Hotel Teatro Pace
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Fantastic hotel, great location!
Stayed for 5 nights at Hotel Teatropace at the beginning of April, 2005. Booking the hotel couldn't have been easier and their website gave lots of information about the hotel. A fixed price transfer from the hotel was arranged prior to arriving and was greatly appreciated when our flight arrived at 11.55pm! The driver managed to negotiate some incredibly tiny streets full of people, only knocking one wing mirror!
When we arrived at the hotel there was a note on the door asking us to go to the bar on the corner, where we were given the keycard to allow is to enter our room.
The room was stunning (302)- it had fantastic high ceilings with beams, a very comfortable bed, a good sized bathroom with a shower, complimentary toiletries, a seperate 'room' with a wardrobe and plenty of space for luggage, a reasonably priced minibar, television (unfortunately only Italian programmes), kettle and 3 chairs! It was cleaned daily to a high standard.
There was noise on some nights from 'Bloom', a popular nightclub/restaurant located in the street below the hotel. It didn't disturb our sleep too much.
The 70 steps to our floor were not the easiest after a heavy day sightseeing, but being young (-ish) and fit (-ish) it didn't worry us too much. The staircase is far too nice to destroy it anyway!
Breakfast was minimal, but pleasant (choice of hot drink, orange juice and a croissant). Having it delivered to your room was a nice touch, and a good wake-up call, getting the morning off to a lazy start.
Everyone at the hotel was very friendly and only too happy to help with advice on restaurants and sightseeing. The location was fantastic and we had no need to use public transport to get to the sights within the city. There were loads of restaurants very close by and it was fun trying different ones, although we didn't manage to find any that we were greatly impressed by.
We were very impressed, I would definitely recommend this hotel to people visiting Rome. We would love to return to it some day!
Standing up for Teatro!
I found the location fascinating, tucked away like that in a maze of little lanes. I liked getting lost around there and stumbling on old churches and houses. But it's not very good if you want to drive (in Rome?!?) or if you don't like wandering around.
The shower in our room was tiny but, like everything else, fully functional. The room itself had a lovely high wooden-beam ceiling and lots of storage space. The view was of the backs of other houses and their terraces- the part of Rome you don't see as a tourist. I don't think this is the place for you if you like a great view, although the top floor would be OK. It doesn't have a lounge area, and was pleasantly quiet as a result! It felt more personal to us without other people sharing the space and making noise.
It's really close to the Piazza and there are bars and restaurants literally a few steps away, but there's very little traffic so it's quiet. We walked pretty much everywhere from the hotel- the Pantheon is very near and the Vatican is walkable too. The Forum and Colosseum are the longest walk.
I am overweight and unfit but the stairs did not bother me whatsoever (had I been on the top floor it might have been different). They are not steep. In fact the staircase was great- a really unique aspect.
I liked the breakfast- it is very simple but it's fresh and delivered to your door free of charge. I like the quirkiness of having the coffee delivered from outside, and it's good coffee. Much better than the coffee I've had in "normal" hotel breakfasts. If you like big substantial breakfasts, though, you might want to stay elsewhere!
The staff are laid-back and informal, this really isn't a large hotel with everything laid on. We had our bags carried up to the room for us but to be honest that's not a priority for me- I don't want or like lots of things done for me or the intrusion of ever-present staff. This isn't to say they are inattentive, just not in-your-face. They will chat with you and are friendly, and they don't scrimp on cleanliness- the room and ensuite were always spotless.
It depends what you're looking for, but I found this an interesting, unusual little place which really was a relief from the same-old same-old of hotels: huge reception desks open all hours, buffet breakfasts, lifts etc.
I have given this hotel an above average rating because of the unique atmospheric building, location and breakfast in bed! It is not "excellent" as I have had better views, and certainly bigger showers, but not in a 3* hotel. For a 3* I think it's pretty good.
A little pinprick on the Teatropace bubble...
OK, so the location is great.
The rooms - we stayed in two - are decently large, reasonably comfortable, and pleasantly furnished. Closet space in one of the rooms was excellent, in the other just adequate - but the logic of a hanging rail nine feet from the floor completely escapes me. The bathrooms are adequate. Both our bathrooms had only showers, though, and these were, typical for European hotels, on the small side.
