Via del Boschetto, 144, Rome, Lazio, 00184, Italy
Basic budget hotel
We stayed here mid August 2009 and this is the one and only time in Rome that we found it too hot, i.e. sustaining 100 oF or more during the day every day. Any city is umcomfortable at that. There were localized problems with the city electricity grid with all of tha air conditioining running such that the air conditioning in this hotel did stagger a bit at times. (I understand the science here and know that rejecting heat at higher temperatures is problematic).
The rooms are generally pretty small and ours was certainly tiny! The hotelier told me that the hotel was once...... a house of ill repute..!....such that the "bedrooms" did not originally require ensuite bathrooms! Hence when they were added the bedrooms got a bit cramped.
Breakfast was "there" - tea coffee fruit juices cereals pastries, OK but we all know la prima colazione is Italian food at its least imaginative.
Great location near Via Cavour and Via Nazionale, very near the Colosseo and the National Monument. Good staff with good advice and patience for my creaking Italian.
I am pushing it to give it 4 from 5, really about 7 from 10 at most, but better than 3/5 and some reviews need a bit of reality check when you go budget! There are online booking discounts for5 day stays and 7 day stays so bargains to be had.
Unique Quality: Nice location in Monti, 100 meters Metro Linea B (Cavour) great choices of restaurants and bar cafes very near by as noted elsewhere these pages
Via Nazionale buses run by Via del Boschetto e.g. 64
Metropolitana - Cavour
We three ladies were Hotel Grifo's first guests from the Caribbean ( August 2009). We did not know quite what to expect and it was an interesting stay. The family staff were extremely helpful, courteous and could speak English. Our Italian was non existent. The rooms were small but very clean and the airconditioning was excellent. The bathroom facilities were down the corridor and was quite good. It was very safe and the breakfast was like any normal hotel breakfasts. Alessandro was very efficient in arranging for us to visit Tivoli. There were some good restaurants around and we were close to the major Roman attractions.We quite enjoyed our stay. Thanks to the staff at Hotel Grifo,they made us feel very welcomed.
Unique Quality: Good value for money
Clean, reasonable, good location
Stayed with friends in a triple room for three nights - April 2005. This hotel is extremely convenient for top sights in the City but in a quiet back street so you get a nice rest. Staff are extemely nice as its family run. We were presented with a map of key sights and the hotel location when checking in. They sell bus tickets and give sound advice.
Breakfast buffet is very nice and they always check if you want anything else, any more.
The rooms are small but very clean - white starched bedsheets.
We got the hotel shuttle on the last day and it was very reasonable for the distance - 50 euros. Lots of nationalities stay here - Italians / British/ American/ Dutch/ German.
Unique Quality: Nice roof terrace for the warmer weather.
Nice restaurants in surrounding area.
Felt very safe in the streets around hotel at night.
Very central for City sights.
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Hotel Grifo is the best
We stayed here from 12.februar 07. We loved Hotel Grifo .It´s a gem in Rome.The staff was very,very friendly and always full of fun. Our daughter (12 ) always felt in safety.Good continental breakfast. The cleaning is superb all over the hotel. The room was o.k. The streets are very noisy but the windows makes the room quite noiseless. The hotel is very quiet. We used the roofterrace to get a glass of wine and plan the days in Rome.The Monti quarter is great.
Nice people, a lot of good places to eat,fascinating shops.
We will tell our friends about Grifo and we will certainly come back.
nice hotel, great location
We stayed three nights at Hotel Grifo at the end of July. We had a quad room which was great for our family. The room and bathroom were a little small, but there were three decent beds which is exactly what we needed. I think both room and bathroom had been updated fairly recently. Our room had access to the terrace which was nice. Staff was friendly and helpful and breakfast more than adequate. The location is excellent; close to tourist sites (and metro and busses) but feels like a real neighborhood. The rooms have air conditioning, but we found that the whole concept of air conditioning was different in Rome. Don't expect to really feel cool, just not terribly hot.
We stayed at Hotel Grifo for 4 nights and it was a lovely & clean place. Really nice and helpfull staff. Our room was always clean & tidy when we returned from our daily trips. Breakfast was not very good, but apparently that is quite common in Rome. Room was big on 3rd floor , there was a lift but we always used stairs. Double glazed windows, little fridge and airconditioning. There was also a TV in our bed, all programs in Italian, but better than nothing!
The hotel was within walking distance to all major visitors' sites (Colloseum 5 min away, Trevi Fountain 10 min away). The only downsite was the maids who would start cleaning the next door rooms at 7 (!) in the morning ,which always woke us up! apart from that, i have no complaints at all and would definitelly come back.
