Doubles from: $98 to $174
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
A lovely family-run hotel located near the Colosseum, the Paba offers just seven rooms that are packed with personality and are in mint condition.
Pros: Familial atmosphere. Fantastic location. Usually a good value.
Cons: Can be expensive. Small, and books up.
The two-star Hotel Paba’s enviable location—almost within hurling distance of the Colosseum—is just one reason this small hotel remains popular with guests. Another (perhaps more important) reason is Alberta, who runs the place with care. She plays the part of the Italian grandmother well, offering friendly conversation (in excellent English) and tips for visiting the city.
She also exudes a grandmother’s unwavering control over the condition of the rooms. During our inspection of all seven rooms, she inspected right beside us, giving them the “white glove” treatment, looking for dust, arranging pillows just so, and closing up the shutters to keep in the cool.
Each of the guest rooms has its own particular style. Enjoy the film posters in the “Lovers Nest” or stay in the “Imperial Suite” to nab the Hotel Paba’s only balcony. Meanwhile the “Animal Room” celebrates the artwork of Klimt (and serves as a family room, with an adjoining single and double) , and the “Flower Room” keeps things colorful. The décor is a bit of a mishmash and changes with the style: Some rooms feature heavily patterned furniture and carpets, while others sport more modern laminate floors and white walls.
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a TV, phone, kettle, mini fridge and free Wi-Fi. Each room also has a table and chairs, which comes in handy in the morning, when breakfast, included in the rate, is delivered to your room.
All rooms have a private bath, each equipped with a shower, toiletries and a hairdryer.
Value: With double rates that reach €160 in the high season, the Paba is, unfortunately, not always budget-traveler friendly. Still, we would certainly book a room at the lower end of its price range.
Note: The hotel is on the second floor of an apartment building. There is an elevator, but the Hotel Paba is not very accessible for guests with disabilities. Light sleepers should note that the Via Cavour can be busy (you may want to ask for a room on the back).
Wi-Fi is free throughout, and breakfast is included in the room rate. The hotel offers a discount for payment in cash.
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 Hotel Paba neighborhood
The Monti neighborhood feature some of Rome's cutest winding, hilly streets. It's chockablock full of great little hidden-away bars and restaurants. The neighborhood boasts some of Rome's most famous landmarks, churches and ruins, including the Colosseum, Trajan's Market and parts of the Roman Forum.