Columbus Hotel

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Columbus Hotel

, Rome
4 star

Rooms: 92

33 Via della Conciliazione - Rome - 00193 - Italy Hotel Website | | 66865435
414 Traveller

Reviews - Columbus Hotel

9/10
Everything was Wonderful for the most part
Submitted by: MJ in 18/09/10
  • Age Group: 3140
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Disabled
I enjoyed the Hotel Columbus immensely!! Everyone was so helpful!! Eating breakfast was like dining in a museum! The seating areas and rooms were charming as were the dragon fountains attached to the hotel. The air conditioning might be tricky so ask for help. The toilet was annoying but nothing terrible. The hotel is walking distance to many sights and the Vatican is so close, it's almost unimaginable. On Borgo Pio and nearby streets, there are many places to buy souveneirs and restaurants. I highly recommend the Columbus over a generic modern hotel or the Cessi, the Cessi is only a block closer at more than double the price of the Columbus.
9/10
Wonderful Columbus!
Submitted by: Nat Wieczorek in 27/07/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
What a superb location! 2 mins walk from St Peter's on a long avenue, lined with shops, a chemist, ice cream parlour, bistro's and hop on hop off bus tours. About 30 minutes walk from old Rome, along the Tiber, and a short walk from Castle St Angelo, where all the traders line the bridge.
The hotel is an old palace, very calm and cool, and very spacious. It is also wonderfully quiet. We saw no one on our floor all week.
The rooms are basic, but have lots of character. There is an excellent mini bar for your chilled drinks. The bed is medium firm and the view looked onto St Peter's Dome and the quiet gardens. Seeing the sun go down was glorious from the bedroom window, which was quite small, with glass windows and wooden shutters.
I thought the bathroom more 3 star than 4, but it had a good bath and shower.It had a hairdryer in the bathroom. The Air conditioning was great and the room very cool at night. In fact at night the room was cool, dark and totally quiet. Bliss. No door slamming. The maids put on fresh sheets every day and came in after breakfast. There is a safe in the room.
The breakfast was great,a large buffet, till 10am but this seemed quite flexible. Cheese, ham, croissants, bread rolls, cakes, fruit tarts, yogurt, fresh fruit, eggs - the lot. Every type of tea and good coffee. You can sit in the garden and the staff are great. No hassling or rushing.
We didn't try the restaurant food as it looked abit dear. The setting is grand, though, beneath a painted ceiling. Very Renaissance.
The whole hotel is a wonderful palace and just so convenient for everything. In the back streets are some great little restaurants serving good food at a reasonable price.
At night we sat in the garden, beautifully lit with twinkling lights, had drinks and listened to the pianist.
We loved this hotel as it was away from the noise of Rome, but not out of the way. The car transfer from the hotel to Ciampino airport was 50 Euro's for about a 45 min trip. Well worth it.
We had a look at the suite rooms and although they are alot bigger, we didn't think they were worth the money unless it was something very special like a honeymoon. We spent very little time in our room, so size didn't really matter. We had ample space anyway.
If you want cool, calm and sedate, this is for you. The staff were friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Check out is 12 noon and they lock the bags away. Do the Vatican Museums, then pop back for the bags. We would highly recommend this hotel.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Columbus Hotel

Wonderful hotel

from CL_Cardiff
We stayed at the Colombus for two nights in May 2005 after two nights in a vile dump of a hotel a few blocks away.

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
In an old papal palace, very plain on the outside, but as you walk inside, a courtyard, and one of the most beautiful hotels i have ever stayed in in my life.
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 stayed at the Hotel Columbus in November '04. It is ideally situated a stone's throw from St Peter's Square. This is the only positive comment one could make about this hotel.

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 Vatican

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a perfect hotel for the Vatican. We stayed here to do a tour of Rome in two days. We managed to do all the main sites by catching the hop on and off tour bus which has a stop outside the hotel. The hotel is literally on the door step of the vatican.

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 Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Columbus Hotel April 19-April 21....Beautiful Hotel...wonderful staff. I became ill with pneumonia, my husband called the reception desk and inquired about a doctor...they called a doctor and he immediately came over. He spoke english, which made this stressful time a little easier. He gave me some prescriptions and the front desk at the hotel called a taxi for my husband and they told the cab driver where my husband needed to go and for him to wait on my husband and bring him back to the hotel....This was in the middle of the night and they were more than gracious enough to handle everything...The staff was very concern about me and constantly asked my husband was there anything they could do for me...Unfortunately, we had to cut our vacation short and return home...But we plan to return to Rome and to the Columbus Hotel....It's nice to know that whatever arises..the staff of the Columbus Hotel will be there to help....Bravo Columbus Hotel and many thanks.....

Loved Hotel Columbus, exceeded my expectations

from Bobby1802
I was worried about my booking because of the different statements here. I was staying at Columbus 3 days before the pope´s inauguration with my mother and I was very satisfied with my stay, even in this hectic time. The rooms where indeed small but very clean and cosy. But in big major European cities all hotels rooms are small. The aircondition was working and is very efficient. The breakfast buffet is above average, Italiens never have a large breakfast only cornetto and coffee, but Columbus offers a lot more. I was suprised, also by the friendly service. The lobby, the bar and the restaurant are very charming and all in a historical surrounding (old palazzo). The food of the hotel´s restaurant is not cheap true, but is what you pay for a nice meal in a historic well maintained large room. I exprienced the service staff also as very friendly and the wine selection is very good.
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 again

from lizu
Former convent: tiny private room (single barely fits narrow bed, bathroom simply has showerhead across from sink), gorgeous common rooms (large, lofty, awesome paintings&furniture). But do you go to Rome/the Vatican to stay in your room?! :) The space you get is plenty.
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 wonderland

from kontikiman
Just spent a long weekend at the Columbus Hotel Rome and found it to be both charming and convenientlly sitiuated just a 5 minute stroll away from St Peters. To get up on a bright sunny morning and look out at the view of St Peters was amazing. The staff were really friendly and helpful with directions on how to get to major attractions. They arranged our transport back to the airport with a very courteous driver who didn't scare us to death on the notorious Italian roads! The breakfasts were delicious with a feast to keep your strength up during the sightseeing trips, enough to fill you up all day.The rooms were a good size and for a hotel that used to be a monastery, the decor was excellent. The shower cubicle was a little small but ample for our needs. Rooms were cleaned daily and to a very high standard. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a taste of history, its excellent location and ambience.

Soak up the atmosphere

from Oldgit2
To leave your hotel on a morning, turn left and be in St. Peter's Square is not to be forgotten.
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 Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Columbus is classed as a four star hotel, however, I stayed there 16 - 19 Nov 2004, and whilst it was extremely convenient for St. Peters, Cistine Chapel, Vatican with other areas easily accessible by public transport, I would not regard the standard of room as four star. Our room was very spartan (only one bedsite reading light, insufficient sockets for two). Very very overpriced in comparison to normal expectations from a four star hotel. Restuarant and Bar prices outrageously expensive (when ordering a cognac, was asked if I wanted an Italian cognac or French cognac - how can you have an Italian Cognac?). Consequently, only had one meal and NO DRINKS in the Hotel.

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  • Address: 33 Via della Conciliazione - Rome - 00193 - Italy
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