When I booked The Inn, I was rather nervous. Not a fan of smaller hotels and never quite sure if one person's interpretation of the word 'boutique' is the same as the next's.
My wife and I were pleasantly surprised. We checked in early and the extremely helpful receptionist offered to look after our bags until the room was ready. A glass of juice in reception and the offer of a map and directions sent us on our way to sightsee.
The hotel is on a back street, not easy to find and very inconspicuous. Within spitting distance of the ruins it is a great base for the Colosseum, the forum and Il Vittoriano.
When we returned to the hotel we were taken to our room (100) on the ground floor. The floor was tastefully furnished and spotlessly clean. All mod cons and very spacious.
First disappointment was the lack of any mobile signal (not the hotels fault) but the backup of the free wifi was let down by the unreliability of service. After a while I realised restarting the access point outside the room door sorted this for a little while.
Breakfast was included and served on the top floor. A good few flights of stairs or a very cramped lift. This is to be expected in a old hotel. It was again spotlessly clean and seemed almost new, just very very small.
The bar/breakfast room was, to say the least, odd. A multi-purpose room, needs to be good for more thank one purpose. This just doesn't work for eating. Using a knife and fork on what is in affect a coffee table, isn't easy. Only 4 tables for a hotel with 12 rooms causes a problem too. On our second morning we were forced on to the roof terrace. I'm sure very nice in the summer, not so in January. As far as hot options, we were only offered scrambled eggs. Server again though, by excellent staff.
The breakfast room doubles as a bar too. But as we found one early evening, no bar and no staff means it's not quite what it says on the tin!
So, take out the lack of breakfast facilities and 'fake' bar, we really liked this hotel. Make sure you check the map first and can help the taxi driver find it. Also take advantage of the great multilingual staff, they really do make the hotel 'work'.
As for 5 stars? I'm not sure about that? It wouldn't qualify under the normal rules, so don't book this expecting the Savoy, but taking the service and the welcome in to account, I'll go there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just a few steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this inn, member of the small luxury hotels of the world with 5 star service boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, Roman Forum, Venice Square. It is represented by Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is the only luxury residence in Rome which actually houses Roman ruins inside it. At the entrance, a passageway leads you to a Cryptoporticus, an exquisite stone gallery with engravings that can be traced back to 2,000 years ago. The five star service accommodations are carefully decorated in a modern style and are luxuriously furnished. On the roof terrace you can enjoy free snacks from 17:00 to 20:00. This inn is pet friendly. ... more less
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