Historical Traveller Reviews of Dei Gladiatori Hotel
Our family stayed 2 nights at this hotel. We had two rooms that ajoined and both looked out at the colloseum. There is nothing like looking out your window and seeing the colloseum. Our three teenage sons loved this hotel. The room they shared was a bit small and had an extra bed put in. Our room was average sized. Both bathrooms and showers were very large. (something we could really appreciate later on our trip in Europe) The rooms were kept very cool. The breakfast was good, and the view from the rooftop was amazing. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They arranged pickup from the airport for us and had a cab ready to take us to the train station the day we left. After touring Rome, we knew we made the correct choice in picking this location to stay. We only have one complaint, and that is the sound at night. We heard the cars, sirens and what sounded and felt like a train or subway nearby. But, even knowing that, we would stay at this same hotel again if we went back to Rome. We truely loved it!!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent 3 nights here...I would expect rooms and service like this ONLY at a much more expensive place. Honestly! The staff catered to our every need, the room was beautiful - no detail was overlooked.
One bad note - drinks on the terrace are super expensive. Eleven euros for a Heineken? Our bar bill was outrageous.
from A TripAdvisor Member
A very nice boutique hotel with lushly decorated rooms and spectacular views of the Colosseum, especially from the rooftop, where you can have the excellent continental breakfast and enjoy an evening drink. The location, on the southeastern corner of the tourist track, is convenient but perhaps not as central as other hotels. The hotel is on a thoroughfare that seems to have an endless stream of trolleys, buses, trucks, speeding cars, and emergency vehicles, even late at night, so if you have a room that faces that way, you might need earplugs.
What a location, what a hotel.
from A TripAdvisor Member
If you've never been to Roma before, and you come out of the Colosseo metro station, the grandness of the view will smack you right between the eyes. Convieniently there is a low wall to the lett of the station where you can sit and admire everything. If you then keep walking you'll see the hotel right in front of you - we arrived at night and saw the roof terrace, thinking that looks like a good view. Lo and behold it truned out to be the hotel.
The fantastic view over Ludus Magnus and Colsseum for breakfast and dinner aside, the hotel was incredible. Rooms where clean and well looked after, air conditioning thoughout, as well as reasonably quiet for a central Rome hotel.
It well worth the visit, even just for a drink on the terrace at night.
Great family suite and breakfast
from A TripAdvisor Member
Our family stayed here in the Marcus Aurelius Suite on the third foor for 6 night in early March at the rate of 320 Euros a night, including all taxes, service charges, and American style breakfast. The suite consisted of an entry hall, master bedroom with king bed and bathroom with marble tub and shower attachment, and a separate bedroom with double daybed and rollaway bed (at no extra charge) and bathroom with stall shower. Each bathroom also had a bidet, heated towel rack, and excellent towels. Each room (and bathroom of master bedroom) had fantastic unobstructed views of the Colossum. The rooms were fairly spacious for Europe, with plenty of drawer and closet space, very dark with thick curtains, lots of lights, and 2 electronic safes. The maid service was good, though eratic, sometimes providing turn-down service and sometimes not. The breakfast was served in the roof cafe, with another great view. It consisted of a buffet with croissants, cake, rolls, cheeses and meats (including fresh mozzarella), fruits, cereals, and juices. Eggs and bacon (the best) could be ordered, as well as cappucinos and hot chocolate. These breakfasts were so substantial that we could only manage 2 meals a day (a deal with the falling dollar). There was one waiter on duty each morning, and he was not particularly friendly or efficient. All in all, this was a very comfortable place for a family, but there were some faults. First, the hotel is on a very busy street with lots of street noise, which was fairly easy to ignore except for the frequent ambulances going to the hospital a short distance away. Italian ambulances are quite loud, even with the sound-proof windows closed, and we were often awakened. We did not notice noise from other rooms, but the hotel also seemed pretty empty during our stay. The other major problem was the location. We actually wanted to be close to that area to visit the ruins, but most of the better restaurants are located a good 20-30 minutes walk away, if farther. Our family took cabs only to go the Vatican and Villa Borgese, but this could be a serious issue. The other problems were minor. The shower attachment in the master bath was useless and succeeded in showering only the bathroom floor. We did not see temperature control in the bedrooms; this might be a problem in the summer. The personnel on duty were unobtrusive and made phone calls when requested. However, they did not go out of their way to be helpful or friendly and had to be reminded for certain requests like an extra pillow (though we were visiting right after the incident involving the shooting and killing of the Italian journalist and secret service officer who was laid in state that weekend, so perhaps we should consider ourselves grateful that they weren't hostile). The telephone in our room never worked. Breakfast was very slow. The hairdryer button had to be held continuously in order to work. Would we stay here again? We ere very happy with our family suite and the huge breakfast, but if my husband and I were travelling alone, we would look for a quieter hotel closer to the Pantheon area.
Sorry to give the following negative review in light of all the positive
ones, but my wife and I had a bad experience with this hotel, and maybe
others will benefit from our story. We are seasoned travelors, and have
visited Rome many times. We have fairly low expectations when it comes
to hotel rooms (in fact, this is the first negative review I have ever
written), but I must say, our expectations were a bit higher when it came
to the Gladiatori given all we've read.
