Bolivar Hotel

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Bolivar Hotel

, Rome
3 star

Rooms: 30

6 Via della Cordonata - Rome - 00187 - Italy Hotel Website | | 66991666
293 Traveller

Reviews - Bolivar Hotel

7/10
Perfect location
Submitted by: Brian in 14/06/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Pleasure Seeker
This is an excellent location to walk around the sites of Rome. The rooms are clean but small. The staff are reliable and very helpful, providing us with fine restaurants, drivers all at reasonable prices. We will be staying there again September 2006.
7/10
Quiet elegance
Submitted by: Sara Kendall in 04/07/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
The Hotel Bolivar was lovely. Elegant rooms, on a very quiet alley with easy access to great sites in Rome. It's a bit hard to find at first, but worht the effort. The Hotel staff were very friendly and accomodating. For family travelers, the rooms are small and you may need two if you have more than 3 people.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Bolivar Hotel

Great place, location, staff

from syrus16
Cost a little more than the hotels near Termini station but well worth it. Many hotels claim the have a breakfast room with breathtaking views, the Bolivar actually does have good views. Not too mention the breakfast was great. Staff was very helpful, room were large and decorated nice. Bathrooms was large too. Turns out there is this little bar/club called Rockadile, right next store that I had a blast in while my dad dozed off (I am 24, he is 60) Many sites within walking distance. You may read it's kinda hidden in a alley location. It is true but good. It's 1/2 block off the a main strip which keeps down noise to a minimum. It is easy to find however (with a map) and all cab driver know about it. ***NOTE about cabs. The guy at the front desk suggested we take a cab to airport rather than the direct train, we agreed. This guy drove like a maniac and he was somehow connect to the bolivar. Watch out for him. He was doing 165 k/ph at one point which I could tell was fast but when I got home I noticed it was 105 mph. Overall I highly reccomend Bolivar

quiet, clean, charming!

from TSD
Stayed at the Hotel Bolivar in late July 2004. It seems a wee bit "sketchy" at first glance, as it is basically located in a sunny alley! But, it's clean, quiet and charming inside.

Our family of four was in room 103, which had quaint painted ceilings, nice beds, a great bathroom. A little cramped for four, but we were told to expect as much in Europe. The staff was very nice and as helpful as possible, with their heavily accented English. The hotel was adequately air-conditioned, too, thank goodness.

Best of all: the location! You're within 5 minutes' walk of the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, and the Trajan Column and ancient marketplace. A few minutes' more, and you're at the Colosseum. Also within walking distance to some good shopping areas.

For what it's worth, we heard a couple of "couples" complain about their rooms (size, cleanliness). This may be a better spot for families.

great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Bolivar in June 2004 and had a great time. The staff is very helpful ( picked us up at the airport, recommended great restaurants and arranged our transportation ) The breakfast room is located on top of the hotel with nice views and the food was good. The room and bathroom were nice. The rooms on the side of the steps are noisy at night ( young locals party there after work- our young travelers joined them!) It is tucked into an alcove off the main streets and is convenient to all the sites. The small restaurant directly across from the hotel serves great homecooked food. I would definitely stay there again.

Not a picky traveler, but this was awful!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I and our best friends went to Rome for a night, and were so excited to stay at Bolivar due to the reviews on this very website. We arrived on June 17, 2004, and were put into (which we had reserved) a quadruple room. We are all in our 20s, and we just wanted to all hang out together. The room (103) was small, but cute. The bathroom was even nice. We were thinking that our $315USD was somewhat well spent. We left our stuff there, and went to see the Eternal City.

Some 5 hours later, we return to the hotel to find that our bags have now been placed in Room 212---the nastiest of nasty rooms I have ever seen. And people---I have been to luxury hotels and hostels and everything in between, but this was FOUL. Smoke damage on the walls, tiny tiny tiny room with a grody bathroom and the place just seemed dirty.

My friend Kristin & I went down to the front desk to figure out what the deal was. The man there, Santino, explained that there was a water problem in 103---no hot water---and they just "thought" that we would "prefer" to have hot water, so they put us in 212 without our consent. (Ummm...yeah...most hotel rooms in Europe have hot water problems anyway---this was not an issue for us!)

Oh were we pissed when we found out that because we weren't there at the time---a person that was originally given Room 212 didn't like it (wonder why!) and wanted to change---our Room 103 was given away! We were forced to go to Room 212, and there were no other rooms available. Santino was very rude and quite a jerk, despite my sweet nature & diplomacy (I used all of the Italian I have ever learned and made SURE to not be an "obnoxious American").

Oh the stress of that situation...not to mention the MOOLA DOWN THE DRAIN! So sad...it put a damper on our visit to Rome, though we tried our ------- not to let it.

So, long story short, don't go there...if you can afford to spend a little more, go stay at Hotel Forum. You will be much happier!

