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Colosseo: Albergo Romano


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Reviewed by: llee from USA, review #1925

When: May 2007

A great budget hotel at the steps of the forum. {2 stars}

This is a nice "no frills" hotel, but was perfect for our overnight stay. I chose it because of the proximity to the Forum and Termini.

The room was simply furnished and it was very clean, and very important to me it had a comfortable bed. Our window overlooked the busy street the Forum is on, but with the window closed it was fairly quiet. The hosts were very nice and accommodating. I asked where the closest internet cafe was so I could do a quick check of email and he let me use his laptop.

Vouchers for breakfast were provided to eat at the cafe next door. It was simple with croissants, packaged toasts, coffee and juice.

Reviewed by: Elan from Switzerland, review #436

When: November 2003

Spotlessly clean, super staff, great location, right price, RECOMMENDED! No luxuries, but great value.

My husband and I had intended to stay three days at this hotel, and then either migrate to the countryside, or at least to another part of town. In the event, we extended our stay to ten days because the location was unbeatable, the staff treated us as family, we had a balcony (room 424 -- the balcony is a GREAT addition), and the cleaning ladies did a magnificent job keeping our room tidy and spotless. [We were there in early November.]

The lack of elevator, lobby, and in-hotel food service are all true, as are the descriptions of the rooms being spare. But we felt these were more than compensated for by the friendliness of the staff, their eagerness to help (they would volunteer to help us), and the excellent location. The people at the cafe/bar next door were likewise friendly and accommodating -- we negotiated substitutions for the breakfast without issue.

I highly recommend this hotel as a cheap & cheerful enabler to exploration of Rome. There's nothing to match walking out of the hotel and having the Forum at one's feet, the Colosseo two minutes away, and the massive monument to the last King to the right.

We explored Rome section by section using the outstanding Eyewitness guide, as well as the Knopf City Guide which has pop-up maps of each section along with superb restaurant recommendations. Altogether a fabulous trip.

Reviewed by: Bill from NY, review #370

When: June 2003

Inexpensive, modern hotel near the Forum and Colosseum

This hotel was ideal for us, spending the last two nights of our vacation in Rome. The Albergo Romano is very near the Forum and the Colosseum, at the intersection of the Via dei Fori Imperiali and Via Cavour.

Our room was very modern, clean, quiet and spacious. The price (120/night for a double) was a definite bargain! There is little public space, but who needs it when you have the Forum a short walk away? The neighborhood felt very safe.

THERE IS NO LIFT, so if stairs are an issue for you, be sure to discuss that when making your reservation! We were on the 4th floor, 123 steps up. Our room did not have a balcony or much of a view, so don't expect that. I have a nice picture of the Forum from our room, although I had to hang 'way out the small window to take it!

This is a budget hotel, so there is no room service. However, there are several shops on the street. Breakfast in the "garden" (part of the street walled off by planters - surprisingly nice, all things considered) is provided via a voucher for the bar next door.

When you arrive at the corner and are looking for the hotel, you will see the word "Albergo" on the front window, not "Romano", although in correspondence the name used was "Hotel Romano".

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