San Carlo Hotel

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San Carlo Hotel

, Rome
3 star

Rooms: 30

93 Via delle Carrozze - Rome - 00187 - Italy Hotel Website | | 66784548
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Great hotel! Good location!
Submitted by: Inga in 05/12/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Belgium
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My boyfriend and I spent 4 nights in Hotel San Carlo in Rome at the end of October 2005 and we had a good time. The hotel couldn't be in a better location. Is only a couple minutes walk from the Spanish steps and close to the Gallery Borghese.
Trevi Fountain is about 10 min. walk away and about 30 min. to the Colosseum and the Vatican.
Also Pantheon and Piazza Navona is within a walking distance. During our stay we never took a public transport. We walked everywhere from the hotel.
Hotel San carlo is situated just 1 min. from Via dei Condotti the most famous shopping street of Rome where are most famous stilist shops: Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Dolce&Gabanna.....
We booked a double superior room. When we arrived they gave us a room on the fouth floor of the main building with small terrace.Our room was newly decorated and spacious. The bathroom was clean and fairly modern with a bath tub and sliding shower bar.
The english speaking staff was very helpful, pleasant and accomodating.They gave us good suggestions with the restaurants and shopping areas. Both Rome and hotel San Carlo were perfect experiences.
The hotel is great value or the money. I would highly recommend Hotel San Carlo and would definitely stay here again.

Historical Traveller Reviews of San Carlo Hotel

Great location, good value

from Marigot1
Just returned last night from the hotel. Its a little gem in a wonderful location on a quiet street near the Spanish Steps. YOu can walk to many areas from here, or just peruse all of the incredible shops in the Spanish Steps area. We stayed in 32,-- large suite with 2 bedrooms and a bath. Only drawback is that you had to hike up 57 steps to get to it each night. When we go back I would ask for a different room ( the 57 and 77 rooms have received raves....) but I would definitely stay at this hotel again. The breakfast croissants were terrific, and the family who staff the front desk were great.

Fabulous week

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from a week's stay. As recommended by other reviewers we stayed in rooms 56 and 57 in the annex. Rooms were spacious: bathrooms large and modern.Staff couldn't have been more helpful. Area surrounding the hotel great for shopping and dining(suggest La Rampa, Edy, and Ristorante 34 for dining). All in all a fabulous experience made all the better by the tremendous value.

A perfect place

from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel San Carlo is the perfect place to stay at: My wife and me stayed there for four nights this February and the Hotel met all our expectations. The staff was very friendly and helpful, our room, which even had its own terrace, spotlessly clean and the beds very comfortable. The Cornetti the hotel offer for breakfast might well be the best in all of rome and on top of it all: The Hotel offers really good value for money (at least off season and compared to the general pricelevel of Rome, that is) and has an unbeatable location: Just off the Piazza da Spagna, yet in a very quiet sidestreet.

Good value for the money

from bkerdman
Stayed here in October'2003. Yes, definitely great location especially for the not-so-long visit to Rome. Yes, definitely warm, welcoming personnel. But overall it's just a "good value for the money" considering skyrocketing prices in the majority of a really superb places. Be aware of the narrow Rome streets perfectly echoing all events going on day and night (recycling garbage collection 6AM for example). I'm trying to post really neutral review: it is a "normal" 2-star hotel at the perfect location. I can recommend it to "on-a-budget" travellers.

Had a great stay!

from A TripAdvisor Member
As neither me or my wife never had visited Rome we had no preferences what so ever on location and hotel. So, after having read the raves about at Hotel San Carlo and room 57 and 77 at this site we decided to book room 57. We couldn't have been more pleased. Not only did we get a great and warm welcome, we were also asked if we didn't want to look at room 77 (for the same price). Once you enter the room you know - I want this. Fairly small footprint but with two levels and a great terrace, clean and tidy - it's a gem. I can't talk for all the other rooms but if they are as nice and well kept as this it's a catch.

