In the 17th Century the Barberini family controlled a large slice of Rome. Maffeo Barberini, who figures in a series of tapestries in the Vatican Museum (you have to go!) ultimately became Pope Urban VIII. This little hotel is across the street from Palazzo Barberini, now a museum. The position, close to Piazza Barberini for the Metro and buses, and to the Trevi fountain in the other direction, yet on a fairly quiet back street (You don't come to Rome for absolute tranquillity!) is perfect. We were fortunate enough to be given a room looking out on the Palazzo and its vast cedar tree. The rooms are not huge but the corner rooms are bigger than average, with a triangular bathroom which has an opening window. Rooms are beautifully appointed with lots of hanging space, a mini-bar, TV, Aircon and free Wi-Fi. The bathroom is totally marble with plentiful lovely Italian shower gel etc. Breakfast on the 6th floor overlooks the skyline of Rome, which is breathtaking, though not quite as impressive as Florence. There is an excellent choice buffet breakfast. Staff are cheerful, helpful and efficient. And when my wife's lovely new dress was not in the taxi at the airport, they arranged to send it by express delivery to our home. Our only problem was the rather hard pillows.
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- Also Known As:
- Barberini Hotel Rome