We fancied a small boutique hotel for this trip, and the Inn at the Roman Forum looked perfect. Plenty of charm, and some unique furnishings, plus the historical nature of the building and area made the choice easy.
Upon arrival, we discovered our room was pretty small, and not as well appointed as we had hoped. Almost no storage for clothes meant we were living out of our suitcases for the 4 nights. I asked if we could be moved to a bigger room, and the opportunity was there, but only for the last night. It wasn't really worth moving for 1 night out of 4, so we persevered. The lesson to learn from this is when choosing a boutique hotel, and especially in a historical and unique building like this, rooms will vary alot, and you'll only see the nice ones on the website. Another couple we met there had the same concern, so beware.
The ceilings and walls were also very thin. Another problem presumably caused by the age of the building. We could hear very clearly the shower and plumbing above, but this was soon drowned out by the chap on the phone outside the window.
Away from the bad points, this hotel really did have an "out of the way" feeling, which was nice. Well away from noisy revellers, and the entrance looked more like that of a posh set of apartments, which meant we almost missed it.
The concierge/front desk guy/night porter (all one guy) was very helpful and suggested some nice restaurants and had plenty of touristy information to dish out.
One of the nicest things about the Inn at the Roman Forum was the breakfast room and terrace. Unfortuately, travelling in November, (the rainy month on Rome), we were unable to eat breakfast on the terrace, which had what would have been a lovely view in the summer, but the breakfast room was easily comfortable enough to make up for this disappointment. Very nicely, (and importantly, comfortably) laid out. I felt very at ease, almost like having breakfast in your grandma's sitting room, but a little more luxurious :-) The breakfast was great, and the perfect start to the day. Nice to be served until 10:30 also, and they were not at all bothered about us finishing off at 10:50.
All in all, a nice little place. If you're after the large, grand four poster rooms though, be sure to book the superior rooms, or confirm with the hotel which room you'll be put in to avoid disappointment. The smaller rooms will undoubtedly put a dampener on the stay. I'll try somewhere else next time, but definitely one to put at the top of the list in good weather.
- 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, offering 5 star service boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, Roman Forum, Venice Square. It's 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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