here. Rather, I've been told that the 1-star rating is due to the hotel not being able to offer breakfast on the premises, although this is remedied by the excellent buffet breakfast next door at Cotto.
First of all, location is excellent. It's close to Via Cavour and Via Nazionale, and just 1 km from the delicious La Romana Gelateria (#3 best restaurant on tripadvisor). Indeed, we walked back from the Vatican and Trasevere to Dharma without difficulty. It's also far enough away from the seedier places near Termini. Hotel Dharma is also not located on a main street, which helps with noise pollution. It's also just a short stroll from the Repubblica Metro stop. Airport access via taxi was very convenient and Dharma also provides a private car service to/from the airport for a very competitive $50 Euros one way (compare to taxis which charge $48 Euros). Taxis are further available to guests at just 5 minutes notice to the front desk on the 5th floor.
Second, the people. From Lorenzo (who was so happy to provide me with a map of nasoni locations and patiently explained hotel operations), to Daniela (who helped us reserve a 6th night on a moment's notice) to Maximilian and Enzo (two additional helpful front desk staff), Gina/Christina (cheerful housekeepers) and Alfonso (who works the Cotto breakfast shift), Dharma exemplifies superior customer service. From day one, they kept in prompt contact with me via email responding to any questions about my reservation. Bills were clearly and neatly explained. They patiently helped us clueless foreigners with questions about directions and sightseeing. Customer service is everything and they nailed it.
Third, the rooms were lovely. We stayed in 2 different triple rooms, and the extra bed was more than comfortable for my 6'1 frame. The bed mattresses were nicely and firmly cushioned, there was excellent noise insulation between rooms, and bathrooms were nicely designed and equipped. Tall ceilings were a plus too. Moreover, the TV had several hundred (!!) satellite channels including more than one CNN channel. I wasn't expecting this level of luxury from a boutique hotel. The showers were all rain-shower types and the vanities were modern and updated.
Fourth, the breakfast was delicious and fulfilling. I'm a big believer in starting each day with a hearty breakfast, and Cotto satisfied that tremendously. There was some day-to-day variation, but the core breakfast items of hot (bacon, sausage, quiche, hard boiled eggs) and cold (yogurt, fruit, pastries) were tasty and a welcome sight each morning. Hotel guests get a 10% discount at Cotto and we ate there a few times for lunch/dinner.
Fifth, the hotel seemed very safe. Exterior doors are electronic keyed and rooms on the third floor require another set of electronic keys to enter. In addition, the room itself has an electronic safe. I never felt that my valuables were in danger.
I was exceedingly happy with my stay and look forward to returning in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dharma Hotel is a Newly decorated, modern Hotel with Rooms & Suites with Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and Rain Showers. You can choose from several room types and service from the Official Site of the Dharma Hotel and book the best room and suite for your special time in Rome. If you look for the perfect sightseeing place, you cannot easily beat Dharma Hotel's location, a stone's throw to Termini Central Station (easy links to all Rome airports and cruiseship terminal) and all public transport bus/metro/tram lines. Also, walking distance to Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Venezia. The hotel is situated within an ancient building, liberty style, for the lovers of architecture and fine design. ... more less
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