It is always a shame that we have to make a review through Trip Adviser because it is becoming increasingly obvious that they are allowing too many negative reviews without checking that the reviewers could be biased/morons/fake and just plain wrong and nasty. Hopefully Trip Adviser can can get back to what they should be,,, which are reviews we can all trust.
Inn at the Forum.
Sixth time in Rome for us Aussies and we thought we were experts. Wrong... we were stupidly caught by the crooked taxi scam. Make sure you check that the magnetic poster on the side of the taxi has a proper taxi number!! A lot of these b...a..srds just use a texter to forge a number. Cost us 18 euros instead of the 12 euros it should have been.
He dropped us at the end of via Ibernesi. It is only a couple of hundred metres long but I still missed the hotel because the numbers on one side go from high to low so you assume the other side will do the same. Wrong.... they go from low to high so that the hotel (number 30) is opposite number 2..... and it's all cobbles.... so your suitcases are going to get a beating.
Asked why they don't have a sign outside we were told that they aren't allowed to. C'mon guys... you're Italian.... how about putting a couple of plants in boxes outside? Or a light... or even just a wee arrow?
There are only nine rooms.
How wonderful is that?
We paid a bit extra and got a superior or Executive or Deluxe. I honestly don't know but the room was terrific and I can't imagine that any of the lesser rooms would be bad.
Yes the rooms are a bit over the top with the style but how good is that if you were stuck in a wee small 4 metre by 4 metre room costing 300 euros?
We tend to stay in 4 and 5 star hotels and complain if the hotels aren't up to standard. We are happy to pay up to 350 euros a night as long as the hotels are worth it.
Was the Inn at the Forum worth it? You bet it was. I (think it was 220 euros for one night and 177 for the other). The breakfast was excellent and made to order as far as eggs were concerned. PS the fried and poached eggs were brilliant.... don't order scrambled eggs.... ruddy awful. The wonderful Russian? waitress was lovely and was so enthusiastic about "everything" that we didn't have the heart to mention the scrambled eggs! I eventually put the leftovers into a paper bag and dumped them in the bog!
The hotel is quite literally 150 metres from a walkway which goes straight to a major part of the Forum and yes... the Forum is actually part of the building and naturally they are very proud of that.
The Wedding Cake is 8 minutes' walk away and you can see it from the quite wonderful breakfast/lounge area. I still don't understand how the hotel seems to be in a tranquil garden setting but in the middle of Rome.... that's Italy for you.
Walking distance to wherever you want to be including a major high rated trip adviser restaurant which is only 200 metres away. The rats were of course fully booked and told us that we should have booked the day before. Well snooks to you... we found another restaurant 800 metres away equally as good..... well... it wasn't but it wasn't touristy and the pizza was excellent.
Could you find a better hotel in Rome?
Possibly; but this is a 4 star hotel which is as good as any classy hotel in Rome without the pretension and the price.....
.... and yes Americans ... they have bellpeople dressed in waistcoats if that is what turns you on.
PS Unfortunately; and I don't know why but I cannot find any pictures of the room. Take it as read but it was one of the best in our 7 week holiday and that includes some of the best hotels in Europe.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Inn At The Roman Forum Hotel Rome
- Hotel At The Roman Forum
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