Viale Giulio Cesare 47, Rome, Italy star
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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.
The street itself is as quiet as you’re going to get in inner-city rome. Even on a weekday at busy lunchtime it feels somewhat serene, and you’ll feel far away from the crowds.
Guest reviews in brief
The Pensione Paradise is generally well received by guests who like its quiet yet central location and friendly staff. Guests note that the hotel is very clean and deem it a good value overall.
Some guests complain that the rooms are small (which is a common problem in Rome), and they note that the hallways can get noisy. A few also complain that the hotel lacks modern conveniences like air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
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Subway: The Pensione Paradise is located minutes away from from Metro Stop Lepanto, on line A, which directly connects to Termini, Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain and various other popular attractions.
Buses: You’ll have some trouble getting a bus directly to the quiet(ish) Via Germanico, but plenty stop at nearby Via Cola di Rienzo. Read more about public transportation in Rome.
From Fiumcino: The Leonardo Express train from the airport stops directly at Termini station, and from there you can jump on the Metro (Line A—Battistini). Trains depart every 30 minutes or so, and the journey takes about 35 minutes.
From Ciampino: The Terravision bus departs about every 20 minutes from Ciampino and connects to Rome's Termini Station. From there, take metro line A to Lepanto and walk to the hotel.
From Termini: If you arrive into Rome via train, it’s easy to reach Pensione Paradise. Simply take the Linea A underground line towards Battistini, and Lepanto is a short five stops away.
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Reviewed by: Sarah Tighe, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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.
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- Bicycle Rental
- City tour
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Fax Machine
- Hair Dryer – at reception
- Luggage Storage
- Recently renovated
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Safe at reception
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathroom: Shared
- Cable TV
- Iron available
- Soundproofed Windows
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.