After a lot of research and price comparisons, I chose Hotel Relais Giulia for our 5 nights in Rome, Italy. I searched on Tripadvisor and then made the booking through Agoda, which had the best rate – it came to $600 for 5 nights, including breakfast, but not including an additional Roman tax of 3.50 Euro per person per night that is collected at checkout.
The location of the hotel is fabulous. Via Giulia is a picturesque cobblestone street, one block from the Tibur River. It is within a 15-minute walk from many major sights and attractions in Rome. There is a Hotel Indigo almost across the street (review to be posted soon).
This is the hotel entrance:
Our room, on the ground floor, was large and had cool frescoed walls. Although it was large and there was a small closet, the room was lacking in organized storage space. At a minimum, an extra table in the room or a shelf for luggage, would be helpful. The wifi at the hotel was adequate (but there was no reception in the breakfast room located in the basement). The cable TV was not working in our room. The air conditioning worked really well. Hotel staff was pleasant and friendly.
The bathroom was rather small, but it was modern, clean and functional. The shower, however was so tiny that I continuously banged my elbows trying to wash. The soap was smaller than the soap slivers I throw away! The toilet paper was dispensed in sheets rather than rolls. Dave went to the supermarket and bought a roll of toilet paper. Then he was in heaven.
Breakfast at the hotel was a basic continental cold breakfast. Since we were not eating bread, there wasn’t too much for us to eat but we enjoyed the coffee and fruit and yogurt.
Notwithstanding the above criticisms, we still liked the hotel a lot. It was clean, central, safe and reasonably priced. The staff was friendly and helpful. We would be happy to stay here again and recommend it.