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“Very well run with an excellent location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Paba
Ranked #269 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Stockholm, Sweden
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77 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Very well run with an excellent location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

The pros for this hotel:
* The location could not be better, that's for sure. It’s just a few steps away from Forum Romanum and a few more steps away from the Colosseum and the Capitol Hill. And it is close to the subway if you want to go to the Vatican for example. Walking from Station Termini takes 20 minutes or so, (or take the subway).
* Well run! Everything works and the rooms are clean and tidy.
* Very comfortable beds (however the pillows were not very soft).
* The prize: 88 Euros a night for a double room in low season (late February).
* No noise apart from what we created ourselves.

During this visit to Rome we were four and occupied two rooms, room 1 and 2 that had a separate corridor with a door almost making the two room into a suite (room 1 is actually two rooms, one with a double bed and one with a single). These two rooms does not face Via Cavour, thus there is no real view from the rooms.

You ask to have the breakfast brought into the room when you wish for it. Coffee/tea/chocolate, juice, croissants and toasted bread with marmalade. A good continental breakfast, I'm not personally very keen on continental breakfasts, but that is what you get in Rome :-). It worked very well having breakfast in the room.

The actual hotel is on the second floor. There is an old elevator that appeared a bit scary. We tested it once and it worked, but we preferred to walk.

The reception is not manned after eight in the evening.

The wifi costs 2 Euros per day and it worked well.

Signora Alberta helped us print our boarding cards on the day of departure, and we got to keep one of the rooms for our luggage unit twelve o’clock.

However, this is not o five star hotel. It's a two star hotel that is very well run with an outstanding location. Much better than the ordinary three star hotel in my view. With the low season price it definitely brings great value.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

Tiny hotel, but quite large rooms. Ours faced the backyard/courtyard so it was also quiet. I would think street side rooms may be noisy as via Cavour is a large street. Only noise complaint is that our door let through all noise from the reception, which meant waking up at 7.45 when the reception lady arrived. Beds were reasonably comfortable, maybe would have liked another pillow.

The owner lady was kind and helpful. Also, breakfast, even if only adequate, delivered to the room is always nice!

Location is great too. We walked everywhere as that is my preferred way of seeing places. Easy 15 min reach from Termini, right around the corner to Colosseum etc.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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1 Thank undome
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Melbourne
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2013

I stayed for 7 days at Hotel Paba in late January. The room was a good size, with a good bed. There was a small but OK ensuite bathroom. Everything was clean, and well organised. The location was perfect, within a block of the Colosseum. It was winter when I stayed, but the reverse cycle air conditioner keep the room comfortably warm.
Alberta, who runs the hotel, was very friendly and helpful.
Breakfast was basic, toast and coffee, but a good start to the day. When Alberta noticed that I didn't eat the Croissant (I am not fond of pastries first thing in the morning), she offered to provide more toast instead.

The hotel is small, on the second floor of the building, and the sign on the outside is not large, so pay attention to the street number. I had no trouble finding it, but I was using the street numbers.

There is a lift to the second floor, there are a few steps before getting to the lift though, so not wheelchair appropriate.

The hotel is not a luxury hotel, but is a very reasonably priced option in central Rome, very good value. I picked the hotel based on reviews on Trip Advisor, and I was not disappointed.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 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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Thank Vivienne C
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Coppell, Texas
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23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

It is a nice, clean hotel where you can enjoy the historic part of Roma easily. We traveled with a toddler so were given a very comfortable King size bed room with a balcony. Simple continental breakfast brought to your room every morning was very nice. Though I would suggest to Alberta to switch it up a bit instead of the same every morning:) We felt very secure and safe at this hotel where we were part of the city. The elevator leading up to the hotel is small and has this system that needs to be adhered to. Great stay, would recommend with older kids though. Very kind host who is very accommodating and is much needed for weary travelers. Thanks Alberta for a great stay!

Room Tip: Choose the room with balcony for great sights for the streets. It wasn't noisy in January.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jrny80
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86 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013 via mobile

I am thrilled with this hotel. First, Alberta is a wonderful individual who runs the hotel. When you make the reservation on the website, she sends a confirmation email - and then you call her with your credit card number. It is an extra step - but it works just fine...it is worth it. I had been to Rome many times for work, and stayed at the usual business hotels. I decided to stay here because my brother was coming along. This hotel is footsteps from the Colosseum, Forum, Trevi Fountain. It is near the metro and Termini station. Alberta is continuously attentive. My bags came two days later, and she personally followed up to make sure they got here. She brings breakfast every morning. She helps with anything at all, and provides a map with all of the attractions upon arrival. The rooms have everything I needed. The wifi works great (I'm using it now to write this review). I emailed her a document and tickets that I needed printed while here. I will surely stay at this hotel when I come back for my next business trip. I think it is a 2-star hotel only because there is not someone at the desk 24hours (she goes home at 8pm). You'll get a key to the outside door for after hours access. It has all the amenities I would expect at a larger hotel - but with very attentive service.

Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Eastern NC
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55 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

We stayed in Hotel Paba in November 2011 for our first trip to Rome - three night stay. We wanted to experience Italy by staying in a privately run, small hotel. This hotel was recommended in the Rick Steeve's book. The entrance to the hotel rom the street is unassuming; the hotel is located on the third floor of an apartment building, which I understand is typical or Italy. Alberta, the host and hotelier was wonderful. We stayed in the room closest to the front desk, but there was no noise or distractions. Alberta was informative but never intrusive, and happily provided information concerning the metro, buses, restaurants and the like.

The room was ample, the bed comfortable and the bathroom was bigger than we expected. There was a nice sized shower and we never ran out of hot water. A lovely breakfast was served in the room each morning.The room was very clean.

There is probably not a better location in Rome. It was within 100 yards of a train station which we took to the Vatican. Almost everything is within walking distance and the colliseum is literally steps away. It is a vibrant street. We went to a restaurant on the same side, down the street, whose name escapes me, but it was open late with a local crowd and we enjoyed some great pizza and good pasta dishes. We shared a table with an Italian couple and it was a wonderful experience.

When we go back to Rome, we will definitely stay at Hotel Paba. Its location, price and host combine for a memorable experience!! Plan to stay at the Hotel Paba and you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Be sure to take advantage of Alberta's knowledge about restaurants, transportation and everythin...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank StephanieEasternNC
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Perth, Australia
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

Great rooms, great location! Good for couples and families.

The lady who runs Hotel Paba is very helpful and goes out of her way to make your holiday more enjoyable. She bought us breakfast in bed as well as phoned us at 4am to let us know the taxi was downstairs ready to go to the airport. Hotel Paba is on the 2nd floor. There is a lift but taking the stairs was quicker :)

A couple of restaurants nearby were just alright but encourage people to look up trip advisor for good restaurants!

Definitely stay here!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Elise139
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Additional Information about Hotel Paba

Property: Hotel Paba
Address: Via Cavour 266 | (2° piano), 00184 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Monti
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#86 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#95 Family Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Paba 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Paba is a small, but fine two star hotel with elevator on the second floor and every detail is carefully planned. Our location is in the center of Rome, 100 mt. from the Roman Forum, 200 mt. from the Coliseum, Capitol Hill, San Peter in Chains (with Moses by Michelangelo )ecc.. We are steps from the best shopping area and restaurants. ... more   less 
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