Though obviously newly converted, there are already signs of a somewhat lackadaisical attitude to maintenance - a broken wall light fixture in one room (with exposed wires!), temperamental heating in another, and the occasional loose tile here and there.
The real downside is the stairs and no elevator. OK, so I realize that to install an elevator would ruin the splendid staircase. But when guests who are clearly not young arrive with baggage, I expect, in a 3-star hotel, that there will be a porter, ESPECIALLY if there is no elevator. Instead I was told by the reception clerk (male, young, and obviously fit) that he was alone and could not leave the desk. Odd, since I found the desk untended several times during our seven day stay. Our room on the second floor was up 40+ stairs.
We did not realize the lack of an elevator until about three weeks before our trip, and immediately e-mailed the hotel asking for a room on the first floor as one of us finds stairs quite difficult. We never received a reply, despite two follow-ups, and on arrival were told that no room on the first floor was available. (Not really surprising - it took the receptionist fully ten minutes to even locate our reservation when we arrived.)
We did return for one night prior to leaving Italy on an early-ish flight, and were promised a first floor room. This turned out to be a smallish room tucked away in an odd corner, and still up a spiral staircase. Not much better.
Be aware that there are NO rooms in the hotel that can be reached without negotiating a few stairs.
Second, there are NO public rooms of any kind - no lounge, no bar, no breakfast room, nothing - well unless you include a tiny table and a couple of small chairs stuck in a corner of the staircase. So if you are meeting friends, meet them somewhere else.
Third, breakfast, which is minimally adequate at best (juice, one roll, one cup of coffee), is carried to the hotel on trays from the bar a block away. Naturally that means a hot cup of coffee is unlikely, especially in mid-winter.
Fourth, the front desk is completely unstaffed from 10:00pm "officially" (and often considerably earlier) until 8:00am. This in a "3-star" hotel??? Just what would happen in the case of an emergency - or if you were so unfortunate as to lose or have stolen your wallet with the hotel pass-key in it - I do not know. Nor would it be possible, I think, for anyone to telephone you or for you to get assistance calling out during those hours.
Fifth, the front desk staff, while all very pleasant and friendly, if not particularly helpful, are a bit on the amateurish side, like students working their way through college. Their knowledge of the local restaurants is quite limited, as is their advice on other matters. If this had been my first trip to Rome I would have been more unhappy than I was.
Sixth, the hotel is tucked away in an obscure but pleasant little street behind the Piazza Navona. The first taxi driver we took from the station when we arrived was completely unable to find it, and eventualy I had him drop us and our luggage close to the hotel which I then found on foot. The second taxi driver could only find it with detailed help from me. And there is no sign of any kind on the hotel, which looks like a private residence from the outside. Surely a discreet sign would not be too much to ask?
Finally, when we left, at 7:00am, the desk was of course unstaffed, and no breakfast was available. We were told the night before that we could get breakfast at the bar a block away. Thank you.
Yes the location is great, and the architecture is charming, but the service and amenities leave much to be desired for this traveller at least. There are better options for the same price (or less?) in equally good locations in Rome. But to each their own, and this is just one person's view.
Nice hotel, but those steps
We have just returned from staying at Teatropace for 3 nights and we found it to be central for all the sights. The amenites are fine, it was very clean with a hugh double bed, which was changed every second day with clean towels every day and basic toileteries provided. There was a bar fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, but no milk or creamer provided. There was a TV but there was no English speaking channels. We had a quite spacious room as it was a triple room for the two of us, with the third bedroom up a flight of stone stairs with a single bed and a wet room. The wardrobe space was a good size. Breakfast was provided on a tray but as there was only one chair my husband had his sitting on the bed which was not comfortable, another chair would of been nice. As we were on the fourth (top) floor we had a shared veranda with two other rooms. Again there was only two chairs and no tablefor the three rooms. More could be made of that space. The windows are double glazed with wood shutters and we found it very quiet. There is radiator heating and air conditioning.
The car we booked from the hotel to and from the airport was very nice and on time. It cost no more than we have paid from other cities to and from the airport.
Now the bad bit, those stone stairs, to the top floor there are 92 steps plus 2 more to the bedroom. Fortunately on each landing there are two chairs and we needed them to rest between floors three and four.
The staff were friendly with a good knowledge of the area and spoke very good English.
Nice Hotel...a little niosy!
