Gambrinus Hotel

Via Piave 35, Rome, Lazio, 00187, Italy
(4 star hotel)
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Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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no more than 3 stars...

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 4, 2012

Stayed 3 nights in a room on the second floor, overlooking the french embassy, much nicer than the street side. The room was tiny, although being a double, had only one chair, a smelly shower - had to go and buy a deodorizer...(not dirty though). Air condition was hardly effective, although running on coolest mode. If you open the windows to get fresh air, Mosquitoes will eat you alive and the wind will bang the open shutters back and forth. (buy a repellent along with the deodorizer...On our last morning, there were no hot water to shower with. First hotel in which you have to stand in line for the elevator during the "rush hours". breakfast was OK. The hotel provides maps with bus lines to access the central areas, but no way to know how to get back! make sure you know your way back. As it was a last minute deal, booked through "hotwire.com",

Unique Quality: Wifi was good with a router inside the room. you get a password from reception for the whole stay, but if you have more than one device, you will need a separate pass for each.

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Typical 3*

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 7, 2008

I stayed there back in 2001. Can't say that I remember anything special about it one way or the other.

The breakfast was limited and the coffee not too good.

There was a safe in the room which is very important in Italy, since you don't want to carry a lot of money around with you.

The room was attractive. It had a clock-radio, a TV, somewhat overdone furnishings, but not unpleasant. Clean with a comfortable bed. Good hot water.

The price was reasonable, but it was a very long walk to any of the sites that most tourists want to visit.

Unique Quality: The best thing about this hotel was the Trattoria just across the street and slightly to the right, as you step out the front door. Absolutely delicious food, reasonable prices and really nice, friendly staff.

Note: There are at least 2 hotels with the name Gambrinus, maybe more. This review refers to the one on via Piave 29.

Directions: Old city, Piazza Flume area

Small but extravagant rooms (small indeed)

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 28, 2006

One subject must be addressed right away: The rooms are small! Not in the sense that they don't feel luxurious, but in the sense that they are too small for two people to move around in at the same time! A plausible guess is that they have divided up the original rooms in two, in order to double the dough. Still, the rooms are acceptable, if you seriously don't intend to spend any significant amount of time at the hotel. Also, we were luckily, but strangely enough, able to fit both our large suitcases on the floor.

Nevertheless, we were almost very satisfied with our stay. This is to a large part due to the nice location, which will be commented on below. In addition, the rooms were clean and decorated in an extravagant manner, giving you the sense that you were staying at some (doll sized) royal palace.

The service in general was perhaps not more than average compared to what northern Europeans and North-Americans are used to, but given the fact that we were in the Italian capitol, where “the fault is someone else’s, and I can certainly not do anything about it” - mentality is dominating, the treatment we received was quite satisfactory. This is especially true since free candy was constantly abundant in the lobby and elsewhere.

The lobby, also known as the candy distribution area, and other public areas were clean and somewhat upscale, and decorated in light colors. The reception was staffed 24/7, but don’t expect to meet the same receptionist twice. Unknown faces were always appearing, giving the hotel excellent abilities to let you know that you were unfortunately not speaking to the right person for whatever problem in hand.

All staff was friendly though, and your suitcases are brought to the room for you. Tip is probably expected, but don’t overdo it. A euro is plentiful. The biggest hassle concerning luggage is after all finding a place for it in your room.

Unique Quality: Some “tourist-aid” were requested and received at the reception, such as information on tour buses and transportation to the airport. A plus for the receptionist letting us check out an hour late; 12:00 instead of the regular 11:00.

The hotel offers in-room cable TV, with additional pay-per-view channels, as well as hair dryer, telephone and a mini-bar. The public areas are air-conditioned. This goes for the hotel rooms as well, but be aware that the in-room AC is not turned on until May, which is not very practical if you, like us, are experiencing the spring heat in April.

The hotel is 5 stories or so tall, and is larger than the intimate doorway reveals. Intimate is an even more suiting description of the one and only elevator, which, in addition to being strikingly slow, leaves little room for more than yourself and perhaps your thoughts.

In the cellar, the breakfast room serves an included and quite average continental breakfast . It is served between 07:00 and 10:00, and you should not take the chance of running late, as the eager waiter promptly removes the food at the set time.

At night the breakfast room turns into a restaurant/bar. The prices seemed reasonable, but it had a limited selection of dishes and not really a cozy cellar atmosphere.

The cellar also rooms two internet-computers, and there is a free of charge wireless network, but it didn't work until a couple of hours before check out the last day.

One particularly stupido thing about this hotel was the 20 € charge per day if you used the mini-bar. After traveling the world and back, we have never experienced such a bizarre rule. As the law-abiding citizens we are, we thus chose to throw away the Gouda cheese, rather than breaking the absurd ban on personal food-preservation. True; this will probably not in itself prevent me from staying at this hotel again. Even more true; this gives the hotel a ridiculous flaw that it could do very well without.

Directions: It's a safe and quiet area within walking distance of all attractions. A nice and sensibly priced restaurant is across the street. A bus stop is outside the hotel. The main railstation, is within a 15 minutes walk. A limo service to the airport is 57 €.

An excellent hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 27, 2004

The room was very nice, the staff very helpful and plesant. I would strongly recommend the hotel to others. One of the things that I particularly liked was that it was a bit off the main street and therefore more quiet. There was a taxi stand 1 minute's walk from the hotel, so it was easy to catch a cab without paying the additional fee for calling a cab to the hotel. Especially nice were the two computers in the bar in the lowest level that you could use to connect to the internet. I liked the hotel very much. My only complaint was the mattress, which was a bit hard and you could feel the springs through it. But everything else was so nice about the hotel that the mattress seemed like a minor inconvenience.

Unique Quality: Internet access, very good continental breakfast which included sliced meats.

Directions: East Southeast of Villa Borghese, North of the train station.

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Amenities at Gambrinus Hotel

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Business Services
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Shuttle Service
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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