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Via Veneto: Hotel Barocco

Piazza Barberini 9

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Reviewed by: valerie from NM/Italy, review #1690

When: November, 2006

Upscale style at a more reasonable price. {4 stars}

Hotel Barocco is a solid four-star hotel in the heart of Rome that provides classy comforts at a surprisingly decent price.

We were upgraded from our reserved standard rooms to the deluxe rooms which were larger. One of the rooms had a beautiful window overlooking Berniniís beautiful fountain in the piazza; it offered a sitting area and two baths (oh the luxury!) The heavy windows effectively buffered much of the street noise. Our room faced another apartment building (meaning zippo view). It was larger than most rooms Iíve encountered in Italy and offered a deep jet tub with a shower as well. (The deepness of the tub could be a problem for people with mobility issues as I found it a stretch to get in and out.)

In-room amenities are generous: little goody bags providing everything from razors and toothbrushes to shoe shine kits and the usual array of soaps and lotions. There are hairdryers in the rooms. Breakfast is also generous, going beyond the usual rolls and croissants to offer a buffet that includes eggs, several types of ham and salami, chunks of cheeses, fruits, yogurts, and a selection of sweets as well.

Service was very friendly and helpful by all staff members we encountered. We felt the service and quality of the room were similar to what we experienced during our one-night luxury stay at the Intercontinental so this is a good choice for those who like deluxe hotels but donít want to pay the higher prices!

The location is nice Ė walking distance to the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the via Veneto. There is a metro stop in the piazza and buses on via del Tritone to get you to other parts of the city easily. We enjoyed a very pleasant three night stay at the Barocco. We booked online at Ä200 per night.

Reviewed by: LindaSF from USA, review #1655

When: October 2006

The Hotel Barocco is a delightful and relaxing oasis in Rome. {4 stars}

The Hotel Barocco is located directly on the Piazza Barberini. I asked for and was given a quiet room in the back, since I had read many complaints about the noise of Rome at night. My room was dead silent; a joy in Rome. I had a single room for Ä189. It was small, but I've stayed in smaller rooms in New York. Besides, I didn't spend much time in my room.

The public rooms were delightful - warm, charming and very welcoming. Since I was traveling alone, this was especially important to me. The lounge/bar was cheerful with trompe l'oeil scenes of Rome and bright furniture. When I got back from my day in Rome and wasn't yet ready for dinner, I sat there with a book and got a glass of wine. Other guests were very friendly.

The hotel staff were as helpful as they could possibly be. I arrived so jet lagged, that I had someone come up about four times to explain things to me, including showing me how to open the door. When I showed the concierge the schedule for the train to Sorrento, which I had printed off the internet, he pointed out that Sora was not the short name for Sorrento, but a small town, then he got me current information. He later took me by the hand to show me the travel agency in a small alley where I could buy a ticket without going to the train station.

They recommended several restaurants, but forgot to tell me that the way I planned to go to the Spanish Steps took me to Trinita dei Monti, which meant I had to climb down and then up. It's 154 steps, but who's counting. They arranged a limo to pick me up at the airport. To be fair, I speak Italian and I think this may make a difference in the service I received.

It wasn't the most central location for antiquities, but nothing was too far a walk and I always felt I was coming home as I approached the piazza.

People on many sites are concerned about breakfast. It was wonderful, in a cheery room, with great servers and whatever food you wanted. But that's not what I came to Rome for.

If I had one complaint, it was about the bathroom, but isn't it always. The space for the toilet, bidet and shower was raised about three inches. Then there was a privacy door, whose glider took up another inch. The opening was narrower than my shoulder, which meant I had to enter sideways. Of course, since there was a single bed in the room, it was totally unnecessary. But this was minor, compared to everything else.

Reviewed by: Nancy L from TX, review #861

When: October 2004

Small (41 rooms) 4* hotel facing Piazza Barberini; walking distance to the Pantheon. Professional, friendly service, our favorite in Rome.

Hotel Barocco is a welcome oasis in Rome's frantic pace. This small luxury hotel features generous rooms, modern well-appointed baths, and air-conditioning in October! Six of us (3 couples) arrived together and were upgraded to junior suites on arrival, even though the hotel was full. Breakfasts were sumptuous and, we thought, the best we encountered in Italy. Breakfast served in your room at no extra charge, and it was fabulous!

Afternoon tea is served in the breakfast room, but none of us tried it. A small honor bar is located on the first level, with comfortable seating.

The staff was helpful and professional, and there was always an English-speaking person at the reception. Prices vary, so look for deals on the Internet or through your travel planner; still it's more reasonably priced than comparable hotels. I think each couple paid Ä190 per night. We all plan to return.

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