REVIEW

Hotel Panda

An antiques-filled hotel in a slice of the Centro Storico overrun with tony boutiques and sidewalk cafés.

By Barbie Latza Nadeau, Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008, 1:39 PM

Hotel Panda

Hotel Panda

About this Hotel

Price From $129

'Hood Tridente, a slice of the Centro Storico overrun with tony boutiques and sidewalk cafés—so close to the Spanish Steps that in springtime you can smell the azaleas.

First Impression The narrow halls of this old-fashioned hotel are lined with heavy antique furniture. It's a terrific find, as most area hotels are prohibitively expensive.

Rooms Vaulted wood-beam ceilings, stone-tiled floors, and traditional pull shutters give the 30 ochre rooms the feel of a typical Centro Storico apartment. Some have 19th-century frescoes; others have hand-painted tiles in the bathrooms.

Plus The staff is more helpful than you'd expect for this price: They'll gladly book restaurants and museums, arrange transportation, and share advice on where to shop and when it's best to visit certain museums and monuments.

Minus Late-night noise in this part of Rome can be a nuisance; you'll want to keep windows closed at night. Air conditioning (practically required in summer) will set you back an extra $9 (€6) per night.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Double with shared bath from $129 (€98).

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