Doubles from: $54 to $157
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
With fresh, like-new décor, a helpful (and pleasantly multi-lingual) staff and an upbeat vibe, the affordable Colors Hotel is a solid Cheapo pick.
Pros: Fun, vibrant décor. Convenient location. Friendly staff. Roof terrace.
Cons: Can pick up noise from the street and other guests. No elevator (and lots of stairs).
The Colors Hotel takes its name seriously, with lime, orange and black competing for space. Situated in an otherwise drab building in a convenient neighborhood near the Vatican, this bursting-with-color, two-star spot is a definite mood lifter.
Sleeping at the Colors Hotel is like sleeping in a paint palette. The 24 guest rooms vary in size, shape and décor, with a single unifying factor: vibrant hues. Your room might feel like a fresh fruit bowl (tangerine-colored walls with a cherry-red chair and lemon-yellow linens), or it might be an homage to the color green. A few more subdued rooms are done up in mostly white with bright pops of color in the accents.
In all, it’s a cheery, lively and comfortable scene, with recessed lighting to give the rooms a warm glow. Furnishings are boxy and modern, if utilitarian (think IKEA), and funky lampshades round out the scene. Splashy modern artwork—much of if in the vein of Jackson Pollack—abounds. All rooms at the Colors Hotel are equipped with air conditioning, a television, phone, safe and mini-fridge.
Some rooms have a private bathroom. The cheapest rooms share a toilet in the hall and have a sink and (tiny) shower tucked into the corner of the room. All bathrooms at the Colors Hotel are clean and (of course) colorfully tiled. They are also equipped with toiletries and a hair dryer.
The Colors Hotel offers a cheery lounge outfitted with Sky TV, vending machines and complimentary computer stations. The airy rooftop terrace is a great place to relax in the sun with views of the city—provided you’re up to hoofing it to the top.
Wi-Fi is free throughout. A hearty continental breakfast is usually included in the room rate (check when booking). Note that the hotel does not have an elevator.
Although its exterior is a tad dreary, the Colors Hotel is located in a safe part of town, just a short walk from St. Peter’s Basilica and the Castel Sant’Angelo. The street feels a bit deserted, but this may be a good thing considering it is calm in relation to the bustling nearby Via Cola di Rienzo shopping district.
There are a few inexpensive bars and restaurants in the area, but the neighborhood doesn’t have much to offer in the way of nightlife. Party animals may want to consider a different location, as most of Rome’s party scene is located on the other side of the Tevere.
That said, the Colors Hotel is great for those in search of a quiet, low-key spot that allows them to visit key tourist attractions by day and pop out to a quiet trattoria by night. Tip: Be sure to stop in at the famous Castroni Deli, just down the street.
Subway: The Colors Hotel is well situated for Metro access. It’s just a couple of blocks from both the Ottaviano-San Pietro and Lepanto stops, both serviced by line A.
Buses: You’ll have some trouble getting a bus directly to the quiet Via Boezio, but plenty stop at nearby Via Cola di Rienzo.
From Fiumcino: Take the Leonardo Express train from Fiumcino to Termini station, and from there take the Metro line A to Ottaviano-San Pietro or Lepanto.
From Ciampino: From Ciampino, hop on the Terravision bus (departs about every 20 minutes) and get off at Termini to transfer to the Metro (line A to Lepanto or Ottaviano-San Pietro).
» Sarah Tighe, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Colors Hotel neighborhood
Located across the Tiber River, the Vatican and Prati are unquestionably majestic. St. Peter's Basilica is the focal point of the Vatican, which is the world's only neighborhood that's also a nation. The Vatican and Prati area is pleasant, with tree-lined streets, wide boulevards, and newer buildings. This is a great area to stay, as hotel rates are often lower, hotel rooms bigger, and nights quieter than in other Roman neighborhoods. The area is two stops on the subway from Piazza di Spagna.