Hotel Marcella Royal Hotel 4 star
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Breakfast with a view, and not only for the lucky few in the best rooms: the Marcella Royal has the asset of a terrace restaurant in the morning, under a veranda in winter, al fresco in summer also, overlooking all of Rome (and as a matter of fact, the Roman roofs, covered in red tiles, with garden-balconies here and there, really are picturesque). As for the rooms, various categories and styles are available: ideally, you should ask to see a few before choosing.

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    Location 7.1 /10

    On via Flavia, a street parallel to via XX Settembre, in a district which is lively during the week and quiet at the weekend. The nearest underground station is Repubblica (on the square of the same name): accessible within a 7 minute walk.
    Fiumicino airport is 15 mi away; Ciampino's is 10 mi away. It takes 45 minutes to get to Fiumicino and 30 minutes for Ciampino.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    Various lay-outs for various types of rooms. You can find a four-poster bed (that's room no. 618, but don't beg for it!), walls with red fabrics hanging in the shape of a coat of arms, and travertine marble flooring, etc... To be satisfied with your accommodation it may be preferable to request a junior suite. The basic-standard doubles aren't always very spacious (approximately 16m²). The suites are larger (193 sq ft to 215 sq ft). In the more recent accommodation, the furniture is contemporary. As for the view, apart from the 5th and 6th floors, the rooms overlook the street (and the opposite façades) or an inner courtyard with close walls. If you want a beautiful panorama over Rome, you must stay on the top two floors. The bathroom facilities include a bathtub or a shower, hospitality products (40 ml, labelled with the name of the hotel) and a hair-dryer. Other equipment in the room: flat screen TV, a telephone, air-conditioning, a mini-bar.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    A 7-storey building, the Marcella Royal has a total of 93 bedrooms available since spring 2008. The communal areas consist of lounge areas partitioned with archways, an L-shaped reception counter and a partly sheltered terrace (for the restaurant) on the top floor. On the open-air side of the veranda, a few deckchairs are laid out from April to October, as well as some plastic tables masquerading as wrought iron. The style of the ground floor decoration is of Neo-Classical influence, with damask upholstery (blue and gold, red and gold) for the armchairs and sofas and ancient paintings hanging on the walls.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Here's the undeniable asset of this hotel: the breakfast buffet (included in the price of the room) served all year long in a bright, well-aired place, with a view of the whole of Rome. You must head straight for the converted restaurant on the roof - the bay windows offer a view as far as the Vatican. From April to October, tables are also laid out on the rest of the terrace so you can eat outside. The American-style buffet includes hot and cold dishes (scrambled eggs, yoghurts, cold cuts, bread rolls, croissants, fresh fruit). There is no lunch service, but some good close-by restaurants such as Da Vincenzo, on via Castelfidardo: a true Roman inn, in which you have to be a local to know what to order. We recommend the linguine with cockles (roughly £13) with some white wine: succulent! Then the Marcella's restaurant is open again for dinner. Try it when the sun is setting, for the view. The simple menu has only a few hot dishes to offer, as well as salads and sandwiches (from around £9 to £14). If you don't like stuffed rabbit, go for the bolognese; if you have bad memories of minced meat, opt for the spinach pancakes; if you hate spinach, there is still a possibility of beef, but that's it!

    To know

    From a boarding house about 40 years ago, the Marcella Royal has become a 4 star hotel by local standards, and on top of this, a boutique hotel. Note, however, that this designation does not encompass the same features as in other European countries. What really is noticeable here is the thoughtful staff and the different decoration from one room to another. The prices are reasonable - especially if you take into account that breakfast is included in the price of the hotel night. It is served as a buffet, summer and winter, on the hotel roof, under a veranda transformed into a restaurant. From here you have a view of all of Rome, its tiled roofs and garden-terraces.
    Accommodation tip
    From one room to another, the decoration varies, so does the orientation and view... If you prefer a contemporary style, request one of the recent rooms (they are on fourth floor, for the most part). If you would like an open view, favour the accommodation on the 5th and 6th floor, regardless of the category (rooms or suites).
    Prices and bookings on www.marcellaroyalhotel.com (with an English language link)..

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      sports

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

    advantage

    • The restaurant is under a veranda on the top floor.
    • The unrestricted view from the upper floor rooms.
    • Differentiated decoration.

    disadvantages

    • No gym.
    • A simple dinner menu.

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