Rome: hotel and restaurants reviews

Rome. Rome. Rome.  

What a wonderful city. Beautiful, impressive and powerful. One of my favorite ones. I endlessly can talk about Rome, but this post will be short and practical, with no lyrics. I will just overview the hotel where we stayed and some restaurants.

Let’s start ! 

Hotel

We stayed at Prati district at Hotel Twenty one:

Via Cola di Rienzo 23.

Prati is one of the wealthiest districts of Rome. It has European charm, elegant buildings, beautiful Palazzo di Giustizia in Piazza Cavour, and the popular Via Cola di Rienzo shopping street with high-end brands. The district is very safe, with fewer tourists and more local people. In the evening social scenes come alive: wine bars, music, and restaurants. There just special mood and I love it.

Metro Lepanto is three blocks away from the hotel and from there are only 5 stops to Roma Termini station if you need it. Near the hotel are two markets: Gastroni (Via Cola DI Rienzo, 196/198. 7 minutes walk from the hotel) and Coop (Via Tacito, 90. 6 minutes walk), where you can purchase a pack of water, some snacks, etc. 

We spent a lot of time looking for hotels and areas where we wanted to stay. And finally, we found it. We choose Hotel Twenty one and didn’t regret it. It was a good choice for us.

Hotel Twenty-One is a 4-star hotel, located between St. Peter’s square and the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna. Walkable distance to most historic attractions and a 30-minute walk to the Vatican.

It is a modern, quiet, and clean hotel. The room had an air conditioner, and it was very important for us. In the hot Italian summer and after so many kilometers of walking, you really want to come back into a cool room and have a good rest.

Most of the hotels in Rome have very small rooms, and I learned that some people complain that they can’t even open their luggage. There room so tiny. Our room wasn’t big either, but there was enough space to feel comfortable. The room has everything that you need, except iron and ice. You have to ask the front desk to have an iron and somebody will bring it to your room and pick it up after you have done. And the hotel doesn’t have a vending machine, so if you need ice you have to go to the kitchen and ask them for it. For me, it was a little annoying but manageable. These are only two unconventional things for me. The rest was great: comfortable bed, little fridge, safe and very clean.

Breakfast in the hotel was just amazing and excellent. The best hotel breakfast so far. The buffet breakfast had a variety of delicious food: eggs, fruits, sweets and coffee. Everything was freshly made and so delightful … Ah, how good was it… Can’t even describe it. Also, in the hotel Bistro 21 you can have lunch, dinner or just a drink.

I will make a couple of points: 

  • Italian people drink cappuccino only in the morning up to 11:00 a.m. Sometimes they drink espresso after lunch or dinner.  
  • If you are satisfied with hotel breakfast, it is good to leave tips, even if your breakfast is included in the room price. The service is good.
  • Rome has lots of drinking fountains. The city has aqueduct systems built in 1870. Fresh water from the mountains runs into the city through tunnels and even today, Rome drinking fountains continue to provide people with clean drinkable water.
  • In Italy there are almost no public washrooms. So, use it every time you get the opportunity. Huge possibility that cafés and restaurants will not allow you to use their toilets if you are not their customer.

The easiest way to get to the hotel: 

It was easy to get to Hotel Twenty one from the airport, which was important for us too. 

We took SIT Shuttle bus Fiumicino Airport – Rome Vaticano (Via Crescenzio) (13 Euro round trip). The SIT bus shuttle has a stop at the Vatican, close to the St Angelo castle and from there we walked several blocks to the hotel. Even with baggage it was easy and it wasn’t necessary to take a metro, bus, or taxi. On the way back to the airport, check the schedule at the bus stop and come a little early because there might be a line and you don’t want to be late for your flight. The SIT Bus stop at the airport located at Terminal 3. We purchased tickets for the bus on the Travelocity website, printed them at home, and never had a problem.

Everything worked for us fine. We really like the hotel and the location. We were very satisfied. 

Restaurants

Eating out in Italy is a big pleasure. But we had to adjust our eating habits a little.  

  • Lunch starts at 1:00 pm and dinner at 8:00 pm.
  • Happy hour or Aperitivo is between 6 pm and 9 pm—when people can relax after work with a glass of wine or Campari and have some snacks. And after they enjoy dinner.  
  •  You definitely should drink Spritz at a happy hour. This is a very popular and refreshing drink. It has a little bitter flavor with an orange hint.  The drink has a good mix of Prosecco, Aperol or Campari, and soda water. This is a simple drink, but very delicious
  • As I mentioned above, Italians don’t drink cappuccino with meals other than breakfast.
La Pratolina

Via degli Scipioni, 248

The best pizza I have ever tried. La Pratolina is an ideal restaurant to spend the evening. Very nice, welcoming, and friendly atmosphere. Most of the people are local. Very busy all the time, so it is better to call at seven and make a reservation. We got our reservation for 11 pm. 

We went there twice. Both times were very good. We had Preferita and Pratolina pizzas. Absolutely delicious. The desserts were good as well. Also, we tried a famous Italian Limoncello, made from a home recipe. What can I say? Delicious … We had a great time there. 

Prati di cavour

Via Lucrezio Caro, 21

Another good restaurant and we eat there twice. A 3 minutes walk from the hotel. They have a small patio if you like to sit outside. The service and food was very good. We had a pizza, pasta, fried veggies, rice balls, and Spritz. The staff was very friendly and they spoke English.

La Renella Forno Antico Trastevere

Via del Moro, 15

Another worthy place to try a homemade pizza. In this place, they bake pizza in a wood-burning oven. It was really, really tasty. You pay by weight, so you can buy small slices and try different pizzas. We had several slices, and my favorite was pizza with eggplant, veggie, and cheese. So if you will be in the Trastevere area, I would recommend stopping at this pizzeria for delicious pizzas.

Birretta Wine and Food – Humburgeria

Via Simone de Saint Bon, 69-73

This is hamburgeria has a big selection of burgers made with good fresh products and meat. Unlikely, I don’t remember the name of our burgers, but it was very good. Tasty burgers and beer, this is what we needed after the long flight. 

Il Piccolo Diavolo (The little Devil)

Piazza Cola di Rienzo, 33/35

The cocktail bar near to the hotel and is popular for apéritif and after dinner. Always full of local people. We went there for an apéritif. It was okay, but I prefer something cozier.

Sant’ Eustachio Il caffe

Piazza di S. Eustachio, 82

The oldest coffee shop in Rome and only a few minutes from Pantheon. This is a very small café, they didn’t have a patio at that time and all the people were standing and drink coffee. There are only 2 tables close to the washroom and you have to pay 5 euros for the table. So, it is better to stand. I will be honest with you: this coffee shop is famous and kind of a must-go. The coffee was good, but I wasn’t super impressed. I’m sure you can find something more cool and enjoyable coffee place. But go to see it for sure, because it is popular, very close to the Pantheon and you are right there anyway. 

Fatamorgana Monti

Piazza degli Zingari, 5

Best ice cream place in Rome! Fantastic one. It’s made from natural ingredients. Lots of different flavors. The gelateria is small, but they have a little square and a bench in front of the café. You can enjoy your ice cream right there. I would absolutely recommend getting some Fatamorgana ice cream when visiting the Roman Forum or the Colosseum. Monti district is very cool too. 

Gelateria La Romana

Via Cola di Rienzo, 2

This ice cream shop was opened in 1947 and is still running at present. Simple and elegant with a wide range of quality flavors made in the store. It was delicious. 

That is all for now. 

What is your favorite place to eat in Rome? What would you recommend? 

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