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Hotel Borromeo

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My husband and I had booked this hotel last-minute, as another hotel in Rome was messing us about significantly. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because the hotel is near Terminii (10 minute walk) and very close to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and Colosseo! The street has lots and lots of restaurants and is quite busy. Our room overlooked the main road but we really didn't hear much noise. We received a good welcome after arriving into Rome at 7pm. Our room was very similar to the photos already uploaded - slightly dated decor but comfortable bed, ensuite room, desk, wardrobe and chair and air-con. The room was comfortable, and suited our needs - we weren't in Rome just to stay in the hotel! Breakfast was served daily, and included pastries, yoghurt, fruit, toast, cereals, scrambled eggs and ham and a pancake machine. Really good spread. I was impressed by the hotel - professional looking and very friendly staff!

We arrived at about 8pm at Termini Station. The hotel was only a 10 minute walk away. The staff were very welcoming and we were shown to our room. The room was exactly how it looked on the website. It was clean and comfortable and the air conditioning was most welcome as it was still 28 degrees outside! The breakfast choice was very good. Free wifi was available. It was within walking distance of many attractions (The Colosseum was only 10 minutes away) and I would definitely stay there again. Thank you Borromeo 😀

We chose Hotel Borromeo as a Base for our 6 day honeymoon in Rome. The aim was to find a hotel that is well located, near to the main transport links and as near to the Colosseum as possible. In all of these areas it wins hands down. The road 'Via Cavour' is a long road with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants that open early and stay open until late. We had no issues accessing anything we needed, including a pharmacy. At one end of Via Cavour there is the Colosseum, and the other the main transport hub Termini. You can't ask for a better place to base yourself if your intention is to explore and experience the full splendour of Rome. [If you are reading this and considering where to book in Rome I would strongly advise NOT to stay in hotels very near to Termini. This area is not good, but 100 yards down the road is much better]. The next decision factor was price, and this hotel was by far the best value in this road. The hotel reception was very well presented and clean. The reception staff on arrival very good, and on other occasions barely lifted their heads to greet us. The same could be said for the breakfast room staff and cleaners etc. Some were fairly friendly, others quite ignorant. The room was small and serviceable. We didn't expect that much for this money and that was a good thing. The bed is essentially 2 singles pushed together, which inevitably separate during the night. The decor was fine, but the wall below the air conditioning unit suffered from the scars of many leaks. In fact our air-conditioning unit leaked one evening and had to be repaired, which they did whilst we were out having our evening meal. The bathroom was ok. Clean and serviceable. The sink and shower Base took quite some time to drain and the sink plug wasn't functioning properly so needed to be manipulated manually, which became tiresome. But that said, our room really was just a base for days of city exploration, and it served this purpose well. The air conditioning could be better, the WiFi could be better and so on... But I imagine those choosing this hotel will be influenced by price too. If you are looking for a grand and detail perfect hotel experience then this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for a comfortable and pleasant base for your exploration of this incredible city I would recommend the hotel. We would be happy to use this hotel again in the future, and with a slight bit of work on a few fairly minor issues it really would be a very good hotel.

When you pull up to the outside of the hotel don't get to excited as it does not look like much but the inside is all marble and lovely. The receptionists are friendly giving you advice on all the attractions around and the easiest routes there. The rooms are just basic rooms with single beds pushed together. If you like to cuddle the beds slide apart and you will fall on the floor. The telly only has the news in English and the mini fridge is pointless and hardly keeps things cool. Another negative is that the hotel does not have a swimming pool which is a bit of shame as would have been nice for a swim. The breakfast in the morning was nice with a selection of foods to please all. One of the best things about this hotel is the location you can walk to all main tourist attractions/sights. And if you need public transport there is loads. If you are looking for somewhere to rest your head and see the sights this is the hotel for you.

