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Grand Hotel Gianicolo

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We picked this hotel for our 6 day stay in Rome mainly because it had an outdoor pool which we used a few times either in the morning before the sun got too hot or after returning from various walking tours where it was great to be able to cool down in the pool. The pool was free to use by hotel guests but outsiders paid 25 euro to use it during the week and 35 euro at weekends. The hotel is on an island so you can hear the traffic going round which can be a bit noisy when sitting by the pool although we got used to it. The breakfast was good with scrambled eggs and bacon as well as the usual cold meats and cheese, a variety of different croissants and fruit juices. Breakfast was served in the roof restaurant which provided interesting views over the neighbourhood. There is a good bus service although a bit erratic. there is a bus stop outside the hotel that will take you to the Vatican and a few minutes walk will bring you to the bus stop of the 75 bus which goes to the flea market (Sunday), Colosseum, central Rome and the main station. It is definitely worth getting a eRoma ticket that does buses, trams, metro and trains - we used all these services to get around although we did take a cab once or twice when we had to be somewhere at a specific time. The first room we were given seemed very small and they moved us to a slightly larger room which was better. The main problem is that the hotel is popular for weekend parties and twice they had pool parties with a disco going on till 1:00 am. The first party was organised by the chief of police so we didn't think it wise to complain. The main disappointment was the food other than breakfast. We decided to eat dinner one night in the hotel - it was a special wedding anniversary so we were really looking forward to a lovely meal. We were the only ones in the restaurant, the food was less than average but very expensive. One time we ordered some food by the pool and again the food was average but very expensive. One coke cost 4 euros. We found the staff to be pleasant and helpful, giving us maps and details of other local restaurants and booking cabs for us. As they knew we were celebrating our Ruby wedding anniversary, they sent up some Prosecco to our room which was a nice touch. The area around the hotel is not a tourist area so you can eat out fairly reasonably plus it is only about 10 minutes walk from the Trastervere area which is full of restaurants and street cafes. It is also close to Gianocol Hill which provides fantastic views over Rome. If we visit Rome again we would consider staying here again because of its location, breakfast and swimming pool.

Helpful friendly staff. Comfy rooms. Rooms very clean, cleaning staff excellent. Beautiful pool area and covered patio bar/restaurant for drinks snacks and meals. Very pretty gardens to sit and have a drink. 10 min walk to Trastevere area where there are loads of lovely little shops and reasonably priced restaurants. Bus stop nearby or hotel will call a taxi (literally takes 5 mins to arrive). Taxi's very reasonably priced, rarely paid more than €15. Thank you Grand Hotel Gianicolo!

This hotel has been so disappointing in all aspects of service .Rude welcome from the start and no idea about how to treat a paying customer. I have had an amazing holiday staying in several outstanding properties over Italy and would have loved to have finished my trip in a better hotel . To top it off.Might before early departure the next day they had a loud function in the pool area going until 1 am. Don't stay here!!!!

This is a lovely hotel about 7 mins in a taxi from St Peters Square. It is one of the few hotels in Rome that has a pool.The furnishings and decor are beautiful and the towels and white bedlinen are spotlessly clean. Our bedroom did look a little tired but I believe they are in the process of reburbishing them. The staff are very pleasant and helpful. The rooftop breakfast restaurant is stunning with amazing views and the continental breakfast had everything you would expect and more. It even had bacon and scrambled eggs. We did eat one night in the main restaurant but found it to be a little pricey.

Excellent hotel with great staff. Clean and tidy throughout with fantastic views from the breakfast room with a good breakfast. Pool area also excellent. We would happily stay there again. Easy access to Vatican and central Rome by bus.

Neat cosy hotel on lovely grounds staff very friendly in a lovely part of town only downside is walk back up hill but easily fixed with quick taxi would definitely recommend and if I go back to Rome I shall be booking here again

We booked this hotel as it was advertised with a pool. The pool was closed! The hotel was clean and the staff friendly. However the party in the roof spoiled or stay. We we were informed on Friday night there would be music until 1 am and apologised for the inconvenience. The food is good but very pricy and at 4 euros for a coke we didn't have many. We read a review that said the hotel was a 10 minute walk from the Vatican!!! I'm sure they meant drive. Would I satay there again? NO NO NO.

