Casa Kolbe Hotel, Rome
Reviews - Casa Kolbe Hotel
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: Italy
- Traveller type: Business Traveller
- Age Group: 18 - 25
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Young & Single
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Adventurer
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Casa Kolbe Hotel
Wow.What a surprise!from whatsinitforme
My room looked directly at Caesers house and is close proximity to everything yet is very quite.
The Hotel staff are very helpful and will give tips and directions.
Parking is available on street right at the front of the Hotel.
Restaurant was still being completed yet breakfast was adequate and has a very small bar.
If you are looking for a modern Hotel with large rooms and a brilliant location,book into the Kolbe!!!
cant wait to go backfrom malcolmcarmel
Former monastery and great locationfrom JMSNorthamptonshire
However, for a hotel that opened in December 07 still not to have the advertised air conditioning working is unacceptable, especially in our room on the front where the windows open onto the cobbble stone road which was very noisy with lots of traffic in rush hour morning and evening.
The gardens are beautiful but no garden furniture to sit out on yet it was quite warm when we were there (18 degrees).
There was no room service as they have no chef on site and disappointingly no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms.
Breakfast was continental style and there was a really good spread but they ran out of a basic - natural yoghurt - on two mornings.
The circular bed was very hard and it was most peculiar that the circular bedspread was effectively the quilt as this was most uncomfortable and ineffective. We did get the 2 extra pillows we asked for.
Despite these negatives, the attitude and positiveness of the staff and the beautiful surroundings made our stay memorable.
100% Recommended!!from tinathetourist
We are young and fit so managed to walk everywhere, we had a tour for the Vatican and found it very easily (the hotel provides you with a good map) however be warned!!.... It did take us an hour and a bit but we were willing to walk this far as we wanted to see other places on the way. I believe the metro and bus services are good from other reviews but we didn't have first hand experience.
The hotel itself is really immaculate, modern and comfortable. We had one of the smallest rooms (we saw a few others on our way to breakfast) and the others were incredibly large. The rooms are cleaned daily and really are spotless with fresh towel, bedding and smellies provided. The breakfast was satisfactory and the staff were very very obliging and kind.
Spacious, modern and friendlyfrom Harravo65
The first room we were shown to was a large twin on the ground floor next to reception with shower only which looked out onto a very quiet road. However the road was cobbled and we could hear any car that went past. We were on a romantic birthday break so decided to go for an upgrade even tho' the room was of a good standard. We asked only to look at another room and said we were prepared to pay. The friendly staff explained that we had the last room available but they would see what they could do.
After going out for a walk we returned and were offered the "Matrimonial" room at no extra cost! This was another large room but with double bed and bath and fridge on the first floor at the rear of the hotel overlooking the lovely Orange Tree garden. Beautiful.
The breakfast buffet was served in a light and bright cavernous dining room overlooking this garden with white tablecloths and tulips on each table. Cereals, several breads, yoghurts, fruit tarts, muffins, stewed and fresh fruit, fresh cheeses and meats, butter and chocolate croissants, tea and coffee. Superb!
The spaciousness of this hotel derives from it's origins as a monastery but other than this there are no historic features. A thoroughly modern but lovely experience. HIghly recommended.
Great locationfrom adamseve
The hotel was very clean and we found the staff to be friendly and very helpful. They helped us from booking excursions to ordering a pizza to the room from a local takeaway. We always found the hotel to be cleaned to high standard. The maids did a wonderful job coming into the room everyday to ensure the bed lining/towels were changed and the room was spotless.
The room itself was of a comfortable size (a bit small) however was well laid out. The bed was very comfortable but we only had 2 pillows and even though we were there for a week never got round to asking for any extra. The room included a flat screen T.V, however the only English channel we found was BBC World News. I don’t think the T.V system for the hotel had been fully set up as I had looked to see if any films were available in English and it just wouldn’t allow me to do it. There was also a mini bar and a high tech safe.
The bathroom was to a high standard which included a Jacuzzi Shower which was quite novel.
