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“Laid back feel but well run”
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Hotel Centrale
Ranked #652 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
Ireland
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“Laid back feel but well run”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

Apart from being close to the Spanish steps, the Centrale is a few hundred metres from the underground station just across Piazza de Popolo. Buy a three day ticket (the machines are easy to use) and you have great access to the Vatican area a couple of stops away and, changing at Termini, to the Colosseum. The stations are clean and well signposted. We didn't bother with the busses although the three day ticket covers them too.
Breakfast is surprising: lots of variety but the food is dotted around the room! The coffee is great, but I agree with other reviewers that the ersatz orange juice is a bit of a let down.
The rooms are inevitably small given the age of the building, but the building is well maintained and kitted out. The showers are a tad small so if you are well upholstered a different hotel might be wise. The street noise at the front is evident but truly Italian. Our air con didn't work ( moved air but didn't alter the temperature) and the front of house staff didn't seem fussed. This wasn't an issue in November but could be a stressor in summer.
The staff were friendly and helpful. The lift (elevator if you're from across the pond) is classic old Europe: small with spy movie sliding grille doors. On closer inspection it seems well looked after. Beware the occasional idiot that leaves it on the top floor with the doors open so it can't be called to the ground floor.
This is a characterful, memorable small hotel in a great location for tourists. It is in a very safe area. I would heartily recommend it to anyone wishing to see Rome who doesn't want to stay in a corporate clone hotel.

Room Tip: Didn't see the rooms at the back of the hotel, but I suspect they might be quieter
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Farmingdale, New York
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

My husband and I stayed at the hotel for 4 days and were very happy with our stay.

We got to the hotel at 11am the first day and were told we'd need to wait until 3pm to check in. A few minutes later, they told us that they had a room for us after all.

We got in the elevator (which was extremely old looking and didn't feel like it would be able to lift our weight) and went to our room. The room was really nice and much larger than what we were expecting. The bathroom had a full tub with a glass door which only extended half way (so the other half of the tub had no door at all). This made for very messy showers and water went absolutely everywhere. The bathroom also had a toilet whose seat was not the same size as the toilet itself, and a bidet. The main room was nice with high ceilings. The room was also all digital (lights would stay on when you put your room key card into a slot and press the light button). We liked it a lot, though it took us a little while to figure it out.

The hotel provided free internet which worked pretty well. The only thing is that we had to specifically ask for the internet username & password - they weren't provided to us automatically. I think this might have been a mistake on the hotel staff's part (or possibly a result of our checking in early).

the hotel was about 5 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps. We were really happy with the location and would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

Went to Rome with a gal pal for a few days, and booked into the Centrale as it seemed like a good price.

Firstly, the location is unbeatable. Just a couple of minute's stroll from Piazza de Popolo, and the Spanish Steps, sandwiched in a small street between the main Via Corsa and some of the smartest designer shopping streets. From there, we walked everywhere including to the Colosseum and The Vatican, but it's also close to a metro station.

Secondly, the staff were extremely welcoming and friendly, with good English.

Thirdly, a good continental style breakfast with plenty of rolls and croissants, fruit, cereals etc. They serve till 10am so you can have a nice lie in and still get your breakfast!

Fourthly, the rooms whilst on the snug side, were inpeccably clean with plenty of wardrobe space, and extremely comfy beds with good quality sheets and pillow cases, plus very effective air conditioning ( which you seem to have to pay extra for in other "budget" Rome hotels).

Overall, we felt that the Centrale represented extremely good value for money in what is a very expensive city, hotel wise. It was a terrific base for our 4 day holiday and I would certainly go back and stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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New York City
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

We stayed for a week at Hotel Centrale near Piazza del Populo in central Rome and were very happy with our stay at this wonderful small hotel, The hotel's location provided access to all manner of restaurants, coffee shops, tratterias, Pizza shops etc.

This gem of a small hotel is very convenient to the historic center also with easy walks to Spanish steps, Vatican, museums and palazzi, Pantheon, Piazza Navonna & Fontana di Trevi.

Staff was very helpful in arranging for us to tour Galleria Borghese (tickets required) which have to be arranged a few days in advance. Without the hotel's helpful staff we would not have been able to see this famous and important art collection. A must see in Rome!

Hotel was quiet and clean. We even had access to a semi private terrace with a view of the gardens of the Villa Borghese.

Desk staff and housekeeping were always helpful and friendly. Breakfasts although not elaborate were adequate nonetheless.

If we were to visit Rome again (and we certainly will) we will use this wonderful hotel again.

JC
(New York City)

Room Tip: Ask for an outside facing room for a view and light. Interior rooms although possibly quieter, were...
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 September 2011

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Centrale last May. We were actually more than satisfied with the amenities the hotel offered, mainly because we were expecting something less. A look at the pictures in the hotel's website gave us the impression that it is a very old hotel. In reality, it was a newly renovated small, homey, comfortable, accessible hotel. Location is perfect. So near the tourist and shopping spots, yet not near enough to be too noisy. Rooms were bit small, but layout certainly very efficient. Bathroom is kinda cute too, but since we're not of big build, we could fit in comfortably. Staff was most friendly and very helpful at giving advice. Metro station is very near. Several good restos within the vicinity. We had a really good time. Without doubt, we would recommend this hotel to our friends! Keep up the good work.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

It was more expensive than others in walking distance and offered far less in service, breakfast. Although my room was larger than expected the double bed for which I was paying was only two single beds pushed together and covered by a double sheet. The divide was very noticeable so I still only had the use of a single. Breakfast was okay, enough said. I have often read "the shower was tiny" well now I know what they meant. I could not bend down, I had to squat to pick up my toiletries. Okay I am 6.3' so maybe I'm picky. I also experienced an onslaught of bites around my ankles. Not sure what they were but they itches like crazy.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

Prior guest had smoked in the room we were staying in and it smelled horrible. The room was spacious and comfortable. The bathroom was small but seemed standard for European hotels. Freah towels were supplied everyday. Wifi was available which was a huge plus for us and easy to find off the Spanish steps metro stop. the breakfast was great and fresh cappuccinos to order. And the computer was nice and accessible with a printer. I would reccomend even though the room smelled like smokey. The reception was super friendly as well!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Property: Hotel Centrale
Address: Via Laurina 34 | Centro Storico, 00187 Rome, Italy
Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Campo Marzio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #652 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Centrale 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is situated in a pedestrian area near Spanish Steps and Popolo Squares, which is extremely quiet and just few meters far from the big Villa Borghese parking. What makes the hotel unique among the others in the capital city is the building fascination; it is in fact a beautiful 1700 palace. Moreover, the hotel is one of the few that, being located in the centre of Rome, can offer advantage our rates. ... more   less 
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