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Pantheon: Relais Maddelena

Piazza della Maddalena, 6, Phone: 06.688.055.37
www.relaismaddalena.com

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Reviewed by: KimL from GA, review #3089

When: May 2011

Charming small hotel in the middle of the old city, walking distance to most sights, surrounded by good restaurants, and wonderfully managed.

We had a wonderful stay at this small B&B located on the second floor (US) of an apartment building facing the Piazza Maddelena.

Just steps from the Pantheon, the location is marvelous--within walking distance to all of the major sights, and surrounded by wonderful restaurants and gelato shops. (Be sure to try the ginger and cinnamon flavor at San Crispino gelato right on Piazza Maddelena.)

Our room overlooked the charming piazza that is filled with restaurants and cafes, and at first, we were worried that night-time noise might keep us awake. The room has excellent double-paned windows, however, and with the windows closed, the room was amazingly quiet.

Our room was lovely, and quite large by European standards. It had a very comfortable king-size bed, 2 desks, bedside tables and a large cabinet for both hanging and folded clothes. The room also had a safe for valuables. The bathroom was wonderful; large with an excellent shower. The hotel is quite new, so all of the fixtures were very modern. The air-conditioning, which we needed for a couple of nights, worked perfectly.

The breakfast was typical of European B&Bs - croissants, cheeses, cold meats, rolls and fruit. And, according to my husband, excellent cappuccinos.

Francesco, the hotelier, was very nice and helpful. Before we even arrived, he helped us with dinner reservations and a car service from the airport (useful, because the hotel is very hard to find the first time around!). He also provided lots of very good restaurant recommendations. Other members of his staff are also friendly and helpful, although not all of them speak English fluently. It didn't matter to us, though, as we always managed to make ourselves understood, and the friendliness of the staff made up for any miscommunication.

The hotel is not inexpensive, at 239 euros per night, but it was worth every cent. We will definitely stay here again when we return to Rome.

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