Via Della Croce 35, Rome, Italy
Doubles from: $85 to $207
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Hotel Panda is a convenient little cheapo located in the heart of an area better known for high fashion than budget hotels. Basic, clean and welcoming, the two-star hotel is situated just a one-minute saunter from the base of the Spanish Steps.
Pros: Location, location, location. Friendly staff. Low rates (for the area).
Cons: Some rooms pick up street noise. Some rooms small.
Here's how it works: You walk away from the Spanish Steps and past the sidewalk cafes and gift shops on the Via Della Croce until you get to #35, a large apartment building with shops downstairs. You get buzzed in, and lift your suitcase up to the building's first floor landing, where an elevator takes you up to the Hotel Panda. There, glass doors slide open (a bit of incongruous pizzazz) to let you into the small lobby.
The Panda's 28 guest rooms are on the small side and won’t win any awards for designer flair, but they’re comfortable and clean. Air conditioning is available in the summer months, and all rooms have TV, a phone and free Wi-Fi. Throughout there are terracotta floors (no carpets), and we spotted some Roman statuettes posing in a few rooms.
Note that rooms facing the pedestrian packed Via Della Croce can get some noise, especially during the evening when the restaurants are busy. Other rooms on the back can be rather dark. Most of the rooms have private bathrooms, but a few of the cheapest share facilities. Toiletries and hair dryers are available.
On a personal note, when reviewing hotels in May 2014, I stayed in a humorously small single equipped with a riotously funny small bathroom (see photos). At €95 a night, it felt both expensive (I mean, that's not cheap!) and also like a pretty good deal for the neighborhood. The location made it a snap to drop back in during the day or freshen up before dinner.
Breakfast is not included but the hotel does offer vouchers for a €5 Italian breakfast (hot drink, juice and croissant) at the famous D’Angelo pastry shop downstairs. There is also a communal fridge.
As noted, the hotel has an elevator, but you have to climb a set of steps before reaching it.
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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
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About the Hotel Panda neighborhood
Located just south of the Villa Borghese, the Piazza di Spagna is home to the famous Spanish Steps, where hundreds gather to relax in the afternoon sun before strolling along the boutique- and café-lined Via dei Condotti. The area is home to the Trevi Fountain, the lovely Villa Borghese Park, and loads of stylish (and pricey) shops. Hotels in this area tend to be quite expensive.