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Piazza di Spagna: Hotel San Carlo

Via delle Carrozze, 93, Phone: 06.678.4548

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Reviewed by: Beatrice from NY, review #1282

When: October 2005

Clean, comfortable, modern hotel by the Spanish Steps.

Hotel San Carlo - Piazza di Spagna, photo by

San Carlo is a 3 star hotel with an incredible location. Situated on Via delle Carrozze, the street ends right to the Spanish Steps. The street parallel to it is the famous Via Condotti. Nearby you'll find tons of restaurants.

The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. We were only disappointed with the fact that the internet only worked 1 out of the 5 days we stayed at the hotel. The hotel offers breakfast in the morning consisting of great cappuccini and/or espresso, croissants, cereal, pastries and juices. Protein was non-existent (aside from milk) but we didn't think of it too much.

Our room was on the 4th floor (top floor) overlooking a very pretty interior garden in the back of the hotel. I'd also like to mention that the hotel does not have an elevator but being young and in pretty good shape we didn't complain about it. It wasn't exactly fun going up 4 flights of stairs after a day of walking, but hey, it's Rome.

The room was bright, very nicely decorated in warm tones, had a very nice size and was very clean. At night the area buzzed with tourists and locals having dinner at the nice restaurants in the area or just walking about. We always felt safe and were very happy with our hotel choice. At night the room was quiet which allowed us to get much needed rest. We'd definitely recommend it to others.

Reviewed by: Mizz Eve from USA, review #486

When: September 2003

Recommend with some provisos - see full review. {3 stars}

I booked a single room for nine nights, 90 per night. The room was newly remodeled, but extremely small. There was not enough room for all of my things and there was no counter space. Plus, it was near the breakfast area and adjacent to the dishwashing room. It was not pleasant.

With a lot of hassle, I moved to a double. The double was fantastic. It was very spacious and the bathroom was huge. It had tons of counter space and both a shower and bathtub. I did not pay a higher fee because I was able to work out a deal with the deskman. However, I believe that the going rate for this room is 150.

Both rooms included telephones and refrigerators stocked with mineral water. They have tile floors, desks and televisions with satellite programming. The front desk will give you Metro passes if you need them and also make reservations at museums for you (although they screwed up my res. for a museum). They will also look up the train schedule for you. Plus, they will arrange transportation to and from the airport if you need it.

This hotel is in a great area, near the Spanish Steps and Via Del Corso. The Metro is within a five minute walk. It is a clean and newly remodeled hotel. However, it has five floors and NO elevator. Actually, they do have an elevator, but it doesn't work. If climbing stairs is a problem for you, make sure that the elevator's been repaired before you book.

The other downside is the desk staff. There were two desk people with horrible attitudes. I was literally screamed at by one person for requesting a change of rooms. I also witnessed this person yelling at a potential customer on the telephone. Once I was moved into a double, another desk person shunned me and basically refused to offer any help in locating good restaurants, etc. I felt like I had been deemed a "problem" guest. However, the support staff, maids, porter, etc. were great. I think that if you can stay on the good side of the desk people, you'll be fine.

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