We switched to the Locarno after a hideous exprience at another hotel. We managed 2 nights before moving on to the Locarno, which is a breath of fresh air. The room was VERY LARGE... even by American standards. It was clean, comfy and spacious with a large window looking onto the courtyard. The breakfast was lovely, with enough choice to please anyone. I might also add that the bar is a great place to relax with one of the better dirty martinis i've ever had. This is a must stay in Rome with great location to the major attractions, some great near by restaurants, and a great hotel over all.
Relying on Fodor's review, my family and I spent 3 nights at the Locarno recently. We found the hotel to be anything but charming or elegant. Where the review describes Art Deco glitz, we found an interior in serious need of fresh paint, new carpet (stairs were very stained) and improved lighting. Exposed pipes a tangle of ancient wiring cluttered the hallway ceilings, creating a dark and creepy environment. All three of our rooms were filled not with antiques, but old and beaten up furniture. There was no chest of drawers in one room, and they were all so dark that reading (even in the day) was absolutely impossible. The staff was efficient, but not warm or welcoming. One of the worst places I've stayed since graduating from hostels in the early 80s....
I love this charming hotel and felt I had to write a review to defend it in case people take ewellis's review too seriously.
I've just returned from my second stay. My first was 10 years ago when I stayed in a single room. This time I came with my husband and we stayed in a "double superior" room for 260 Euros a night. Upon arrival I decided I didn't like the room assigned to us which was rather dark and on the first floor annex and had only an armoire for storage. When I mentioned my displeasure to the lady at the front desk they insisted on switching my room as soon as another became available the following day. The room change made all the difference. Room 301 had more storage space--a small chest of drawers and built-in closet--and a more modern bathroom. We were very happy there for the duration of our stay.
The breakfast available every morning is plentiful and can easily carry you through the late afternoon: fresh fruit salad, various cereals, pastries, several choices of fruit juice, scrambled eggs, bacon, cold cuts, cheeses, rolls...I could go on, but you get the idea. The English-speaking staff are friendly and helpful. The lounge, bar, patio, and roof garden are lovely with beautiful Art Deco touches. I have never seen stained carpeting or the banged up furniture that the previous reviewer mentioned. I am extremely picky when it comes to hotel rooms and I thought that the Locarno was immaculate. I do agree that the lighting in the rooms is rather poor, but then again I've never been able to get decent reading light in any American hotel I've stayed in either.
The Locarno is a charming hotel and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again or to recommend it to anyone.