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First thing to say about this hotel is that it is not going to suit anyone who is looking for luxury standards. The facilities are basic, the rooms are small by any standards and I didn't notice any internet access from the room although it may have been available on request from elsewhere in the hotel. Also, the mini fridge had no accessible plug socket so we had to do some rearranging of furniture to have the benefit of that facility.
We booked a triple room which was really a small double room with a camp bed added so was rather cramped! However, the room was clean and tidy with en suite toilet and shower - forget the fluffy towels though, hotel issue looks more like glass cloths than bath towels!
The location of this hotel is excellent and the staff are friendly and helpful. All the major sites are within walking distance and the immediate area is safe with an abundance of restaurants, coffee bars, trattorias to choose from within a minute or so's walk from the hotel. It also has air conditioning which isn't the best I've experienced but still worth it in the 30+ degrees of heat we endured.
I would stay at this hotel again although I think I have to deduct points for the overcrowding in trying to make what was at the most optimistic, a small double room into a triple room.
Not up to standards
We visited Rome and stayed at the Grifo in October of 2003. It is near the Collusium and surrounded by some great resturants. The hotel itself was not what I would consider up to my standards. I have been to Europe several times, so I knew what to expect. It was very expensive with hardly no ammenities. I knew upon arriving, this was not going to be a hotel to write home about. First, the hotel did not have our room ready, even though we arrived after check in time. The door to the room is the old time skelatin key, in which you have to use to lock the door from the inside as well as the outside. The room has ceramic tile floors, which were not clean and made the room very cold. The bathroom had mold in it and the towels were like a tablecloth. The bed was the worse I have ever slept in. The matress was very hard and the full size bed consisted of two twin matresses pushed together. You have to pay 10 euros extra for the heater. On the hotel website, it says they have free internet access, which they did not. The street noise outside at night was horrible.
Great little Hotel
Great little place in a very convenient neighborhood in Rome. Near the Coliseum, just a couple blocks from the Cavour subway station, which is one stop away from Termini, the main Rome train station.
We had a nice triple room on the fourth floor, with our own large patio which was beautiful in the mornings and evenings. (We were there at the end of June, and it was brutally hot in Rome during the day. This hotel has air conditioning, which is almost a must if you are visiting Rome in the summer).
Extremely nice helpful staff, clean rooms, we would definately return.
Only complaint was the towels, which were like drying off with a burlap sack! But that's a common complaint throughout Europe, for us wimpy Americans who are used to soft fluffy towels. Try the Hotel Grifo - we really thought it was great.
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