Mecenate Palace Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Via Carlo Alberto 3, Rome, Lazio, 00185, Italy

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  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo

    Top notch


    We couldn't hav been more pleased with our choice of the Hotel Mecenate Palace. With a whole week in Rome, my days to be spent sightseeing, several of MrL's working at the Nueva Feria out near the airport, we wanted somewhere close to the station and, as the guidebooks all tell you - the Termini area can be dicey so we were a little wary. We found any worries were quite groundless. Situated on the corner of tree-lined Via Carlo Alberto and Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, the hotel's location was excellent. The station was less than 5 minute's walk way but neither the streets nor the square surrounding the hotel were in any way dubious.

    Once inside the door, it just got better. Booking early and for more than 5 nights gave us an upgrade to a superior room overlooking the Piazza. The size of the room was fine for this part of the world, the bathroom was absolutely fine too. Pretty furnishings, a wonderfully comfortable bed, tea and coffee making facilities (a real rarity in Rome) all made for a very comfortable stay.

    Breakfast was quite a feast for Italy - where breakfast is not something to be taken seriously. Fresh fruit, yoghurt, cold meats, cheeses, boiled eggs, a variety of breads and spreads, tea and coffee was all laid out in the restaurant, where tables were set in a pretty enclosed terrace or set up out in the sunshine with a panoramic view all around. One small quibble - why, in this land of wonderful fruit, was the morning juice not freshly squeezed?

    Wi-fi internet access was available in the rooms, albeit at a fairly hefty charge but useful for anyone in Rome on business, plus there was a machine available in the lobby for more casual use. The bar/coffee shop is only open at lunchtime but in a city crammed with cafes and restaurants, that shouldn't be a problem.

    Unique Quality: The general location and amenities of the hotel apart, two things really added to the appeal of the Mecenate Palace. Carlo on the front desk was a delight. Charming, helpful, never-failingly polite - he is a huge asset to the hotel and I hope they know it.

    The roof terrace bar with its view over the Basilica soon became our favourite place for the hour between MrL arriving back from his working day and heading out for the evening. Up there in the evening light, the rooftops of Rome all around us, leaning on the parapet, glass of something cold, white and light in our hands, soaking in the view and the sunset - way to go!

    Directions: 5 minutes from Termini, 15 minute's walk (downhill) to the Colosseum

  • Quality hotel close to Termini


    This is a good 4 star hotel within a 5 minute walk from Termini railway station. This means it is easy to get to from Leonardo da Vinci (Fiomicino) airport because there is a half hourly shuttle direct from the airport to Termini for only 11 euros per person.

    The hotel is delightful. The rooms were small but splendid including tea and coffee making facilities and bedroom slippers. The TV had only 2 English channels so we watched a lot of CNN. The bathroom is very well equipped and the bath and shower were both lovely and hot. There was a well equipped mini bar and a safe. Our only problem was that the room was really hot and we had to open a window. It was a very mild December.

    They don't have a restaurant (they do bar snacks but the sandwiches are rather boring) but there are loads of eating place for all budgets within a five minute walk. Don't walk south though (the area gets decidedly dodgy quite quickly at night)

    Really recomended. The staff were all really helpful especially the waiters at breakfast and the barman.

    Unique Quality: Breakfast is on the (enclosed) roof top terrace (beautiful) and is standard buffet.

    The bar has happy hour at 6.30 PM to 8.00 PM at 5 euro each drink and the Long Island Iced Teas were the strongest I have ever drunk.

    The staircase is brilliant!!!

    Directions: Turn left out of Termini station. Walk three blocks. Via Carlo Alberto is one of the streets coming off Santa Maria Maggiore square to your left.

  • Not bad but what you guys a raving about


    March 26-April 2 2006
    Our stay was fine the air conditioning was not on so we needed to leave the windows open
    The front desk staff where not the most helpful, but we had no real troubles either
    If you need attention from the staff this is not the place for you, if you are an independent traveler or use to business travel you?ll be fine
    The rooms where small But Very clean I don?t know why people raving about the roof restaurant its nothing to rant on about
    The location worked out to be great we where able to walk to the near by Bus station and with a routing map get all over the city with out any trouble (this was the first time I have ever taken a bus any were If I can do it any one can ticket are 1euro for 75min a trip) I would stay here again but this is not a 4 star in my book
    If we had Kids with us we would not stay here again it is to far from the main arears you will be visting pay a littel more for the location and get closer to the center
    NO INTERNET IN YOUR ROOM Just one terminal in the lobby we went to a cafe for access My wife was working while we where there
    Tips 1 sneakers a must ,2 binoculars I wish I had taken them, 3 a Small Latin dictionary
    This is a trip you dont want to miss
    PS take the Bus trip to naples 105 euros it goes to Pompeii naples is a mess but the guided tour of Pompeii is the bomb
    Good Luck


  • wolfytom's Profile Photo

    A much better Rome 4 star!


    We have recently returned from a 4 night stay at the Mecenate.
    It is a four star hotel overlooking the Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore and the Church. The hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the station and 15 minutes from the coliseum and forum.

    The building is impressive and well placed. We never felt threatened. You wouldn't want to be any nearer the Termini (Station) as it is quite a rough area.

    The rooms were very small but very clean - sheets, pillowcases and towels were changed daily. However, the carpets looked a little grubby. We had a problem with a leaking shower which would result in a soaking wet carpet outside the bathroom.

    When we arrived, the rooftop terrace was closed for renovation. This is a key selling point of the hotel - look at their website - and so they could have let me know this renovation was taking place. They did email me to offer a taxi from the airport for 50 euros and so knew how to communicate!!