We stayed at this hotel for four nights in the beginning of may. On the webpage it says that the pool is open från may through august. When we arrived, the pool did not look clean nor ready to use. We asked the staff who said that it was closed. When we told them that it says on their webpage that the pool should be open and that we booked this hotel because of the pool, the answered "Well, you didn't ask!". Five minutes later they call up to our room saying "You can use the pool now". We went down and talked to the manager and there we stand, me, my partner and three people from the staff continuing the discussion all of them saying different things. After a while they agree that they done wrong and that they will compensate with a dinner at the hotel restaurant. This dinner was horrible. The food did not taste good and if I knew this from the beginning, I wouldn't have eaten it even if they would have payed me money for it. Aldo, worth mentioning is that this hotel is located on top of the hill. So each time you want to go down in Trastevere for dinner or other you have to walk home for 1 kilometers uphill afterwards. Since we walked more than 10 kilometers every day sightseeing, that one kilometer was not very pleasant. We only stayed four nights, but we were both very happy the last night knowing it would be the last time ever having to walk up these stairs and hill. Other than that, the hotel was clean. But the service was not very good.

We loved our stay at this hotel, especially because of the fabulous views which you can really enjoy from the 4th floor breakfast terrace (a very nice and extensive buffet was included). The views DO come with a price though . . . the location is not good for public transportation and is a half-hour long and steep walk into Trastevere which they advertise as "close by". When we checked in I requested a quiet room. Perhaps the woman at the front desk didn't understand quiet. We were given a very tiny room right off the elevator lobby with one window which opened directly onto a street with lots of traffic. The room as so small that we probably would have needed to get dressed in shifts! The air conditioning didn't work - we learned that all of the hotels in Rome do not have any air conditioning available until summer. We called the front desk to find out about the air conditioning and the woman came to our room and offered us two other rooms, both of them substantially larger than the first one. We chose a room at the back of the hotel which had 3 windows to open, one on the traffic side of the hotel and the other 2 which overlooked the lovely pool. Our room was charming in an old fashioned way and included complimentary beverages in the small fridge. When we finished the two bottles of water, they were promptly replaced. The hotel also supplied a generous group of amenities, including not only the standard shampoo, soap and conditioner, but even some packets of a Woolite type product for hand washing. As mentioned, the breakfast buffet was wonderful. It included scrambled eggs, bacon, a wonderful spinach torta, meats and cheeses, several types of fresh and flaky croissants and breads, several kinds of fruit juices, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal, coffee cakes, coffee, and assorted teas. And the view from the large terrace room was simply stunning! There were several restaurants within a few blocks of the hotel, and we tried 4 of them. We did not try the hotel restaurant which seemed kind of pricey and didn't have any customers when we checked it out. The hotel did have several special private events during our stay, but the presence of many outsiders didn't affect us in any way. We primarily used the bus for our transportation into the city for sightseeing. There is one stop right across the street and another with lines we used more often about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. We also used taxis if we were traveling around town at night. We took the train to Florence for the day, and a taxi to Roma Termini was about 15 euros. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. One of the ground floor public rooms had a very small library. The bar area opened to a beautifully landscaped courtyard where we could relax with a drink. There was also a computer with complimentary WiFi in this room. All in all, this hotel was a lovely surprise to us although I wish the location had been more convenient for sightseeing. If we had been "stuck" with the first room they assigned I don't think we would have been nearly as satisfied. We booked it through a discounted third party company at an excellent price.

Price point reasonable, breakfast good, rooms comfortable and helpful staff. Busespecially into the city fairly frequent and gives you mobility without stressing about parking in Rome. Hotel needs a bit of help to bring it up to date and get rid of the 70's decor.

Viale delle Mura Gianicolensi, 107 Rome RM

Hotel highlights

  • Close to St. Peter's Basilica and Campo de' Fiori
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Gianicolo, Grand Hotel Gianicolo is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as St. Peter's Basilica and Campo de' Fiori. This 48-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. In the historical district, it's also near Piazza Navona and Pantheon.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


All of Grand Hotel Gianicolo's 48 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including minibars, safes, and desks. Guests can enjoy satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

Guests of Grand Hotel Gianicolo enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. If you drive, self parking is EUR 10 per night, and there's also limo/town car service. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include a business center, a seasonal outdoor pool, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Double Bed

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room, 1 Double Bed

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

62% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 442 reviews