Grifo Hotel

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Grifo Hotel

, Rome
2 star

Rooms: 19

144 Via del Boschetto - Rome - 00184 - Italy 64827596
399 Traveller

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Loved Hotel Grifo!!

from ciao_jules
My sister and I stayed at Hotel Grifo last week for 5 nights. It is perfectly located in the heart of Rome with lots of great restaurants, trattorias, wine bars, and shops just steps from the hotel. All the sites are in walking distance also! The area is very safe, perfect for everyone. The staff was SO helpful and friendly and spoke great English. Our room was small (double) but very clean, although small it felt cozy and homey. The air conditioning was a huge plus - a must if your staying in Rome during the summer. Breakfast was great - just perfect for starting off the day. We highly recommend Hotel Grifo and will definitely go back when we return to Rome! Ciao!

Convienent hotel in the ancient red-light district

from golfjr
We (2 teen age boys and myself) arrived by train from Florence. Although we could have walked to the hotel in about 25 minutes we chose a taxi which was fairly expensive(20E).

We booked a triple(170E) but upon viewing the two small double beds we opted for a double and a single (no extra cost). We were on the top floor where we had a private shared bath in the hall. Since we had both rooms on the floor it was private.
The rooms were clean, airconditioned with a balcony and each with a small refrigerator. If it hadn't been so hot we would have used the balcony overlooking the interesting street.

The front desk staff was exceptional, being very accomodating.

The internet site I booked through claimed free wifi, however, it is not free but 15E for 24 hours. Also it doesn't really work throughout the hotel and not in our rooms.

Breakfast was included and was good: bread, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and museli. There are plenty of cafes and restuarants in the neighborhood. The hotel keeps menus of quite a few restuarants, which was helpful.

The hotel has a little bar which was convenient upon returning from a hot afternoon walk through the forum. We watched the Italians squeek past the Aussies in the world cup match.

The title of my review comes from a story the manager told me that Nero used to come to the area to enjoy the bordellos.
Of course none of those buildings are still standing but the area is filled with buildings dating to the 17 th century.

Great Hotel and Staff! We Loved It!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Hotel Grifo for 4 nights. We were a family of 4 so they gave us the quad on the top of the hotel. It was nice size and very clean. We had a balcony right out our door. Best buy in Rome. My other family members had two double rooms that were very nice also.

Best part of hotel was the staff. Very friendly and helpful. Spoke English and had great recommendations for sights, transportation and food.

Location was great. Walking distance to Colosseum (very close), Trevi and other attractions. Bus stops were very close and could get you any place you wanted to go.

Would stay there again without a doubt.

Great Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
A brilliant place to stay for a short break in Rome.
We had a double room which was lovely although a bit small but the terrace certainly made up for that. The shower would have caused some difficulties for bigger people but we managed well and the water was hot, the room was spotlessly clean and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The breakfast was plentiful and the waiter very friendly and amusing.
It was close enough to walk to almost all the places we wanted to see and there is a lovely piazza about 2 minutes away to sit with a glass of wine and watch the world go by - perfect after a long days walking.
We would recomend this hotel to anyone that wants a reasonably price hotel.

Hotel Grifo - Good place to stay

from gagevans
Really enjoyed our short trip to Rome and this hotel was a perfect choice. We booked a room that had an ensuite toilet and basin, but had to walk a little down the corridor to the shower room. This wasn't a problem and we never had to wait. The room was clean. The location was excellent, very near to the Colosseum and a short walk to Cavour underground station. We found some good restaurants in the surrounding area. I would recommend this hotel to all.


from metallic
3star---no, not really. No hairdryer (tho' they got us one)tv didn't work (like I cared!) and our 5th floor room meant walking up to the last floor (outside! Which was novel!)as the lift only goes to the 4th floor.
BUT! What a treasure! It was clean and comfortable, our 5th floor quad was very spacious and the terrace overlooking the rooftops of this ancient (and unesco listed)part of Rome was wonderful.The staff were not only efficient, spkoe English well and were polite but were eager to help.
Via del Boschetto is a noisy little street---but Rome IS noisy and we were not bothered by this, our children slept soundly.It is barely 5mins from the Colosseum and ALL the sights are easily walkable. And at the end of a busy day walking we did not want to tramp the streets again looking for restaurants---and you do not need to at the Grifo--there are more than a dozen delightful places to eat within 100yds.
One of the main shoppoing streets (Via Nazionale) is at the end of the road--again only 5mins.
We recommend the Grifo if location, friendliness and cleanliness mean a lot to you. If you prefer luxury and more modern amenities in a less perfect location then go elsewhere. We'll stick with the Grifo.

great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Lovely little hotel. Spotlessly clean. Clean towels every day.Staff extremely helpful.We arrived after midnight, just rang hotel earlier in day to tell them, no problems.(watch taxis after midnight,they'll rip you off charged us 30euros from termini when it should be no more than 15.)
Rooms a little small. Some rooms don't have a shower in . We didn't,but had a private shower a couple of yards down the corridor.It wasn't much of a problem and the shower was excellent.
Excellent location, about 7 to 10 minutes walk from Colosseum and same to Piazza Venezia.About 10 minutes from Termini station and Via Natzionale.
Breakfasts plentiful.Hotel staff recommended some good restaurants on Via del Boschetto.
Would definitely come to this hotel again.

Avoid this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I had a confirmed email reservation at this hotel, but when I arrived, I was told by a most unhelpful and non-communicative woman that my room would not be ready for at least an hour, as there was "a problem with the shower". I was very tired after an extremely early start, and this was bad news, but I dutifully wandered about for an hour or two.
When I returned, a man I had not seen before directed me out of the hotel and led me around the corner to an entrance on another street, and had me check in. I initally thought- absent any explanation to the contrary- that I was still at the Grifo, but I later discovered I was in an entirely different hotel.

The room was described to me as "a double for single use", but was tiny, although with high ceilings. The shower was so small, a person of any size would not have been able to close the door. It seemed as if it had just been installed.The closets on either side of the bed had no hangers and were set at a level only a seven feet giant could reach. The TV was almost on the ceiling at a bizarre angle,and thus largely unwatchable. There was no phone in the room. It was completly charmless.

The location is good, close to the Forum, but still a bit grimy. There are nicer areas to stay in. Plus, if you are a single woman travelling alone, a hotel that switches your accomodation, without notice, leaving you potentially un-reachable to family and colleagues, is to be avoided.
Save up your money and stay at the Hotel Forum down the street instead.

loved the hotel grifo but

from A TripAdvisor Member
have just returned from a trip to rome i booked hotel grifo off internet for 2 nights excellent location staff very friendly rooms spotless BUT despite emailing hotel and telling them i would be arriving late the first night they rented out my room so myself and my 15 year old daughter had to go hunting for a hotel at 3am on first night i had to flag down a taxi and on 4th attempt got a room in the hotel valle arrived back at grifo at 9am following morning to be told i couldnt check in till midday left bags in bar and went sightseeing eventually got into room at 5pm as ive said staff were very friendly and heplful and hotel was in excellent location but giving away someones room JUST ISNT GOOD ENOUGH

Rooftop Quad in ancient Rome

from Olive
Great location in ancient Rome.

Hotel is a 10 min walk from the Coloseum. Lots of restaurants and bars in the area.

I thought it was a bit intimidating at night, though, because it's on a small dark street.

We had a quad on the rooftop with a terrace - it was wonderful.

The staff was very helpful.

We were there only one night so cannot comment on breakfast.

A great deal in the heart of ancient Rome.

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  • Address: 144 Via del Boschetto - Rome - 00184 - Italy
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