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Paid Ł200 for 3 nights Expedia special rate, 3rd night free.
Almost everything - the Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colleoseum etc is within walking distance of the hotel. A double bonus is the Piazza Navona which is literally just round the corner with fountains, restaurants and street artists. There is also a Macdonald's (good if you have kids) pharmacy and grocery shop a few blocks away.
If you like big rooms avoid room 112 at all costs ask for room 208 or 207 which has balcony. Only a handful of TV channels, but youre not going all the way to Rome to watch TV right?
All the reception staff were polite, courteous, professional and all of them spoke more than adequate English. Any further questions mail me.
The Genio is a good choice in Rome
We stayed two nights at the Genio this summer and found it to be a very good choice. Although we had had a disastrous stay earlier at another Leonardi Group hotel, we were already booked into the Genio and crossed or fingers.
The location is great; just around the corner from the Piazza Navona and a short walk across the Tiber to Castel S'Angelo and a bit further to the Vatican. Our room was compact, but comfortable and the airconditioning worked well. This meant that traffic sounds (it is on a busy street) were minimized by shutting the shutters, windows and curtains. The bathroom was clean and very modern. The lifts functioned, and the 'terrace' on the roof, although without any services such as drinks, was a great spot for orientation and enjoyment of the sunset over the dome at St. Peters. No meal service other than the included breakfast. It was slightly above average in quality, although in the recent heat wave, one wondered why they would not turn on their airconditioning. I think that was the only complaint we had.
Visitors to Rome do need a comfortable room, esp. in the summer, when a midday retreatfrom the the heat and light can do wonders for comfort and a second round of tourism in the evening. The Genio's location and service were very satisfactory and I expect we will stay there again.
Allround good hotel
i stayed at the genio in may2002, after a 1 minute problem with our reservation was sorted out we were in. the rooms were more than fairly sized, the bathroom was excellent. everything was clean and tidy. there was a cockroach on the dining room floor one morning but you have to expect the odd one now and again.staff were friendly and helpful. the location was excellent as were within minutes away from everything.good hotel. as a travel agent i would recomend it.
Great hotel, great location
Hotel Genio is a friendly hotel in a great location. The staff is very courtious, the rooms clean and moderately sized. We stayed in room 504, with a balcony on the side of the hotel. The most attractive feature of the Genio however, is the roof terrace. In summer you they serve breakfast there, and it's lovely to enjoy the sun when it has long gone from the streets. The view accross the rooftops of the city, including the Vatican and the Capitol is breathtaking by sunset. Also, the surrounding area of the Genio is very romantic, narrow streets, antique shops and small restaurants (Ecce Bombo!). Also the Piazza Navona, just a one minute walk from the hotel and characterized as the most beautiful square of Rome, is a great place to enjoy the sun, the musicians and the busy waiters.
Genio makes it easy.
We stayed at the Genio in febuary 2003. The hotel is situated in an excellent area of Rome, just around the corner from the Piazza Navona and about fifty yards from the Ponte Umberto leading to the castel S. Angelo and onto the Vatican. From here you can walk to all of the main sites inc. the Colusseum, Forum and Trevi Fountain. The room was above average size for a european city hotel, appeared to have been recently refurbished and had a good sized bathroom. The staff were courteous and friendly without being intrusive and the breakfast was very good. If you stay here you must go to the sixth floor and see the view from the rooftop terrace, unfortunately the weather prevented us from using this facility for too long but I'd imagine it would be lovely in spring/ summer.
I was appalled by the incredibly poor service I received from this group of hotels during my recent visit to Rome recently. Just so the reader knows Â– I have lived in Italy on and off for nearly fifteen years and lived for six months a hundred meters from the hotel, which is why I wanted this particular hotel
I had booked via email two rooms at the Hotel Genio for a long weekend. When we arrived at the hotel in the morning the manager denied having any knowledge about our booking. I showed my booking confirmation. He said it was my fault, as I should have telephoned! We were taken to another of their hotels (the Piazza Pax), where we were told that we had 2 double rooms available for us. On arrival we viewed the rooms with disgust. They were tiny rooms with a single bed and a camping-bed (cot in America)! We were then shown rooms with Â‘French bedsÂ’, which were only slightly larger. My wife and I would never have fitted in the bed.
