What We Love
- A tranquil stay in the heart of Rome, just minutes from the Vatican City, with breakfastStaying in the affluent Prati neighborhood, with the Vatican City a short stroll away
- Admiring Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, plus Rome's other ancient landmarks
- Savoring the delicious buffet-style breakfast each morning
Set in Rome’s affluent Prati neighborhood, Hotel Cicerone is a haven of peace away from the well-trodden tourist trail. This serene city hideaway has all the trimmings and trappings you’d expect from a four-star residence in one of the world’s most beloved destinations. The rooms are grand yet inviting, with all the mod cons needed for a comfortable stay. There’s also an elegant restaurant, Cucina&Pizza, serving classic and contemporary Italian cuisine.
Mostly though, this is an ideal base from which to discover the architectural wonders and artistic masterpieces of the Eternal City. Located smack-dab in the heart of Rome and just a short stroll from theVatican City, you’ll be able to fill your days gazing at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, enjoying gladiatorial greatness at the Colosseum and Roman Forum, hitting the trendy bars in the hip Monti neighborhood, and tossing a coin – correctly, with your right hand over your left shoulder – into the Trevi Fountain.
The guest rooms here are rich in designer detailing and tastefully finished, with classic décor, exquisite fabrics and plenty of mod cons. Each 258-square-foot Superior room is outfitted with plush bedding, a well-stocked minibar and an en-suite bathroom with bathrobes and luxury
The hotel’s signaturerestaurant, Le Bouchon, presents a creative selection of classic and contemporary Italian and European cuisine. For breakfast, you’ll enjoy plentiful buffet-style spreads, and later in the day, you can explore the hotel’s selection of fine wines over dinner. Room service is also available.
The hotel puts you in the heart of Rome’s Prati district, just 100 yards from the Piazza Cavour and a 10-minute walk from the Vatican Museums. Your first stop should be Vatican City, a tiny city-state presided over by the Pope, where the Sistine Chapel’s frescoes and the dome of St. Peter’s basilica are nothing short of awe-inspiring. For gladiatorial greatness, head to the Colosseum, before continuing on to the Roman Forum, The Pyramid of Cestius and the Pantheon. Also, be sure to relax with a gelato at Piazza Navona, give your credit card a workout in the shopping streets of the Spanish Steps, and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to guarantee your return to the Eternal City.
How to Get There
The Cicerone is in a nice area with a lot of restaurants in the vicinity. We had the buffet lunch which for 10 euros, including water, was good value. Breakfast was fine, with both hot and cold food and plenty choices. Nibbles were a nice touch in the bar area. The room was ok, with a very comfortable bed, though the bathroom was a bit tired. The hotel was within walking distance of quite a few of the popular tourist sites and a sort walk to the metro.
I spend few nights here in a business trip and definitely would not recommend this hotel. First thing you notice is that the hotel is old and not renovated. The room was almost the smallest I've ever visited anywhere and everything was just worn out. The air conditioning was very loud (efficient though).
Worst thing was the toilet, even though it was probably cleaned well (?), the interiors are so old and stained, that I didn't want to even go there, including the shower. Supplements were taken out of the packages, so I could not be sure if they were used.
Breakfast was really mediocre with limited selections and the service was inadequate. Juices were finished, coffee was finished. Some of the fruits tasted like they were rotten.
Only positive thing (that's why I gave the second star) was the 2 ladies in the lobby, who tried to be helpful and positive. Overall as a summary: Don't stay here with these prices, choose any other hotel and you'll get more value for the money.
Avoid this hotel at any cost. The rooms are not just old and crappy, they are hazardous to your health. Mattress had mold, there were double bookings of rooms causing strangers wandering into the room during the night. Door locks may or may not work. There’s a risk of electric shock and/or fire because of wall sockets and worn out cables.
Our group experienced pretty much all of the horror stories described in earlier reviews of the hotel.