Hotel Raffaello

Via Urbana 3, Rome, Italy, 00184

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Hotel Raffaello's entrance

By Lee Marshall, your Rome expert

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#14 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Rome
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.3
4.3
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
4.3
4.3
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Singles, Shopping

Expert review of Hotel Raffaello

Value and charm combine with a great location in this welcoming three-star.

I challenge you to find a double room in another Roman hotel this charming and this well located for as little as around 105 euros, full-on breakfast included. Value, warmth and a winning strategic position close to everything are the main calling cards of what must be one of Rome’s friendliest three stars. Decorated and furnished traditionally, but with sunny verve, this is a lovely bolthole from which to explore the Eternal City.

Location: 

In the traditional Monti district, handy for Termini station and close to some good bars, restaurants and quirky shops. It’s a ten minute walk from here to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and Palatine.

Bedrooms: 

The trad hotel décor occasionally comes on like a riot in a textile shop, but despite the occasional clash it’s cheerful and breezy, striped and patterned in blue, gold and crimson hues, and furnished with repro cherrywood wardrobes, chests of drawers and writing desks. They cater well for families here with plenty of three- and four-bed rooms – though these are not large. And although the bathrooms are spotlessly clean, the shower stalls are of the cramped, ‘stand still and breathe in’ variety. The best rooms in my book are the fifth-floor doubles with outside terraces. You can’t single these out these when booking online – but if you put in a request for one they generally try to accommodate you.

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Public areas: 

There’s a lounge area in the lobby; steps lead up from here to the breakfast room, and down to a small TV and computer room where you can check your email and surf the net for free.

Eating and drinking: 

The breakfast buffet, served from 7am to 10am by a couple of lovely waitresses, offers plenty of choice.

Service: 

Courteous, informed and efficient; they go out of their way here to solve problems.

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Who stays there: 

The hotel is a big hit on Trip Advisor and as a consequence draws plenty of North American and UK leisure visitors; but it also has a faithful brigade of return business clients.

Price advice: 

This is one of those places where you really need to sift through the special offers – there can be as many as eight different packages and discounts at any one time. As there is a certain business trade here during the week, there are often weekend offers. Certain deals include free WiFi, which is otherwise charged by the hour or by the day. If you’re flexible with dates and plan on staying for two nights or more, you can often find serious discounts. 

Pros: 
Handy for sights and transport hubs
Spotlessly clean and lovingly looked after
Generous breakfast buffet
Cons: 
Tiny shower stalls
Air-conditioning is usually only turned on in summer

More information on Hotel Raffaello:

Price from:
£48
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Via Urbana 3, Rome, Italy, 00184
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Santa Maria Maggiore

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