All the people working at the front desk was extremely service oriented and helpful. You will have your luggage delivered to your room without having a waiter forcing you to tip them. The (very nice) breakfast can be brought to your room without any extra cost. I don't know the name of the people we met but the dark guy (the owner?), the blond, tall girl and the lady, night portier with glasses, will all have an extra star in my book!

Being a European and a frequent traveller to European cities I must say that this is one of the best city hotels I have stayed at!

We stayed (what's called a long weekend ) between jan 22 and jan 25 and will surely return again!


from A TripAdvisor Member
I am so glad I found this hotel on 'Trip Advisor' (as we did with most of our accomodation through Europe). End of October we were sunbathing on our private rooftop. The hotel is superbly positioned, we walked everywhere. The staff were very friendly, helpful, and luckily for us, spoke English. The price was a good as you'll get in Rome! Very enjoyable stay, we will definitely go there again.

EXCELLENT staff assistance

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed at the San Carlo between Christmas and New Year's for our 1-year anniversary. I had placed my reservation by e-mail and made just one follow-up call the day before we left. We had no problems checking in and were placed in the room I had requested. The rooms are spartan, but very clean and well-kept. The location is GREAT. We spent New Year's Eve with about 2000+ people on the Piazza di Spagna and then spent about 30 seconds walking to our hotel! Best of all was the assistance from the staff: reservations for dinner every night without a glitch. They even got us into a very nice place on New Year's when our planned reservations fell through at about 7pm -- no easy task. If we go back, the San Carlo is where we will stay!!

A terrific stay

from jmichael-6
We stayed at the Hotel San Carlo over the Christmas holidays. You are surrounded by Rome's version of Beverly Hill's Rodeo Drive, and yet there are plenty of inexpensive places to eat (including a McDonalds a block away!) Delightful, narrow streets with little traffic, surrounded by beautiful churches, three blocks from the Spanish Steps and a metro stop and American Express location for your train tickets, etc. The perfect central location for everything except the Vatican, and it is just a couple of Metro stops away. Friendly, English-speaking staff eager to please, adequate breakfast that they offer to deliver to your room. Spacious rooms in the annex where we stayed. Elevator which the main hotel lacks. Spotlessly clean, great beds, nice shower, refrigerator, Satellite TV, great security, safe area. They continue to update the rooms in the main hotel, and the annex we stayed in is just around the corner. We would definitely stay there again. You won't be dissapointed!

Loved Hotel San Carlo, Fatastic hotel, Great location

from zoomblur
We recently stayed at Hotel San Carlo in Rome and had a great experience. The hotel is in the pedestrian district of this area of Rome. Very narrow, bricked streets lead to the front entrance of the hotel. You get a warm inviting feeling when you walk through the doors.
We stayed here a couple of weeks before Christmas, and they had the entrance and reception area decorated very nicely. We experienced very welcoming staff who all spoke English very well. Others have said that the breakfast area was too small, which I agree with, but it didn't pose any problem to us. We were a family of seven staying in two rooms.
Each room was very clean and well equipped. Modern furniture and refrigerators, outlets with switchable current, new a/c units, tile flooring, nice upholstry and fabrics, big towels, and CLEAN bathrooms.
Four of us (two married couples) stayed in the famed room 77. They said this was the best room in the place and as far as we knew, they were right! It's decorated very warmly with oak finishes and rich tapestry patterns. The room has two levels: a queen bed on the first level greets you when you walk through the door. Two very tall windows are just beyond the bed, both of which open to a private patio area. The patio is very spacious, about 15 ft x 15 ft, and had a table and chairs which our entire family used each night to sit out among the stars and ambience to enjoy beer and wine we picked up at the grocer around the corner. The room's second level is a loft area which has two single beds. We pushed these together as you would anywhere in Europe to form a single bed for two. An oak stairwell leads upstairs. Watch your head!
Large rustic wooden beams run along the ceiling, one of which is very low as you approach the top of the stairs. The room had two air conditioners, one above and one below. They both had very modern digital controls and worked very well. The bathroom is very modern, much like a eurospa. Overall the room was very clean, and the staff did an excellent job each day of making up the room. Our other room was room 44...nothing exciting about this room. It consists of a walk-in entry with three doors: bedroom one, with a queen size bed...bedroom two, with a twin bed only...and the bathroom. It did have a very picturesque view from each of it's two rooms.

