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Reviewed 14 July 2011

My husband and I were extremely happy with our choice of hotel. Located next to the parlement so there were lots of police around giving us a sense of security. Very close to a lot of Rome's attractions. The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, so many places just a short walk away. Our room was quite a surprise with its spacious living room, separate bedroom and bathroom containing a bathtub and shower. We were disappointed with the Internet connection in our room though and I actually had to go to the staircase to get a signal.
The view from the rooftop terrace is stunning. We loved having our breakfast there in the morning and were quite happy with the choices in the buffet.
The staff were helpful but made no lasting impressions. We would certainly recommend this hotel though and would consider returning there.

Date of stay: June 2011
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Thank trishgio
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

Rome is a beautiful city all around. The Colonna Palace was a wonderful hotel. The room is nice and very clean. The staff is friendly and very helpful. It is in a very ideal location. The hotel is only about 2 min from the Trevi fountain. We ate outside of the Pantheon several times. It is a very close walk and is beautiful at night. You can get everywhere from here. Bus stops are close as well as restaurants, and shops. I would highly recommend this hotel. Breakfast was very good. The variety of food is not as large as some of the other hotels we stayed at in Italy, however they are very accommodating. The one morning there were no more eggs and they very nicely asked if we wanted some. They brought us our own plates of freshly made scrambled eggs. Was an amazing experience.

Date of stay: June 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank smm2518
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

We flew from Melbourne, Australia and arrived exhausted to stay at the Colonna Palace Hotel in Rome for two nights, for our first ever visit. Rome was our first stop on our 'eleven nights in Europe' tour. After our nights in Rome, we planned to go to Positano, Italy for four nights and then we were to fly to Barcelona for a conference for five nights. We always knew that we were going to be tired and time poor for our two nights in Rome. Following the Rome visit, we had booked a train to go to Naples and then a driver and a guide to visit Pompeii for three hours on our way to Positano (a great plan that was expensive but it worked exceptionally well).

I had found it difficult to decide upon a hotel in Rome, as there were many to chose from. I consulted our cit holidays booklet from our Flight Centre travel agent in Melbourne and with that in hand, trawled the trip advisor reviews. In the end, we chose Hotel Colonna Palace and we loved the position and proximity to the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish steps, the restaurants, the Pantheon, and the hotel was just close enough to walk to the Colosseum too. It was also opposite the Lower House of the Italian Parliament, Palazzo Montecitorio.

We had booked a Superior room, and our room that we were taken to was quite spacious, charming and lovely with its traditional Italian decor and high moulded ceilings. There was a lot of natural light in the room. The bathroom was large enough and it had a great design and fit out, and the entry into the room was separate which I liked. The only issue was getting used to the idea that the peaceful protesters would be camping outside all night below our hotel window. When we arrived mid afternoon, I tried closing the window properly to shut out some noise from the megaphone outside, but the window wouldn't shut properly (I have been since told that many a hotel windows often do not). I don't think that closing the window properly would have made much of a difference to the noise anyway. As I was feeling tired and irrational, I asked for a room change. The staff were very helpful and showed us to a similar room above it that would take an hour to clean. My husband insisted that we stay in our original room, until he discovered that the safe wouldn't work. We thought that in Rome, this was essential, so then we both agreed to change rooms. By this time, we went to the second room, where I found that the bed made an awful noise even when you sat on it, so after much time wasting and heated emotions, we made a plea to the hotel staff to return to our original room, as another staff member had by then volunteered to us that they could replace the battery in the safe in our original room so that it would probably work! With the safe working, and the window not quite shutting properly, we were happy and settled in our original room. We had exhaustion, jet lag, and ear plugs, but we knew we would be comfortable and sleep for the night. We were ready to explore Rome!

Following our room change incident, the staff at reception remained friendly and extremely helpful with maps and a restaurant recommendation. They bore no grudges against us! We were back on track, just a little bit later in the day that we wanted to be.
That same afternoon, we managed to do lots of walking to the Colosseum via the Trevi Fountain. Prior to our departure I had booked a tour of the Colosseum (no monies paid at this stage), but as we were late, we missed this but we did manage to skip the queue and we did an audio guided tour for a short while. We ate later and returned to the hotel to sleep, and we slept right through the night, the noise outside our room was not an issue.

The rooftop breakfast was one of the highlights in this hotel, and the setting was perfect. During our breakfast, we learned from a couple of young American ladies staying in the hotel that one of their wallets had been stolen out of their handbag the day before whilst in a restaurant (not the hotel's restaurant). It was stolen by a group of well dressed, probably professional thieves sitting on a table, for a short amount of time, behind them. By the time the ladies had managed to alert the bank, about $3,000 worth of goods had already been purchased! The message to us there was to take a bag that could be easily sat on the lap throughout meal service. The food on offer at the rooftop breakfast was mostly good, except it was lacking in that there was no fresh fruit platter, and that the hot water for teas and coffee were never quite, really hot. Other than that, there was plenty of other selection and we were happy.

Our second night in the hotel was spent with a different group of protesters outside our window. They were a quieter group than the night before and surprisingly again, they didn't bother us either! What did bother us was another guest banging so loudly on the door of the room next door, that we woke up with such a fright I thought there was a fire in the hotel. Having that happen was annoying, but that could happen in any hotel around the world.

In summary, our stay at the Colonna Palace Hotel in Rome was fun (although sometimes it didn't feel exactly like that because we were tired) and quirky in some parts, but that added to the overall experience. I would recommend the hotel because of its central location and its roof top breakfast dining room, and in particular because the staff were very patient with us when we were weary travellers and we had our room change issue. They really tried hard to help and they didn't give up on us, and when you are travelling that is the attitude you want and you very much appreciate it when it is given.

Date of stay: June 2011
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1  Thank Kes58
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

Beautiful centrally located hotel. Our room was huge and beautifully decorated. Room was very clean sheets and towels changed daily. Unfortunately the colonna palace does not use it's air-conditioning until the 1 st of June and as it was 30 degree celsius we did swelter a little, the hotel will give you a fan on request. Every time I was at the front desk there was a traveler complaining that their a/c was not working, perhaps the hotel could mention no a/c on check in There seemed to be a protest outside parliament in the square every day so if you needed an afternoon siesta with the window open it can be a little annoying.. Breakfast is lovely served in the roof top restaurant with views of the coliseum and victor Emanuel 111 monument, you just can't beat it. We really enjoyed our 5 day stay.

Date of stay: May 2011
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Thank Aussierosie21
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

Last visit to Rome, we stayed near the Railway station, too far from everything except Tour buses. The Colonna Palace was recommended to us by two seperate friends. They were so right! Walk out the front door to Parliament House Square. Parliament was sitting so lots of action going on. Three minutes stroll to Trevi Fountain and a little further on, the Spanish Steps.
In the opposite direction, three minutes to the Pantheon, 10 more minutes to Piazza Navona and another 20 minutes to the Vatican.
So central, and only a 12 Euro taxi trip from the Railway station.
The rooftop Breakfast Room is superb. Fabulous view while you are eating.
The female staff were brilliant, the male staff quite helpful.
A little noisy at night as the air conditioning wasn't working and we had to have our windows open. Ear plugs helped.
Would not ever stay anywhere else while visiting Rome.

Date of stay: May 2011
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