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“Need earplugs for neighbor's toilet flushing, but a fabulous location” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps
Ranked #280 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Need earplugs for neighbor's toilet flushing, but a fabulous location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2009

The Hotel Art is on one of the most charming streets in all of Rome, cobblestone surrounded by art galleries and cafes. It is tucked away in a neat enclave five minutes from the Spanish Steps and great restaurants.
As you walk down the cobbled entryway, a little difficult to pull roller luggage on, you enter a uber-modern lobby with high bar against the wall.
The colors are vibrant and bold, each floor its own fluorescent orange or electric green for example.
The concierge was helpful, but not warm and friendly. Sometimes, they even appeared aloof and annoyed.
On to the room, it is all high-tech with internet on the tv, with the most un-useful keyboard ever! UGH!
It was small, they said they had none with a view, so we faced the interior courtyard. It was fine at first, functional. Then the NOISE BEGAN! You can hear the room next door flush the toilet!!! Yes, the toilet. You can hear the hum of conversations ALL night. When guests are in the hallway, you can hear clearly the conversations. The walls are paper thin and the guests were young and partying all night, came home and had more parties in the hallway.
We barely slept, and even in the morning heard so much noise as people were getting ready to leave their rooms.
Anyway, if you are deaf, it is a great place to stay. One plus, the breakfast buffet is pretty good.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2009

I always like to stay in modern design hotels and this one was a good choice!

Location is ideal just 2 min away from the Spanish steps.

Hotel is really well furnished with modern lobby and modern rooms.

The only downside is that our room was on the small side.. maybe rather small. But very good layout i must admit.

Anyway you don't spend much time in your room when you are in Rome!

Breakfast was really excellent and the staff at the reception were really helpfull.

Highly Recommended

  • Liked — Location!! Stylish Design
  • Disliked — Size of my room
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Anne1985
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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2008

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights, my first trip to Rome (although she had lived in the city before). Hotel Art is in a great location - on the Via Margutta, a quiet back street that contains a few shops and some nice restaurants, but very close to the Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, etc. We walked most places - the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and even Vatican City (although that was a hike). Easy enough access to the metro at the Spanish Steps, though. So - great location, quiet in the middle of the big city. The hotel itself is gorgeous, a renovated church, I believe. Our room was spacious for European standards, and very modern. We stayed on the Piano Verde, or Green Floor. The staff was competent, and we had drinks in the courtyard at night - a very nice experience.

  • Liked — The hotel was beautiful
  • Disliked — Costly, but generally worth the $$
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Atlanta_Traveler999
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2008

We (2 adults and teenage daughter) stayed on the orange floor for 5 nights. Excellent central location- 2 mins walk to sights, restaurants, shops, but really quiet in our room. Breakfast was really excellent with a wide variety of cakes, cereals, fruit, yoghurts, eggs, cold meats/salami, juices etc. Staff at desk not gushing, but very helpful when approached :they arranged several trips and booked tickets for us efficiently. Our room was very modern with and big enough for the 3 of us, with a compact bathroom that included a bath tub. It's not cheap, but we felt that it met our needs perfectly.

  • Liked — individual style without loss of comfort/brilliant location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank travelmadmum
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Norwich, Norfolk UK
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2008

My family (husband and 3 children) and I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in August 2008. The location is great, very central, and on a quiet back street. We were suprised that the hotel had been listed as one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (we have stayed in others) since we did not rate the service, room refinements and especially the en-suite bathroom. The hotel is somewhat 'wacky' in it's decor and generally unconventional, being a mixture of minimalist and weird, but extremely colourful! The breakfast selection was good and included in the room rate, however we found the hotel generally overpriced. Next time we'll try somewhere else..

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The general hotel style/ambience - it didn't have any! Suitable only for sleeping!
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Karen2704
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2008

Stayed at the Art hotel for a weekend stay, with my wife and another couple. I was pleasantly surprised by the great location (only few steps from the Spanish Steps, in a quiet side road). The hotel is generally clean and well maintained. The breakfast, which was included in our Expedia-rate, is much better (more choice) than you would normally expect in Italy. The room is functional, a firm bed, a modern bathroom. There is a gym in the basement, with a cycle (broken), a stepper, and a running machine. Overall, it feels like a 4-star hotel. A little expensive at €220, but then again it is Rome.

  • Stayed August 2008
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CalFlyer
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Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2008

This hotel worked out great for our family. We booked a Quad room that had a king and a double bed, each in its own room. The rooms are set up with a sliding door for privacy. The bathroom has a double sink and overall there is more room than a typical Rome hotel, plenty for the four of us. Hardwood floors and windows that open help to make you feel more at home. This does not have a chain hotel feel to it. Everything was very clean and the room temperature was not a problem.

The hotel staff went out of their way to help us, ordering cabs and suggesting restaurants. There was even a bowl of fruit and a bottle of Champaign awaiting our arrival.

The room came with a buffet breakfast that was very good, the best we had during our Italian trip. Many choices of pastries, meat and cheeses, as well as eggs, bacon and sausages.

The atmosphere is definitely different; it couldn't be more contemporary if it tried. Makes for an interesting stay and my kids loved the colorful floors. Why travel out of the country to stay somewhere boring?

The location is fantastic. Only a block and a half away from the subway and the Spanish Steps. Very close to all the shopping you could ever want, and many restaurants as well. Pretty much everything in the city is walkable or easily accessed by the train. The street was quiet and lined with art galleries. We spent a couple of hours just enjoying the local art scene by walking up and down the street.

If pressed to give a complaint, it would only be the price, we dropped over $900US per night on the room. If you can swing the cash, however, you will not be disappointed.

  • Liked — Location and atmosphere
  • Disliked — The price was high
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Amptone
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Property: Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps
Address: Via Margutta 56 | Centre -Spanish Steps, 00187 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Campo Marzio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Spa Hotel in Rome
#152 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#288 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is the verses of poets that guide the steps of guests of the Hotel Art by the Spanish Steps on Via Margutta in the artistic heart of Rome, few steps from Piazza di Spagna. Do not expect signs: the entrance is a minimalist passageway hidden by the many art galleries on Via Margutta.The Hall was once a chapel now below vaults decorated with a starry sky there are the tables of the bar restaurant. ... more   less 
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