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Classic interior with a gorgeous rooftop garden
The hotel was built in the late 1930s by the same family that owns and operates it today. The design style is classic with a lobby that includes a red Moroccan rug, a striped couch, and a few antiques. The best part of the property is the wonderfully landscaped rooftop garden and restaurant (the same one the hotel is named after), which includes quirky accents like a water fountain adorned with a lion's face and a lighthouse shaped circular settee framed with upholstered palm tree cushions. Olive trees and pots of flowers line the perimeter of the roof. Visitors can also choose to eat indoors, in a dining room with a painted mural depicting the city.
On a bustling street near the Termini Train Station
The Hotel Diana Roof Garden is located in Central Rome on a busy street, right near the Termini Train Station and the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Shops and restaurants geared for tourists are within easy walking distance, though the neighborhood does have a grittier feel than other parts of the city. The train station means fast access to all of Rome -- including the airport. However, landmarks such as The Colosseum, the Pantheon, and Spanish Steps are over a 20-minute walk from the property. The Trevi Fountain is one of the nearest sights, and is about a 20-minute walk away.
Clean, with nice beds and free minibar items
Standard Rooms provide all the basics plus a little more: a comfortable bed, hardwood floors, and flat-screen TVs -- along with free access to the minibar (expect water, a soft drink, and a snack), an unexpected extra. Bathrooms are on the smaller side and some have hand-painted floral tiles (which may strike some as charming, others as old-fashioned), but each is clean. A cupboard with a partial door and electronic safe are available to store valuables. Some rooms have balconies, but views from the rooftop restaurant are much better.
Rooftop restaurant, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi
The hotel restaurant serves three meals each day, including a free morning breakfast that gets pretty good reviews. It's definitely a better decision to enjoy breakfast on the rooftop patio instead of the bland indoor dining room. There's a computer with a printer for guests to use. Free Wi-Fi is a nice touch and there's an on-site bar for cocktails and drinks. It may be worth checking rates at the nearby Napoleon Hotel for extra features like a Friday night wine tasting and 24-hour room service.
The Hotel Diana Roof Garden is a mid-range property located near the Termini Train Station, giving guests fast access to the entire city (plus the airport) via public transit. Walking to Rome's landmarks will take about 20 minutes. The property has a classic design style, and rooms are clean, with wood floors and nice bedding. Snacks and drinks in the minibar are free (an unexpected bonus), if limited. The on-site restaurant and bar get mixed reviews but the prettily landscaped rooftop garden is a definite plus. To stay closer to the sights for a similar price, consider the Stay Inn Rome.