The Inn at the Roman Forum
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
Located in Rome (Monti), The Inn at the Roman Forum is minutes from Roman Forum and Palazzo Valentini. This luxury townhouse accommodation is within close proximity of Lupercale and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Make yourself at home in one of the 17 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take in the views from a rooftop terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access. This townhouse accommodation also features babysitting/childcare (surcharge) and tour/ticket assistance.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a bite to eat at a coffee shop/café, or stay in and take advantage of the townhouse accommodation’s room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and express check-in.
How to Get There
The location of the hotel was amazing. Many major sites were within a 10 to 20 minute walk including the Colesseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish steps, main train station, and much more. The room was very spacious. The staff was helpful and friendly. The breakfast was great. I would stay here again.
Charming hotel with attentive staff. Large room. Great breakfast. Awesome room deck. Only concern: didn’t appear to have smoke detectors in the part of the Inn we stayed in (adjacent to the main building).
Otherwise, a fabulous place. A unique building.
There were good and not-so-good things about our stay at this property. We had high expectations going in based on all of the reviews and the photos we saw online, but sadly we felt that overall our experience didn't live up to our expectations.
Let's start with the more fun part, the good:
Our welcome was excellent - as soon as we opened the door to the main hotel building we were greeted with a warm smile and assistance with our luggage (which was welcome, after dragging our bags across the cobblestone streets from the train!). We were escorted into the wonderful and unique caverns for the ceremonial welcome champagne and tiramisu. Definitely a great start to our stay.
The staff as a whole was friendly, professional and very helpful. This was a high point of our experience here.
Breakfast was lovely, with lots of delicious options on the buffet and made-to-order options as well. The breakfast area was very nicely done, both inside and outside on the wonderful terrace. Coffee was excellent as well.
The apartment we received was quite large overall. It was fun to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel - we enjoyed feeling like we were residents of Rome for a few nights. And, the location was certainly convenient to the Colosseum and the Forum, of course. It was pretty easy walking distance to most of the other sites as well. Vatican City was a pretty long walk, but still doable (about a 30 minute walk or a bit more).
Now for the not-so-good:
We booked a "Luxury Studio Apartment". When booking this apartment online, you can look at a gallery of photos that seems to show two different units. Both of the units shown look very beautifully decorated and seem to have that "luxury" feel. However, the unit we received was not one of the ones shown on the website, and it was much less of a "luxury" experience than we were expecting (not that our expectations were crazy high - but we based them off of the photos we saw, as one does when booking a hotel they've never seen before).
I'm not sure what happened here. I can't seem to find any photos of the apartment we actually stayed in on the website. This was really a one-bedroom apartment, rather than a studio, so we certainly had more space than we anticipated, which in some ways was nice. However, the trade-offs weren't worth it for us. Perhaps this is a new apartment that they haven't quite finished updating yet? Or, they somehow over-booked and this apartment is sort of a "backup" apartment?
The apartment felt like it hadn't been updated or decorated by the same people who did the rooms that are featured on the website. Everything felt like it was in desperate need of an update. All of the walls were very scuffed and scratched up and begging for a fresh coat of paint. They had done a decent job of hanging some interesting artwork on the walls, which I appreciated. The lighting throughout the apartment was very poor, comprised of little tiny spotlights everywhere for the most part. The apartment felt very dark overall, even in the middle of the day.
I won't go into a ton of detail describing the feel of the space - all I can really say is that it felt tired and run-down. We certainly know to expect older buildings with lots of character in Rome, and we appreciate these kinds of spaces. But when an accommodation is billed as a luxury apartment, there are certain updates that are expected - and really, we just expected our accommodations to be on par with what was advertised on the website and on TripAdvisor.
As soon as we walked into the room, one of the first things we noticed was that the air conditioning must not have been working. We immediately saw a rickety-looking oscillating fan on one of the tables in the bedroom, and that was not the greatest first impression. We were there in the fall, but it was a bit warm for October in Rome. After doing lots of walking up and down the hills of the city, it was a bit unpleasant to come back to a stuffy apartment at the end of the day. And had it been summer, we would have been miserable.
My last little gripe is with the design of the bathroom. With all the extra space in the apartment's large living room, the bathroom was teensy (even by European standards, in my opinion) and just not comfortable to use. One of my pet peeves in hotels is when they don't give you enough storage for your toiletries and/or counter space, and this one surely didn't take those things into consideration at all. There was nowhere in the bathroom for me to comfortably get ready in the morning.
I hate to leave a less than stellar review of this hotel, as we really wanted to love it! The people really were so kind, so it pains me to complain about the accommodations. But I also feel that it's important to be honest and informative about the differences between what was advertised for this space and what we received.
Had we received a room that looked like what we expected, I'm sure we would've been perfectly happy with our stay. As it stands, we weren't completely unsatisfied, but I can't say that we would return to this property next time we visit Rome. I hope that they will update all of their rooms/apartments to reflect the quality of the ones that are shown on their site. If they do that, I'm sure everyone will be just as happy with their experiences as the other satisfied customers who have left great reviews here.