My new husband and I stayed at the Hotel Labelle for two weeks on our honeymoon this past June. I was a little nervous booking this hotel because it was very inexpensive compared to a lot of the other Rome hotels, especially considering the location. But, it was perfect.
The hotel is just a stone's throw away from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Everything else is about a 15 - 20 minute walk (not including St. Peter's). It is on a very busy street, but seemed a pretty safe area.
When we arrived in Rome, we took a taxi from the Termini to the hotel on Via Cavour. The hotel is a litte hard to see because the only sign is on the door and it looks like a regular building. You have to buzz the hotel from outside. We were lucky enough that an Italian woman was also trying to get inside and she communucated to the person that we didn't speak Italian. We just reiterated our name and they finally buzzed the door.
We went up the elevator to the third floor and came to the Hotel Labelle entrance. It was beautful and cool (which we wanted because it was very hot outside). The hotel clerk spoke relatively good English. The only problem that we had checking in was that they tried to put us in a room that was already occupied. So, after checking multiple rooms, we were finally put in room 210. I was so relieved. I was worried we were going to have to find another hotel, but it worked out.
The room was surprisingly large. It had a comfy queen size bed with a small twin next to it. There was a large wardrobe covering the length of the wall on the left with mirrored doors and three dresser drawers. A chandelier hung from the high ceiling. There was also a large dresser next to the door with a mirror. So, we had plenty of storage space for our clothes. The room had a mini fridge and a television (only showing Italian programs). The bathroom was small but managable. There was only a shower, which I expected. But, the water pressure was great and the water was hot. There was also a biday (sp?). The thing I liked most about the room was that it was very quiet. Besides the hum from our airconditioner, which was a stand up unit, it was so peaceful (until you open the window!)
The staff was helpful, although we didn't ask for much. Our room was cleaned every day with fresh towels and the bed made. I think we made them upset because we were never out of our room before noon, and once they called to clean and we just told them no thank you. The only thing that was bothersome was that they would turn off our airconditioner when they cleaned the room and after walking around in 90 degree weather to a mild temperature room wasn't great. But, we would just turn it on again. The room never got hot.
The only thing missing from the room was a clock. This was a blessing and a curse. It really felt like we were on vacation since we didn't have to worry about time, but when it came time to leave we worried that we wouldn't get up. But, no biggy - the desk gave us a wake up call and called a taxi for us.
Tip #1 - the restuarant across the street - Massenzio's - is wonderful. Every time we ate there, and we ate there at least three nights, it was delicious. The waiters were friendly and it was pretty affordable. I recommend the lasagna al forno and the tarafuto for dessert!
Tip #2 - buy the Roma pass. It gets you into museums, buses, and subways for 20 E for three days. It was invaluable to us. You can purchase them at most museums. You'll save a lot of money and a lot of hassle taking the subway.
Tip #3 - watch out for beggars. We did have one holding a large cardboard slab try to steal my husband's wallet.
Tip #4 - if you are worried about not speaking the language, don't be. Most restuarants have English/Italian menus and most waiters and store clerks speak English.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Labelle is in the historic centre of Rome, a 5-minute walk from the Coliseum. The trendy Monti district is just across the road. Labelle Hotel is on the 3rd floor of a historic building, and offers spacious rooms with air-conditioning. Breakfast is served in the room. The Labelle is 500 metres from Colosseo Metro Station on line B. Public buses run on Via Cavour and on nearby Via Dei Fori Imperiali. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Labelle Hotel Rome