Hosianum Palace Hotel

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Hosianum Palace Hotel

, Rome
4 star

Rooms: 28

23 Via dei Polacchi - Rome - 00186 - Italy Hotel Website | | +39.06.697191
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from A TripAdvisor Member
There are some works going on at the back of the hotel - something to do with new gardens - and we were woken just after 7:30am by the sound of drilling and banging. We stayed for four nights commencing Saturday 11th February so it might be worth checking with the hotel that these have finished otherwise you'll start your sight seeing day a lot earlier than you had planned!

Clean. Limited space for unpacking.

from demars
Check in was very friendly. As we arrived early, they held our bags for the day, allowing us to get out immediately and enjoy Rome.

Our room was wonderfully quiet, clean, and comfortable. Other reviews said the beds were hard, but we found the beds to be exceptionally comfortable. Just a matter of preference I guess.

The hotel's location could not have been better located for our needs; right in the center, easy to get to/from the train station, and easy to find our way back to after some late nights.

Some minor points to mention though:
- the hot water in the bathroom comes on as VERY hot, and one must be careful to test the water cautiously so as not to burn skin in the sink or the shower.

- there were no shelves or spaces in the bathroom whatsoever to store toiletries on. We had to pile our things on the floor outside of the bathroom as the best place to have quick access to them.

- Lighting. Our room had no lighting in the only corner we could put our luggage. Each time we needed to go through it, we had to move the bags on to the bed just to be able to see.

- Breakfast is served till 10:30. We arrived at 9:30 to find most things empty (coffee, milk, fruit juices, bread, and cold-cut meats). We asked to have some things refilled, but it seemed to take a very long time.

Perfect hotel and location for our city break.

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just spent 3 nights in this lovely hotel, on our first trip to Rome. We booked it after reading reviews on this site, and after many hours of searching on the net. We were not disappointed. Thanks to a previous review we got the best deal by booking direct on the hotels own website. 120 euros per night. Location was perfect. We took the bus[cost about 1 euro] from Termini station to Piazzia Venezia, about a 10 minute ride. Just remember to buy a bus ticket at the tabac shop downstairs in the station before you board the bus, and then validate it in the machine once onboard. The hotel is only a five minute walk across the busy piazzia from the bus stop. We found it easily, but you definitely need to locate it first on the map to get the right street. Sturdy wheels on luggage are essential if walking, as many streets are cobbled! Rome is full of small 'alleys' and this hotel is in one. First impression of the alley was maybe a bit gloomy, but the hotel itself is a lovely building well maintained inside and out. We had a friendly male receptionist on check in who spoke very good English. Without asking, he gave us a detailed city map showing us the main sights. There is a small modern elevator to all floors as well as stairs. There are only 48 rooms. Our room was a double as booked. Electronic key card to access. We were more than happy with our room. Pale yellow walls with dark furniture gave a sophisticated air. It was on the small side but high ceilings made it feel more spacious. Bathroom was compact but nice and modern. Shower with door, toilet and basin all spotless. Climate control and 'do not disturb' were on a digital pad on the wall. Minibar was small and expensive. We did not use it, instead stocking up on drinks etc in the deli around the corner. We had a tall window double glazed with working shutters overlooking the alley, cutting out all the Roman traffic noise. Breakfast was in the pleasant basement as it was winter. It was usual continental but with a good choice of tea/coffee, croissants, breads, jams, cakes, ham, cheese, plus Scrambled egg and continental style sausage. Very ample to start the day and was included in our price. I do not think this hotel has a restaurant, but this was not a problem as there are many eating out choices within easy walking distance. Pleasant cafes, bars and delis are just around the corner on the piazzia. Location was perfect for us, right in the center of Rome. We easily walked to everywhere except the Vatican; when we took a bus.
So...in summary. We would definitely recommend this hotel to those who want a pleasant stay, not 'budget' and not 'high end' and right in the center of Rome. An ideal hotel for a city break. We would like to return to Rome and would not consider looking for another hotel. A pleasant oasis in a vibrant city.

