Hotel Nardizzi Americana ★★

Balcony at the Hotel Nardizza Americana, Rome
Balcony at the Hotel Nardizza Americana

Style and class hidden in plain sight in Rome, Italy

Hotel Nardizzi Americana in Rome, Italy
A room at the Hotel Nardizzi Americana in Rome, Italy

Nicola and Fabrizio have transformed their hotel into one of the best two-stars in town while keeping the rates way down. Admittedly, this is in part because this hotel isn't the most convenient for sightseeing, tucked into a corner of the historic center little trafficked by tourists (but that can be a good thing, no?).

I don't mean to make it sound isolated; it's just not in the ever-popular Tiber Bend area. In point of fact, it's about halfway between Termini rail station and Villa Borghese park, and within 3-5 blocks of some primo sights: the painting gallery of Palazzo Barberini, two branches of the Museo Nazionale Romano, the Michelangelo-designed Santa Maria degli Angeli, Santa Maria della Vittoria with its amazing Bernini sculpture group, the cafe-lined Via Veneto, and the Rome opera house. Let's just call it centrally located but away from the madding crowds.

The style of the hotel's decor is inspired by ancient Rome, with a patterned tile decor giving an inlaid-stone look to the public-area floors, and a narrow terrace (open in nice weather, enclosed in winter) where you take breakfast. The rooms now have richly patterned curtains and bedspreads—a few even boast wood-beam ceilings—and new bathrooms. Although the smaller rooms were given built-in dressers, the larger ones got walk-in closets. Several are triples and quads large enough for families.

One drawback: There’s no double-glazing on the old-style windows, so for quiet, avoid rooms on the heavily trafficked Via XX Settembre side.

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Via Firenze 38 (Via Veneto/Barberini) - Next to the Defense Ministry, just off Via XX Settembre, about two blocks down from of Largo S. Susanna/Piazza S. Bernardo
tel. +39-06-488-0035

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Bus: 61, 62, 85, 150F, 492; 82, 590, 910
Metro: Repubblica (A)
Hop-on/hop-off: Largo Di Villa Peretti

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Useful Italian for lodging
English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah
Rome's hotel tax

In January, 2011, Rome began charging a hotel bed tax. This is the city's doing, and sadly it is not a scam.

The following tax rates are per person, per night for all guests over the age of 10 and can be charged for stays of up to 10 days:

  • 1–3 star hotels: €2
  • 4–5 star hotels: €3
  • B&Bs: €2
  • Apartments: €2
  • Rental rooms: €2
  • Agriturismi: €2
  • Campsites: €1 (up to 5 days)

So a couple staying three nights in a four-star room would pay an extra €18.

Some hotels have begun folding this tax into their quoted rates; others tack it on when you go to check out, so be prepared.

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Hotel Nardizzi Americana

Via Firenze 38 (Via Veneto/Barberini) - Next to the Defense Ministry, just off Via XX Settembre, about two blocks down from of Largo S. Susanna/Piazza S. Bernardo
tel. +39-06-488-0035

» book

Bus: 61, 62, 85, 150F, 492; 82, 590, 910
Metro: Repubblica (A)
Hop-on/hop-off: Largo Di Villa Peretti

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