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Roma Boutique Hotel
Ranked #188 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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283 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Not what I expected”
Reviewed 25 September 2010

I'm not sure if this a hotel or B & B. Very few rooms, no street signage so difficult to find first off, no common areas or cafe/coffee shop etc
Breakfast can only be in the room and is basic. Room a reasonable size. Quiet. Bed VERY firm.
Staff are very helpful.
BUT, when we checked in there was a used sanitary pad in our bathroom, and there was hair from the previous clients in the shower, which was still there throughout our stay.
Is not 4 star in my opinion.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 23 September 2010

We selected Roma Boutique on the strength of its TA reviews, but were disappointment particularly with breakfast. The room was very nice and of medium size (by European standards - small by US standards). The people were extremely pleasant and helpful, with reservations etc. But the hotel had no common spaces for patrons to enjoy, including no area for eating breakfast, so breakfast was served at a pre-determined time in your room. Since these rooms are "small", there is little room to enjoy this meal and frankly, we found it a little gross to be eating in close proximity to our dirty cloth, bathroom etc. Beyond this, the meal was mediocre consisting of luke-warm coffee, yogart, boxed cereal, and a few pastries. For the money - you can stay at a 5star hotel within blocks of Roma Boutique. That's what we'll do next time.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2010

Can only echo the positive reviews posted on here previously! We would have struggled to find it had the driver who picked us up from the airport not been able to show us (incidently, I've read that this has been complimentary in some cases but we paid the flat rate of 45 euros, was worth it though as it's quite a trek from FCO airport and we landed late at night). Very warm welcome from Albert, with recommendation for somewhere to get a snack. Room was spotlessly clean and a reasonable size, bed was extremely firm as other reviewers have commented but still comfortable. There's all the usual room extras such as hairdryer, minisafe etc, good size flat screen TV (many channels are English though you may need to change the language using the Info button on the remote). There isn't any tea/coffee making facilities though and not being able to make/get a hot drink in the evening was about the only thing we missed. Breakfast is ordered the night before and delivered to your room at the time you want in the morning. Good selection of cereals, pastries, rolls, jams etc, tea or coffee and juice. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff from recommendations for places to eat and see to the loan of a mains travel adaptor as I'd forgotten ours! Just as an example, when it came time to go, Alessandro the manager booked a car for us for the journey back to the airport, carried our suitcase to the (tiny!) lift for us, then proceeding to run down all the stairs from the 4th floor to meet us as the lift opened and carry our case to the car! All in all, a great stay and we'd go back there tomorrow!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2010

My boyfriend and I stayed in September 2010. I'd been a little worried by some comments about difficulty finding hotel and being buzzed in at night, but had no problems at all. Alessandro was excellent right from check-in, showing us where we were in Rome and showing the best routes to the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain (10-15 minutes walk from hotel). He recommended some great restaurants for lunch and dinner over the weekend and even booked tables for us. All were slightly off the beaten track and had lovely food every time. All the other staff were great too. Rooms are contemporary and spotlessly clean and breakfast in the morning served to the room on silver tray was a nice touch. Good bathroom and huge shower. Only very tiny thing I would change is a slightly softer bed, but still slept fine, that's just personal taste! Rome was easy to walk round from the hotel and only 5 min walk to Metro to get to Vatican City. Overall, great hotel that made our trip.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

A perfect stay with owners that really understand hospitality. Start with a great location near Via Veneto. Close to Italy's Embassy Row as well, so there was a police car on the corner 24 hours a day (talk about a safe location!). Quiet and quirky, only 8 rooms on the 4th floor of an office building, but nice decor and very quiet. We stayed 4 days, renting two rooms. Rooms were small, but very clean. Nice breakfast included in price, served in your room every morning. Alessandro and his staff really take an interest in your enjoyment of the city, recommending sites and restaurants, and making arrangements for you. Block from big cab line, walking distance to Spanish Steps/Trevi fountain, wonderful Borghese Museum and all the high-end fashion shopping you could ever want. Next door to a small supermarket, very convenient and cost effective for snacks, beverages. A perfect base for our Rome trip. Highly recommend if you value personal service over big hotel amenities.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Luxembourg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2010

2 positive points for this hotel are its location (right next to Via Veneto and few minutes walk to Barberini metro station and the shopping district) and the hotel staff. The receptionists were very helpful throughout our stay.


However, I find the value of money for this hotel poor to average. We were lucky that we had the suite for €170 a night (the only one of the hotel). However, my sister paid €190 a night and got a much smaller room, and all other rooms are like hers. So if you aren't lucky to get the suite, €170 is quite expensive for what you get. The hotel is located in an apartment building (itself is an apartment converted into a hotel), with an old and smelly entrance and extremely small elevator. Also, we had our breakfast served in the room everyday, which was a treat, but the bread of poor quality and there’re no fruits.
As the building is quite old, the soundproof system was quite bad. We heard all conversations of our neighbors and the washing machines all night.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2010

Previous reviews are pretty much on the money. We had a lovely stay at the hotel. Plus points 1. Location, quiet but not off the beaten track. 2 Room perfect for city break - no great frills but clean and comfortable. 3 A v. firm mattress, great for my dodgy back 4 breakfast - nice to have this in the room 5 Lift worked and I used it 6 Numerous stairs for Mrs G who insisted on using them (?!!) 6 Restaurant recommendations from staff - Papa Bacchus further up the street ,pricey but a real find - try the fillet with gorgonzola and pear in a filo basket, blissful so good I went back and had another one. 7 Value for money - I trawled the internet and could not beat this package. You are not paying for a gym or other services you are not going to use
Minuses 1. Tough to find - my tip, (a) spot the unmissable police station,(b) spot the spar store next down the street, then (c) go to the DOUBLE doorway further down the street from the shop and (d) squint hard at the name tags to the buzzers and hey presto you will see a reference to the hotel. (d) don't bother asking the locals/police in the squad car permanently parked on the corner - they are clueless! 2. Hard floors throughout so can be a bit noisy when others are moving around.

All in all perfect for couples not for young boisterous families.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Roma Boutique Hotel
Address: Via Toscana 1, 00187 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Ludovisi / Via Veneto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#79 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#111 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#139 Business Hotel in Rome
#257 Family Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Roma Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Rome Inn is a small but exclusive superior class hotel, burn from the experience of the Roma Boutique Hotel. It is located on the fifth floor of the same elegant beginning of the last century building. A few steps away from the Spanish Steps, our hotel is just behind Via Veneto, the famous street that ispired Federico Fellini in his world famous movie "La Dolce Vita." Thanks to its enviable position and first class service, boutique Rome Inn proivides the ideal place in the heart of the eternal city. ... more   less 
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