Slightly disappointed

from mmille19
After reading reviews on this hotel it seemed ideal, the location was excellent and couldnt have been more central, the rooms were an ok size, very clean and well looked after, the bathroom was a little small but not a manjor problem for a few days.
However i found the breakfast disappointing-the same every morning and it wasnt replenished.
Breakfast was served from 7.30am until 10.30 am and a couple of mornings when we went down around 8am many things were finished, perhaps because its out of season they dont bother so much.
As for the staff, they were quite unfriendly.

I wouldnt chose to stay at this hotel again however it is fine for a few days if you want a clean room in a central location. 7/10

Plusses and minuses of Hosianum Palace

from hliss
Overall this was a positive hotel experience. As other reviewers have noted, the location of this hotel is perfect for tourists - pretty much all of the major tourist sites are within walking distance (although it is a bit of a hike to the Vatican - we did walk it, though). The breakfast buffet was lovely, and depending who is working there, the staff may offer to make cappuccino for you (which is excellent!). We did find the scrambled eggs to be a bit uncooked, but otherwise no complaints with the breakfast. The breakfast room used during the winter is lovely and elegant.

As reported by the previous reviewer, the staff are cordial enough, but not super-friendly, and the degree of ability to speak English (if you require that) varies greatly. They were able to check us in upon arrival at around 10am, which was wonderful because this was our first stop after our transatlantic flight, and we really needed to sleep for a bit.

The room itself was in pretty good physical condition. Initially we were placed in a quad room (even though we only required a double) which was pretty large, although they contacted us the next morning and informed us that we would need to move us to a regular double the next day because they would be needing the quad room. They moved our luggage for us while we were out sightseeing, so it was not a big deal to move. The double room was also nice, but smaller. Both bathrooms and particularly the showers were quite small, but otherwise clean and pleasant. The rooms facing out onto Polachi (including our first room) seem to be a bit noisy, but we use ear plugs at night, so it was no problem for us. Our second room faced a courtyard in the back, and was much quieter.

The housekeeping service was excellent, and very discreet. We never even saw a maid in the hotel until we were checking out! There is a nice system to indicate whether you are in the room, and you can electronically indicate that you do not want to be disturbed, which seemed to work well.

One of the biggest minuses to this hotel has to be the beds. Wow, I have never experienced such a rock hard bed in my life! It was like sleeping on a slab of marble. For that reason alone I might try another hotel next time.

There were a few areas in which the hotel could have been better maintained - evidence of water damage in a stairwell, some paint missing or wallpaper peeling here in there. The elevator is quite small, so it could be a tight squeeze if you bring a lot of luggage.

I noticed that many reviewers recommended arranging a transfer from the airport to the hotel, and maybe that is a good way to go if it is a big group. My husband and I simply took the Leonardo Express train from the airport to Rome, and then it was a short taxi ride to the hotel (given the concerns other reviewers raised I made sure to bring the address with me and it was no problem). However, be careful when exiting the train station - we wound up taking a non-metered taxi (even though we had been warned) and the guy totally ripped us off! Instead of exiting the train station when you get off of the Leonardo Express, see if you can find your way to the main part of the train station (somehow the Leonardo Express is in a separate section). If you exit from the main part of the train station there is a que of metered taxis out front, as well as buses - much better! The Leonardo Express costs 9.50 Euro per person, and the taxi from the hotel to the train was around 7.50 Euro so I imagine that from the train to the hotel should cost around the same. So for two people is should run around 25-30 Euro total to get from the airport to the hotel. I would imagine that a private transfer would be more expensive, so again, unless you have a large group it may not be worth it (plus, my preference is to spend as little time as possible driving in Rome - scary!).

A last note - the best gelato that we ate in Italy was right around the corner from the Hosianum, on the street leading up to the Capitol Museum. I wish we had eaten more! Hope you have a good trip, and enjoy Rome.

great location

from AmyOakPark
We just returned from five days in Rome, staying at the Hosianum Palace. The location of the hotel is perfect - it is two blocks from the Piazza Venezia, a ten minute walk from the Jewish Ghetto, fifteen minutes from the Colleseum and the Forum, and even the Vatican is walkable. Other readers are correct - it is difficult to find the hotel at first, as it is on a very small side street. Even though the cost was a little more, we arranged for transportation from the airport through the hotel, so didn't have a problem finding the hotel.