The only bad thing about Hotel San Carlo was the many flights of stairs! Depending on where your room is situated, you may have to climb as many as 50 steps. That may not sound bad, but when you've been walking all over Rome, the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is climb these stairs. Just make sure that when you go up or down, don't forget anything. We had to climb all of them to get to both of our rooms. #77 is situated at the very top/front corner of the hotel and you must climb the main stairs and follow a labirynth of hallways and short sets of steps to get there. I would have given this hotel an EXCELLENT rating if we would not have had to carry our suitcases down these stairs on our way back to the airport. We were picked up at 4 am by airport shuttle and had no one to operate the hotel's service elevator that early. There was only one frail old man at the front desk at that hour and we weren't going to make him do it.

Breakfast was so so. Don't expect to fill up on cookies and croissant.
It's enough to get you down the street where you can get something from a cafe.

Rome itself was not a good vacation for us. Extremely crowded and dirty. I think the city has a "please spraypaint me" policy. Even the best areas had spraypaint on the buildings. My father was PICKPOCKETTED on the metro as well. This is the world's most prepared human being in guarding against this, and it still happened. We made the mistake of rushing onto a train about to pull away and the thief was shoving us from behind. When my father reached out to catch himself, the thief took the wallet and slipped off the train as the doors closed. The locals expect it to happen, and the police could clearly care less.
Watch your stuff!

Good Location, Great Value

from DJDxMKD
Stayed at the San Carlo Fall 2003. Noticed the hotel on a previous trip and thought the location was very good (one block off the Via dei Condotti and one block off the Via Del Corso, the street the San Carlo is on runs right into the Piazza di Spagna), looking for a more value oriented hotel o this trip, and the San Carlo was a nice surprise for a 3 star hotel. The lobby was very nice and the reception was very warm and welcoming. We stayed on the 4th floor in the "new" section of the hotel. The room was nicely sized with a very nice bathroom with quite a large (by Italian standards) shower and a towel warmer. Sat TV that got CNN world and an english language movie station.) Large double window with full length shutters that opened into a small courtyard (the back of the hotel) that was quite quiet at night. Only problem was the lack of an elevator. There was a porter who took our bags up and down, but after a long day of walking sometimes it was an effort to walk upstairs (though that would not keep me from staying here again, and according to the front desk, the elevator will be running in January 04). Wasn't an over the top hotel, but for the money it was a great value when you consider the location of the hotel. And to me, in Rome (or Florence, Venice, Siena for that matter) location key to enjoying the stay, convenience to the major sites makes the city seem smaller and more friendly (as you have to cross less major traffic filled roads to get places, you can stick to the back roads). This was as nice as some 4 stars I've stayed at in Italy.

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The Roma Pass We found the Roma Pass to be an excellent bargain, including a very helpful guide to very many attractions around the city.

Avoid Rome in the Summer I went to Italy for the first time during the summer. We stayed for 2 ½ weeks (end of July beginning of August) and visited (in order) Venice, Florence, Amalfi Coast and finally Rome. I left feeling a bit disappointed and really didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. I strongly believe it’s because of the time of year I visited and after a long stay in Italy, I didn’t have the energy for Rome. Rome (as well as Venice and Florence) was packed with tourist from all over the world. Not just people traveling on their own, but large tour groups from all over. It was overwhelming and made it impossible to see and enjoy some of the main attractions. To get to the Vatican we waited over an hour and half in the scorching sun to get in, same goes for the Coliseum and other monuments. So many people made it difficult to even take nice pictures of the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. There is a lot to see in Rome. I would recommend having Rome as a starting point before visiting any other location since you need to be fresh and full of energy to walk around. For me, logistically and financially, I had to make Rome my last stop. But if I ever go again, it would be my first stop and I would visit during their low season and in a cooler period.

if you are jet lagged jog around the villa borghese park in the early morning.


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  • Address: 93 Via delle Carrozze - Rome - 00187 - Italy
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