Hotel Diana Roof GardenRepubblica and Termini, Rome, Italy
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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.