Hotel Barocco, Rome, Italy
I stayed at the Hotel Barocco in Rome for just one night while in the city for work. It made a nice change from all the chain hotels that I usually stay in. Though not sure I would want to stay more than a night or two here. The hotel is in a good location right in the centre of things, but as the hotel is in an alley off the busy square (so can be hard to find!) it is very quiet. The staff are very helpful and friendly and speak excellent English, and so make visitors feel welcome. I was in the annex which is 2 doors down and up on the 1st floor. It seems that the block the annex in is an apartment block and they have a section of it that they have made into 4 or 5 rooms. The room was large and traditionally decorated with oil painting style pictures, big drapes and heavy dark furniture. It was classy. The bed is large but not that comfortable. The bathroom is huge with large bath and separate shower.
Internet access is available by wireless but very expensive at 8 Euros for an hour! There is a small breakfast room with a fairly good spread on a buffet and staff that was helpful and fast. I did find the room a bit oppressive as there is one narrow window onto the back of other apartments and so spending time in the room would not be that great. The central heating was a bit oppressive as well as only very hot even at lowest level. Overall a very cost effective hotel with good prices, very clean and smart. But for me fine for a short stop, but would not like to stay longer as felt a bit oppressive but if using it as base for sightseeing or business then is a good option.
Watch a video I took of Room 20 I stayed in on YouTube by clicking here, or on the blog posting: