Tuesday, September 05, 2006

ArtDeco – Cool little hotel in Rome

The Art Deco in Rome, close to the primary train station, Stazione Termini, is a marvelous little hotel not very well known. It is one of my secret hideaways when traveling to Rome. I stayed at this hotel until we found our place in piazza Farnese. Originally it was a classic contemporary hotel with a few theme rooms. I have always been picky about my hotels and required a king size bed, not always easy to find. The Art Deco had a Francesina, which is a sleigh bed just larger than a queen.

The hotel has a small restaurant with about 10 tables that serves really good Roman comfort food and a bar-breakfast area great for reading the newspaper while sipping coffee. Breakfast is extremely important when traveling and staff does not have any problem getting me my carafe of coffee, hot milk and warm bread.

The rooms are not big but not too small either and are clean. The old elevator is kind of a novelty but I usually take the large marble staircase.

Right across the street is a neat little trattoria worth a visit and the inside restaurant, although small provides a full compliment of antipasti, pasta, meat and fish dinners. The chef is also quite innovative. During my last stay he prepared a lemon Capelli d’Angelo, Angel hair pasta, which was exquisite.

Cuisine is mostly regional but the Chef Paolo Marigliano brings with him some Neapolitan influences. The most delightful recipes are of course fish based with excellent first courses as for example: tagliolini con zucchine e gamberetti (long pasta with zucchine and shrimp), risotto ai moscardini (risotto with little cuttlefish) and many others.

Recently the hotel has become part of the Best Western Chain but is still run as a family operated hotel. This is a great place, not on widely known with personalized service and a very comfortable atmosphere.

Hotel ArtDeco
Via Palestro 19 - 00185 Roma (RM), Italy
Telephone: 06 4457588 Fax: 06 4441483
E mail: artdeco@uni.net


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Blogger ChickyBabe said...

I'd love to try out that sleigh bed!

3:08 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Chickybabe I will tell you a secret, just for you. This is the first hotel, and the first bed that Raffaella and I stayed in together!

3:20 PM

Blogger Alfonso Cevola said...

Wine,women and $200.oo a night king rooms, you have the life!

6:22 PM


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