We had a triple room - two twins put together as a king and a twin in an alcove for our son. It was huge compared to the normal European hotel room. The bathroom was small, but nicely appointed and with excellent towels. The breakfast was ample, including eggs, bacon, cold cereal, fresh baked rolls and croissants, meats and cheeses.

The hotel staff answered all questions, including restaurant recommendations, but did not seem overly friendly - a couple of times I had the feeling I was disturbing them. But, all in all, an excellent choice for location and value.

Awesome location!

from phl5110
Just got back from a great stay at the Hosianum Palace. Wish I had more time in Rome, but we were only there for 2 days. The rooms were very nice and clean with a spacious bathroom. Location was excellent - just a few minutes walk from the Roman Forum and the Coloseum. We walked everywhere except the Vatican (took a cab there). The staff was very friendly, and the free breakfast was great! I will def come back to this hotel next time I am in Rome.

Stop searching and stay here.

from Ilovehols
Stayed 5 nights at this lovely small hotel in October. Location was PERFECT! Walked everywhere; even to St. Peter's which was perhaps a little ambitious looking back!! Must say that hotel was lovely and absolutely spotless! The room was quite small but had everything that we needed. The front desk staff were helpful and always said hello when you returned. Breakfast was fine and set you up for the day. There's a lovely little roof terrace where you can sit and take in the sounds of Rome. Was quiet at night which is important to me and there was minimal noise in the morning. The only downside for us was that we only had a shower which might be a problem for some, but not for us. The hotel booked a taxi to the airport for a fixed rate. Must say that the swift, smart mercedes that picked us up somewhat eased our departure! Would stay here again at the drop of a hat.

Love, Love, Loved it!

from nikki3975
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this hotel. We (my self and seven friends) arrived on November 3 after 10 days in Tuscany.

When we arrived, they staff instantly knew who we were and gave us a warm welcome. We got there a few hours early and they were more than happy to hold our luggage until check-in time. We went to lunch and when we came back, our rooms were ready--early.

The rooms were beautiful and VERY clean. We had two quad rooms that were spacious with beautiful windows that overlooked the street.

The hotel is in the perfect location, right near the Piazza Venezia, which isn't far from any of the ancient sites.

If you take a taxi from the train station or airport that you don't book it through the hotel, be sure you tell the driver that it's near the Piazza Venezia on a very small side road. Our cab driver had to look at a map to find it. But it was nice not having the noise of Rome while we were trying to sleep.

The staff booked our taxis to the airport at the end of the trip and gave us a fixed price that was actually reasonable considering the amount of luggage (taxis charge a fee for any larger sized suitcase).

All in all, when I return to Rome, I would absolutely book a room at this hotel again. It was a great hotel at an extremely reasonable price!

Great location - nice clean room

from Bucks_reviewer
You couldn't really ask for a better location - but map it before you go as it's down a side street that's not obvious to locate. We went with our 10 year old son and so had one of their triple rooms. Although not given an option when I booked, it was a non-smoking room - which we were really pleased about. The room was plenty big enough and was clean and comfortable. Good selection for breakfast - better than most we've had at similar hotels. Staff were friendly and all spoke good English.

Top Local Tips for Rome

A cheaper way to get from/to Fumicino If you arrive at Fiumicino don't take the Leonardo train to Stazione Termini. It will cost you 11 euro per person and takes 35 minutes, although it's an express! Take an ordinary train for 5 euro per ticket (sic!) and it will take you to Stazione Trastevere in 30 minutes (!) although it stops several times on the way. From Trastevere you may take convenient trams (or buses) to the center, e.g. tram number 8 which arrives at Largo Argentina (close to Hosianum Palace). And one more thing, it's a lot easier to find a tram or bus in Trastevere than a bus close to Termini!!! Tickets for both cost 1 euro and are valid for 90 minutes during which you may change the means of transport. Good luck!

Taxi! If you can afford it ask the hotel staff to book you a taxi...it is quick and is really the most efficient way to get around.

Travelers Checks Don't bother bringing travelers checks. They are a real hassel to cash in at the bank and the exchange rates at the shops are terrible. Your best bet is to use your charge card. You get a better exchange rate and its much easier to use. If you need some Euro's use your atm card at any of the many locations.

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  • Address: 23 Via dei Polacchi - Rome - 00186 - Italy
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