Columbus Hotel, Rome
Reviews - Columbus Hotel
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- From: United States
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- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Columbus Hotel
Wonderful hotelfrom CL_Cardiff
We viewed the room before we booked in and, unlike other reviewers, found the room to be superb. It was very large, comfortable and well furnished with a large bathroom and air conditioning. The public rooms are beautiful and appropriately mantained for their age. Staff were helpful and allowed us to check in early in the morning of our arrival. This hotel was clearly superior to others we had seen in the area and was not overpriced comparatively.
If we could be sure of having the same or similar room it would definitely be worth another visit.
live like a Pope!from jdchopin
The staff is helpful, kindly, interested in anything they can do to help the visitor. The food is absolutely wonderful. This hotel is a very quiet place, and the folks staying there did not seem the 'chatty' types. So its very quiet, peaceful andjust a a block or so from the front doors of the Vatican. (A short 5 min walk and you are embraced by the arms of St. Peters.)
As one point, I sat down in this beautiful elegant ball room, and played a concert grant piano for a few moments that was in perfect shape and tune. While having dinner, there was a wonderful pianist playing multiple styles of music while I dinned in a garden. Its one of those wonderful resturants where all the servers help each other, so you are always feeling special and waited on. The rooms are perfect: absotluely lovely, clean, well cared for, with big beautiful doors and double windows; though I have stayed in some very big name and high level hotels, this remains the most lovely and beautiful palace I have ever stayed.
Simple perfect elegance in a palace that makes one feel like a prince. Consider staying there while is Rome.
Avoid the Hotel Columbus!from GabbyScotland
We arrived very late in the evening and were shown to our room by a very pleasant young man who unfortunately could not speak English. The room had a double bed pushed against one wall with one bedside cabinet at the other end. There was no space for anything else. There was a dilapidated wardrobe squashed between the bottom of the bed and the opposite wall. We took one look at the room and declined to stay there! The young porter telephoned reception and we were then shown another room. This room was much larger but had three single beds! Not what we had in mind for a romantic weekend in Rome!
We returned to Reception and were shown another two rooms virtually identical to those previously offered. When we insisted that we had paid for a double room in a 4 star hotel rather than a room one might find in a youth hostel the Receptionist lost his ability to speak English and threw two sets of keys at us across the counter!
Another Receptionist intervened at this point and we were then shown to a "suite" that had only just become available!! This consisted of a large room overlooking Vatican Square and a smaller adjacent room with a television. It also had a miniature shower room. While it was far superior to anything else we had been offered I would still have been disappointed in the standard if we had been shown this first.
Throughout our stay the staff were surly - with the exception of the pleasant young porter. There was a good selection of food for Breakfast. Dinner was fine although it was the same menu each evening.
This Hotel was a great disappointment and we would never return there - even if it was offered free of charge!
Location perfect for the Vaticanfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The downside is service in the restaurant is appalling, we tried to eat there and they seem to give priority to the religiously atired clientelle first, and were left waiting for two hours before giving up to look around for somewhere to eat. The downside is we didn't find anywhere within walking distance that was up to much for food.
Breakfast was a bit of a fight to make it passed all the coach parties but there is more than enough food to go around, you could stay for hours eating all the many different tasty food.
Staff were very indifferent, and the hotel room we had was in the roof and very small.
Great location, but not necessarily the best hotel I have stayed in for room and service
Wonderful Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Loved Hotel Columbus, exceeded my expectationsfrom Bobby1802
The hotel is 200 metre from San Pietro & Vaticano & in walking distance (800 meter) to the city center. Taxi to city center is app. 8 Euro but there are buses running and the walk over the Tiber is very nice and leads you just into the historic center. So Italien food is delicious this is a cost free workout!
I would definitely come again. From European view I regard the hotel as a four star one, but it cannot be compared with a US four star, then I would rate it 3 star; but it is in an historice building and is indeed a very nice experience.
single traveler, wld stay here againfrom lizu
Buffet breakfast included, fantastic, Mac w/ free internet in the lobby. No clock in the room (!), tissues, iron, but there's a safebox, cable, minibar. Couldn't spot the room AC (though advertised when booking).
Will charge you for local calls. ATMs & postoffices close by.
Staff nice & professional, not quite personable.
Superb location, any closer to the Vatican you'd be bunking up with the Pope. Quite safe. Walk to most other attractions (all within 30 min walk). Subway mere 10min walk away also goes to all these places.
weekend wonderlandfrom kontikiman
Soak up the atmospherefrom Oldgit2
To eat and sleep in a building that has such character is to experience the extraordinary.
To grumble about missed alarm calls, expensive drinks and staff who whilst being helpful retain a certain aloofness is to have taken the wrong holiday.
The bed was so comfortable and the breakfast so civilised that we did not want to come home.
However in the evening it is to miss out on Rome's 'dolce vita' not to cross the river and join in the fun.
The Columbus is not a four star Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Rome
The Metro If you are going for a week, get the one week metro pass. It is very useful and helps a lot. The metro is great, you don't need a taxi.
get a taxi to the airport using the hotel taxi Roman taxi drivers take you for a ride. best thing to do is book a taxi through your hotel for a fixed rate. I paid 50 Euros to go the airport, and you are not anxious that you are being fooled
taxis are manic!! make sure when u come out of termini train station that u join the que for legal white taxis - these men will wait for u to come to them rather than harrass u like the illegal ones! demand a price before getting into a taxi. that way they cant overcharge u the way they did to us. that was a lovely taxi driver told us that! they charge extra per bag u have too so make sure they dont overdo it
Other names for Columbus Hotel
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- Address: 33 Via della Conciliazione - Rome - 00193 - Italy
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