Hotel Parlamento

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Address: Via delle Convertite 5, Rome, Italy

Star rating:

4.5

No frills – but it’s cheap, the location is great, and the roof terrace is molto bella.

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.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.8
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Just along the road from the Italian Parliament building, and handy for the [node:169860] and the [node:168815], the hotel is fantastically central, and served by several key bus routes.

Bedrooms

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).

Public areas

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.

Eating and drinking

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.

Service

Friendly and helpful: they treat you like family in here.

Who stays there

Tuned-in budget travellers looking for a cheap, central perch.

Price advice

Air conditioning, should you need it, is 12 euros a day extra.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Charming roof terrace
  • Excellent value for money
  • Great central location
  • Some background traffic noise from the busy street below
  • Bedrooms can be on the small side
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