Hotel Nazionale A Montecitorio
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
We've traveled to Rome every December for the past 10 years and while tempted to find a place we like and stick to it, we've generally ventured to explore as many places as possible. Our criteria are simple: location, atmosphere and comfort. The Nazionale excelled in all three. The desk staff wasn't particularly "friendly" but when I realized that I was not there to make friends with the staff, I was able to see the pluses of the hotel. The location is perfect--if you're not interested in having a subway stop close by (which we weren't--Rome is lovely for walking around!); the atmosphere of the hotel was quite inviting (our room had a spectacular view! We're asking for the same room if/when we return). And, the room (bed, shower, heat) was quite comfortable. We were able to find a significantly discounted price for our stay--which is why I'm enthusiastic and giving this a 5 stars rating.
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Loved the Forum
If you love ancient architecture, you'll love Rome. It was our first trip overseas and I will never forget the architecture I saw. However, the trip over on Lufthansa was bad! Seats were so close we could not get lunch trays down. Watch for good seating on flight. Watch out also for cabbies. They will rip you off. Their starting fee for a ride is supposed to be $2.33. Our cabbies charged as much as $8.00 when they picked us up. Don't pay full price for anything. They want to negotiate price. The Hotel Nazionale where we stayed was very good. Had large bathroom which is rare over there. Just be well educated about the people and customs, but do go!
We echo what all the other reviewers here have said...this hotel could not have been more perfectly located - we walked everywhere, from the Pantheon a 2 minute walk away to the Colosseum about 15 to 20 minutes, and too many other locations to mention. The room was spacious, all staff were very helpful (one even helped my now-fiancee be sure he had the correct words to ask my hand in marriage in Italian!) We booked our trip with Go-Today so this hotel was an upgrade in their package - and well worth it! Can't imagine what it would have been like to pay less but be at a hotel not as nice or central - it's the walking everywhere that really made the trip.
Great hotel - wonderful service
We spent three nights at the Nazionale Hotel in October. Our room was very spacious, and had a wonderful view of the piazza surrounding the Parliament. It was very quiet and the security was excellent due to the police presence in the area. The staff at the hotel was very friendly and accomodating, and arranged dinner reservations each night at excellent restaurants in the area. They also arranged a car to pick us up at the airport, as requested by e-mail. It is very well located close to the Pantheon, and within walking distance to the Forum and many historical sites in the city. We would recommend it highly and hope to return in the future.
Great location and view
We stayed here only one night in November 2003 but will be back. The hotel is two blocks from the Pantheon, and the rooms on the west side have a great view of St. Peter's (our room was on the 5th floor). Our room and bath were large by Rome (same as NYC) standards. The included breakfast is a feast (no Nutella on crackers). There's a great gelateria around the corner and some nice casual pizzerias on the Via del Maddelena behind the hotel.
Great location and service
Stayed here for 3 nights in October 2003 and had an excellent experience. The hotel is superbly located near many of the key historical sites, near great shopping streets, and in the same piazza as the parliament buildings so there was always security present. Staff was extremely helpful and made excellent restaurant recommendations for dinner each night. Our room was incredibly spacious and the bathroom was roomy and bright. Nice common areas/lounges too for a drink or coffee.
Spent a week at the Nazionale in Spring 2002. Room was a bit small, but I booked what I think was a great rate on the internet, so the room was more than I expected. Even though it was a smaller room, the bathroom was huge with a large soaking tub and plenty of room for all my & my wifes toiletries. Very tidy hotel, great service. Slept with windows open every night without a bit of disturbance from the street, very quite and peacefull in a very busy city. Of course the great selling point of this hotel is the location. We walked everywhere we wanted to go, easy trip to the Pantheon (literally around the corner), Piazza Navona, the Vatican, Colloseum, Forum, Capitoline Museum, Vittorio Emmanuel. Piazza Di Trevi, Piazza Di Spagna, Piazza de Poppolo. I absolutely believe I couldn't have found a more central location than the Nazionale, it made touring the city very enjoyable.
Great Experience. Great Hotel.
Stayed there for 2 nights on my honeymoon. Fantastic location and excellent service. Our room was both huge and clean with a great view overlooking the square. I highly recommend.
My husband and I spent three nights here at the end of August and were very pleased. The hotel is in a great location just steps from the Pantheon, Via Del Corso, Piazza Navona, etc. We actually were able to walk to all sights from here, none taking more than 15 or 20 minutes.
The rooms were HUGE by Eurpoean standards including couches, chairs, desks, etc. It's on a quiet piazza so street noise is never an issue.
The staff was very helpful and friendly and gave us some great restaurant recommendations. I would definitely stay here again.
I stayed here in early spring as part of an internet package deal. The location was better than could be expected. The room was nice with a large bathroom (all rooms seemed to be different). No air conditioning in the room, but we didn't need it. The staff was very helpful. As mentioned the location is very near the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navonna on a traffic-free piazza. Also, as a bonus, it is very near the 2 most well-known gelato shops in Rome. We hated to leave and would definitely stay there again. Just a general note - the hotels and tourist information booths are lacking in tourist-type information, e.g. walking tours, area sites, local shops - so do your research ahead of time.
A great place to stay
Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Nazionale,sharing a triple room with 2 friends.The room was very spacious, comfortable with ,amazingly for continental hotels ,plenty of wardrobe and drawer space for all of our clothes.Bathroom fine, with v powerful shower and bathBreakfast OK.Staff very courteous and helpfulPosition wonderful for exploring Rome on foot or by bus- only 2 mins walk from Pantheon, and 5 from Trevi fountainNext to Parliament building, so no cars allowed in the square- so quiet we could even sleep with the window openWould like to return-Highly recommended especially with special weekend rate offered direct from hotel- cheaper than any other internet booking site