First, our room was explicitly supposed to have a "view" of the Colosseum,
for which we paid a $75 premium on top of the high per night rate. Well,
I cannot say we did not have a view, so technically they fulfilled their
promise. But the view consisted of this: if I extended my torso (not just
neck!) out the window and looked hard far left, I could barely make out a
vertical slither of the Colloseum. In fact, there is a tree which blocks even
this minimal view, so what I saw was the little I could see through the
leaves. Perhaps we had the worst of the view rooms, so bad luck for us.
But if I had known, I would not have paid the extra money for the view.
I recommend that you explicitly ask what "view" you are going to get if
you decide to take a chance on staying here.
But here's the bigger problem. Staying at this hotel was at the end of a
great ten day visit to Rome. We stayed at other hotels (Genio, Inghilterra)
to visit different parts of the city, and I wanted to surprise my wife with
Gladiatori on the last day. As described above, the first impression was
bad when we looked out the window and had difficulty finding the
Colosseum. Trying to get beyond this, we figured we'd go to the upstairs
terrace which everyone raves about because of (again) the great view of
the Colosseum. Well, IT WAS CLOSED BECAUSE THEY RENTED IT OUT TO
A PRIVATE PARTY! So, no window view, and no terrace view while sipping
a drink at sunset for us (something the hotel makes a point of telling you
"not to miss" by giving you a card describing this unique experience)!
We still had a great time in Rome, but I wish I had selected another hotel
for our last day. This hotel is too costly to take a risk and possibly get
disappointed as we did. There are other beautiful hotels at these prices.
Antonio from New York
Professional, friendly, helpful staff. Superb location, views. Good furnishings,
We've stayed in Rome often, and were very favorably impressed with this new (2-year-old) hotel in a lovely, former 16th-C convent. The rooms and common areas are all well furnished and kept immaculate, though none are spacious. On first sight of our room I immediately called the desk to ask if this was indeed the deluxe double we had booked. The manager assured me it was -- because of the view. When we opened the curtains and shutters we understood; the view of the Colosseum, and the city beyond, was unrivalled in our experience. The substantial discount offered by Active Hotels eased the pain of the nightly rate, though the room still felt small (but not really uncomfortable) at that price. But the furnishings and amenities were fine, everything worked well, and the chamber staff were friendly, efficient, and unobtrusive. Breakfasts (traditional Italian and/or British-American) are served on the roof, which is divided into a pleasant, fairly large enclosed space and an ample terrace; both offer spectacular views and plenty of natural light -- particularly the terrace, of course, which offers one of the best imaginable panoramas of Rome, yet hasn't been discovered to date -- so you can have this splendor, and a cafe or prosecco, often all to yourself. The staff, from the management and desk staff to the cleaning personnel, seemed universally well-trained, professional, and friendly. This is a small hotel, and the management appears to have understood how to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by working on this scale. Every member of the staff did everything he or she could to attend to our needs and make us comfortable. That level of service is what one might expect but doesn't always get at these prices. Incidentally, the senior desk staff is generally fluent in English; you can try out your Italian (including non-verbal) with most of the other staff. For anyone who's ever spent a couple of days in Rome, a glance at a map will be enough to convince you how conveniently the hotel is located. The Roman and Imperial forums and the Palatine (and of course the Colosseum) are just a few minutes' walk. The entrance to the recently-opened Domus Aurea of Nero is literally across the street. One can walk to a great many of the city's major attractions, including museums, churches, shops, and restaurants. You can get to Trastevere on foot in 15-20 minutes. And when you're too tired to walk any further, the desk staff can get a taxi for you within 5 minutes. The major bus lines, as well as trams, also have stops virtually at the front door or around the corner. Now that I look back over my rave, I realize it's getting suspicious. Honestly, I'm not an employee or a PR agent for the hotel. Not related to anyone connected to the hotel. I was simply motivated to say what I thought because I've just come back from my visit, liked the hotel very much, and think they deserve credit for what they've accomplished and are continuing to do.
Wow - What a fantastic hotel.
It's difficult to write a review about near perfection, but I'll try. The Staff - starting with being met by Marco - what a great guy, on to Valentina - so friendly and to top it all the manager Bruno, without doubt the friendliest hotel staff I've met, and I've met a few. The rooms are brilliant and immaculately clean, bathroom you would love to have at home and the view from the roof terrace make this probably the best hotel location in any major historical city in Europe. No shortage of restaurants nearby and close to all forms of transport. If you are going to Rome - stop searching the net and just book this place - you will not be sorry.
Wonderful hotel in a perfect location
from A TripAdvisor Member
Absolutely fantastic! A little pricey for the Deluxe room (though no Rome hotels are cheap), but worth it for the fantastic view of the Colosseo from the window! Lovely room, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful or friendly.
Location was perfect for exploring the Roman remains, close to the centre for shopping and restaurants, and with a Metro station just up the road it was easy to go further afield. (A visit to Ostia Antica is well worth it - incredibly well-preserved port city!).
Locally there were several good restaurants (check out the Pasqualino) within easy reach.
Outstanding in every way
from A TripAdvisor Member
An absolutely wonderful Hotel- it was perfect and it for exceded my expectations. I am returning for a holiday with my son in June and would very much like to return to the Hotel Gladiatori.
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We pre-booked our taxi transfer from the airport. Go to www.diy-hols.com. It is cheaper than getting a taxi at the airport. You pay the driver half the fare and the other half on your return journey.Your driver waits for you at Arrivals holding a sign with your name on it.A very reliable service.