Hotel Review: Princeps Boutique Hotel

Guys, I’m back from an amazing 10 days in Italy. We made Rome our home base and used the train to take day trips out of the city.  While being based in Rome meant we didn’t get to explore the far reaches of Italy we did an amazing deep dive into beautiful region around Rome, and Tuscany, which is only 1.5 hours away by train.  The bonus of travelling out of a home base is that  we only had to arrange for one hotel, and we were lucky to have chosen what turned out to be an excellent choice – the Princeps Boutique Hotel in the Monti District of Rome.

We chose this hotel based on this location, positive reviews, and complimentary breakfast, and we weren’t disappointed.

The Hotel

princeps boutique hotel front from street

The Princeps Rome is a small hotel with only 20 rooms occupying the fourth floor of what was a palace in it’s previous life. The building belonged to a noble family in the 1800’s and was renovated in 2014 into a modern mixed use residential building. Even though the building is very old (as you can tell from the ancient elevator that’ll fit 3 people max), the building is spotless and beautifully maintained. The Hotel itself is recently renovated nicely and is bright and clean.  The lobby doesn’t have any Italian charm, but it’s bright and the staff is present 24/7 and very friendly. Beside the lobby you’ll find a small office where guest can use a printer, and the dining room where coffee and tea are available all day.

Location

While not exactly in a trendy district like Trastevere or Piazza Navona we loved the location. The hotel is a 30 minute taxi ride from Fumicino airport, located in Monti District on the Piazza dell’Esquilino. The piazza was relatively quiet while we were there and the main features of the square are a 25.53 meter high obelisk that was originally located near the Tomb of Emperor Augustus, and the massive Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

I’ve listed below the distances to some of the main attractions that we visited near the hotel

Nearby:
  • 30 minute drive from Leonardo da Vinci International / Fiumicino Airport (This was a 48 Euro fixed rate by cab).
  • 3 minutes walk to Tuodi Supermercato, where you can pick up snacks, beverages, etc.
  • 8 minute walk to Roma Termini where you can catch the Metro or take a regional or high speed train to your next destination
  • 15 minute walk to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • 15 minute walk to Trevi Fountain
  • 25 minute walk to Piazza Navona
  • 25 minute walk to Galleria Borghesi
  • 55 minute walk to the Vatican Museum

The Rooms

We chose a Double Room with a City View that included free wireless internet and breakfast buffet. The room is fairly small and the bed, per the norm in Europe, is two single beds pushed together, but it (and the pillows) were incredibly comfortable.  Across from the bed is a flatscreen mounted on the wall (There are no English channels other than the news), and a small table with two chairs where you can have a coffee and enjoy the beautiful view.  In the corner of the room you’ll find a fridge with and small serving station with kettle and teacups, and a wardrobe, which will comfortably fit one suitcase, and contains a safe for your passport and valuables.

The main allure of the room is the original charm that survived the renovation – the massively high ceilings and huge window that opens up to a view over Cavour Street and the city. While the air conditioning was excellent we often left the window open to let in a fresh breeze.

The bathroom, while it doesn’t have a bath,  has a beautiful rain shower, and is impeccably renovated with marble, mirror, and modern finishings.

Food

On arriving the fridge is stocked with a welcome package that included a couple bottles of juice, some water, and a few soft drinks. This was no charge, and isn’t replenished throughout your stay.  The hotel doesn’t offer room service, or have a signature restaurant, but a buffet style breakfast is included in your rate and is served starting at 7:15AM. The food was basic but excellent and there were plenty of options including bacon, eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt and pastries.

Overall

The hotel is beautiful and in a nice area within walking distance to many local attractions. It’s proximity to Roma Termini makes using the metro, and taking the train out of the city very convenient. The complimentary breakfast stands out as an excellent value and we would absolutely stay here again.

 

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