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Hotel Locarno

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This place has real character with art-déco style mostly visible in the lobby and the ground floor bar. Rooms however can be a real lottery. Most are definitely way overpriced, some being tiny and noisy. If you decide to stay here because it was recommended - artists tend to like it and the location is good, not very central as it is at the very edge of the Centro Storico but it is a stone throw from Piazza del Popolo - make sure you see your room before you accept it. You may end up being very disappointed. Prices are far too high for the erratic quality provided. Staff is good and overall professional but they can't make up for the poor room you may be allotted. Rome is a very bad city for hotels. Generally, the Roman mentality is to squeeze out cash from guests, providing below par services, counting on the fact that people will come anyway because of the beauty of the city. There are no seriously good hotels in Rome, let alone a good price-quality ratio. One has to accept a below-par offering by international standards. This approach has worked so far because it is generalised. It woks for a while, but you can't help leaving with a sour taste. Locarno is charming and well run, but make sure you deal with the room roulette before you settle for what they try to flog you.

Lovely to see Hotel Locarno remains stylish and now has beautifully renovated rooms - glorious bathrooms, exceptionally comfortable beds and beautiful linens and, of course, large rooms. The courtyard is as lovely as ever and breakfast buffet the perfect, relaxing way to start a day in Rome, the bar relocated along the end of the saloon and more stylish than ever, All this and such a great location and excpetionally helpful staff. Hotel Locarno is all style and ideal for those who prefer the quiet, classy ambience that goes with it. If you want flashy, brash gloss and glitz, go somewhere else !!

Locarno was once headquarters for the Gestapo in Rome. It hasn't changed much. The rooms seem straight out of the fifties; wallpaper, furniture, bathroom all could be used for a period film. On the other hand it is busy a nice all fresco bar/restaurant and a charming rooftop. One of a kind

I stayed 3 nights at Locarno. The location is great and the hotel very charming. Unfortunately they were renovation works, which is good as the rooms are getting old especially the bathrooms. The staff is very nice and helpful especially at the reception counter. They have been great help in planing our visits. The breakfast is very simple but you can enjoy a very nice terrace.

Hotel Locarno is centrally located in Rome about a 5- 20 minute walk from some attractions. But that is where it ends. For the price we paid, the hotel lacked very basic amenities. The breakfast was basically stale bread, cakes and juice. The hotel has not had a functioning kitchen in 4 years so there is no in room dining. The breakfast food is catered from outside. This is not explained when you make the booking of course. The room service does not clean the room well or restock items like shower gel and shampoo. We had to ask repeatedly for those items. The bathroom did not have a shower curtain and our room had a bath tub. So the floor was soaked after every bath. The design baffled me and was stressful every time we used the shower. The hotel staff was friendly and booked some tours for us. They did their job but no one went above the call of duty. My big issue with Locarno is the value for money. At the rates they charge I am expecting a five star experience which we did not get. If you want to be central in Rome and that is your only concern, then this place could work for you. But if you expect a nice hotel experience I would skip this place.

My wife and I finished up our trip to Italy with several days in Rome. We stayed at the Hotel Locarno which was fabulous. Our room was large, lavishly decorated, with a real king sized bed and a very large bathroom with a tub. The name of the room was the Ste Matide di Canossa and it is the favorite room of an Italian movie star who always stays there when she is in Rome. Our room was on the corner and had a small balcony and electrically operated blinds--which was very nice since one side of the room faced East and the morning sun could be quite bright. The outdoor portion of the hotel bar was a great place to have a few drinks in the evening (with very nice snacks) and breakfast in the morning. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Our location was very good and was very close to the subway stop at the Piazza del Poppolo. While the distance to the Vatican was walkable, the subway was a help. One day we took the subway all the way to the stop before the Colosseum so that we could start by visiting the church of St. Peter in Chains. We were able to hit most of the tourist sights on our walk back and took the subway for the last leg of our journey (we walked almost 8 miles that day). Shopping along the Via del Corso is also very convenient to the hotel as are a number of nice restaurants. This was a splurge for us, but it was a great ending to our vacation.

This hotel was ok but for the price, I was expecting a bit more. The rooms were darker and gloomy and the bathrooms were outdated. My room only had a tub so getting clean was a challenge. The service was ok but could have been better. Basic items like bath soap, etc were a challenge to obtain. I think we may have been charged for even that. Since the kitchen was under renovation breakfast consisted of cakes and bread. There were not many options there either. Aside from the proximity to everything, I found this hotel to be just average and a bit overpriced. Internet service was free but very spotty most of the time.

We had a large one bedroom with a big bath (weird open shower which drenched the bathroom a minus) overlooking the main patio area. Nice friendly staff and a good breakfast, central location near the Piazza di Popolo, and a good bar patio area. Downside was that the rooftop was closed for renovation and we werent informed at booking. Reasonably priced.

Great Location in the middle of touristic area in Rome near Pizza di Popolo, we walked everywhere, even to a far location as trestevere. Most recommended. The only thing I can say-do not order the cheapest rooms, they are not stasifaying and very small. Order the rooms that cost more-belive me-it is worth it.

Gorgeous old hotel, recently renovated, near Piazza del Popolo (north end of Rome, very convenient to Spanish Steps area and Vatican City. Staff was charming, and room was very beautiful in an old school way. Our bathroom was large with double french doors accessing a juliette balcony, with a slipper tub. The bedroom was very large, with sets of french doors accessing balconies on 2 sides of the room. These French doors had exterior metal window shades, that rolled down with a push of a button - they kept the room very dark and quiet for sleeping.

Via Della Penna 22 Rome RM

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Piazza del Popolo
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Rooftop terrace

Located in Rome City Centre, Hotel Locarno is adjacent to Piazza del Popolo and within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights like Villa Borghese. This 60-room, 4-star hotel has free in-room WiFi along with a rooftop terrace and a 24-hour business center. Located centrally in Rome, it's also close to St. Peter's Basilica and National Gallery of Modern Art.


Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café.


Hotel Locarno's 60 soundproofed rooms provide safes and phones. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and bidets.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Locarno enjoy a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and a 24-hour business center. If you drive, self parking is EUR 40 per day, or you can take advantage of the shuttle from the airport to the hotel for EUR 50 per vehicle. 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 laundry facilities, a garden, and a porter/bellhop.

Room options

Classic Double Room Single Use

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Double Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room Single Use

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Junior Suite

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

63% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 761 reviews