Hotel Babuino 181 Hotel 2 star
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For those travellers wanting a slightly more personal feel from their stay in Rome, look no further than Babuino 181. This charming little boutique hotel offers one of the warmest welcomes in the city and guarantees both comfort and style for as long a stay as you wish. Handily named after its address, Babuino 181 aims to provide its guests with a high level of independence and privacy. The spacious rooms and comfortable common areas make for a hotel that you could quite happily not leave for a week. Though the hotel itself is only two years old, the building dates back to the 18th century, adding a true Italian authenticity. Its location on one of the city's oldest and most lively streets means that you're staying in, as well as alongside, all the Roman history your heart could desire.

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      5.97 /10
    • Accommodation

      9.45 /10
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      8.70 /10
    • Food and drink

      7.70 /10
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    • Situated at the top of Via del Babuino, this hotel centres you on one of Rome's bustling main streets. Long, straight and full of shops, restaurants and alluring side streets, it is easy to wander up and down for hours on this street alone. But only a five minute walk away, you will find the gleaming white marble of Piazza del Popolo, so perfectly maintained that it could have been built yesterday. Five minutes in the opposite direction takes you to the famous Spanish Steps, a must-see for any visitors to the Italian capital. Via del Corso and Via Condotti are mere minutes away, with all the shops - both high street and haute couture - that you could possibly desire. Via del Babuino is nothing if not a lively area, so be ready to embrace the crowds from the moment you leave the hotel, who spill off the pavement and into the roads. During the summer months, locals and tourists alike promenade up and down the street, taking advantage of the cool evenings and minimal traffic.

    • With only 14 rooms, Babuino 181 can only be described as a boutique hotel. This becomes even more apparent when you step into the perfectly-appointed suites, all with plenty of space and decked out to cater to every comfort of their guests. Choose from five different suites, from a Double Superior all the way up to the Babuino Suite - located on the top floor - which can be joined to a connecting Deluxe Suite to make a spacious apartment. If not, choose from a Deluxe Room, Classic Suite or a Deluxe Suite, all decorated in the same warm but muted colours, wooden floors and luxurious kingsize beds. Stylish black and white photos of the city line the walls, adding to the contemporary Italian feel. Even the fragrance is unique to the hotel, begging the question 'Where can I can some of that for home?' As for the bathrooms, expect exactly the same comfort and style here, with beautifully soft bathrobes and towels provided. The hotel provides its own line of products as well as the usual hairdryer. All rooms have either a bath or a shower, except the Babuino Suite which has both. A complimentary Nespresso machine and iPod docking station top the rooms off perfectly.

    • You'll be forgiven for walking straight past this unassuming hotel on the busy Via del Babuino. Its small sliding doors are relatively incongruous given the loud shop fronts and ornate churches that surround it on all sides. But a peaceful lobby awaits just inside, with smiling staff and a small staircase to take you up to the first floor. Here you'll find the first of the rooms as well as a small area for guests to relax on sofas and help themselves to more complimentary Nespresso. It might be small but the rooftop terrace and rooms both provide enough extra space that it remains quiet at all times of the day. The corridors and winding central staircase are all well-lit, spacious and simply decorated with earthy artwork or moody black and white pictures (though if you prefer, there is a small lift to take you to the top floors). The terrace doubles as both the breakfast room and the bar, with small tables dispersed throughout the room and a balcony from which to enjoy the view during the summer months. Bright and airy at all times of the year, you'll feel instantly at home here. The bar, though simple, is well-stocked with good wine, still and sparkling, and a range of liquors.

    • The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but does provide a very comprehensive continental breakfast for an extra charge. Guests may choose whether to head to the rooftop terrace or take breakfast in their rooms, free of charge. Breakfast in your room will provide you with slightly less choice but there is always the option of starting off with breakfast in bed and moving up to the rooftop terrace once you've had time to wake up a little. In any case, the view from the terrace will certainly be enough to chase the sleep from your eyes and the light, breezy atmosphere is the perfect way to start the day. Choose from a wide range of fresh fruit, pastries, cheeses, meats, bread and cereals, along with tea, coffee and juices. Breakfast is served until 10.30am and is the only service the hotel does. However, the rooftop bar stays open until 9pm, with complimentary aperitifs for all guests served during the afternoon.

    • Part of a small chain of three hotels, Babuino 181 is the largest with 14 rooms, the others only comprising of four and seven rooms. Having opened in 2010, it still looks, feels - and is - fresh. The beautifully appointed suites are all a very generous size, with the largest able to accommodate up to a family of four. The suites all come equipped with a well-stocked, complimentary mini bar and complimentary aperitifs are served each afternoon on the rooftop terrace. The hotel does not have its own restaurant but the upstairs bar is open each evening from 6pm till 9pm, should guests want to take a relaxing drink before heading out for dinner. The reception is open 24 hours and staff are more than happy to help with the smallest question, whatever hour of the night. Wi-Fi is provided free of charge in all the rooms, as well as Sky TV with a wide range of channels. There is no parking provided by the hotel - unsurprising given its extremely central location - however there is a car park relatively close by at Villa Borghese.

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    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning

    advantage

    • Lively area
    • Excellent location for tourist attractions
    • Spacious suites
    • Wonderfully friendly staff

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