Kolbe Hotel Rome
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, a welcome drink and a $13 voucher for the restaurant (for a minimum of two people)
- Lemon trees scent the garden courtyard during alfresco breakfasts and cocktail hours
- On the grounds of a former Franciscan convent, the property exudes a contemplative air
- History buffs will enjoy the 15th-century brickwork and proximity to ancient sites
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $4 per person, per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- This is a quiet property suited to families and those looking for history and culture rather than nightlife
- The minimalist design of the public spaces, from the bar to the lobby, doesn’t foster spontaneous lounging or socializing
- No air conditioning in winter can mean stuffy rooms on unseasonably warm days
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Postmodern meets post-medieval. Rooms feature soaring 15th-century arches and exposed brick walls, but the overall interior design — from the airy bilevel suites to the mod leather couches and plasma TVs in the lobby — tips the balance toward a decidedly contemporary vibe. Both public and private spaces inspire a sense of relaxation and reflection, fitting for a location next door to a working Franciscan friary.
Bed and Bath
Expect surprising touches of innovative style in the atmospheric brick-clad guestrooms, such as circular beds bedecked in rich scarlet fabrics and sconces that illuminate the original masonry. Befitting the Franciscan tradition of simplicity, there is nothing superfluous here, although the admittedly luxurious Jacuzzi bathtubs and double showerheads provide a welcome indulgence after days spent pounding Rome’s cobblestone lanes.
Perfect for quiet dinners away from Rome’s buzzing trattorias, the on-site restaurant, Il Giardino Degli Aranci (the garden of the oranges), serves seasonal Roman dishes as well as alfresco wine and barbecue feasts in the courtyard on temperate evenings. Bountiful breakfasts, served buffet-style, cater to American and English guests (think scrambled eggs and sausages, with unlimited coffee), but there’s also traditional continental fare. There’s no spa, but Acquamadre Hammam, a traditional Hellenic-Roman bathhouse, is a 15-minute walk away.
How to Get There
Pros: breakfast included and it was freat with a lot of variety; location near Coliseum and Forum so you can easily walk to those attractions.
Cons: the beds were the worst I’ve ever seen in a 4 star hotel—like dorm mattresses on the ground with the cheapest, thinnest linens possible. Also A/C repeatedly a problem and never fixed and they didn't move us. Finally, while location is close to Coliseum and Forum, it is pretty far from everything else so we constantly had to take taxis.
What a surprise! Very spacious rooms! Fabulous breakfast presentation and selection! Lovely outdoor dining area as well which was cool and picturesque! Located in a wonderful area for sightseeing!!! I highly recommend!!!
Ready to soak in the flavor of Florence? Be sure to book a room at this establishment. Steps from the Duomo, enjoy its central location and be sure to take in breakfast from its readily-stocked buffet. Staff members are quick to offer suggestions & make reservations. Highly recommend!
The Kolbe Hotel is a good place to stay. Location is fantastic and so was the service. The only downside to this hotel are the mattresses and pillows. Both of these need to be upgraded desperately. Thanks for the stay!
Great location, friendly staff all around great experience...... first class all the way! The wife and I chose this hotel because of its reviews and also it’s proximity to the Roman Forum....it was exactly as indicated on Trip Advisor and so much more!!!! Highly recommend.