We were to be in Rome for a week and decided to splurge and stay at a nice hotel. We made a mistake with Hotel Raphael. This is a very expensive place and is supposed to be decorated with antiques and beautiful throughout. The pros: The location is excellent and the hotel outside is pretty, and there are pretty antiques in the lobby area. The view from our large room was nice. The cons: the room was not as expected. The furniture was completely square, laminated particle board and beat up - like old IKEA furniture. The small sofa and bench were covered with dull brown, ugly fabric. The very heavy orange drapes had mold on the back side in some places. The tub didn't drain and the hair dryer left out by the hotel did not work in the bathroom wall socket. The bathroom had almost no horizontal space - only a few square inches around the sink and I ended up putting my things on the closed toilet seat while getting ready. The terrace restaurant is pretty but the much touted food only average. The staff at the desk was sometimes helpful and other times terse and even rude depending on who we talked to about arranging tours of sites, and our lost camera.
Overall, this hotel is only average or below average(the furniture in our room) and not worth the $400 a night we paid!
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- Also Known As:
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