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Cicerone Hotel 3.0

Prati, Rome, Italy

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Pros

  • Located in the Prati district walking distance to the Vatican 
  • Spacious rooms with free minibars including soda and water
  • Free breakfast buffet with open-air dining room and terrace
  • Le Bouchon restaurant serving Italian and international cuisine
  • Classy cocktail bar serving brunch
  • Variety of meeting spaces on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Small pets are welcome for free

Cons

  • Furnishings in need of a revamp including dated carpeting and curtains
  • No tubs in some rooms, only small stall showers
  • TVs are small

Bottom Line

The 292-room Cicerone Hotel is a mid-range property in the Prati district of Rome within a 20-minute walk of both the Vatican and the Spanish Steps. Some of the hotel’s rooms have dated elements -- including carpets and curtains -- but the property is undergoing renovations to freshen up these spaces. There are some nice freebies here, including Wi-Fi, minibars, and a buffet breakfast all included in the room rate. There’s also a polished restaurant on-site as well as a classy bar and an inviting terrace with lounge furniture. Guests looking for more charm should compare rates with Visconti Palace, a nearby upper-middle-range property with a roof terrace. 

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Scene

Classic mid-range hotel with some dated decor catering to tour groups 

The Cicerone Hotel is set in a large building with an attractive revolving glass door at the entrance. Inside, the lobby is a classic space with marble floors and brass trim lining the top and bottom of the front desk. There are several bright spaces in the lobby to relax on simple couches and chairs. The hotel caters to tour groups, meaning that common areas such as the breakfast room can get busy at popular times. An open-air annex breakfast room with AstroTurf flooring offers a covered place to dine alfresco, while a terrace with white patio furniture gives a sunny spot to linger. The hotel has a lovely, curved bar covered in mosaic tiles where guests can order a cocktail to enjoy in the classy seating area with pale yellow chairs and brown couches near large, glass windows. This property has more appeal in its common areas than in the dated rooms, but still attracts both leisure travelers for its location and some business travelers for its variety of meeting spaces. 

Location

In the Prati district within walking distance to Vatican City

This hotel is centrally located in Rome's Prati district, a commercial and residential area of Rome with plenty of offices, restaurants, cafes, and bars. Castel Sant'Angelo and the Palace of Justice are less than a 10-minute walk away, and Vatican City, where the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica are located, is within a 20-minute walk. The Spanish Steps and the Pantheon are also within a 20-minute walk. The nearest metro stop, Lepanto, is an eight-minute walk away. The airport is around a half-hour drive away, depending on traffic.

Rooms

Spacious, classic rooms with free minibars, but some are in need of an update

Rooms at the Cicerone Hotel vary in decor -- more recently updated Superior Rooms have nice wooden floors and white linens with red bed runners, while more dated Standard Rooms have green carpeting and mustard yellow curtains that need a refresh. Rooms are spacious, though, and free minibars with soda and water are a nice perk. Small flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi also come standard. Some bathrooms have small, corner stall showers, while others have shower/tub combos. Magnifying mirrors and generous amenity kits are a nice touch. Superior Rooms also have the addition of electric kettles, while Suites have added amenities such as fresh fruit and sweets. This hotel is currently in the process of updating the dated rooms. 

Features

Free breakfast buffet, restaurant, and attractive cocktail bar plus free Wi-Fi

The Cicerone Hotel offers a free breakfast buffet including pastries, fruit, and cold cuts. There’s an open-air dining room as well as a patio available for dining, which provides a comfy place to relax outdoors during good weather. The hotel also has a polished restaurant with white tablecloths serving Italian and international cuisine as well as a classy cocktail bar that serves brunch. Meeting rooms are available for private events, and garage parking is offered for a fee. Small pets are welcome for free. Wi-Fi is free throughout. 

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Things You Should Know About Cicerone Hotel

Address

Via Cicerone 55/C, Rome, Lazio 00193, Italy

Phone

(3) 906-3576

Room Types

  • Standard Room
  • Suite
  • Superior Room
  • Triple Room

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