The winning factor in booking this hotel was the roof terrace. Of course we factored in price and location, but chose this over others beause of the terrace and the view it seemed to offer. It did not dissapoint. We stayed here in February when the sun was shining but the temperature did not please. It was especially cold at night, but a trip to the Spa (supermarket) and a blanket up on the terrace made for perfect nights looking over the city. There are views of St Peter's, The Colisseum and sunset from the roof.
The hotel is centrally located to walk to EVERYTHING! We never got a cab. The best way to see this city is on foot. We planned each day and did main things on different days. The nearest site was the Trevi fountain, which we probably saw every day on random walks. Vatican City was probably the furthest, but on a sunny day, it made for a nice walk. Probably took us 45 minutes to walk there. May have been a little more, but it was nice out so we didn't care. Stopped off on the way for a hot chocolate (be warned....Italians have no clue how to make a decent hot chocolate!)
Back to the hotel, breakfast was continental, but absolutely every option of continental breakfast was there. I have never seen such choice.
Rooms were in the style of old Italy - perfect for me, I like to get a feel of a place. The beds were amazingly comfy and the place was spotless clean. 4 of us stayed in 2 rooms and the rooms were different. One had a balcony, another didn't. One had carpet, the other had flooring. One was slightly smaller. But both were beautiful.
The one thing that I will say, is the same as others have said. The shower. It didn't have much hot water. I can't remember now how we worked it out. I think that if you had a shower at night, there was more water. But don't complain to the hotel. It isn't their fault and they won't or can't do anything about it.
We're going back next year. April this time to enjoy some nicer weather. And we miss the terrace!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pace Helvetia is located in a sober and elegant building set in the heart of Rome, a short walk from Piazza Venezia, the Coliseum and the Quirinale. Hotel Pace Helvetia features a rooftop terrace overlooking the monument of Vittorio Emanuele and the ancient Trajan markets. A continental buffet breakfast is served in the morning, which can be enjoyed on the terrace on fine days. The spacious rooms are embellished with classical furniture, soft carpets and upholstery or elegant parquet, combined with modern comforts. All rooms have air conditioning and a TV. A few steps from the hotel, there are several buses to Termini Station, the Vatican and the charming Trastevere district, full of bars and cafés. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The Piazza Venezia area - Trevi Fountain is a great choice for travelers interested in city walks, sightseeing tours and food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pace Helvezia Rome