A continental buffet style breakfast was served every morning between 7 and 10. This included cereal, freshly baked croissants, cakes, bread, yogurts, fruit, cheese and selection of cold meats. Fruit juice, water and coffee were also available to drink. The restaurant was well laid out.
The two let downs to the hotel was that the bar was not open and the restaurant did not serve evening meals at the time we were there. However beer and wine could be purchased to take to your rooms but this was not advertised.
is fantasticfrom David_C_N_hants
If you like your hotel to be clean and modern with every gadget imaginable then this is the place for you. The Hotel is in the heart of ancient Rome just opposite a side gate to the Forum.
The room we booked had flat screen TV, large whilpoool bath (for two!), and was incredible in size for a Rome City Centere hoetl...all for £110 per night including breakfast.
This must be Romes best kept secret!
Newly refurbished Hotel in amongst the ruins!from Jeannie4
The Kolbe Hotel has recently been refurbished and is now a contemporary hotel in the shell of an old monastery.
We found the hotel very comfortable with great bedrooms (a/c, flat screen tv and well fitted bathroom - although jacuzzi shower was a bit of a challenge!) Don't expect full service - the only catering on offer is continental breakfast. There is no bar or room service
If you are looking for a four star B&B with friendly and helpful staff then you won't go wrong. It is a great base to dicover Rome and is located in a quiet residential area close to the Forum - very picturesque.
Only disadvantage was there are few eating places close by - Trastevere is within 20 mins walk and has a great range of trattorias, pizzerias etc plus there are one ot two nice (but expensive ) ristorantes nearby.
There are a number of buses nearby that take you to the Vatican, Piazza Navonna area. Avoid Taxis - they are very expensive and also prone to rip you off!
I would definately go back again
Perfect Positionfrom cafe14a
Just a stones throw from The Forum and easy access to the Colloseum one way or Capitoline Hill in another, just a short walk to the main bus stops where you can catch an express bus to the Vatican.
There's plenty of local shopping opportunities and of course restaurants are ten a penny. We walked everywhere and took in many sights except for the bus ride to the Vatican, even walking back. Bus rides only cost €1 and one ticket is valid as many times within 75 mins.
The Kolbe had only been open 2 months after a major refurbishment. While inside is very much modern and clean there still remains elements of when it used to be a monastery. Our room had arches still in the ceiling!
The room had automatic climate control, safe, fridge, plasma TV, ethernet sockets and being built for disabled guests had plenty of available space. We did have to endure a walk-in sit-down shower though and really missed being able to soak in the bath after all that walking!
The staff were pleasant & English speaking, always available to help with directions etc.
Breakfast was buffet style, cereals, fruit, ham & cheese, yoghurts, croissants and cakes with hot and cold drinks. Certainly satisfactory and included in our room price.
Based on a 4 star accommodation we may have expected more dining options (no dinner or lunch available) but was certainly a modern, clean hospitable hotel. I wouldn't hesitate staying there again and the price compared to other central hotels was very reasonable.
Refurbished and very smart hotelfrom victoriahouseLondon
The location is superb - right alongside the Roman Forum and no more than 10 minutes' walk from the Coliseum and the Metro station at Circus Maximus.
The hotel has been refurbished in a very elegant style. The reception is airy and welcoming. The multi-lingual receptionist was friendly but seemed to be doubling up as a salesman (was he on commission??) trying to offer us tickets for city tours, taxis etc.
The room was sparse but impeccably presented. We booked a junior suite which had an unusal layout (sofa and bed back-to-back separated by a low wall) but made sense in a long, narrow room. The bathroom was very spacious and nicely fitted, with a full-length bath (plus jacuzzi) and ceiling shower.
The room was rather warm at night since the heating system didn't want to be turned below 22 degrees celsius. The bed, though, was very comfortable. Strangely, only 3 pillows were supplied which meant only one of us got two pillows.
Breakfast (included in the price) was simple but decent and filling. The hotel was only about 10% full when we visited so breakfast was an easy experience.
In summary, this is a fairly classy hotel which represents good value and has a prime site for exploring Old Rome.
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- Address: 44 Via di San Teodoro - Rome - 00186 - Italy
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