Via Germanico 198, Rome, Italy star
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Hotel Lady is run by Angela and Dario, a friendly husband-and-wife team. Situated on a quiet residential street just off the bustling Via Ottaviano, it’s a simple two-star signorina with a convenient location five minutes from Saint Peter's Square and the Vatican Museums.
Pros: Great location. Homey feel. Dario, the primo host.
Cons: No air conditioning. No television in rooms.
The Hotel Lady's seven simple guest rooms line a short corridor and are classically decorated with "pavimenti d'epoca" floors and wooden furnishings. They have a homey, “Nonna’s house” feel (we spied fussy fabric headboards, lace tablecloths and delicate bedside lamps).
Each room is uniquely furnished (one might have a large wardrobe, while another has a small table tucked into a window nook), and décor is limited to (somewhat old-fashioned) print bedspreads and the occasional framed print on the wall. Touches of rustic wood abound—from the thick, richly polished doors to the high, wood-beamed ceilings.
All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, soundproof windows, a safe, phone and ceiling fan (no air conditioning or TVs here).
The private bathrooms are snug and tiled in blue and white, with stall showers. Some have sport large mirrors with “antiquey” brass frames.
Two rooms share a sparkling clean bathroom at the end of the corridor, and each is equipped with an in-room sink. Basic toiletries are provided, and a hair dryer is available upon request.
The Hotel Lady’s dining and lounge areas are meshed together in an ample room that’s delightfully crammed with pretty (if slightly shabby) wooden furniture and an interesting mishmash of framed art. Although a little dark, the room has a cozy feel (if it weren't for the smattering of tables, you just might feel like a true house guest).
There are comfy couches perfect for curling up with a book (or one of the magazines that sit in a gorgeous antique cradle nearby). Breakfast is served (for an additional charge) in a sunny spot by the window.
The Hotel Lady really does feel like a dear friend’s home. Angela keeps on top of the cleaning, and Dario, a keen history buff, will happily recommend things to see and do and talk your ear off about the Eternal City (but only in Italian!). No doubt, this couple is certainly energized and eager to please. And if the guestbook is any indication, they've been successful.
We should note that younger travelers might find the Lady a bit old-fashioned and uptight—it’s a quiet spot, not for those looking to party into the wee hours. (In fact, Dario and Angela give the impression that they’ll have none of that kind of behavior!)
The Hotel Lady is the kind of old-fashioned, slightly ramshackle establishment that is becoming harder and harder to find in Rome. Dario and Angela run the hotel like it’s their own home—which means that things are both more welcoming and less well-oiled and professional than they tend to be at larger establishments.
The hotel may lack small luxuries like air conditioning (although the historic building’s thick walls tend to keep things cool), but it offers personal attention, privacy and space. It may not be the place for fussy sorts or party animals, but the Lady is a good value for those looking for a quiet, comfortable place near the action.
Situated in a historic building on the wide, leafy Via Germanico, the Hotel Lady boasts an enviable location that’s both quiet and central. Not only is Via Germanico home to a smattering of interesting shops and restaurants worthy of an afternoon’s exploration, but major city attractions are all easily accessible from here.
Young’ens may not find that the neighborhood has much to offer after dark. The restaurants and bars here tend to be pricey, and most of Rome’s revelry takes place on the other side of the Tevere. Those interested in clubbing and “pubbing” their way around Rome might even find the neighborhood somewhat inconvenient, despite its public transport options.
That said, the shopping district around Via Cola Di Rienzo (just a five-minute walk from the hotel) is thriving, and the nearby Castroni international food market is great for homesick travelers who want to pick up foods from their home countries (vegemite, here we come!).
Guest reviews in brief
Since the Hotel Lady is such a small property, it gets very few guest reviews. Those who do comment on the property are fans of its location, and the proprietors get plenty of praise for their kindness and helpfulness.
Guests note that the Lady can get noisy (a common issue in Rome), and some feel that the rates are tad high.
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Subway: Hotel Lady is located on Linea A, a great line for reaching such attractions as the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. The train stops at Ottaviano-San Pietro and Lepanto, both of which are a few minutes from the hotel.
Buses: Few buses stop on the quiet Via Germanico, but there are plenty of lines that service Via Cola di Rienzo, just a few minutes away. Read more about public transportation in Rome.
From Fiumcino: Take the Leonardo Express train (departs about every 30 minutes, about a 35-minute journey) to Termini station and then transfer to the Metro line A to Lepanto. The hotel is a short walk from there.
From Ciampino: The Terravision bus connects Ciampino to Termini Station, where you can transfert to the metro line A to Lepanto.
From Termini: From Termini, take the metro (Linea A towards Battistini), to Lepanto (five stops away).
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Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- City tour
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Fax Machine
- Hair Dryer – at reception
- Historic building
- Internet Access: Free
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Safe at reception
- Shuttle service
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathroom: Shared
- Internet Access
- Iron available
- Soundproofed Windows
Via Germanico 198
Vatican & Prati, Rome, Italy
+39 06 324 2112
Fax: +39 06 324 3446
About the Lady 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.