Paba Hotel

, Rome, Italy
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Paba Hotel

, Rome
2 star

Rooms: 7

266 Via Cavour - Rome - 00184 - Italy Hotel Website | | 647824902
198 Traveller

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10/10
Great personal service
Submitted by: Sandy in 12/10/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
We arrived at the train station after being dropped off by the coach provided by Ryanair. We had all the details of the bus service but decided to walk the 2 blocks (15 - 20 mins)taking in everything as this was our first visit to Italy. The area looked a little seedy but as we walked on it became more appealing. The hotel entrance looked like something straight out of the movie Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The hotel itself is on the first floor. Seven delightful rooms. No view to speak of but we were there to take in as much of Rome as possible so having a clean comfortable room was all that was needed. The owner, an elderly lady, was there to meet us and gave us many tips on places to eat etc. We went to out room which was quite large. A table was set with crockery in the corner and we were told to pop our head out of the door when we required breakfast. A very good continental breakfast was provided. The beds were comfortable and we had a shower on suite which was small but plenty of hot water. The Coliseum was 5 minutes walk away and most of the famous sites were all within 20 minutes walking distance. I would recommend this hotel and we will be returning.

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Historical Traveller Reviews of Paba Hotel

Great hotel, great location

from RoseofTexas
Only 6 rooms so it is a tiny hotel with wonderful attention from Signora Castelli; small rooms (but that is typical of Europe), clean, nicely decorated, very FIRM beds, with an old-fashioned elevator, like in movie Charade. VERY continental breakfast - cappuccino, tea, hot choc., juice, 1 fresh croissant per person (with other packaged goods).


An excellent location, quiet, but close to the Colosseum/ Forum / St. Peter in Chains/ metro stop/ bus stops. Laundry (4 blocks), internet café and ATM (1 block), post office, Italian deli, Italian grocery store right across the street (but avoid the Chinese restaurant like the plague!).

The hotel would not be good for the handicapped (stairs everywhere - 3 steps to the elevator, 1-2 steps from lobby to rooms, etc.).

Ask for the Imperial Suite (bigger) or the Honeymoon suite (big). 175 euros for a triple, with a 5% discount for paying cash.

We found this hotel through Rick Steves Rome 2006.

Great stay at Hotel Paba

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed a long weekend in Rome to do the Rome marathon. The Hotel Paba was great. Very quiet, nice big rooms, and a very friendly and helpful owner. The location is fantastic - a five minute walk to the Colesseum, and even closer to the forum. A superb place to base yourself for a weekend exploring Rome.

Great location!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just came back from our 2 week honeymoon in Italy. Stayed in Hotel Paba for 3 nights and I'll have to say that it was in a great location. The Colosseum and the Roman Forum are just steps away. There are plenty of restaurants, small shops, pharmacies, and other businesses in this area which make a stay quite pleasant.

Upon our check in, we were jet lagged so we took an afternoon nap and there was absolutely no noise. One morning we were also able to sleep in and were not bothered by room service or any other noises in the hotel.

Alberta was very nice and accommodating. As a matter of fact, our only complaint was the mattress - it was rock hard and we were in pain the morning after our arrival. We asked her if she had any other rooms and told her about the bed. She was fully booked, however when we got back from our walk, she advised us that she had switched out the top mattress for something a little softer. She said it wasn't the same size of the box spring, (which was ok since it was only 3 inches smaller on each side) but that's all she could do. It was a lot better for us and we truely appreciated her efforts.

We were able to ask her for assistance with sight seeing and at the end of our trip she assisted us with directions on where to pick up our rental car to head up to Tuscany. Later we came back to pick up our luggage and she gave us a map with directions on how to get the highway out of the city. Which we're glad she did cause it was quite confusing.

One night we had problems turning the TV on and asked the night attendant for help. And she discovered that it had a short, but she was able to fix it right away and was very nice. Overall, the price is right for a big city, the staff is very accommodating and warm and the location is perfect which makes this hotel very appealing.

great place

from A TripAdvisor Member
great location, clean, owner more helpful than at some 4 star hotels I have stayed at. The owner gave us the courage to take the train out to the coast where we found a great restaurant right on the beach. All this and at a great price. Hope to return this winter.

