Viale Giulio Cesare 47, Rome, Italy
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Pensione Paradise is a clean and cozy two-star hotel offering value, comfort and charm. It’s situated in a quiet residential area, just a short stroll from the Vatican.
Pros: Excellent location. Good value. Impeccably clean. Friendly staff.
Cons: No air conditioning or Wi-Fi. Can pick up noise from the hall.
The 10 guest rooms at the Pensione Paradise line a single corridor. They are tastefully decorated, with dark “cotto” floors and regal green bed covers and curtains. Although the rooms are small, high ceilings and large (soundproof) windows make them appear more spacious.
Rooms make up for their dearth of amenities (a radio, mounted flat-screen TV and not much else) with a tasteful blend of antiques and antique-inspired furnishings. It’s definitely quality over quantity at Pensione Paradise—there is not much in the way of furniture, but the pieces here are polished to perfection.
Bathrooms at the Pensione Paradise are sparklingly white and reasonably sized, outfitted with a toilet, bidet and stall shower. Eight of the 10 rooms have a private bathroom, and rooms that share facilities score big points for a rustic tiled sink and beautiful mounted mirror.
Basic toiletries are provided to all rooms, and a hair dryer is available at reception.
The Pensione Paradise is notable for its cleanliness. It does lack some features—notably Internet access (apparently there’s no Wi-Fi in paradise…) and air conditioning (although fans are provided). Aside from a cramped reception area, there are no communal spaces.
However, the Pensione Paradise compensates for these shortcomings with excellent service (the multinational, multilingual staff couldn't be more pleasant), a simple, stylish ambiance, and a convenient location on a lovely tree-lined street.
There is no breakfast service, but the area is home to a number of cafés. A safe is available at reception, and the hotel has a small lift. Bicycle rentals are also available.
The Pensione Paradise is well placed for exploring Rome. It’s within walking distance of St. Peter’s Basilica and the bustling shopping district around Via Cola di Rienzo, and the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo are just a couple of metro stops away.
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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
Viale Giulio Cesare 47
Vatican & Prati, Rome, Italy
About the Pensione Paradise 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.