We stayed at Raffaello Hotel for 3 days in August, 2009. The temperatures outside were running close to 40 degrees C. I've heard about many hotels in Rome running their air conditioners for only an hour or two a day. Raffaello Hotel was an oasis of cool temperatures with Sahara dessert temperatures just outside the front door. The hotel was really comfortable, nice large (for a european city) rooms, good water pressure in the showers. We had breakfast included in our rate. Breakfasts was delicious, especially espresso machine coffees made to your order.
The staff for the most part was very helpful and friendly. The rooms were always sparkling clean, the beds very comfortable.
The hotel is located literally within 5-10 minutes' walk to the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Museums, and many, many more great sites of Rome. There are lots of great restaurants and cafes on the way from the hotel to Coliseum with outside seating, featuring local cuisine (just off Via Urbana and on Via Leonina and Via Madonna dei Monti).
I also enjoyed short walks from the hotel to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria with its famous Ecstasy of St.Teresa by Bernini, and to the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli with its Michelangelo's Moses. Just a couple blocks away from the hotel is the majestic Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
This hotel is a great find, especially in low season. Try booking it online either on the hotel's website or through Laterooms.com for great deals.
Directions: 10-15 minute walk from Roma Termini (train station), 5-10 minute walk to Coliseum and Roman Forum
The Hotel Raffaello is a few blocks from Termini station, and from their website, looks like a classy, elegant hotel. Unfortunately, this is not the case. When we arrived, I took the luggage to the room while my husband waited with the car. I had two suitcases and two carry on bags, and I was not offered any help at all. The elevator is very cramped. This hotel had something I have never seen before. The elevator lets you off in between floors, so you have to either go up or down nine stairs to get to the floor with the rooms on it. I struggled to get the luggage in and out of the elevator and up and down the stairs.
When we got into our room, it smelled like very strong cologne, so we opened the window. We realized the smell was obviously trying to hide the musty odor of this obviously aging hotel. The décor was extremely outdated, but not in a nice antique way. It was just ugly. The bed was uncomfortable, even by European standards. The bathroom soaps were another very strong smelling item in this hotel, strongly resembling very cheap men’s cologne. I highly advise anyone to bring their own. The air conditioning is weak and we could barely feel it.
There is wireless internet available in the lobby, but you have to pay for it. Breakfast is included. The front desk staff were not polite at all and not particularly helpful. A cab to the airport is 40 Euros. The express train to the airport is 11 Euros, but I would rather take a cab and not have to lug my stuff through the very busy neighbourhood and train station. If your party is any more than two or three people, taking the train isn’t much of a savings anyways.
We paid 170 Euro a night for our room. We would never stay here again.
We spent 4 nights in hotel Raffaello, in December. It is a very nice 3* hotel, situated near Santa Maria Maggiore. Very clean, with elegant interiors, nice bathrooms (jacuzzi shower), buffet breakfast included, helpful staff... Would definitely return if going back to Rome!
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