Don’t look now, but the Hotel Paba may just be Rome’s very best two-star hotel. After all, this roomy, very clean and comfortable accommodation, also somehow combines a central location while providing the kind of peaceful refuge one needs when traveling to the joyfully loud and lively Eternal City.
Solitude is one of the Paba’s many virtues. Though located on the busy and traffic-heavy Via Cavour, about a` ten-minute walk to Piazza Venezia and the Victor Emmanuel Monument. the Paba, is an oasis of calm, as it features large, high-ceiling rooms, air-conditioning (a must in August), mini-bar, and large double beds. The` author’s room had a movie theme, with posters from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and a black and white tribute to the Marx Brothers. In addition, this room featured a small addition, with single bed (additional A.C.) and a fair-sized modern bathroom. There was satellite TV, plenty of closet space, and the bath towels were most satisfactory. In short, the Paba offered a room that was ample in space, very tidy, and most appealing - no small feat in the two-star category.
Breakfast at the Paba is a bit of an off-beat affair, as the hotel offers room service (there is no breakfast room). While this relative novelty is initially appealing, not too mention tasty, as the food on offer (croissants, yogurt, cappuccino, rolls) is agreeable enough, the concept becomes a little tired with a stay of more than a couple days. Indeed, by day number three, the author had a strong hankering for cereal, Nutella, and an egg or two sunny-side-up. Still, there was something appealing about ringing the Paba’s owner, and presto, within a couple minutes, you’re sitting down to a hot cappuccino.
While the Paba has little in the way of public spaces, kudos to the owner for providing a good number of Rome and Italy-related guidebooks for one’s perusal. These were most welcome. And while the Paba is located a few floors up from street level, travelers staying here can be treated to a ride in what seems like a vintage early 20th century elevator - an unexpected bit of functional nostalgia.
Lastly, one final and very compelling feature of the Hotel Paba is its nightly rate - 88 euros. That’s right - 88! (note that this included cash payment and the “Rick Steves’ discount.”) If that isn’t outstanding value for money, all in the heart of Rome, then the author doesn’t know what is. Well done, Hotel Paba!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Paba Hotel Rome