Globe Trekker’s recommended digs
Fawlty Towers (near Termini Station)
Via Magenta, 39
Tel & Fax – 00 39 06 445 03 74
Around L35,000 per night for a bed in very clean, small dorms, up to L140,000 for a double room with a full bathroom and plenty in between. The staff speaks English.
Adua Sunrise (in Trastevere)
Via Ettore Rolli, 24
Tel & Fax: 00 39 06 58 03 999
Around L100,000 for a double room.
This is more expensive but more intriguing as the delightful owner Signora Adua is an astrologer and you stay in her apartment. The 5 rooms are enormous (very unusual for Rome) and very clean.
Hotel Atlante Star (near St. Peter’s Square)
Via Vitelleschi, 34
Tel – 00 39 06 687 3233 Fax – 00 39 06 687 2300
Prices range from L265,000 to L950,000.
The best thing about this place is the roof-top restaurant which looks over St. Peter’s (especially beautiful at night). The staff here is fantastic – helpful and friendly. There’s a free pick-up service from the airport. It’s just a short walk across the bridge to the historic centre.
Hotel Lord Byron (near the Villa Borghese)
Via G. de Notaris, 5
Tel: 00 39 06 322 0404 Fax – 00 39 06 322 0405
Here the rooms cost anything from L530,000 for a double to L1,210,000 for a suite!
This place is totally unique. Superb service, very relaxed and casual for such a fancy place and the owner has used his own exquisite furniture throughout. The original paintings are all of women. It’s on the edge of the Villa Borghese so it’s not as easy to reach the historic centre as from some places, but if you can afford to stay here, you can afford a cab! It’s very quiet here.