We were then taken to the Hotel Torino, of the same hotel group. This was supposed to be a 4 star hotel, yet it did not even have a bar and in a dirty, smelly part of Rome near the station. This was miles from where I had intended to stay. The staff were unhelpful and rude. This wasted most of our first day. We demanded to see their group manager and he agreed a reduced rate, but gave no apology. This also meant we had to take taxis everywhere. On departure we asked for our original oil paintings we had purchased in Rome, which they had been keeping safe for us. They denied that they had any Â– despite us being in possession of a receipt. They then claimed that the paintings were lost. After considerable argument and threats the painting miraculously appeared!
Unfortunately the Genio is the only decent hotel near Piazza Navona Â– so beware!
Fabio was fabulous
The Genio is centrally located with a very helpful staff. Fabio, the gentleman who checked us in, as very patient with our inability to speak Italian. The Piazza Navona is just around the corner and has many places to eat with wonderful food, make sure you get some gelato. We were able to walk to everything we wanted to see in Rome. I would gladly stay there the next time I am in Rome.
Good location ... small room
I was a bit annoyed to discover that the room was very small and that there was no hot water plus the shower unit was tripping. However, after speaking to the hotel reception, the problem with the shower was quickly fixed.
Overall I found the hotel quite pleasant, quiet and clean. Not sure if i will stay at the same hotel next time i go back, though i will definately be a consideration if a bit cheaper.
Good location .. 2min walk to the Piazza Navona. Lively, busy area, with lots restaurants and streets artists. 5-10 minute walk to Vatican City St peters. 10-15 minute walk to Spanish steps, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon.
Clean and good sized bathroom.
Room fairly small, old style television and shower (although i did find out that some other rooms had newer tv's and shower units)
I recommend Room 609 in the summer
We stayed at the Hotel Genio. It was a bit expensive at 206 Euros per night. The Genio turned out to be in an ideal area for us. The river nearby is surrounded by trees, and the Genio is only a couple of blocks from the Piazza Navona. We stayed in room 609, which we loved. The room is rather small, but it has a gigantic balcony (with a table) on the corner, which affords a view of a nearby palazzo, the top of the Pantheon, and even a statue on the top of the Forum. It was also a wonderful place to watch the people far below. But room 609 has its drawbacks. The bed seemed to be two single bedframes pushed together with a double mattress on top, so it had a hard lump down the middle. We considered pulling the mattress off the bed and sleeping on the balcony, but it was still a bit too cold! My wife thought that the shower smelled a bit mildewy, but I didn't notice that much. Finally, the room has an air conditioner but no means for heating it whatsoever, so I imagine that it is too cold in the winter. But we loved the giant balcony and the location. It seemed like most of the rest of the rooms in the Genio did not have a balcony (except maybe 608). The rooms on the lower floors were small but seemed to be decorated a bit better than 609. Overall, I loved the location of the Genio, but any hotel in the Piazza Navona/Pantheon area would probably be equally well-located. The service at the Genio was cordial; they helped me with directions, sent up an iron quickly when requested, etc. I considered the Tiziano as well, but it was on a very busy street, and I am glad I chose the Genio instead.
They tried to pick our pockets
The rooms were average, the service was poor, and the cost was high. The location was very good. On our 3rd day we had a wallet stolen on the subway platform. The attendent at the Hotel Genio seemed mildly helpful when we got back to the hotel and started making the necessary calls to cancel credit cards, etc. We discovered, however, as we checked out that they wanted to charge us $65 for the several "toll-free" calls that we had made in this effort. Needless to say, we didn't pay and we won't be back.