Via Germanico 198, Rome, Italy
Doubles from: $79 to $170
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
This two-star hotel that's just a quick walk from Saint Peter's Square offers basic rooms in a comfy atmosphere operated by a pair of gracious hosts.
Pros: Great location. Homey feel. Dario, the primo host.
Cons: No air conditioning. No television in rooms.
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. The Hotel Lady's seven 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, and 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 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 really does feel like a dear friend’s home. There are comfy couches perfect for curling up with a book (or one of the magazines that sit in a gorgeous antique cradle nearby) and breakfast is served (for an additional charge) in a sunny spot by the window. 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.
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!).
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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» Sarah Tighe, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
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.