Via delle Convertite 5, Rome, Italy
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Shopping
Expert review of Hotel Parlamento
This cosy, great-value two-star just off Rome’s main shopping street, Via del Corso, makes up in eclectic charm what it lacks in cutting-edge design. The bedrooms spread out over the fourth and fifth floors of a 16th-century palazzo – far enough from street level for the double glazing to cut out most of the traffic noise. The décor is comfortably antique, but by no means gloomy, and the family that runs the place couldn’t be more friendly.
Done out in trad but cheerful pensione style, the 23 rooms all feature flatscreen TVs, phones, safes and air-conditioning (though this carries a small extra charge – see Price advice below). Some rooms even have hydromassage tubs in the well-appointed bathrooms. There’s WiFi too, at fairly reasonable rates (around 5 euros an hour when I last checked).
The Parlamento’s real trump card – and one of my favourite Rome hotel surprises – is its lovely plant-edged roof terrace. There’s also a small lobby lounge with Internet point.
Breakfast – not abundant, but perfectly adequate – is served on the roof terrace in fine weather; the rest of the time, it’s taken in a pretty little breakfast room decorated with frescoed Roman cityscapes.
Friendly and helpful: they treat you like family in here.
Tuned-in budget travellers looking for a cheap, central perch.
Air conditioning, should you need it, is 12 euros a day extra.
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- Via delle Convertite 5, Rome, Italy
- Via del Corso