We spent three nights here from 13 - 16 March. The rooms were very quaint, clean, nicely decorated, amenities. Decent size bathrooms with hairdryer, maid service every day. Tea/coffee making facilities in room with small fridge able to store our own 'store' bought stuff. Staff very friendly and location perfect (not close to metro however but that wasn't a problem for us) - a stone's throw from Piazza Navona.
Our last two night here, between the hours of 1:30-3:30AM there was a lot of rowdy noise only two doors down on the ground floor. Perhaps a club/bar? bumping music and loud 'happy' people. We stayed in rooms 201 and 202, maybe other parts of hotel would be better? other than the lack of sleep (!) it was perfect.
Loved this small, cosy hotel
We have just returned from a four night stay at this hotel. Perfect location. Room was beautiful, comfortable bed, everything spotlessly clean. Powerful shower with plenty of hot water. Lots of restaurants and bars close by and within walking distance of all major sights. We had no reason to use public transport. Breakfast was served to the room, cappucino, orange juice and a croissant at whatever time you required. Fabrizio and Roberto, the perfect hosts. Both speak excellent english and are very friendly and helpful.
There is no elevator, so if you have problems with steps, ask for a room on the 1st floor.
When we return to Rome we will definately stay here again, and as for Rome, what a beautiful city! Certainly worth a visit.
I loved this hotel
This hotel is fantastic. Far enough away from the major tourist areas but yet very convenient location. Short walk to many bus lines. Hotel staff (Jonathan and Roberto) very helpful! Rooms very clean. Breakfast delivered to your room. You can't go wrong with Hotel Teatropace.
A Great Small Hotel
We stayed at the Hotel Teatropace for 4 nights in January. I can't say enough nice things about it. The location is especially great (once you find it)--narrow one-way streets. The breakfast was great and soon there will be a breakfast room in the basement which will make it even better (now it is brought up to your room from a corner cafe). The staff was helpful but unobtrusive. There is no elevator which could be a problem if you were on the top floor. We were on the second and it was not a bad climb. The rooms are nicely decorated and new and clean. The bed was extremely comfortable and a REAL QUEEN. There was AC and heat which we needed in January. It cost 120 Euros per night and I would stay there again. It is in a REAL neighborhood just off Piazza Navona which felt very safe. There were at least 20 osterias and cafes in the neighborhood but we were only there long enough to try 4 for dinner. They were all great and it was fun to check out the menus and then choose one. There is a great street of antique shops nearby.
Wonderful place to get the real taste of rome
This hotel was trully my favorite on this trip.
Athough the comodities in that side of the world are different than those here I was pleasently surprised with the welcome we obtained. Although there is no elevator the hotel staff was great they (Roberto) were just wonderful.
He gave us directions to the places we wanted to visit and told us what bus to take. He was nice enough to call St. Peters and ask if and were we could pick up the tickets to see the Pope.
He also let us know of some of the actual italian restaurants that are not too full of turists, making the food the best Italian food I have ever had.
If you are at all like me that would rather have a good meal than an unconfortable and bad meal then please you have to go to "La Foccasa" It is about two little blocks from the hotel.
Breakfast was included and its great. they bring it p to your room, every morning unless you dont want it.
Brand new hotel steps away from the Piazza Navona
Searching for a hotel in Rome can be a frustrating experience. I was
given the name of this brand new hotel by an American who lives in Rome.
We stayed there for 6 nights. It was absolutely perfect! It is only
steps from the Piazza Navona but completely private and quiet. Our room
was on the 3rd floor (no elevator) but we didn't mind when we opened
our window every morning to a full view of the dome from St. Agnes of
Agone. The bathroom window opened up onto a small patio. The room was
beautifully furnished with very high cathedral ceilings and felt
extremely spacious. The armoire was in a separate little room with plenty of
space for luggage and purchases storage. They do not have a breakfast
room so they deliver your breakfast at your requested time. Fabrizio
and Roberto were wonderful hosts and helpful with tours and restaurants.
We loved visiting with them a little bit every day and practicing our
bad Italian. They are both completely fluent in English. They were
friendly and warm and went out of their way to help us enjoy Rome. I will
definitely stay there again when I return to Rome. We met some people
in Sorrento who were on a Rick Steves' tour and stayed in a horrible
hotel in Rome. I felt very grateful to the woman who resonded to my
e-mail on the Fodors chatroom and gave me this recommendation.
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