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“Not your standard hotel experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Moses Fountain
Ranked #576 of 1,292 Hotels in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not your standard hotel experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2012

This is almost like a small-town B&B in the heart of Rome. I'll cover the downsides first, and then the large upside

The downsides:

1) there's no full-time staff, which can cause issues--our flight was delayed, and the owner who was supposed to be there to let us in had to go to a funeral, so we had to stand on the street for a while with our bags until the maid heard us ringing the bell.

2) Lots of stairs. Not a problem for us except when we had to carry our huge suitcase up and down, but I wouldn't book this if I had arthritis or COPD.

The many upsides:

1) A real king bed. So hard to find except at five star hotels, and for my very tall husband and me, an absolute necessity.

2) Free minibar. It was lovely to come back at the end of the day and have a cold drink waiting.

3) Unbeatable location. A short walk to Trevi, Spanish steps, and Termini station, where you can catch the train to just about anywhere you want to go. Around the corner from the St. Regis, where you can catch a cab if that's how you roll.

4) Lovely, lovely staff. We got locked in our first night by another guest, and the owner showed up within fifteen minutes, drove us to a restaurant, and talked the waiter into giving us a table. That doesn't really happen at normal hotels.

5) Delicious breakfast. One of the best cappucinos I've ever had.

6) Beautiful terrace. We bought a bottle of wine and sat out there a couple of nights. It was outstanding.

7) Amazing bathtub/shower. Nice and deep, and the shower had terrific pressure. We took pictures because we want our bath to look just like that when we redo it.

8) Comfortable air conditioning. Let's just say I've been in European hotels where this wasn't true--and in Rome in July, it was essential.

9) Delightful views. The hotel is old--it's actually built into the back of the Moses Fountain--and it looks just like you think your stay in Rome should look.

10) Great price. We spent a lot less than we would have for a more "hotel-like" experience, and enjoyed a comfortable, attractive room that was close to everything.

Overall: Not the typical hotel experience. But if you're the sort of traveler for whom that's a plus rather than a minus, you should definitely stay here.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

beautiful hotel, great location, excellent service. we were more than happy with our stay here and will stay again next time we visit rome. we stayed at many wonderful places with great service throughout italy, and moses fountain edged them all out with my vote for the absolute best service. we requested the red room when we booked, and the red room was what we got. it was very romantic and so nice that we had trouble leaving the room to explore rome. worth every bit of trouble in trying to find it...it's just a quiet wooden door on the side of the building.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

We stayed at the Moses Fountain for two nights, but will surely return on our next visit to Rome. Lapo gave us expert advise on where to eat, places to go and how to get there, he even gave us his cell number in case we got lost.
Surely this is an unusual place to some because it has no physical reception, but we didn't have any trouble with that since Lapo and the rest of the staff where so helpful with everything.
The hotel is walking distance (if you like walking) to some great attractions and it is secluded enough from the hustle and bustle of city life so that you do enjoy a good night sleep.
The room we stayed in was wonderful, ac worked fine and the breakfast was served on demand (it is a typical European breakfast mind you, coffee, croissants, butter, cheese and ham, juice and fruit) and it could be eaten in the lovely terrace or in the room.
I think this hotel is a great place to stay for young couples.

Room Tip: Three room categories, we choose the middle priced one and the room was great. If you want extra com...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

Lapo, you're a gentleman. You helped make our last 4 nights in Italy a true pleasure!! Really great hotel. Theresa's sofa is a wonderful room. Great steam room/shower you can stay in for ages. Nice location. Away from the madness and a good walk to it all helps burn off the pasta!! Very chilled. Beats the hell out of the starchy 5 star hotels where you pay for services you never use. Its like your own flat in Rome with an exceptional concierge!! Lovely cappuccino in the morning, free minibar feels so much more valuable than its monetary value. Lapo also knows then nicest places to eat....ask him!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012

My wife and I came here on the first leg of our honeymoon in Italy. Like other reviewers have said the hotel is hard to find. If you are going there it is located behind the Fontana del Mosè and across from the Santa Maria della Vittoria church. It is very convenient to the Roma Termini train station which has a train line to the the airport. It is also close to the Republica metro stop and a 10 minute walk to the Spanish steps.

Upon arriving there was some confusion about our reservation, they had it under my wife's name, but for our trouble they gave us an upgraded room. The room had Cathedral ceilings and very nice new fixtures. We even had a little balcony off of our room. Lapo, the manager, was very helpful with finding places to eat and giving suggestions of things to do. Also on our last day we figured out that you could even change the language settings on the TV to watch in English! Another tip is that the white controllers operate the blinds which are automatic.

The breakfast was a more than ample continental breakfast that always had fresh fruit and even a salad. There was so much we even took to taking some of the packaged biscuits they provided along with us for snacks.

The best part of the hotel is that while it is centrally located, once you are inside you feel like you have escaped from the hustle and bustle of Rome. The city is definitely very busy, and we felt so much more relaxed each day when we got back to the hotel.

Room Tip: The superior room is definitely worth the upgrade.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Evan_DC
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Additional Information about Hotel Moses Fountain

Property: Hotel Moses Fountain
Address: Via 20 Settembre, 98/L, 187 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#108 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#274 Luxury Hotel in Rome
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,437 - ₹ 10,944
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Moses Fountain 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Please contact the property in advance to communicate your arrival time. For arrivals after 14:30, you will receive a code to access the property. ... more   less 
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