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Treated Like the Rich Relatives of the Family
"God is in the details." My wife, mama & I spent over a week in November 2004 at this hotel. The small number of rooms promotes interaction with the staff. The patience, understanding, friendliness, restaurant and shopping recommendations displayed by the staff prompts me to highly recommend the Hotel Celio. I prefer this hotel to the Inter-Contiental where my wife and I stayed eight years ago.
The Hotel Celio is located on a quiet one lane residential street, a block from the Colloseum. You enter the hotel through a charming courtyard set back from the street. Each room is uniquely decorated with silk brocade on the walls and tile on the floor. Ask Roberto Senior, the general manager, to show you the rooftop garden.
The Hotel Celio was an elegant and comfortable place to stay very near to the Coliseum. We had an enjoyable stay.
What a nice place o stay in Rome
I stayed in the end of October 2004 on a business trip in Rome at the Hotel Celio - just for one night. having travelled a bit in my life, spending around 100 nights per year in hotels, I particularly enjoy small hotels with its own characterstic atmosphere, compared to the big chains, with a more standardised product.
I cannot recommend the Hotel Celio any higher: a perfectly decorated hotel, with rooms named after roman emperors, stylish and practical at the same time; in a perfect location, right next to the Colosseum; with staff going out of their way to help their customers: a delight!
If you are going for a honeymoon- then this is the perfect hotel in the perfect location! The matrimonial suite had a mosaic floor, with huge windows and rich draping velvet curtains, a big tv, a generous bar and a gorgrous bathroom complete with a pampering jacuzzi.... although two in a tub was a bit of a squeeze! The room was very romanesque, and truely Italian. The staff were very helpful and attentive, and we were always greeted with a friendly and warm smile. They were happy to help with arrangements - such as champagne, flowers and chocolates waiting upon our arrival. They also gave good advice on where to eat. The location is ideal, as it is only about a minute walk from the Colosseum, but still hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Awful stay in a lovely hotel
Despite being the most beautiful hotel we stayed in during our Italy trip, Hotel Celio was by far the worst experience. There was only one staff member and because my daughter was searching for her passport when he wanted to tell us something, he decided to like me and hate my daughter. He threw tantrums, hollered at her, and when we asked to have the beds separated, said he might do it, but would be doing it for me only and not for her. Since I had to leave a day early, the following morning he refused to call a car to take her to the airport and tried to charge her for the room although I had given him a credit card for our whole stay. The worst hotel staff experience I have had anywhere in the world.
Loved Celio Hotel near the Coliseum
This was a wonderful place to spend a week in Rome. Our two daughters shared a room with us and we had a great time. It's small but beautifully appointed with an eye to every detail. The owner, Roberto, became a great friend as he has wonderful English and was able to give detailed directions and advice. It's very modern with electic blinds and a remote for the air conditioner. The staff was friendly and ours rooms kept very clean. The location could not be better as we could see the colliseum out of our window. Buses and subway stations were within walking distance as well as local restaurants, banks, a laundromat, an internet cafe, churches, Nero's golden palace, the forum, and the palatine hill.
Celio is a Roman gem
A family weekend break to Rome was made perfect at the Celio hotel. I'm already planning my next trip. I've stayed at many hotels abroad and I liked this hotel because there was no big show made of the guests or the hotel. There was a lovely atmosphere in the hotel which was complimented by the perfect hosts. This is not a hotel where you will be waited on hand and foot, nor is there a spa or pool, but who really cares. For me the people, decoration and attention to detail are excellent. The staff are very warm and genuine, a place where you are treated like a local. Roberto, who seems to run the hotel, is very relaxed but attentive, as is the wonderfully friendly guy who serves breakfast. My children loved these guys and the hotel, and there wasn't a playstation in sight. A gem.
A Real Gem!
We travelled last minute to Italy in May. After having a difficult time finding a hotel vacancy in Rome, I stumbled upon the Hotel Celio which is part of the small luxury hotel collection. The location was fabulous. Within short walking distance to the Colosseum and away from the crowded touristy streets near the Spanish steps. If you are like us we basically toured the streets of Rome from morning till night stopping along the way for cafe, pasta and many gelatos! The breakfast, which was included, was simple but excellent. We stayed in the Garden Room for the first two nights. A beautifully decorated room with mosaics, frescos, and a nice shower bath. (Since most hotels in Italy supply you with a hairdryer that gives off a puff of air, bring your own hair dryer if you need more power. You will need an adaptor which you can purchase from Radio Shack.) The Garden room had a private terrace which you can sit out on, or, climb a small staircase to the roof and view the sunset and the colloseum with a bottle of wine. The second night a couple in the adjacent room arrived with their new born baby and that night we were awaken every four hours with its cries. Obviously distressed we told Roberto, one of the owners, about our experience and he kindly upgraded us to the Ambasador Suite. While initially disappointed to leave our roof top setting we were very surprised when we came back that evening to find our beautiful new room. The suite was very large with gorgeous fabrics, mosaics, and bathroom with body jets. All in all we were extremely happy with our stay at the hotel Celio and would definitely return.
A riot of mosaic
Spent a weekend here in early November having read about it in Time Out and on its website (which is quite accurate in its portrayal of the decor). Amazing location for Colisseum and Palatine, and only 30 mins walk to Trevi Fountains, Piazza Navona etc. Interesting little hotel..Floors covered in mosaics. I saw several of the rooms. Most are quite small, but colourful, with "renaissance" art on the walls. We stayed in the Ambassador Suite. Quite spacious with nice bathroom with shower and jacuzzi bath. Make sure you get confirmation of your reservation! We had a little trouble on arrival because they claimed they had not received our confirmation (the ensuing discussion resulted in our getting an upgrade to the suite!) so insist upon a fax/e-mail from them to confirm. Great restaurants in very close proximity, although streets are not very interesting to look at. Would happily stay there again.
Our room was very pleasant and we were very comfortable but somehow I did not like being so close to the Colosseum and so far away from The Spanish Steps. We had a tiny but excellent showeroom. Good breakfast served in our room. Quirky but okay and worth a try.
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