A Lovely Stay
We stayed at Hotel Grifo from 19/10/07 - 22/1/07 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff were VERY helpful and friendly and all spoke impeccable english. The hotel is in an excellent position - a 10 min walk to Colloseum, the Forum, the Trevi fountain and more. It is also well positioned for catching bus or train - again about a 10 min walk to either. We booked a standard room with private bathroom. The room was slightly small but we have found that this is normally the case in Italy and it is not the smallest room we have stayed in. The place was immaculately clean. Breakfast was simple but pleasant.
I would definately stay here again and would reccomend to anyone. The hotel should have a 3* rating.
A tip if you are catching the Terravision bus from airport to termini station and plan to get a taxi to the hotel: when you arrive at the bus stop walk around to the front of Termini station where you can get a taxi with a meter. When we arrived taxi's pulled up at the bus stop and were waiting for fares - these taxis did not have meters and we were charged 20 euros compared to 7 on the return trip.
Location good, but that's about it!
We recently stayed at the Hotel Grifo for 3 nights. The reception area is quite nice, although they had loud heavy metal music playing while we were checking in, which was a bit 'off putting'. The first night we were there, our shower wasn't working, so they put us into a ground floor room that was across the road from the hotel. This room was lovely and spacious, but it had no phone and the air conditioner leaked, which meant we couldn't have it on for very long. (Not good for the hot weather we had during our visit!)
We then had to move back to the main hotel for our last 2 nights, and were put in a very small, standard room on the 1st floor. The bed was quite comfortable, but very small and our feet hung off the end. The bathroom was TINY, and the shower even SMALLER!! If you are a large person and you drop the soap - don't expect to be able to pick it up!!
The rooms need updating desperately. Our room, although rather clean, was falling apart. The leg fell off our bed during the night, our wardrobe was merely a hole in the wall with a couple of coathangers, and the walls are in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint.
The staff spoke English and were quite friendly.
The Colosseum is only about a 5 minute walk away, and the Trevi Fountain is about a 10 minute walk, so it's in a really good location. There is also a great little restaurant down the road that has the best pizza's. There are a number of Indian restaurants in the laneway next to the Hotel also (but God knows why you'd eat Indian food in Italy!).
The best thing about this hotel is that it is only a 1 minute walk away from the best gelato shop we found in Italy! It was incredible - about 40 different flavours to choose from!
I wouldn't stay at this hotel again unless I was absolutely desperate, but if you need something for inexpensive for one night then it would be okay.
Family of 3 stayed for 3 nights in Feb. Staff were very friendly & helpful. Location is Perfect, 2 mins from the Coleseum, 25 mins from the Vatican. I expected a lot less for the money.
We just came back from our trip & this ws our first hotel. It is a gem! Great service, very nice receptionists. We stayed on the quad in the top & it ws no big deal to climb those extra stairs. We loved the location & felt very safe going late at nite to any of the places around the hotel. It may not have been the most spacious rm, but we understood it ws not a suite. for the price it ws great, We'd definitively go back there.
I stayed here with my cousin last April and it was fantastic! We had a room with an outside shower, which I was skeptical of but it was great. The room itself had bathroom with a toilet, sink and towels then down the hall was our shower plus an addition toilet and sink. I was still skeptical as it was down the hall but we had a key to it so it was only the two of us using it. The breakfast was really nice, cereal, coffee, croissants, fruit, cheese, meats and yogurt. The location is very central and surrounded by great little restaurants. Since there are restaurants nearby it can be noisy until about midnight but it didn't bother us too much as we were usually just coming back from dinner. I went to University in Tuscany so my friends and I would all come to Rome regularly (6 times, 6 hotels) and we all tended to stay in different hotels each time. After seeing all the hotel I stayed in and my friends stayed in I would have to say this is by far the best!
Has anyone stayed in the hotel Grifo? I am looking for a moderately priced hotel, nothing fancy, but nothing too run down either.
RE: Average Hotel
Do a Full Keyword Search here on VT, and - lo and behold - you get http://www.virtualtourist.com/hotels/Europe/Italy/Lazio/Rome-144659/Hotels_and_Accommodations-Rome-Grifo-BR-1.html - a VTer's review of the hotel...
RE: RE: Average Hotel
How do you do a keyword search on VT site. This sounds like a mighty useful tool!!
RE: RE: Average Hotel
Yes, Seach can be powerful, but it is awkward. This is one of the functions that VT is going to enhance considerably (they need to(!)).
To reproduce what I did:
1. Up near the upper right corner of this page, click on "Search" (don't worry about entering a search item, just click the Search button)
2. Along the top of the VT Search page are a list of Search types..click on "Full Keyword Search".
3. Enter "Grifo" in the "Search for Keyword" box.
4. There are 19 hits...the third one is the tip for the hotel in Rome (the 8th hit is your question in a forum).
Usually, a full keyword search gives you too many results, which is why other searches are often better, but in this case, the word "Grifo" is so unusual that it worked out OK.
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Address: Via del Boschetto, 144, Rome, Lazio, 00184, Italy