Hotel Monte Cenci
What We Love
- A brand-new boutique hotel, housed in a historical building in central Rome, with breakfastThe central yet quiet location, close to Rome’s iconic Pantheon and Piazza Navona
- Kicking back at the rooftop garden with a glass of wine, after a busy day of sightseeing
- The soothing room décor, with dove grey, cream and natural wood tones
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Reception is open 24/7 and able to arrange private tours as well as airport transfers
- Located in the Rione Regola neighborhood
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Hotel Monte Cenci, you’ll be centrally located in Rome, steps from Ministry of Justice and minutes from Roman Jewish Ghetto. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Great Synagogue of Rome and Crypta Balbi.
Make yourself at home in one of the 25 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Frette Italian sheets. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreation amenities such as an attached winery or take in the view from a rooftop terrace. Additional features at this Art Deco hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Enjoy a bite to eat at a coffee shop/café, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and a train station pick-up service.
How to Get There
Good points, great location. We walked everywhere and the furthest point, Vatican City, was still only 40 minutes walk along the river. Most places are an easy 20 minute stroll. Great restaurants in Trastevere are 5 minutes. Hotel is very clean, beds comfortable, staff helpful. Breakfast was good.
Not so good, roof top terrace, no real view, drinks double price of nearby restaurants (hotel charging €10 for glass of wine, €18 for single shot of whisky and €10 for toast!) we only used it once. Also no tea / coffee in the rooms, if you want you can order it on room service but expect to pay about €7 per cup. Room doors slamming are bit annoying as well, but that’s more the guests.
They also want the city tax in cash €6 per person per night, no issue but not mentioned before.
I would stay here again, but I wouldn’t drink at the roof top bar!
My wife and I recently spent 3 nights in the hotel. The highlights were:
1. Great location (especially for kosher eating travellers since the hotel is right next to the ghetto).
2. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Blew my mind when they offered me to leave my keys at the front desk so they could put money in the parking meter, which had to be done before 8 AM.
3. Fantastic mattress, blanket, pillow and bed linens. I'm very fussy about these (often bringing a pillow when I travel). In this case I wanted to take the pillows home with me!
4. Smartphone to borrow, which included free calls (including international)! First time I had ever seen this offered by a hotel.
5. While I couldn't eat much since I eat strictly kosher, the breakfast area was quaint and nice, and the spread had a lot of variety and looked very appetizing.
The not so good parts:
1. The bathroom did not have heating, and was quite cold (obviously this won't be an issue most of the year).
2. This may sound strange, but the toilet is too high. I'm 5'10" and my feet didn't reach the ground when sitting. May sound like nothing, but if you've ever experienced it, it's quite uncomfortable.
3. The biggest criticism is that the walls are paper thin. We heard EVERYTHING in the hallways. If you have loud neighbors (as we did the first night) it can make for a disturbing sleep.
All said, my wife and I were very happy with our stay at the hotel.
Had an amazing 3 night stay in the hotel to celebrate valentine’s day. Staff were amazing, especially Paolo who ensured we ate amazing food each night and helped with a breakfast surprise for the mrs! Can walk to all main attractions and unreal food in Trasterverse. Spot on, will be back!
We had a lovely time at hotel monte cenci. The staff were brilliant, they went above and beyond to ensure we were happy. The manager paolo is very knowledgeable and a great guide for the area. The rest of his staff were also great and were always very cheerful and welcoming, they all spoke perfect english which is handy as neither myself or my partner speak any italian! Even the cleaner in this hotel goes above and beyond the service expected when cleaning your room whilst you are out and leaves everything in the room perfect for when you return. The room was very nice and large and the location was perfect as we were able to walk to all of the famous landmarks. The breakfast was also delightful especially as it was included! One of the best complimentary breakfasts i have ever had in a hotel. All in all i would say this is the best botique hotel i have stayed in and would definitely stay again!
This was my second visit here. To be clear and fair, my first visit was great. That’s why I came back.
Unfortunately, this visit was not as good. To save yourself some trouble especially if you’re using Orbitz, please indicate the number of guests ahead of time on Orbitz. I made a reservation for one and was asked repeatedly why I wanted two beds bc I was visiting with a family member. When checking in, I was informed I might have to pay extra. I said this was quite weird, but that I didn’t want to cause any trouble. If i owed more money, I was happy to pay. For what it’s worth, Orbitz quotes the same price for one or two guests, and I sent photos to the receptionist to make my case. To be fair, the hotel quotes different prices for one or two guests on its own website. So while this was a misunderstanding and the hotel agreed to honor the Orbitz price, it unfortunately didn’t provide the best welcoming feeling for us. Who wants their first experience at a hotel to be renegotiating the rate?
On top of that, I thought it was weird the receptionist asked me where I was going for dinner the following night. I think they were trying to be polite and make up for the prior day’s misunderstanding, but it just came off as brusquely inquisitive especially in light of the prior night’s misunderstanding.
The room itself was fine, but nowhere near as nice as the room I had on my first visit. This time, I noticed a little mold in the corners of the shower, but to be fair, other hotels have this issue and it’s not a big deal. The front door is a little thin, and you can hear what goes on in the hallway if you happen to have some noisy neighbors...we had a couple that was a little loud. On the plus side for the room, the towels are quite large and smell so clean and fresh, and the bathroom is comfortably large so that your don’t feel like you’re in a closet.
There’s a free breakfast in the am, but again in light of the misunderstanding about one or two guests, we didn’t bother having the breakfast because we didn’t want to cause any more trouble about whether we needed to pay more money. To be clear, we usually don’t eat breakfast at any hotel so this wasn’t a big deal. We may sometimes just have a coffee, but bc of the misunderstanding, we didn’t bother with the coffee this time.
It’s too bad bc based on my first experience, I had such fond memories of this hotel and it’s location...walking distance close to Trastevere and Largo di Torre Argentina.
So all in all, I think Monte Cenci could still be a nice place to stay, and this visit may have just been an unfortunate misunderstanding.
At the same time, this past experience was not so good, and I doubt I will stay here again.