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Beautiful Hotel in Central Rome
We have just returned from Rome where we spent four nights at the Hosianum Palace. The Hotel is centrally situated and within walking distance of most of the sites. It was excellent, very clean and well decorated. The breakfast was very good and the staff friendly and very helpful. We highly recommend this hotel.
Friendly, clean, safe, great location
We had a wonderful stay of 7 nights at the Hosianum Palace. Our double room, although small, was comfortable and well appointed.
We loved having a window that we could open. The beds had nice firm mattresses and the furnishings were very nice, too. The bathroom was small but had a closable shower stall so we didn't spray water all over the room while showering. As noted by another reviewer, there is no shelf or stand on which to place toiletries, etc. but this is the only possible complaint about it. Soap, shampoo, bath foam, etc. were of excellent quality. Nice marble floor and walls.
The room, bathroom and public areas were very, very clean at all times.
The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. We always received good directions and advice from them. We had two potential calamities that could have been disasters but were dealt with quickly and efficiently - we blew a circuit breaker when we first arrived but they remedied this right away. Also, on the 3rd anniversary of the Iraq war there was a big peace march on the street out front but this turned out to not be an impediment at all.
Via dei Pollachi is tiny but nearby streets have plenty of traffic, so ear plugs were nice for sleeping when the window was open. Compared with other neighborhoods with similar hotels nearby, ours appeared to be one of the quieter ones.
We felt that the things in our room were always safe. The hotel is leased from Polish nuns who used to run a pilgrim's hostel in the same location and one still sees nuns on the premeses-so theft and foul play are unlikely!
Breakfast was copious by Italian standards, with hot eggs and bacon each day, and rolls, fruit, yogurt, and cereal available. The coffee is excellent.
Not enough could ever be said about the excellent location. A short walk to the Capitoline, the Pantheon, and the Campo di Fiori and buses all over the city available at the Largo Argentina or Ara Ceoli just minutes away. You can literally walk to any location in the Centro Storico but to go to the Vatican or the Piazza del Populo it is better to catch a bus for 1 Euro. Getting to the Metro requires a bus trip.
Don't forget to check out the new Crypto Balbi museum next to the hotel (excavation of part of a 1st century AD theatre). Excellent descriptions in English about the excavation of the Hotel's neighborhood.
We walked to dinner every night with trips of 1 to 10 minutes from the hotel, except for a special trip to Il Margutta (an excellent vegetarian restauraunt) that was a 20 minute walk. In the old Jewish quarter, around the Campo di Fiori, and near the Pantheon lots of lunch and dinner opportunities in every price range can be found. We noticed that there is quite a hot night-time scene around the Campo di Fiori as well.
Great Location, Beautiful Room
I booked this hotel last minute for a very good price and was really hoping, seeing as it was our first time in Rome, that it would be in the right place and a nice hotel. We were definitely not disappointed!
On arrival we were told we'd had to be moved to a suite room as a double room wasn't ready, which was amazingly clean, gorgeous and very comfortable.
The location is 5 minutes walk from the Forum and Capitoline Hill, 10/ 15 mins stroll to the Spanish Steps, Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum. Easy access to everywhere on foot if you don't mind walking, and if you do, well there's buses 2 mins away to everywhere you'd want to go.
My only criticism would be that the breakfast wasn't great. Nice selection of cereals and jams, hams and cheeses etc however the hot food available e.g. bacon, egg & sausage were cold and I wouldn't have risked eating them.
However, when we go back to Rome I'll most definitely stay here again.
A lovely place to stay
We stayed at the Hosianum on the recommendation of a friend and was a little apprehensive at first, but on arrival we had a warm welcome from reception, checked in quick and easy. The room was more than we expected, bright, warm and very clean. The only 1 thing that let the room down slightly was the size of the bathroom, only a shower (no bath), very compact not enough for 2 people to change.
The breakfast was continental and enjoyable, selection of cereals, meats, pastries etc, enough to fill you for all the walking around you will be doing.
The location was ideal, central to most things. We are planning to go back to Rome next year and will definately be staying here again.
Hidden treasure in Rome
We were doing a tour of Italy and were looking for a first night hotel in our starting point of Rome. I found this one off Hotels, for no other reason than it looked appealing and seemed to be a good location. Turns out we found a little gem, particularly when we saw the hotel we got in Rome as part of our tour package.
The hotel is hidden away down a side street, so luckily we got a taxi driver who knew where it was. However, you then walk out of that side street and within minutes you are by the Forum and the Vittorio Emmanuele/Wedding Cake Monument, and a few minutes walk from the Colosseum. We were actually able to walk a considerable distance round Rome, and still get back to our hotel easily. Compare this with having to take the subway to get back to our tour hotel.
The room was small but very clean, and we had a nice courtyard view. Breakfast wasn't very appealing but the terrace area you eat on was wonderful with views across the rooftops. The staff didn't speak much English, but they were pleasant. We all managed to communicate between our weak Italian and their weak English, but ultimately it is our responsibility to speak the language while we are in a foreign country anyway.
Very nice hotel and would stay here again for the location if nothing else. May not be to everyone's taste but you can do a lot worse in Rome.
Great hotel. very well kept. A combination of American and Continental style breakfasts (cereal, pastries, eggs, etc)
Rooms small, but that's Europe, well kept and comfortable.
Location can't be beat. It's about a block and a half away from the Victor Emmanuel II memorial and within easy walking distance of most attractions. The only thing we needed to take actual transportation to is to the Vatican.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
Little Gem - I agree!
After trawling the internet and tripadvisor in particular, I finally booked this hotel based on the review on this site.
I was quite nervous as this was the first time I had booked a hotel without the help of a travel agent, but found the hotel to be evrything I expected.
Their website (-) does give photographs and I have to say that they do reflect reality quite well.
The best part about the hotel was the location - 2 minutes from Piazza Venezia and 15 minute walk from the colleseum.
We walked everywhere including the Vatican (which was probable the furthest away).
The standards were way above 3 star; the room was excellent - not the largest, but great for 2 people.
Yes the staff do speak limited English, but it gives you the chance to try your Itallian out!
Definitely book there, the price was excellent, as was the whole experience!
This hotel is in a great location - close to major historical attratctions, some very nice local restaurants, and bus stops.
We were surprised at how truly small our room was. Be prepared for tiny room, tiny elevator, no radio or clock, no place to sit in the room and lack of drawers if you should want to unpack. The hotel is clean, the beds hard as described, and the staff not overly friendly. We purchased our own bottle of wine one evening and decided to drink it while enjoying the rooftop garden. When my husband asked the desk clerk for the loan of a corkscrew and some plastic cups, he was uncooperative and said that they had neither. He did open the bottle as a favor. Perhaps they did not like the fact that we had our own wine but nonetheless, we were paying customers at the hotel (a lot of money by the way).
The buffet breakfast left much to be desired. Who eats hotdogs for breakfast???? As another reviewer mentioned, it was not restocked so if you did not get to breakfast at 7:30, you had slim pickings and no apologies. If you do stay, and want a wonderful meal, exit the hotel, walk right and make another right to Tre Amici for dinner.