What We Love
- A lovely hotel in the historic heart of Rome, with breakfast on the pretty rooftop terraceThe rooftop breakfast buffet serving up Italian delicacies with views of the Eternal City
- Being within walking distance of Renaissance treasures and the Colosseum
- Eating your way through the ancient streets of Rome
What To Know
- Only a 10-minute walk from the Colosseum
- Free WiFi is super spotty
- The rooftop American bar is the place to end the day
- Very close to multiple metro stations and bus stops
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With its dreamy rooms bathed in natural light and a rooftop perfect for watching the sunset and soaking in the sights of historic Rome, Hotel Forum is a lovely hotel in the heart of the Eternal City. Adding further evidence to the claim that Italians do it better, the hotel packs a lot under its terrace, including style that mixes elegance and comfort and a menu brimming with Italian delicacies.
And if all roads lead to Rome, all roads from Hotel Forum lead to the ancient city’s must-see attractions – especially the Colosseum and Roman Forum, located just a hop, skip and a jump away. But this destination isn’t just about the ruins. If Renaissance architecture or the city’s buzzing contemporary food scene are more your bag, you’ll find them just as easily, a short walk from this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence holder.
From the parquet flooring up, newly renovated Superior New Style rooms hold the perfect marriage of style and sophistication. Mahogany bureaus and statement headboards are bathed in natural light coming through the 18th-century style windows. And while the location may be historic, there are plenty of mod cons here too.
With a wealth of organic Italian produce at their disposal, the expert chefs create a breakfast buffet worthy of its rooftop setting. Sample some of the finest Italian cured meats and coffee while overlooking the Eternal City, or watch the sun set while enjoying the à la carte menu and extensive wine list. With the views the real star of the show, the décor is all about minimalist elegance – think crisp, white tablecloths and cast-iron furniture.
As its name suggests, Hotel Forum places you at Rome’s historic heart, just moments from the Imperial Forum and Colosseum. Renaissance Rome’s marble facades are also within walking distance, and Termini Central Station is a short underground or taxi journey away for international and local transfers.
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Peter H’s review is absolutely spot on, an old style Italian hotel, clean and nicely appointed, and definitely quirky, the staff are very nice, and one or two quirky which was quite entertaining. The roof top terrace, well nothing I can write could capture the essence of that view, it picture frames the Roman Forum skyline almost has you back to the BC years, the location is without doubt the best, the Trevi and Spanish Steps a short walk behind the hotel the down the Pantheon then onto Isola, round to the Mouth of Truth, come on you know it “Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn” round the corner to Roman chariot racing arena Circo Massimo and onto Palatine Hill and the Colosseum easy within the day, next day a 10 minute taxi drive to the Vatican “just in case” and folks pre-book those “skip the queue” ticket for the big venues, once you come out of the Vatican take in Castel Sant Angelo over the Ponte Sant Angelo bridge over to Piazza Navona onto Arena Sacra up to the Military Museum steps over the top and you’re back to the hotel, and there’s still lots to see, all this because of the location, a negative would be the hotel restaurant prices, Mmmm if you would like a boiled egg for breakfast it was 5 Euros a fried egg was 8 Euros, well that says it all, ‘5 Euros for a boiled egg’!!! However the standard breakfast which is mostly continental does also have scrambled egg and rather nice bacon included.
Our view of the Roman Forum was incredible. Easy walk to the best of Rome, or use the nearby subway & bus connections. The breakfast option offers a great way to gather up the family to discuss the day's activities over espresso or cappuccino with awesome views.
First and foremost the location is terrific overlooking the forum and less than 10 minutes from the Colosseum.
The staff were all really friendly and helpful, the room was lovely, airy and clean. We arrived before mid-day expecting only to drop off our bags but our room was ready so we were able to freshen up before exploring this wonderful city.
The rooftop restaurant is great with stunning views over the forum and the city. Buffet style breakfasts were really nice, good food and plentiful that set us up for the day.
We would definitely recommend Hotel Forum and when we return to Rome we will make sure we stay here again.
I and my wife recently returned to this hotel for our second stay. We had lodged there with our young son 12 years ago and had positive memories. It is a highly original hotel built among old Roman ruins directly overlooking the Rome Forum and a stone throw from the Coliseum. The lobby is old-school, and the rooms are quirky old Roman style with random genuine ancient pillars and masonry blending in with newer build. Every room is quite different in layout, the hotel building itself being quite assymetric. This building will never be able to fully meet the accessibility needs of people with mobility problems unless you wreck its antique charm. What, the hell; let it be. Don't spoil the atmosphere. It also has a terrific rooftop restaurant and bar with stunning views of the Forum which make it a unique breakfast and dinner spot. You are there to be mesmerised for the view, not the food.
The location of the hotel is perfect. For those who love history, just staying there is an experience. We loved the unique furnitures and the atmosphere. The staff was very kind. For those who need gluten free accommodation, they have it and are very happy to serve you. I was so impressed that in the following morning the young woman in the restaurant remembered my dietary restrictions, and she brought a nice basket to my table, without me even asking.