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Hotel La Griffe Hotel 5 star
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Located in the centre of Rome, La Griffe will allow you to visit the city's main ancient sites (Coliseum, the Forum, Palatine Hill) on foot, without having to use the buses or the underground. An advantage for ancient history enthusiasts, but note that the design of the hotel is very Roman, and very contemporary. If you think that glossy black and red belong in a night-club rather than in a hotel, you should pick another hotel. Neo-Baroque enthusiasts will like it, as well as the curious ones among you who would like to test the effects of "chromotherapy".

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      La Griffe   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

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      La Griffe   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

       
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    Location 8.68 /10

    Along via Nazionale, the avenue linking piazza Repubblica to Trajan's Forum. The nearest underground station is Repubblica (a 2 min walk).
    Fiumicino airport is located 15 mi away; Ciampino's, 10 mi away. Allow a 45 minute journey for Fiumicino and 30 minutes for Ciampino.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    There are 127 rooms. The basic standard ones, called "classic", are 172 sq ft (and have a bathroom with a shower as large as an alcove). The superior category rooms are a little more spacious (215 sq ft) and they have a bath tub in the bathroom. If possible, book a junior suite or a suite: some are on two levels (mezzanine), which is a welcome original feature, but the only trouble is that their 646 sq ft surface area is shared out, which means a 323 sq ft floor from the entrance door. The decoration is modern (metal, polished wood, leather), the choice of colours more soothing than in the lobby (black is less present, but when the furniture is not red, it is deep blue). Panels (or whole walls) are decorated with red mosaic in the bathrooms. Bathrobes and a hair-dryer. The hospitality products (labelled with the name of the hotel) have a capacity of 50ml in the rooms and 70ml in the suites. High-tech equipment for the TV (flat screen), a mini-bar, air-conditioning and a telephone. As for the view, the rooms overlook the via Nazionale (pleasant but noisy), the via Firenze (not enough distance to appreciate it) or the hotel courtyard (the quietest).

    Overview 7.95 /10

    La Griffe opened in 2005. From the outside (typical Roman building), you wouldn't be able to guess what the interior looks like: You access the reception via a black-panelled corridor, with soft lighting, with lounges at the end of the corridor, near to a metal spiral staircase: Red leather armchairs, black tile flooring, but no windows. Depending on your taste, you might find the decoration attractive, electric, or on the contrary, unnerving and even oppressive. Contemporary decoration enthusiasts will be happy: they will find this setting smart, with spaces cleverly arranged and materials enhancing the stylish and uncluttered design of the hotel. On the top floor (there are ten all together), you will find two panoramic terraces, which look out to piazza Venezia and the Vatican. One is a solarium available in the summer season (from April to October), and a restaurant (also open during the summer season), called La Terrace, open from lunch time to late in the evening.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The breakfast room is underground. There are no windows (never mind), but the buffet, American-style, has a wide choice of dishes (eggs, cold cuts, cheese, bread rolls, pastries and fresh fruit). On the first floor, the winter restaurant (also equipped with a bar) serves Roman cuisine (veal fillets served with ham and sage) as well as international cuisine (beef fillets and "duchess" potatoes). For reasonable prices: from around £13 to £17.50 a dish. From April to October, the restaurant on the panoramic terrace is a much more welcoming setting. We should advise you nonetheless to catch a tramway to have dinner in the district of Trastevere (on the other bank of the Tiber, by via Trastevere). The ambiance is a lot more lively, and what's on your plate is delicious and relatively cheap.

    To know

    La Griffe is a recent hotel, of a contemporary Roman style: glossy textures, contrasted colours (black and red). Moreover, as it is a central hotel, its access is reduced. The hotel is comprised of rooms, a bar and a restaurant. There is neither a gym, nor a relaxation centre (no sauna or whirlpool bath).
    Accommodation tip
    About six rooms located on the top floor have an unrestricted view of the surrounding area: a church with a Venetien style bell tower, Roman tiled roofs, small flowery terraces, and even the elegant piazza Venezia. To keep in mind!

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      golf, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The panoramic terraces (solarium and open-air restaurant from April to October)
    • A beautiful view from some of the rooms (the area around piazza Venezia).

    disadvantages

    • Small bathrooms.
    • Dark corridors.
    • No gym.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score 2.00/10
    • Jim Mcconway Jim Mcconway  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in January 2011 Posted on 2011-02-11 Couple - One week or more (Room with a view)

        Supposed to be a 5* hotel more a 3*. Air conditioning / heating, TV, internet, door locks not working. Very poor value for money. Pass it by

      • Advantages

        Good location; Main doorman very helpful although replacement very poor; Good bed linen

      • Disavantages

        Equipment not working; Bathroom not cleaned properly; Security poor as door left open several times; poor room menu and breakfast

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      • Overall Score 2.29/10
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