This 1 star rating is intended as a warning, please spend a little more to find a nice hotel so your trip to Rome wont be spoiled - there are many better hotels available for a similar price.
After going through the difficulty of finding this hotel ( behind 2 closed gates on the 4th floor of a normal appartment building ) we found that our room was not yet ready, even though it was 1:30pm.
Once we returned and entered the room it was so small (2x2.5m + 1.25x1.25m shower with toilet) that all that fit was a bed. We constantly had to step over our luggage as there was no space for it.
The bed itself was too small for anyone over 1.75m, causing us quite some discomfort as we're both taller. After inquiring we found all rooms had these beds. In addition during our 7 night stay the sheets were not washed once.
The shower went from scalding hot to cold and the trick was to get washed in the 20 seconds it took to go from one extreme to the other. On complaining we were shown by the maid how to use it properly, which went ok for about 20 seconds until the temperature switched again, but by that time her demonstration had been done.
One night we were called in our room by a woman speaking italian in a "dirty" manner, by which we could only assume she was a prostitute and had been put through to the wrong room.
There is free wifi but we did have evenings were it only worked in the foyer.
The redeeming qualitied: the staff was polite and the location is excellent.
All in all we really recommend looking elsewhere as this place was the big downside on our otherwise fantastic trip to Rome - had we not been stuck to our advanced booking we certainly would've.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Garda is situated around the corner of Via Veneto and five minutes away from Piazza di Spagna in the city's most exclusive district. Our hotel is rated with 3 stars, it is situated in an elegant building dating back to the late 1800s, at 30, via Lombardia, close to the famous via Veneto, the "dolce vita" street, within walking distance from Spanish steps and via dei Condotti, and near the green park Villa Borghese. From its excellent location all the main tourist sites, such as the Coliseum, the Vatican and the Roman Forum are easily reached. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garda Hotel Rome