[Resubmitted as I got one detail slightly wrong.]
This was, without doubt, the best hotel of the 5 we stayed in and it wasn't even the most expensive. I don't mean best in terms of 5 star hotelerie as the industry would know it, but 5 stars in terms of it did exactly what was needed and it did it pleasantly and in comfort.
Firstly, it is within spitting distance of the Spanish Steps, yet feels secluded tucked down a beautiful little side street called Via Margutta. Lovely stone steps or an old wrought iron-gated lift take you to the first floor reception.
On our arrival, on a warm Monday morning, having lugged our bags on foot from Rome Termini station, we were greeted by the most welcoming smiling receptionist who went out of his way to make us feel welcome. We arrived early (about 11:00am) and our room, just round the corner from the reception area was ready for us.
The twin room (actually it had three beds!) was very spacious, with a well working air conditioning unit for the warm Rome nights. The bathroom was sufficient, albeit a little dark on the lighting. The room had a TV, minibar and a basket of free toiletries. I noticed there was no coffee making facilities in the room, but you really didn't need that with plenty of cafes serving quality coffee nearby.
The room was surprisingly quiet given its proximity to one of the main Roman tourist attractions and with easy access to the centro storico and the river.
This was the only hotel we stayed in where the Wi-fi actually worked well in the room!!
The room itself was spotless, the beds were extremely comfortable and a good night's sleep was had on both nights we stayed here. We also found that the reception staff were always smiling (a big plus!) and always said hello and goodbye as you came and went, and they went out of their way to welcome us and answer our questions.
The only 'facility' as far as I could make out was a breakfast room and bar (i.e. what I'm saying is don't expect an all-singing, all-dancing hotel with swimming pool, gym, conference centre, private helipad etc!!) It's just a place to put your head for the night. We didn't have breakfast here, so I am unable to comment on the food offered, although I'm sure it would have been delicious.
If we were back in Rome, we would definitely stay here again. No hesitation. Absolutely faultless as far as we were concerned. Thank you for making our stay in Rome so delightful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just a few steps from Piazza di Spagna, overlooking picturesque Via Margutta, the set for the unforgettable movie Vacanze Romane (Roman Holiday) and nowadays one of the more elegant streets in the heart of Rome, Hotel Forte welcomes guests in rooms of historical Palazzo Alibert, surrounded by a charming atmosphere, modern comforts and services with the added bonus of typical Roman friendliness. Hotel Forte makes part of "Historical Hotels Circuit", according to the Plan "Transparent Rome", promoted by Ministry of Cultural Assets. The Circuit is traced by informative panels, which report 64 Historical Roman Palaces that currently accomodate Hotels.FACILITIESIn the expanse of the seventeenth century Palazzo Alibert, overlooking picturesque Via Margutta, Hotel Forte stands out among the 3 star hotels in Rome for its charm and personality. The historic surroundings are enhanced by the contemporary interior design, a mix of elegant classic furnishings revisited with modern colours, placed in a milieu with sunny and warm nuances. Located between the lounge and the drawing room are the reception area (24h), hall, TV room and the delightful bar reserved for hotel guests available 24 hours a day for an espresso coffee, a drink or a snack.Breakfast is served in the dining room. A continental and American-style buffet is on offer to meet the needs of the international clientele that usually come here, it is enriched with typical Roman confectionery and traditional espresso coffee and cappuccino. The superior services offered make the Hotel Forte one of the most valued hotels in Rome: Wi-Fi Internet, fax service, international newspapers, tourist information, bookings for guided tours and transfer are only some of the services available. Hotel Forte won the 2006 prestigious Gambero Rosso magazine award for being the best value for money 3 star hotel in Rome.OUR ROOMSCharming ambiance, elegance and superior services is what you will find in the 18 rooms of Hotel Forte, considered one of the best 3-star hotels in Rome for style and comfort. Rooms are furnished with classical furniture, refined fabrics and boast the same care for detail found throughout the hotel. They are available as single, twin, double, triple and family (with four beds) to accommodate all types of clients. Rooms come with private bathroom with either bathtub or shower, hairdryer, and a complementary beauty kit, and benefit from the best comforts offered by a hotel in Rome to make your Roman holiday that much more pleasant: internet Wi- Fi, sat TV, telephone, mini bar, safe and air conditioning. Via Margutta is magical, with enchanting atmospheres and a special charm all its own. As one of the most beautiful streets in Rome, it attracts artists, literati and movie directors. This street used to be lined with warehouses and stables located behind the palazzos of Via del Babuino. These later became artisan shops, painters studios and antique stores (celebrated in the curious Fontana degli Artisti), thus creating the special ambiance that prevails today and welcomes visitors to Via Margutta. Hotel Forte is privileged among 3-star hotels in Rome since it is located precisely on this famous street (Via Margutta 61) welcoming guests in charming rooms with typical Roman friendliness. Today Via Margutta has preserved its unique atmosphere and decor, and is one of the most elegant and beautiful of Rome. Here you will find top fashion houses and boutiques, coffee shops and exclusive restaurants, as well as picturesque and typical markets. What's more, every year, during the month of October there is the traditional Mostra dei Cento Pittori (Exhibition of One hundred Painters), an art show featuring Italian and international artists involving the whole street making for a very colorful festival. Many other typically Roman and international fairs take place in Via Margutta which attract VIP from the entertainment and fashion world and contribute in creating an exclusive and truly special environment. Through the Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps) you can get to Villa Borghese Park, the gorgeous Rome city park with buildings, gardens, small lakes, the famous Galoppatoio that hosts horse races in Piazza di Siena, and Galleria Borghese, an extraordinary collection of masterpieces by great artists (Bernini, Caravaggio, Rubens, Titian, Canova, etc.).Roman Holiday, other movies, songs and people of Via Margutta.The house of Gregory Peck where Audrey Hepburn takes refuge in the unforgettable movie Roman Holiday can be admired at Via Margutta no. 33, and mysterious 13 was the backdrop for Il segno del Comando, the cult television series from the '70s. Director Federico Fellini also lived here and loved to take walks with Giulietta Masina. "… Love, look how beautiful the sky looks over via Margutta tonight…", this is a verse from a song called Via Margutta by Roman singer songwriter Luca Barbarossa… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forte Hotel Rome
- Forte Rome
- Rome Forte