    The breakfast didn't change from cereals, rolls, ham, cheese and yogurts throughout our stay. However there is the option to buy bacon and eggs if you want it.

    I seem to have moaned a lot but to be fair, it was an elegant and comfortable hotel. The room always felt clean and the beds were small but superbly comfortable. Breakfast choice was very limited but the stocks were regularly refreshed and coffee was plentiful. Double glazing worked well and the heating was easily controlled.

    Unique Quality: 100 euros a night was an excellent rate.

    The rooftop terrace was superb and the views were even better.

    Directions: Santa Maria Maggiore

  • Erin74's Profile Photo

    Luxurious hotel in a convenient location (Rome)


    I stayed at the Mecenate Palace hotel for three nights in a triple room. The hotel is a little more expensive than the others in the area (279e/ night) but it was worth every penny!

    The Mecenate Palace Hotel is in a wonderful location (right next to the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, a 10 minute walk from the train station). The hotel is very elegant and the service at the front desk is top notch. Our room was large and furnished with beautiful cherrywood furniture. The bathroom was enormous and really luxurious. Overall, the service was outstanding.

    There is a wonderful rooftop restaurant/bar/patio here with great views that we really enjoyed. The hotel is also close to the Metro. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Rome.

    Directions: Just across the street from the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and convenient to Termini Station and the Cavour metro stop.

More about Mecenate Palace Hotel

Secret to a deal at the Golden Tulip Mecenate Palace

by A TripAdvisor Member

I wanted to share a little secret about how to secure a double at the centrally located, recently renovated, and very comfortable Mecenate Palace. In January 2003, I bid $100 with a well-known online travel bidding site for a 4-star hotel in the central area of Rome, and we got a room at this hotel. It's a highly recommended, and the marble bathroom was a deluxe treat. With the weak US dollar against the Euro, this bidding strategy may not work, but I would still give it a try. Be wary of the Italian version of a mini-bar. It's slyly presented as a sample basket of cookies and crackers. Two mini-sized bags set us back $8.00! Otherwise, I give this hotel a thumbs up.

Extremely good value

by A TripAdvisor Member

The Mecenate Palace hotel offers very good value for your money. The marble bathrooms are large and have both dual showerheads and radio.
The rooms are not very big, but nice and I even slept better than home.
They also have turndown service and places slippers by the bed. They have the most beautiful roof terrace with an amazing view of the Collosseum, Saint Peters Church and to the other side the mountains in the distance. There is no bar service on the terrace during winter, but bring your own vine and enjoy it. The breakfast that is a bit boring is also served there, but inside. I can highly recommend staying there.

Wonderful Hotel

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed at Mecenate Palace in early November and loved it. The room was well appointed and very clean - as well as sound proof. The service was impeccable and the terrace top breakfasts were wonderful. Compared to the other 4 star hotels we stayed in during our trip to Italy, this hotel was by far the best.

Excellent Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member neil1

Just got back from Rome after staying five nights at the the Mecenate Palace. The hotel was just as good as the reviews had said it was. We had great service and a very nice room. There are a few things that had not been mentioned by previous reviewers. One is that there is a grocery store across the street. Not a small food store, but a bona fide fully stocked store with bakery, etc. This is almost unheard of in Rome. There is a bank ATM around the corner. There are two very good restaurants just-Vieccha Concha and Agate-just down the street. There are also better than average informal snack bars and pizzerias just west of the hotel. I checked out a few of the other hotels that I saw had been recommended and could see that yes, they were nice hotels, but none of them had any of the conveniences listed above very near.

Nice Hotel

by A TripAdvisor Member

I've spend two nights at the Mecenate Palace two weeks ago, because I've read so many enthusiastic reviews here at tripadvisor!! The Place is nice, the breakfast is - compared to the italian standard - quite good, the room is on the smaller side with sound-proofed windows. The bathroom was nice with a large tub, but the marble had water stains all over...The decor is more on the kitschy side, but the room was clean and in very good shape. A nice benefit was the coffeemaker in the room!! The location is ok, you have a 10 min. walk to Termini-Station; next door is the fantastic basilika Santa Maria Maggiore - don't miss it!!! - and a large supermarket, excellent for picking up some drinking water etc., but at night it's a little bit creepy there!

Forum Posts

One night in Roma


During our two weeks in Praiano, we are traveling to Rome for one night for a whilrwind tour. Looking for suggestions as regards a place to stay. We would like something centrally located and within $150.00/nite. Is this at all possible and if so, where?

Re: One night in Roma

by DasRheingold

Hotel Santa Prassede
Via di Santa Prassede 25,
its near Termini
double gotta be around Euro 90

Re: One night in Roma

by robotman


We're booked at the Golden Tulip Mecenate Palace hotel later this month. It's four-star rated and the price just went down from 130 Euros to 110 Euros (about $134) per night for two persons.

You can book it online at or other places.
It's about 3/4 mile walk from the Coliseum and Forum. Looks good from the photos and received very good reviews from fellow travelers. It's near the train station and subways so you should be able to get around the city easily from there. It's also right across the street from the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore which I'm told is guilded with some of the gold that Columbus brought back from the new world. (?)


Re: Re: One night in Roma


Thanks for your suggestion, price is certainly right.

Re: Re: One night in Roma


Hi Ken:

Thanks for your suggestion, location sounds very good along with price.


Re: Re: One night in Roma

by CliffClaven

Hotel Margaret (Via Antonio Salandra 6) is a five-minute walk from Termini station. Rooms are simple (bath, direct-dial phone, TV, etc) but very clean. Prices around 100 euros for a double.


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Address: Via Carlo Alberto 3, Rome, Lazio, 00185, Italy