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Avoid Hotel Britannia
Avoid the Hotel Britannia at all costs. I contacted upwards of 10 hotels in Rome, including the Hotel Britannia, in April 2005 regarding price and availability for August 2005. I provided by contact information and credit card information in case something was available pending a reply from the particular hotel. I never received any response from the Britannia, yet they charged my credit card as a no-show. No response of any kind, yet they were apparently holding rooms for me without my knowledge. Upon multiple attempts to remedy the situation, the Manager, Mr. Pier Paolo Giorgi, refused assistance. Our group ended up at the Hotel Empire Palace, affiliated with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which I highly recommend. If the Hotel Britannia resolves this dispute in the future, I will amend my comments accordingly. Until then, buyer beware of the Hotel Britannia Rome.
Britannia a great value and a great location
We chose the Britannia because of the solid Trip Advisor reviews, and because of its close location (just blocks)to the Termini train station and the opera house. The Britannia batted 1000 on all three counts. The English-fluent staff was terrific in helping us-- lining up dinner reservations at nearby Agata and Romeo, a highly rated restaurant on a Friday night at the last minute; advising us on the best public transportation route to the Trastevere; advising us on the best restaurant location at 8:30 on a Sunday night near the opera house (Matricianna) which proved to be just perfect; snagging the best and most convenient hop on-hop off tour. The room and bath were adequate but not luxurious, and faced an inside courtyard. Morning breakfast was very pleasant-- surrounded by middle-aged Americans like ourselves. Best of all was the price-- by far the best value for 3 nights of any place we stayed during our 2 weeks in Italy.
Location was brilliant - and in Rome this really makes a difference. The room was a bit old fashioned and marginally shabby - however bed very comfortable.
and breakfast was good.
Staff are v friendly and helpful and we loved the little lift with the internal radio.
Good value for Rome but more like 3 star plus...
Great little hotel in heart of Rome
This is a little hotel where the surprises are pleasant. We booked online and without asking were given a penthouse suite with a balcony. A little fish was a companion throughout our stay -- he gradually came to greet us on our return to the room. The bathroom has a working shower with marble floors and sink. Clean, fresh towels everyday. Thermostat controlled heating and airconditioning with no through the wall unit. Quiet at night, though in the city. Curtains that actually cut out the light, with lighter curtains behind when you want to have some natural lighting. Sturdy, clean windows that opened for fresh air. A decent breakfast with courteous personnel. On our departure we booked a taxi in advance with the front desk. The driver showed up 10 minutes in advance and drove us in a clean, well maintained Mercedes back to the airport for no extra charge. I have to believe hotel management knows these drivers. A good choice, fairly priced.
The Britannia was Terrific
My friend and I (both retired teachers who often leave our husbands at home) chose to stay at the Hotel Britannia on Via Napoli, based on comments on Trip Advisor and Sandra Gustafson's review in Great Sleeps in Italy. We both loved the hotel. It's intimate, friendly, and very well run. The room we had was small, but was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed including a well-equipped bathroom with a strong shower. The only odd part was the narrowness of the tub, which could be a problem for a large person. Our beds were comfortable and the room was kept at a perfect temperature. We overlooked the street, but it was quiet. There's an excellent breakfast buffet with eggs, bacon, croissants, toast, cereals, cold cuts, juices and fresh fruit. They also had delicious cappucino.
We liked the neighborhood -- right around the corner from the shops on Via Nazionale and very convenient to the buses on Nazionale and the Termini trains. We walked to the Borghese Gardens and the hotel is walking distance from many sights. I was also pleased to have a very inexpensive internet place across the street from the hotel.
The best aspect of our stay at the Britannia was the service provided by the receptionist and concierge, Maddalena. She sent us to three terrific restaurants for dinner and helped us with directions. She also called the airport every day and checked on the progress of our suitcases (which, unfortunately, didn't fly with us from France to Italy).
When we left, we asked for a taxi to the train station (we could have walked, but didn't feel like dragging our suitcases along the sidewalk). The taxi came right away. The hotel offered a limo service from the airport, but we opted for Rome Shuttle Limousine (which was less expensive) and they proved to be reliable and efficient.
