Via Modena 5, First Floor, Rome, Italy, 00184
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Shopping
Expert review of Suite Dreams
On the outside it’s an imposing late 19th-century block like so many of those in the area around Termini station. But get the lift to the first floor and you’re in a chi-chi minimalist locanda with rooms on both sides of the landing. Free perks include WiFi, all-day coffee- and tea-making facilities and a DVD library. It’s all very efficiently run, and makes a great base for exploring.
Via Veneto, the Forum and Piazza Venezia are all within easy walking distance, and the station so close that you should save on the taxi fare and walk, unless you have a huge pile of luggage. Via Nazionale, the long thoroughfare that runs parallel to via Modena, is well served by buses for the Colosseum, the centro storico and the Roman Forum and Palatine.
The bedrooms are exercises in elegant contemporary minimalism, with warm parquet floors, crisp white linen sheets and bedspreads, and bathrooms with designer fittings and dark slate walls.
These are pretty minimal; beyond the tiny reception area, a corridor – dominated by a huge panel that provides a quick intro to the history of Rome – leads to a small but light-filled breakfast room.
Breakfast is a fairly standard continental affair, but perfectly adequate. A communal Nespresso machine and a kettle with a selection of teabags is there when you need a pick-me-up, and guests also get free mineral water and ice.
It’s a one-man or one-woman show at the reception desk; but staff are mostly enthusiastic and helpful. You get the best service of all when manager Pierfrancesco is manning the desk – he’s knowledgeable about sights and restaurants, and genuinely keen to help guests get the best out of Rome.
Budget-conscious independent leisure travellers, a large proportion drawn by this urban locanda’s consistently high Trip Advisor rating.
If you book a couple of weeks in advance you can usually secure a better rate.
More information on Suite Dreams:
- Price from:
- Bed & Breakfast
- Via Modena 5, First Floor, Rome, Italy, 00184
- High-Speed Internet
- Termini station