Posts Tagged ‘Rome’

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

travel tuesday — the hotel golden in rome

Rome, the Eter­nal City, is like New York — it never sleeps. Find­ing a quiet haven in Rome is mirac­u­lous. From a pre­vi­ous visit we knew the Villa Borgh­ese area could be rel­a­tively peace­ful. Based largely on Tri­pAd­vi­sor reviews, we chose to stay in April at the Hotel Golden. This is not a place to see-and-be-seen, nor a high-style bou­tique hotel sport­ing the lat­est trendy décor. But this is the place to stay with the Roman fam­ily you never knew you had!

The hotel occu­pies a res­i­den­tial build­ing on a quiet street less than a block from Villa Borgh­ese Park – a god­send for fam­i­lies with chil­dren because there is plenty of room to run around in the park. We arrived via the car ser­vice hired through the hotel – an easy, stress-free option. The small recep­tion area and tiny break­fast room are on the 2nd floor – there is no lobby.  We were upgraded to the fam­ily suite, and while two of the extra bed­rooms remained locked (and unseen), the space we had avail­able was enor­mous, par­tic­u­larly by Euro­pean stan­dards — a large, high-ceiling bed­room (king bed + twin day bed), a din­ing room, bath­room and large vestibule. We were wal­low­ing in space!

It’s dif­fi­cult to over­state the care with which the fam­ily caters to their guests. We over­slept the first morn­ing, miss­ing the open hours in the break­fast room. With­out ask­ing, Mama whipped up cof­fee and break­fast for us. On another day, when we planned to dine else­where for break­fast, they held the kitchen open until we appeared because they thought we’d over­slept again. Such atten­tion is unheard of in a typ­i­cal hotel! Being in the fam­ily suite on the 3rd floor required a fam­ily mem­ber to escort us to unlock the outer door, so some­one was always on hand with a smile and con­cern that our day was a happy one. Kudos to the Loria fam­ily for a charm­ing, well-run inn!

My pic­tures appear dark, but the room actu­ally has very large win­dows that look out upon an ancient sec­tion of the city wall toward the Villa Borgh­ese. There are both a large wardrobe and desk with chair not seen in this picture.

hotel golden large king bed

hotel golden large king bed

hotel golden twin day bed

hotel golden twin day bed

The spa­cious bath­room fea­tures a walk-in shower.

hotel golden double sink bathroom

hotel golden dou­ble sink bathroom

We absolutely rec­om­mend the Hotel Golden to any­one look­ing to be trea­sured by fam­ily in Rome!

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