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Babuino 181
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

Babuino 181 was a perfect base for our 5 night visit to Rome celebrating my husband's 50th birthday.
It's perfectly situated in the stylish center of Rome, near the Spanish Steps and within walking distance of all the major sights. There are shops and restaurants all around so it's easy to find somewhere to eat or drink in the evening and to enjoy an after dinner stroll in.
Our room was a deluxe room, which was a good size, with everything that we needed and plenty of storage, with a nicely hidden away nook with hanging space, drawers and a safe, so that we didn't have to look at our suitcase all week long.
The staff at reception were very friendly and helpful and the whole process of booking, arriving, paying was very smooth and easy. We booked the airport transfer to and from the airport, which was 60 euros each time, but worth it for the door to door service.
Our room was stylish, modern, comfortable and we couldn't have asked for more. It is on a noisy and busy street and we were woken by car alarms on a few occasions ( we were on the 3rd floor). However, in the center of a major city, we didn't really expect it to be quiet and were usually tired out by a day of sightseeing and so slept through most of it.
Breakfast is served in your room, which suited us well, as it arrives within 5-10 minutes of picking up the phone to order it. We ordered a 'diet' and a 'continental' and shared, which gave us orange juice, coffee, fresh fruit salad, croissants, bread, muesli and yogurt.
I found this hotel through trip advisor after much searching and have absolutely no regrets. We had the holiday of a lifetime.

Room Tip: I would suggest that if you want a quiet room then ask when booking as our room faced out onto the street and was noisy. We didn't mind this, but if you do then perhaps they can offer a quieter room.
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5  Thank Peggy73
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

Babuino 181 is a wonderful small boutique hotel in the heart of Rome. Excellent location, great rooms, extremely nice reception staff and great breakfast, which is an exception in Italy! Stayed at Babuino 181 in mid April with my mother. Although the weather was not great the first couple of days we still enjoyed our stay due to the fact that we could relax in our lovely deluxe room at Babuino 181. The great location made it wonderfully easy to walk to all sights. Lots of restaurants nearby, which make for relaxed evenings. Of course the reception recommended Edy's and I must say the food was very nice, although it did feel a bit touristy due to a lot of Americans eating there. The staff was very helpful and was even able to organise a visit to the Villa Borghese museum for us, which would have been sold out otherwise.

An important tip for your stay in Rome: If you plan on visiting museums please do try to book in advance (online) to avoid lengthy queues and to actually get tickets. It takes away a bit of the spontaneity, however, it avoids disappointment!

Breakfast was great. We always took one continental and one diet breakfast and shared. This allowed us to make full advantage of the choice and there was plenty for two to enjoy. Unfortunately, there was still no breakfast room when we stayed at the hotel, which is not a big issue, however, an extra seat in the room would be great to be able to have breakfast at the table. The Nespresso machine in the room, with complimentary capsules is a very nice touch!

As there is no restaurant, bar or any communal rooms in the hotel, you never actually see other guests, which makes the place feel very private. So private that you could actually miss the entrance to the hotel as there are no signs on the outside! As we did not know the city very well, we had the transfer from the airport organised through the hotel and that was very efficient. The friendly driver even gave us a sightseeing tour of the city. As the price is fixed, it was appreciated.

Big bathroom, which is great and very comfortable mattress, although a bit on the hard side. It depends what one prefers.

Very recommendable place to stay in Rome for couples, family and friends.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank sharka9
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

A hotel with virtually no frontage or presence and yet inside is luxury and peace. My wife found this through Trip Advisor after I spend ages getting confused about where to stay in Rome.

The hotel sits almost equally between the historic sites of the forum and the Vatican (25 minutes on foot). Its close to the Spanish steps, Trevi fountain and Pantheon (10 minutes). Good if you decide to walk around as we did.

The rooms are recently refurbished and have wi-fi and flat screen TVs with sky and movies in English if you press the right buttons. The beds are large and very comfortable.

I like a good nights sleep and get disturbed by street noise, so we asked for a quiet room and were given 103, which also is used for disabled visitors. This room has no view, being into a courtyard, but is a peaceful haven in a city full of noise. There is still, as in all hotels nowadays, a background of air condition hum but nothing to what you can experience of street noise. The streets in the area seemed (relatively) quiet at night so street facing rooms may be OK as well.

The staff were always polite and helpful, the airport transfer they arranged was excellent and well worth the money for a door to door service in such a busy city.

The only down side is the cold breakfasts which whilst good value (10 Euro for some cold meats, cheese, bread, orange juice and coffee seemed quite a fair price in Rome) were served either in your room or in a lobby area as the hotel has no restaurant. We were told they are adding a roof top area for breakfasts which may remove this criticism and add hot dishes to the menu.

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2  Thank CD
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

We have been fortunate to have been able visit Rome every year for the past 7 years and we have almost always stayed at one of the Top 10 Trip Advisor hotels in the city without disappointment and I can easily say that this is my new favorite hotel in the city. The location, property and staff are all excellent and we will look forward to returning on our next trip.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Ronald C
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

A local recommended staying near the Spanish steps as a good central location and after a brief search on Tripadvisor my wife and I booked Babuino for 4 nights in April. The room was very luxurious and although there wasn't a separate room for a sitting area - do you really need one? Bathroom included large bath, great shower and separate WC area. I thought it was good value for money given the size and spec of the room and its central location - you'd pay twice as much for the equivalent in central London. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and had a seemingly endless list of restaurant recommendations. We didn't have a single bad meal and again I was pleasantly surprised by the prices. A very fancy five course tasting menu at "Life" on Via Vita (lobster and the full works) including five glasses of wine each came to 130 Euros for two. Maybe I'm too used to the prices in London but I thought that was good value. Beware of the shops. They are superb - that's where you'll overspend!

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6  Thank Randl93
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