I have been to Rome 3 or 4 times now and have stayed in everything from cruddy hotels far outside of the city, to crazy party hostels and a calm, quiet, lovely and inviting hostel/hotel. On my last trip I stayed in a small charming boutique hotel known as the Retrome Colosseum Boutique Hotel. Not only was this small hotel uniquely decorated and designed in a vintage fashion but it was also in a pretty excellent location (only minutes from the Colosseum), especially for the cost.
Also having a property in Barcelona, the Retrome Rome location has 8 rooms and 3 apartments. The rooms are colourfully decorated but not overwhelming. There are vintage accents everywhere from the lighting to the art on the walls and tiles on the floors. All of the bathrooms have been renovated and fully updated with modern fixtures and all the comforts that you could want.
I think the favourite part of my room might of been the fuzzy brown chair.
The reception area was also full of vintage items from images of Marilyn Monroe to old Vespa catalogues, vintage furniture, espresso machine and more. Upon check-in, in the reception area the front desk staff didn’t just hand me a key and send me on my way but they took the time to talk to me about my travel plans and things that I wanted to see and do on my visit as well as giving me a map marking some of the best spots near by for everything from food to the nearest ATM. I am not sure if I have ever before had a front desk staff at a hotel seem to care so much about their guests before.
On property there is small kitchen area for you to make yourself a tea or coffee as there isn’t anywhere to eat or buy food. However down the street there is a small cafe where a bunch of locals can be found hanging out and they serve the breakfast the comes with your stay and there are many options available from various pastries to ham and cheese sandwiches, cereal, fresh squeezed juice and fruits.
To learn more about this little gem of a hotel hidden in a small residential area behind the Colosseum watch my video and tell me what you think. Where is your favourite place to stay in Rome?