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Accommodation sites in Rome might be many, yet it will be hard to find the right one. A double room in a hotel, located at an average distance from the city center, ranges between 80 and 120€ per night. But, if you are willing to put your hand deeper into your pocket, then the matter of accommodation should not worry you, as there are numerous and decent places to stay. For the rest, accommodation might be a tough issue, as the combination of quality, price and distance from the center can be called anything but easy to find. You must search a lot, in order to find the place that covers your financial, as well as your personal qualifications.

Hotel dei Barbieri

The Hotel dei Barbieri opened its gates at the start of 2017 and it is an excellent choice for accommodation in Rome. It is probably the most VFM hotel in the city, as its location and quality are representative of its prices. It is housed in an historic, 17th century building, which was fully renovated, but preserved some of the must details of the era, like murals and marble columns. The hotel is in the heart of Rome, just 1 minute away from the Largo di Torre Argentina, 3’ away from the Campo de’ Fiori market, 5’ from the Pantheon, 12’ from the Fontana di Trevi and 15’ from the Colosseum and the Sant’Angelo Castle.

The unique architecture, earthly colors and extremely polished spaces are some of the features worth noting. Also, the staff is very attentive and polite, willing to provide any information and make your stay pleasant in any way. Furthermore, the front desk stays open 24/7. But, the advantages do not end here, as the hotel provides a free cell-phone with free internet and calls to selected countries apart from Italy. (With 5€ per day the device becomes a hotspot-router for you to have access to the internet from the rest of your devices as well, like laptops, tablets etc.)

The rooms have a minimal line, they are clean and high-ceilinged, while the view from the windows is limited. They have double beds, which are soft and perfect for resting, so much so that it will be hard to let go. The rooms have a strong wifi signal (free), working desk, TV, a safe box, autonomous heating-cooling system and an iron for the clothes. The bathroom follows the same aesthetic as the rest of the building and it is quite spacious, while it is equipped with high quality beauty products, clean towels, a rain shower, slippers, a hair-dryer and more benefits.

The only disadvantages of the room are the low water pressure some times during the day, as well as the noise, which is a result of the old-style windows. Finally, a fact that leaves quite the negative impression is that it does not have dining areas, which is odd considering its 4 stars!

The money we paid for one night was 120€ without breakfast, which is not one of the hotel’s strongest points (cost around 15€ per person). The Hotel dei Barbieri will certainly be our first choice, provided they don’t change its excellent VFM quality. Recommended ο (R)

Tip: The rooms of the ground floor are a little dark and claustrophobic, so ask to stay in one of the rest.

Accommodation Score: 9.2
Cleanliness: 9
Staff Kindness-Service: 9.5
Quality of Life and Area Safety: 9.5
Room Quality: 9
Breakfast: –
Value for Money: 10
Location: 9.5
Benefits: 8

Roma Resort Colosseum

The Roma Resort Colosseum is a good and affordable choice for accommodation in Rome. The apartment hotel is housed in a well-preserved, corner building in front of the Manzoni metro station. It is just 15 minutes away from the Colosseum, on the crossing of two big streets, and offers easy and quick access to the city center. In the surrounding area you will find free parking spaces, as well as many dining and entertainment facilities.

The apartments are spacious, high-ceilinged, quite bright and –relatively- new. Each has a big double bed, a kitchen, sofa, fridge, TV, hair-dryer and closet. It is also worth noting that they have great sound-proofing, while the wifi signal is excellent. In its advantages we should add the politeness and attentiveness of the staff, who are willing to provide you with any piece of information and help with whatever you need. Finally, you should know that the hotel, in collaboration with a private taxi company, ensures the transportation from and to the city airports.

On the other hand, the mould in the bathroom and dirt on the floor in combination with the lack of breakfast and no change of sheets, are the hotel’s most important downsides.

For 5 nights we paid 420€ + 25€ overnight accommodation tax in the Italian state. The price is very good for the location, quality and the hotel’s overall image. On a future visit, it will be high on our list. Good Choice (G)

Accommodation Score: 7.8
Cleanliness: 6.5
Staff Kindness-Service: 8.5
Quality of Life and Area Safety: 9
Room Quality: 8
Breakfast: –
Value for Money: 8.5
Location: 9
Benefits: 7

Scores, opinions and reviews about accommodations are completely subjective, but fully capture everything we saw and experienced without any preconception, affinity or distaste. Also, prices may vary depending on time period and demand.