A little gem
So convenient and so efficient.
Our first trip to Rome in late September (4 days) was really set up by finding this quiet hotel.From the evening that we arrived from Florence we knew once we walked in the imposing portal that this little gem was good. Following request we were directed to a lovely nearby restaurant for a relaxing meal.
We had two highlights - a pre booking for a performance of "La Traviata" turned out to be situated next door in the small church Chiesa di San Paolo and a visit to the Borghase Gallery. This was booked at short notice by the hotel receptionist.Nothing seemed to be a problem to them.
We liked the quality breakfasts and the efficient table service.
The rooms are slightly jaded but clean. The lift is old and is tiny.
It is so convenient to Termini train station.We were able to walk with our bags to the station and during our stay we used termini as the starting point for subway or bus trips.
near the opera
Walking from termini station this hotel could be classed as difficult to find but thats only because its tucked away on a little street between the main shopping and the opera house. It is a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle. The main reception is very welcoming and offered drinks as we arrived. They helped us with everything , even ringing the vatican to see if the pope would be giving mass. Everyone on the main desk speaks english and are very helpful. It is a small and intimate hotel with few staff and the rooms are also cosy. We only had a shower in our bathroom but also a sun lamp, which came as a surprise! However there is a large number of steps leading down into the hotel and this may cause a problem for someone older.The breaksfasts were very nice,offering a good choice, hot and cold. I would recommend this hotel as the staff were very helpful . It is very near the opera and a short walk from the nearest metro or bus stop. Ideal location, superb staff.
We'd stay again
A small, personal, comfortable and well presented hotel, we could try but wouldn't be able to find fault! The staff were friendly, helpful and welcoming. Although our bedroom was smallish we hadn't come to Rome to do more than refresh and sleep in it! But it was silent and we slept like logs, wonderful bathroom complete with a fish (in a tank, not in the bath!) It was convenient for the metro but as we are walkers we only used it once. There were good restaurants nearby. A hotel we will definately stay in again if we come back to Rome, it put the stamp on a wonderful weekend.
Excellent Budget Hotel
I have just got back from a long weekend at the Hotel Britannia and I have to say it was excellent!
Upon checking in we were greeted by refreshments and super friendly staff. Our room had goldfish in which was a nice touch although the bed was a little small. We asked if they had a room with a larger bed and we were moved without any fuss. Breakfast was also pretty good, the room had beautiful paintings on the walls and the food selection was suprisingly varied and of a good standard.
The location of the hotel is great its in a quiet side street about 10 mins from the Termini and right off Via Nationale which has fantastic shopping.
There are several bars and restuarants within walking distance (we definitely recommend the Irish bar on the corner for food and drinks and also at the bottom of the Nationale on the roundabout is a great cocktail bar!)
You can walk to most attractions within 15 minutes including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Collesium. We got the number 40 bus to the Vatican which cost 1 euro and only took 10 minutes. The hotel staff were very knowledgable when it came to locations of all attractions and the best way to get to them.
All in all if you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in a central but quiet location you could not ask for more. We would definitely chose to stay here if we went to Rome again.
Britannia Hotel Rome and near by surroundings
My husband and I will be in Rome late May and would like to know of anyone has stayed or have any further info regarding this hotel. We will only be in Rome for 3 nights this time is it in a good location for easy walking to most sites?
Are there many resturants near by that aren't too expensive?
Thanks for your help :-)
RE: Britannia Hotel Rome and near by surroundings
Your hotel on Via Napoli is in a very good location ; my favourite hotel the Hotel Miami is literally around the corner on Via Nazionale about 75 metres.
From my Rome restaurant reviews, Ristorante Zeus is closest, Il Grillo Brillo not far either.
Check my transport tip on the short cut under the Quirinale at Via Milano (off Via Nazionale, all the streets are named after Italian cities, hence Milano, Napoli, Torino...)which makes you no more than 15 minutes by foot from the Trevi, Pantheon, Spanish steps, and your hotel is also right beside the Metro station Republicca