What We Love
- Located in Rome's posh Prati neighborhood, a 10-minute stroll from the Vatican
- The rooftop restaurant offers views of St. Peter's Basilica
- A couple of blocks from the Ottaviano metro station
What To Know
- Rooms start at 130 square feet, but they're bright and colorful
- WiFi is an additional cost of $9 per day
- A city tax of $7 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A 10-minute stroll from the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, the Orange Hotel is a petite 28-room retreat in Rome’s posh Prati neighbourhood. The vibrant interiors bring together brightly colored furniture, wall art and mod pieces such as a Vespa and ’60s-style armchairs. The guestrooms start from 130 square feet, but they’re livened up by the color orange (bed throws, light fixtures, seat toppers, toiletries), and they’re fitted with space-saving illuminated hanging rails (in place of wardrobes) and electric blinds. Breakfast is served up on the roof in the summer months, and the à la carte restaurant (also on the roof) serves dishes made with DOP-certified (locally grown) ingredients.
In the Area
Start the day at nearby St. Peter’s Basilica. After paying a visit to the Vatican Museums, cross the Tiber River to the lively Piazza Navona and stop for a quick bite or an espresso at Bar del Fico, where you can watch locals compete in a game of chess. Head to the nearby Gelateria del Teatro (65-66 Via dei Coronari) to indulge in some of the best gelato in the city. Then burn off the calories with a stroll along the cobblestone streets, taking in sight after marvelous sight. The Prati neighborhood is home to broad, leafy avenues lined with upscale shops and boutiques; Via Cola di Rienzo is the main drag for a spot of retail therapy.
How to Get There
To start, I very rarely give any hotel choice a negative review. This hotel has many positives. It has a great location being very close to the Vatican and is in a very nice location with many pubs and restaurants. The rooms are a little on the small side as is the hotel itself but we knew this coming in .As others have posted, there is some street noise but its not that bad ( the windows are very, very thin and don't block much noise) Its very clean and has a nice rooftop restaurant.
The bad. Some of the front desk folks are very rude and very unwelcoming. When we went to check in, we were an hour early and went to the desk and they didn't even look at us, instead just said that check in is in an hour. No hello, no welcome, nothing. I get we cant check in early but they were very rude about it. Also later in the week, I asked the lady at the front desk if the restaurant always bumps music all night, as it had kept us up much of the night. Her response was it was silly for me to complain about street noise since we are staying in a hotel in the city. This was not what I was saying and I explained I was talking about the music from the restaurant on the top floor. At this point she started to argue with me about it, so I dropped it and left for my room. Not everyone at the hotel was rude but the front desk ladies were very, very rude. There was one lady at the front desk that was nice and the night staff were all nice. I would not stay here again based on some of the staff .
I would NOT recommend this hotel. The beds were very uncomfortable. The photos online make it look more luxurious than it actually is. If i'm honest it looked and felt more like a hostel than a hotel. I had booked breakfast everyday but this was very limited. One day we had terrible rain and were stuck in, and there was absolutely nothing to do in the hotel. We had a television in the room which didn't work , The WiFi, when it did actually work , was very very slow. There was no bar as such for us to go sit in. The air conditioning didnt work so we had the choice to either sweat during the night or sleep with the window open which was not really an option as there is a night club right next door. I paid for a family room which was 3 single beds all pushed together. All in all this was one of , if not the , worst hotels i have ever stayed in.
I am currently in this hotel now for our last nights thankfully. Within 10 mins of checking in we were at the front desk with major complaints. Our air/heating unit did not work, room was filthy, hair on toilet, in the sheets, on the floor, shower. Visible dirt, crumbs on the night stand. There was actually dried blood on the extra toilet paper! No soap of any kind is included in the room either. We went to reception and I asked what could be done. My answer was "nothing until next day". I asked the lady for a refund so we could go somewhere else because of the unsanitary conditions. I was told that I didn't adhere by the cancelation policy and there would be no refund! We didn't get to the hotel until around 11pm so we were pretty much exhausted and stuck here for the night. My son and I had travel blankets and slept on top of the bedding. We couldn't even take our shoes off. The next morning, we had a tour at the Vatican. I called the hotel and was told they would clean my room. When we returned the room had been properly cleaned. We were not offered a free breakfast, drink or anything for the major inconvenience we went thru. The place is outdated and tacky. The best thing is the location, approximately 6 minute walk to the Vatican. The rooms are small and there is alot of street noise. There is a restaurant right under to the left of the hotel, you can hear every conversation. Not to mention the cars, scooters, etc on the street. The elevator is very small and slow. It's much easier to just walk up the steps to your room. Tonight is our last night here and I took my laundry down to use the self waher/dryer (for a fee or course, they charge to use the iron also).. anyway the dryer does not work so I couldn't do laundry. The front desk staff have no knowledge of anything other than the front desk.. they cannot change batteries in your remote, they can not assist you with pretty much any issue that you have. Travelers beware! I am attaching pictures for other guests to review in hopes you think twice before booking!
Rooms clean and tidy but basic
More plug sockets needed
However asked for twin room got a double so had separate beds as sharing with my son, very small single beds
Tea making facilities would be good
Cooked breakfast ran out 15 mins after it started wish I had booked room only
First of all the location of the hotel is fantastic, literally a stones throw from the Vatican.
The hotel is very Orange, in a good way. It’s very quirky and modern which is also cool. The staff seem polite and friendly and do speak English. I wouldn’t really rate this hotel as a 4 star hotel though. I’d go more along the lines of a 2 star hotel. Upon arrival the staff member was very helpful in explaining Rome and where we should visit and kindly circled places on a map for us.
Firstly our room was quite small. We also booked a double room with 2 single beds. On arrival into the room there was 1 bed - later identified it was 2 single beds put together to make a double. For some reason each single bed had 2 mattress’ so it was fun in the hotel nearly falling out of bed.
Breakfast was included in the package which is between 07:30 and 10:30 in the morning, so when I went for breakfast at 08:15 in the morning I didn’t expect ALL of the hot food to be sold out already and be told there won’t be any more until the next morning.. the next morning I went bang on 07:30 literally all they have to offer is 1 tray of bacon and 1 tray of scrambled egg.
WiFi works well, had no issues. There is a television, although we searched the room but there was no remote control for the sky box. Spoke to reception who then arranged a replacement. Etched into the back of the remote was another room number, so of course it didn’t work with our television. This was mentioned to staff but never sorted out.
The hotel for me only gets 2 out of 5 stars. If it was advertised as a 2/3 star hotel it would of been more as it’s what I would probably expect.