Finding hotels in Rome can often be a challenge, especially when you are traveling with family. In a city desperate for real estate, a spacious and accommodating room seems like a fantasy. However, the White Hotel can offer you just that at a modest price tag without sacrificing luxury.
The White Hotel is a stone’s throw away from the Trevi Fountain. When we arrived at the hotel, it felt like it was in the middle of an alleyway–not exactly the Roman Holiday we were expecting. After further exploration, we discovered the hotel’s incredible, central location on a small, cobblestone street lined with charming gelato shops, cafes, and souvenir stores. Every night, there would be some sort of activity going on so just looking out your room could provide you with some memorable nighttime entertainment. Whether it be a guitarist entertaining crowds at a local restaurant or a Caribbean-style steel band, we could never predict what the next night would bring us.
The hotel itself is modern and chic, taking its influence from the Art Deco-style hotels you would find in South Beach. The rooms, as suggested by the hotel’s name, are almost entirely white. The beds stand out, sporting a chocolate brown color with scarlet pillows. Each room has one bed, a flat screen TV, and a spacious bathroom. If you upgrade to a suite (necessary for those traveling with four or more people), you get double the furniture.
One of the most admirable parts about the White Hotel was the way the staff makes travel easy and painless. Getting to and from Rome’s train stations, airports, and bus terminals is a breeze since they can call in a cab right to the front entrance at whatever time you please, a task that is a bit more difficult in other parts of Rome. However, don’t expect services like a spa or even wireless internet. The hotel does offer internet, however it is generally slow with limited accessibility. The breakfast is also humble but does the job.
If you plan on staying at the White Hotel, try some of the gelato places in the vicinity. They are really first class with more distinct flavors than some of the other ones we tried out in the city. While the hotel may not provide a high triple digit view of Rome’s history, it can provide you with a cozy, modern way to stay in the heart of Italy.