Hotel Forum Roma
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We booked this hotel in Rome train station and Wow what a pleasent supprise!! The one we had been staying in was out of town, but this one, well you could not wish for a better placed hotel.
Very close to the coluseum and the large monument around 5 mins walk(slow) to each.
Ofering nice rooms and stunning views from the resteraunt.
Brill stay here!!!
Probably the best hotel we've ever been to
Hotel Forum excels in many ways, and it is probably the best hotel we've ever been too. Nevertheless, we almost would have missed it because of several bad reviews on this website. Being back home, I'm still impressed very much with this place and I want to tell my version of the story. I've organized my review in several sections so that you can quickly check whatever is important to you.
Well, you can't beat the location. The Colosseum is a 5 mins walk, Forum Romanum 2 min, the Imperial Fora start practically right before the doorstep. From the roof top restaurant (where we would breakfast) you can see the fora and (if you get the right table) the Colosseum at the same time. Being pratically minded, we also enjoyed the neighbourhood of the subway station (5 mins walk, in fact, it's called Colosseum) and the excellent bus connections. We got to any point we were interested in with not more than one bus change.
Since some reviewers critized the rooms we asked the staff to see them beforehand. We saw four double bed rooms all of which were very clean and very tidy. We decided on one with some special kind of closed balcony (I don't know how they are called in English - in fact, I don't even know how they are called in German). Our room was truely excellent, and this is especially true for the bed. I slept perfectly. The room service did very fine work and that twice a day!
The staff was most helpful. They pointed out to us cheap but fine restaurants (despite the hotel having an own restaurant) and cheap internet cafés (despite the hotel offering internet access against charge). The hotel manager himself gave me the address of a very fine wine shop --- no tourist shop but a fine store supplying wine to restaurants. (Oh yes, and I bought as much bottles as I could carry in my hand luggage.) Everone was really nice and friendly to us.
Why we loved this place
The staff was friendly, the room was fine. But this should be given in any proper-run hotel. What made Hotel Forum so unique for us where the many fine details:
- no keys but credit card sized key cards --- and two of them for us to (so no asking "Can I have the key please")
- in front of the lifts is a sitting bank; okay, they have two lifts so you won't wait too long for a lift ride but after a day sightseeing in hot Rome, a sitting bank *is* most welcome
- spacious lifts (so no claustrophia if others want to enter your lift)
- splendid Mozzarella at the breakfast buffet (I know what I'm taking of --- we've been to Napolia and Campania recently)
- the entrance hall is a must see - with some originals of ancient sculpture/pottery in showcases
Great location for your stay in Rome!
I agree with other reviews that the Hotel Forum is a perfect location for a stay in Rome. We stayed here for four nights in June and were delighted with our choice. The hotel is a bit pricey, but the location is worth the extra few dollars - we were able to walk to most popular destinations from here. The highlight was waking in the morning to a wonderful view of the old Forum and Palatine Hill, and Colliseum. The Hotel is a short walk from the Colliseum Metro, the Piazza Venezia bus terminal, a 15 minute walk from the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navonna. Staff was accomodating, but not overly warm. I would stay here again, but would avoid eating in the restaurant which is over priced.
This hotel is PERFECT for sightseeing in Rome! It was only about a 5-6 euro cab ride from the train station and was very central to all the major sights. The Colosseum is only a 3-5 minute walk from the hotel and the Roman Forum is literally steps away from the front door! The staff were friendly and helpful and the breakfasts were exellent. The rooftop terrace offers a beautiful view of the forum and was a nice place to eat breakfast, enjoy the morning, and get ready for a busy day of sightseeing. Also, most organized Vatican tours pick you up at the hotel's front door which was very convenient. I would definitely recommend a stay at the Forum Hotel.
Best location in Rome
March 2004 We can not say enough about the great location. The Hotel is charming in an old world sort of way. Lots of antiques and dark wood.
Our room had a charming patio with a small table and chairs. The rooftop restaurant was lovely with great views of the Forum. (This was the only hotel we stayed in where bacon and scrambled eggs were included in the breakfast buffet.) The Colosseum was only one block away from the hotel, and the subway stop we used was just across the street. Also there were lots of inexpensive restaurants in the neighborhood with good food. The only complaint was with the staff at the front desk. They were not helpful or friendly. Fortunately we are seasoned travelors and used to making our own plans so it didnt matter.
Great location - but average hotel
We stayed at the Forum in August 2003. It is superbly located and the views from the rooftop restaurant and bar are spectacular. However the hotel itself is average. Our room was large enough but in need of redecoration. There was no information in the room on hotel facilities.
When asked for an iron, the reception staff said they could not send it to the room but offered the use of an iron in a storeroom. Having said that, I got the impression that if you asked for anything it would be provided - but you have to ask! There was no minibar or tea/coffee facilities in our room (the latter may not be standard in all Italian hotels but we expected the former, even if just because we wanted a fridge to use in the heatwave!)
You can't get a better location for a breakfast restaurant with views of the Roman Forum across the road, but the buffet selection was poor.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Forum mainly because of the convenient location, and the small rooftop bar with great night views over Rome. However the hotel needs to improve standards - it has a spectacular location but seems to be trading mainly on that.
We really like this hotel. IT enjoys the best location in Rome, directly across the street from the Forum, and a few hundred yards from the Colisseum. The rooms are typically small, but are modern and well maintained. The rooftop restaurant offers good food and a spectacular view at night. The staff is attentive and helpful--we'll definitely stay there again!
Another average hotel
I stayed at the Forum in August 2003 during the heat waive. The first room they gave us was small, dark and had one small double bed in it.
After I complained about it they gave us a much nicer and bigger room, with a view and a real double bed. But I always have the feeling that they should try to give you the nicest room they have at time of check in and not just after you complain. This way it's just a hassle - for them and for me. Finaly the room was very clean and the AC worked just fine (considering the 39 ° Celsius outside). The window, though, was not as good and we could clearly hear the street noise. I had the impression that the staff at the reception could have done a better job. They never said good morning, or good evening when we got in or out the hotel, unless I started to say something. They also couldn't tell me what time the Colosseum on Sunday opens, although that's the main attraction right next to the hotel! I always felt like they are annoyed when I was asking for something and that's not the impression you should give to your clients! Although I know you shouldn't expect too much of an Italian breakfast, I was disappointed. Only canned fruits and this at a hotel where you would expect al kind of fruits growing in the backyard! The bred was very dry and the hot chocolate was made out of water and not milk. One very strong point for the hotel is its location. It's right in the middle of the ancient Forum. The Colloseum (with a metro station) is just 200 meters away. Other sights are nearby as well. We managed to do most sightseeing just by walking.
And that was with temperatures far beyond 35 ° Celsius. As a summary, I would say that this hotel is just average and we will definitely try another one if we go back to Rome. But Rome itself is definitely worth visiting!
If you are planning on seeing sights of Rome, this hotel is the perfect location. You are literally 20 feet from the forum, about 200 yards from the coliseum and easy walk to all of the other major sites in Rome. The morning rooftop hot breakfast (included in the price of the room) offers views of the coliseum and the forum. It offers a combination of features that make it perfect. It is close to where you want to be, but it sits back far enough that it is quiet. The rooms are typical Italian hotel rooms, kind of on the small side, but still nice. If you are on vacation, you won't be spending much time in the room anyway. We didn't see any other hotels in the area that offered everything that this hotel had to offer especially when you consider the reasonable price (about $110 a night) When we go back to Rome, we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.
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