We visited for 3 nights as a family of 4. We had the family room which is up a small staircase behind the bar - this suited us as we were away from the rest of the hotel & it was quiet. The room itself was a decent size, with a separate room for the children and a large bathroom. It was very clean and tidy, and the air-con worked well. The only negative was that there was no view from either room (barely a window at all at the front, and the back looks onto pipes and brickwork) but as we didn't spend much time in our room at all, this wasn't too much of an issue. Staff at reception were friendly and helpful, contrary to some reviews. They gave us maps as soon as we checked in, and 2 keys for the room - and were friendly & accommodating with the children. Breakfast on the roof terrace was a great way to start the day and the food selection was actually perfectly adequate. As others have noted, you do have to be there reasonably early to secure a table on the outside terrace however, and the food does run out as the morning service progresses. The location is excellent, with easy access to the Termini station, a metro stop and all the key sights, particularly the Colosseum & Forum. The Monti area nearby has a good choice of bars & restaurants for the evening too, so we enjoyed eating out then strolling home. All in all, this is a perfectly fine hotel for a short break in Rome, especially given the reasonable price we paid. We would happily return to Borromeo again.

The cold breeze when you enter the hotel is quite deceiving, because a room is not that nice, at least the one we got. It is not quiet, you often hear your neighbors. It was not possible to close the door of the fridge, so we ended up not using it at all. I didn't like the bathroom - clogged sink and shower tray, and shower handler so far from usable one. In general I felt like everything was there just to check the list rather than provide actual functionality. The location on the other hand is great. Walking distance to many tourist attractions like Colosseum as well as from railway station. The metro station is nearby - you can take it from Cavour to Termini and then switch to another line to get straight to the Vatican (Ottaviano station). There are many attractions, so I recommend to buy a 24-hour ticket and use all the types of public transport to save time.

The best part of this hotel is its location. It's walking distance from the Colosseum and the Forum, as well as the train/bus station. There are also old churches in the area worth the visit and tourism offices if you are interested in a day trip. We took one to Naples and Pompei. There are also restaurants and shops in the area but I would recommend to go to the back street, not Via Cavour. You will find better places at much better prices. The breakfast at the hotel is good, too, with several options; the staff is very nice and helpful. The downside of this hotel is that our single/double was extremely small so don't expect comfort in that sense. We barely had space to put our luggage, other than that it is a great option for the price/location.

We traveled with a tour group so we had 4 people staying per room. The room was so small there was no where to put our suitcases. Our AC did not work, and when we had them come fix it, it was very minimal and basically did not make a difference. Since the AC didn't work, we had to sleep with the windows open and it was EXTREMELY loud. Sirens, honking, and mopeds all night long. Wifi was slow but it worked. They only gave us 1 room key for 4 girls, which was a hassle because we split up a lot. They ended ip giving us another one, but were hesitant to do so. Pros: the hotel was very easy to find as it was a straight 5 minute walk from the train station, the bathroom was huge, room was clean, location was about 10 minutes to Colosseum.

The location is the best part of this hotel. It generally needs a facelift - the room needed painting, mold/mildew on the bathroom ceiling, stained upholstery. The air conditioning never quite chilled the room. Staff was helpful and gave excellent service. The location is superb, walk to Termini Station, the Metro, bus and Urbana St. for good restaurants and shopping. Breakfast was substantial, however the eating area could use a good cleaning. Soiled tablecloths every morning and dirty silverware. More care could be given to keeping the area clean.

We stayed at the Borromeo in May 2017 for 9 nights. This is a very clean hotel and the front desk was very helpful, especially GiGi and Albert, and the attendant Julio was eager to help also. The hotel is in an ideal location, close to Termini, Colosseum, Metro and Forum. This was our second stay there and would go back again.

Via Cavour 117 Rome RM

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Located in Monti, Hotel Borromeo is within a 5-minute walk of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. This 30-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Centrally located in Rome, the hotel is also a short walk from Roman Forum and Colosseum.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast offered each morning. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with 24-hour room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


All of Hotel Borromeo's 30 soundproofed rooms provide minibars, free bottled water, and safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and memory foam beds with premium bedding ensure a restful night. Phones and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Borromeo enjoy a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and coffee in a common area. If you drive, self parking is EUR 30 per night, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 100 per vehicle roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a porter/bellhop.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room

Twin 3 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Quadruple Room

Twin 4 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 5

Family Room

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1181 reviews