Nice Hotel

from penray97
Just back from 3 nights in Rome (our second trip). We would definetly stay at this hotel again. The location is excellent (approx. 5 minutes from the Trevi Fountain, Vittorio Emmannuelle, you can even walk to the Vatican from here comfortably.
Although the main street if very busy and noisy, the hotel if in a small courtyard just off the main street and you hardly hear the traffic.
The rooms are very clean, nicely decorated except you only get 1 pillow on the bed so ask for more - they are very thin. Excellent value for money - we only paid 150 euros per night. Staff are friendly and will book anyb tours you ask for.

Horrible

from Maria12
Very bad experience at Hotel Bolivar in Rome. I stayed there for 3 nights in June 2004 and they gave us a room with a very dirty carpet and cigarette smell (even though I had requested non smoking). The shower had no curtain so whenever we took a shower, the water will go all over including the bedroom. They told me that they had no other rooms available and that all the bathrooms did not have curtains in their showers. They also misplaced a guest's passport! The poor guy found out too late (when he was checking in in the airport) that the front desk had given him another person's passport! He missed the flight and the hotel told him and his wife that they had to pay for the taxi driver to drive his passport to the airport. They didn't even had the decency to pay for the taxi driver fare. We also noticed that the sheets were not changed everyday. This hotel was just horrible and I will not stay there ever again!

Great stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Nice clean hotel in great location- helpful staff. Breakfast was varied and plentiful. Very pleasant experience!

What a location

from A TripAdvisor Member
We enjoyed our stay at the Bolivar. The location is just fantastic. You can walk to all the sites and if you don't want to walk you can just catch a bus. Be warned about the buses they get full and uncomfortable very fast. We bailed out of one and found our way bad from the Vatican after being groped on the very crowded bus. The hotel is very clean and beautifully decorated. Our room was tiny. There were four of us and the room was literally wall to wall beds. There was barely anyroom to walk and you couldn't use the desk because a bed was pushed up against it.
The noise is also a issue. We were woke up by our neighbors noisly having sex in the next room. The breakfast was okay. The coffee was not even half as good as what we recieve at the other hotels we stayed at in Italy but the rest of the food was fine. The breakfast room was beautiful with good views. The staff was very helpful and kind. I would stay here again as long as I was with a smaller group or get more rooms because that was my real only conplaint.

Very convenient

from PlanoRick
We stayed 3 nights at the Hotel Bolivar in early March, 2004. We DID get "cheated" by the taxi on the way to the hotel, but the taxi called by the hotel to take us back to the train station was much more reasonable. The hotel's off the main street location made for a very quiet place to stay. It was within convenient walking distance to all the main sites (we took the bus to the Vatican). There were restaurants within easy walking distance also.

We had a quad room for a family of 4 (room 219)...it was the largest room we had out of 3 cities on our trip. It was beautiful with plenty of space for us. We had a large bed (really 2 twins) and then 2 separate twin beds...all were very comfortable. The shower was large; the soaps and shampoos that were provided were of excellent quantity and quality.

The breakfast room is a bright, cheerful rooftop room. The breakfast was the best we had at any of our 3 stays. We were able to have enough food to keep us going through much of the day from our breakfast.

Although the Hotel Bolivar was a little "pricey" for our usual budget, it was well worth it because of its location, its ample breakfast, and the comforts it gave us.

We will definitely stay there again!

Excellent location, decent place

from A TripAdvisor Member
Location is what makes this place above average. You can walk to everything. St. Peters looked farther than it was. And many buses (including to Termini) a half block away. Since it's in a side street you may get hosed by a cab getting there (I did, a bit), but after you get familiar with the area that no longer has to be the case.

As for the hotel itself it is fine as a place to stay. Not luxury but fine as a place to keep stuff and sleep. I had a single - small room, smallest shower I'd ever seen but water pressure and temp were good. My room was quiet, although you hear people in the hall. Staff was fine but really all I did with them was check in and check out. Tiny TV, no remote in my room, but for a small room you sit close anyway. Only english stations were BBC and CNN.

Breakfast was bread, cereal, coffee, yogurt, hard boiled eggs. Nothing special but good enough to start with. Some days I was so busy I didn't get to lunch, so that was handy.

Bottom Line: I would stay here again assuming I didn't have the budget for something luxurious.

Top Local Tips for Rome

Girls alone! As in every city, pick pockets are everywhere. When we were there one of the girl's handbag was stolen, while out sight seeing. Also watch out for girls walking alone at night - the roman men tend to whistle and hoot car horns as they pass.

for a good drink just as you go out of the bolivar, go to the right and down the steps and you will see a pub on your left, the name of which escapes me. we went there on the saturday night after our meal, it is an absolute NIGHTMARE trying to find somewhere in Rome to just have a drink later on, its all restaurants! Anyway this was just a bar, but it was fab. i ordered an amaretto and i got a measure that could knock a horse unconscious for pennies. plus areally good band was on. lots of italians in there but didnt seem bothered by us english.

Pre book taxi via hotel On arrival at Rome central station we jumped into a licenced cab as the guide book explain. With that we were charged 28 euros for what I found out at the hotel was a journey worth only 10euros. Don't trust the taxi drivers no matter how nice they seem. Always pre book you cab via the hotel.

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  • comfort inn rome
  • bolivar hotel rome
  • Address: 6 Via della Cordonata - Rome - 00187 - Italy
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