good location, no frills hotel
Posted May 11, 2015 on Hotels
Hotel Garda is in a convenient location in Rome, close to the Spanish Steps and the Barberini Metro stops. Although there were some questionable 'adult' establishments nearby, we never felt unsafe. The hotel is in a typical European pension style, having to get buzzed in, taking an old-fashioned elevator up to the rooms, etc. The beds were comfortable but the room was in need of some maintenance. The hot water in the shower was very difficult to manage, resulting in either scalding hot water or freezing cold water. The two gentlemen on the staff were very helpful, and gave us some great suggestions for walking tours, bus routes, restaurants, etc. They even checked our flight status and arranged for a car to take us to the airport. The breakfast options were few, offering just bread items and coffee/tea/juice. Keep in mind there is an additional city tax charge per person per night above what you pay for the room.