The San Carlo is well located, in the midst of the premier shopping area of the city - very atmospheric little streets with pavement cafes etc. St Peters, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, all within walking distance, but the rest a taxi-ride.
Our room was good, if a little spartan - I'd asked for a triple, and got a 2 room suite, which was great. The staff were helpful and friendly, but the biggest drawback in the hotel comes at breakfast time. Some 50 or more guests try to eat in a tiny space with only nine small tables. People are forced to hop around waiting for someone to finish up, which is displeasing to everyone. Actually, it is probably better to give up because the breakfast itself is poor - all sweet, even the croissants.
Outside, another drawback: It is almost impossible to get a taxi to negotiate the one-way system to find the hotel. You are invariably dropped near the Spanish Steps and have to carry your luggage about 3 blocks. Similarly, when ordering a taxi it arrives with the meter already sprinting, so the smallest ride costs a fortune. Nevertheless, the San Carlo is good value for money, well-positioned, and I might well choose it again.
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- Also Known As:
- San Carlo Hotel
- San Carlo Rome