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Colosseo: Hotel Paba

Via Cavour 266, Phone: 06.47824902

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Reviewed by: vinorosso from usa, review #1990

When: June 2007

Friendly Hospitality near the Colosseum. {2 stars}

My mom and I stayed with Mrs. Alberta Castelli's Hotel Paba (2* hotel, but 5* in treatment) for 3 nights. We originally booked at Hotel Paba because the hotel we had stayed at last time was already booked and the hotel we were staying in (for our tour) was booked. Anyway, we were really glad that we booked with her, because she was friendly, helpful, and runs a very tight ship!

Hotel Paba is located near the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Trajan Market. We noticed the initial difference from the minute we showed interest in Hotel Paba -- she sent an e-mail informing us of the hotel surroundings (sights, shops, restaurants, Internet cafe, etc.), and of how to arrive to the hotel (as the hotel's website has a small map. Once we reserved the double room, E135/night (cash discount), she e-mailed confirmation within 24 hours.

Our room had a large double bed, reading lamps, satellite TV (ask the signora how to work it), bathroom w/ bidet, closet, breakfast table (breakfast is served in the room). Breakfast consists of coffee/cappuccino, croissants, yogurt, etc. You call ahead or tell her when you want breakfast! Service is impeccable, so is your room. Slippers are provided. You really feel like you're on vacation.

She's really accommodating -- the day we left, we had to leave at 6:30 a.m. Although we did see another employee there, Alberta works at the hotel a lot (7 a.m. - 9 p.m. or longer) and lives in the building. So we paid the night before and she said to grab breakfast on our own: she showed us where to find all the goodies.

Location: Via Cavour, 2nd floor, elevator (between Via dei Serpenti and Via degli Annibaldi) near Colosseo and Cavour metro stops

There are many alimentari, but there is a big supermarket if you walk on Via Cavour (towards Cavour metro).

Gelato: my favorite gelateria was La Dolce Vita Gelateria (just a few steps from Hotel Paba), Via Cavour, 306. Mario doesn't have a lot of flavors, but what he does make he does them well! Exit the hotel and go left.

Shopping nearby on Via Nazionale. My mom and I did a combination of walking and taking the bus/metro (mostly bus): Vatican, Trastevere, Circo Massimo, Via Veneto. In the evening, we strolled around the area near the hotel. If we had planned it better we would have booked to attend some of those summer concerts in Rome.

Recommendations: Book early, she only has 7 rooms! Ask her for recommendations -- dining, sightseeing, etc. We asked her for recommendations, and she was spot on! She can also book tours for you, but we had already been on a tour prior to booking into her hotel.

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