Excellent location and service

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel Paba exceeded our expectations. We stayed there 5 nights and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. Alberta is awesome as is the rest of the staff. We slept in many of the mornings and never felt "hurried" by housekeeping. Just as the other reviews stated, Alberta can recommend restaurants, shops, etc. She's very knowledgable and friendly. If we return to Rome, we will definitely stay at Hotel Paba.

Outstanding Little Hotel!

from tsteele93
We stayed here in March 2006 and were very pleasantly surprised by this little hotel. Between the seven of us, we were able to see four of the rooms. Of the four rooms, three were very comfortably sized, and one was a smaller room. All of the rooms were spotless and the bathrooms were recently redone and in excellent condition. You will probably become intimate with your shower curtain but everything is clean and works perfectly.

Breakfast is modest, but convenient and a great way to start the day with some croissants/coffee in your belly.

Alberta is charming, helpful and speaks English well. For the price/location, this hotel is hard to beat. If you are looking for four/five-star hotels, this is probably not for you, but if you are looking for a budget three-star hotel (I realize this is rated as a two-star, but I think it is easily nicer than many three-star hotels I have stayed in overseas) with an outstanding location - then I highly recommend Hotel Paba.

Better than its two-star rating!

from maven15
We stayed here last weekend after leaving another hotel that we booked online. Despite its two-star rating and 100 Euro (cash) price-tag, it felt like a mini-oasis. Alberta was incredibly helpful and accomodating, even apologizing for our experience at the other hotel, even though she had nothing to do with that hotel. The room had a nice large bed and a sitting area and was conveniently located to the Colisseum/Forum. We'd absolutely stay here again. Added bonus: an elevator straight out of 9 1/2 weeks!

Absolutely wonderful

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent 3 nights at the Hotel Paba and highly recommend this hotel to anyone going to Rome. The hotel is in a great location, just down the street from the Forum and Colosseum. Alberta (innkeeper) was very helpful and had some very good restaurant recommendations (Fori Imeriali was a particularly great choice). The hotel is close to both the Cavour and Colosseum metro stations and is in walking distance to most sights. The room was large and modern - good AC and TV. Bathroom was small but functional (shower, hair dryer). Breakfast was minimal (juice, croissants, cookies, etc.) but worked fine. Overall, Hotel Paba was a great value and I would definitely go back.

great location at great prices

from A TripAdvisor Member
we spent 3 nights at Hotel Paba in Rome and were very pleased. The hotel is in walking distance from the Termini train station (about 1/2 mile) and is close to the metro. The best part of our stay, tho, was the proximity to the Roman Forum and Colisseum. In the evening, each of these sites is lit up and you can spend hours just roaming in this area. You feel perfectly safe as there are many people out and about. In addition, the woman who runs the hotel really goes out of her way to make your visit pleasant. She actually walked across the street to the florist with me to help me arrange to have flowers sent to my cousin!
Hotel Paba is a great choice for an inexpensive, perfectly located hotel in Rome.

Great Place

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent 6 days at the Hotel Paba and found it clean, reasonably priced and very convenient. The innkeeper (Alberta) is wonderful. She makes you feel like a guest should. She was helpful but not hovering. She recommended Enoteca Cavour 313 and La Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali - which we thoroughly enjoyed. Its location allowed us to spend part of the day sight-seeing, but return to the hotel for a rest before going out for the evening. We were able to walk to major attractions, as well as the subway.
Just a head's up: the served-in-your-room breakfast is minimal - with packaged croissants. Good coffee and tea though! We were turned off by the amount of spray-can graffitti on Via Cavour ---- but it is a common sight throughout Italy regardless of the neighborhood.

Top Local Tips for Rome

validate your ticket Once you board a bus in Rome, please validate your ticket using the yellow machine on the bus. Our daughter was fined 50 euro for not having a validated ticket.

Palatine Hill We really enjoyed our self-guided tour of the hill. We went there because lines at the Coliseum were horrendous and we were told that there was no line for tickets at the Palatine Hill which included the Coliseum. We ended up enjoying the hill just as much as the Coliseum. It is the birthplace of many of the Emperors - the ruins go back to the stone ages.

Drinks at Cafes in Main Piazzas It's nice to sit at an attractive cafe in one of the main Piazzas. Just don't be surpised at the prices!

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  • Address: 266 Via Cavour - Rome - 00184 - Italy
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