Our family of 5 (children: 16, 13, 10) spent 4 nights recently at Babuino, 181 and it worked so well for us. As recent reviews have stated - the location is great...a block from Piazza del Popolo with a taxi stand and cafes, few blocks from the Spanish Steps and really a do-able walk (even in almost 100 degree heat!) to many of the sights (Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, etc) . It was HOT while sightseeing, but the hotel was our welcome relief between our jaunts out to meet our tour guide and exploring on our own - it was cool, comfortable, inviting and friendly...and the boutique-size of the hotel made it feel more like our own loft apartments than a hotel. We took 2 rooms - not adjoining, but our kids are old enough to be on their own in the room across from us. Clean, modern, furnishings, comfortable beds and bedding, nice bathrooms. Front desk (the 2 wonderful young women who were there most every day) were very friendly and helpful and fluent in English...for making reservations, checking to see if certain sights were open the day we wanted to visit, etc. They made us feel welcomed and at home. Breakfast each morning on the enclosed rooftop terrace was satisfying...a buffet selection of everything you'd want (yogurts, granola, fresh fruit, cereals, breads to toast, pastries, coffee to order, juices, tea, etc) and a nice waitress...newspapers out for guests to read. Quiet and relaxing with glimpses of other rooftops and the trees of Villa Borghese.
The only area of improvement (which I noted to management on their survey)for rooms located on the side of the hotel that faces the small alley way that has a couple of cafes below, is to provide a sound machine/white noise machine in the room as an option for the guests to use (I think BOSE makes a good one) to eliminate the noise that filters up to the rooms from the laughter and bottle clean-up/tumbling of bottles at the cafes sometimes as late as 2am...that was my only "complaint" and should be easily fixable.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who appreaciates good design, a smaller hotel experience in a fabulous location...it was wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rome’s most exclusive boutique hotel, on Rome’s most exclusive street. Babuino 181 is located in the best location in Rome, in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter. And every bit of it is as chic as its neighboring boutiques. Step between Rome’s top fashion designers, disappear through discreet glass doors… and enter another dimension of Italian boutique luxury. After a day of inspiration touring Rome’s sites, come back to your home in Rome. Sip a cocktail on the brand-new, rooftop terrace overlooking Rome’s beautiful streets. Soak in a spacious marble bath. Slide between Frette sheets. Rest in comfort—and with the confidence that, no matter what you need or what personalized service you require, Babuino 181’s professional staff can make it happen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Babuino 181 Hotel Rome