The Eliseo Hotel is situated near the Villa Borghese wall between the Spagna and Barberini Metro stops. The staff was very friendly, especially [...] at the front desk. The breakfast buffet was also very good for an included meal (cured meats,
cheeses, breads, tomatoes, yogurt, some fruit, muesli, hot and cold beverages) and the view of both Villa Borghese and St. Peter's Basilica from the breakfast room is not to be missed.The location is ripe with cafes and gelaterias, though most of them catering to tourists (which is fortunate as there is no noon/evening restaurant in the hotel). Many attractions (Tritone Fountain, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, museums, etc.) are within easy walking distance (mostly downhill from the hotel). When we left after 8 days, [...] arranged for a 'comparatively' cheaper driver to take us to the airport.The rooms looked quite old and clearly need to be renovated. The bathroom was spacious and in generally good repair, but the furniture in sleeping area was spotted or ripped. The towels were changed nightly and the bed linens regularly. The cleaning of the floor was mediocre. We read a recent review on another site (TA) of bedbugs as well. While we didn't experience bedbugs or see any bugs, the general cleanliness of the hotel makes us believe that it was possible.The Internet access is a joke. It is literally a DSL line connected to an old SMC wireless router. So the WIFI reaches about 20 feet from the computer in the lounge, works half the time at best, and is fairly slow when it does.The air conditioning is lackluster as well. Rome is hot in the summer and most small air conditioners in European hotels can't keep up. The Hotel Eliseo was no different. Americans used to 90 outside and 68 inside will be very disappointed.Overall, we would probably stay there again but hope for a room in better repair. The Orbitz price is about right, we certainly wouldn't pay more for it. The location and Massimo were definitely some of the better aspects. It is at best a 3 star hotel.