via Teatro Pace 33, Rome, Italy, 00186
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Singles, Nightlife, Shopping
Expert review of Teatro Pace33
A former 17th-century cardinal’s residence, Teatro Pace has been turned into a simple but elegant 23-room hotel. It’s perfect for those who want to be at the heart of the centro storico without spending a fortune, and are not too bothered about full hotel services. There’s no lift, but at least you get a spectacular staircase to haul your suitcases up: a colonnaded oval ramp designed by a pupil of Bernini.
Piazza Navona is just around the corner, the Pantheon and Campo de’Fiori are a short walk away, while the Colosseum or St Peter's Basilica are both within 10 minutes’ reach by bus. The hotel is also well placed for a number of good bars, pizzerias and restaurants, and for the funky mix of alternative fashion boutiques, secondhand emporiums, design shops, jewellers and artisans that cluster in the Piazza Navona and Pantheon areas.
Teatro Pace 33 has 23 mostly spacious, elegant rooms. The repro antique furniture and beige, brown and blue colour scheme lacks some of the character that such a historic location might deserve, and bathrooms can be on the small side, but it’s all easy on the eye, and functional too. For something a little more luxurious – and for the views that most rooms lack – book the top-floor triple deluxe (which is actually two rooms on two different levels) or the junior suite, both of which share a small terrace overlooking the dome of Sant’Agnese in Agone. One downside is ambient noise – not so much from the cobbled street, which rarely sees any traffic, but from surrounding bars and clubs, and from other rooms. If you’re a light sleeper, bring earplugs just in case.
There aren’t any; the tiny reception area is no more than a desk in the entrance corridor.
Continental breakfast is served directly in your room.
Courteous and friendly in my experience – and they are usually happy to help you carry your bags up or down those stairs.
Value-conscious tourists who want to live in history, not just visit it. Also the occasional budget business traveller, attracted by the good-value single rooms.
Special packages and last-minute reductions can bring standard rates down by up to 20 per cent.
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- via Teatro Pace 33, Rome, Italy, 00186
- High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Room Service
- Piazza Navona