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
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.
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