눉There is only one elevator in the building, and the building also houses a watch shop and a few apartments, so during the summer I am sure it will be a little competitive to get to the elevator. As many hotels in Europe, the elevator is also very tiny, fitting barely 3 people, but it is fast and smooth.
My one complaint with breakfast is that it's only served from 8am to 10am. If you want a very early start on your day, you may need to skip breakfast all together. However, it seems like Romans do eat breakfast around that time. Americans tend to eat their breakfast far earlier, so most hotels in the US start serving breakfast around 6am. Remember, there is a lot to see in Rome, so if you want to start early you may need to skip breakfast at the hotel or schedule the nearby attractions first, head back to the hotel for breakfast, then go out again. Luckily with its central location this type of plan isn't hard to pull off.
Another interesting feature of this hotel is that the room key is an electronic card that also needs to be placed into a card holder in order for the lights to turn on. Once the room card is removed, the lights will all shut off after a few minutes. From what I read in previous posts, the AC will also turn off, conserving electricity. This can be inconvenient during the hottest months of the year, but then again maybe they can keep their rates lower because of all the money they save in electric bills. The one problem we had with this is if my wife is getting ready and I want to go out to explore (I tend to wake up earlier), I had to go out without the room key as the lights would shut off on her. This wasn't a very big problem but if you're staying with a family it can be tricky if someone wants to be on their own schedule every now and then.
The bed was a bit stiff, but that's probably better for your back than a super spongy bed anyway. The water was hard, and the soap really dried out my skin.
눇Not only was the hotel very clean, safe, and the staff very helpful, but I cannot think of a better place in Rome to stay. A mere 15-20 minute walk at most to all of Rome's major attractions, it's the perfect place to start early in the morning, be able to come back and take a break, and then go out again in the afternoon or evening. The location provided the best flexibility when we were trying to see as much as possible in our one week in the city.
We got to the hotel late in the evening and had a little bit of a hard time finding it because the only sign is a small plaque right outside their entrance. There is a button to press to call the staff over and they will open the door for you if you arrive late a night. During most of the day the front doors will be open and you simply walk in.
The most helpful of the staff was Amir, who works there late at nights. He opened the door for us when we arrived and helped us check out when we left a week later at 3am. However, each one of the staff members was polite and patient in helping us. The woman who seemed to be single-handedly serving the free breakfast was always cheerful and helpful. We noticed that she was re-filling all the food, taking plates, getting the dishes washed and restocked, and after breakfast helping to clean the rooms for future guests. She was the most particular of the room service staff. Some of the other staff were not as particular as we noticed that the floor wasn't always totally mopped or trash wasn't always picked up. But for the most part the hotel was very clean and well maintained.
The decoration was very unique and fascinating, if a bit dark. Not everyone may like the dramatic colors, but I thought it was fantastic and done very tastefully even for it's whimsical theme. The rooms were very spacious, which is really hard to find in a large, touristy city like Rome. There was enough room for our baggage, and comfortable space to walk around.