Fodor's Expert Review Hotel San Carlo

Via delle Carrozze 92–93, Rome, Latium, 00187, Italy

This renovated 17th-century-mansion-turned-hotel offers modern comforts at reasonable rates, right around the corner from the Spanish Steps and the best shopping in Rome. Guest rooms are bright and comfortable; some have their own terraces overlooking the cityscape. The rooftop terrace is ideal for having breakfast or taking in the sun throughout the day. The rooms also have flat-screen TVs, a safe, minibar and free Wi-Fi.


Rooms are kept immaculately clean with parquet flooring, oak beds and red and gold drapes and bedspreads. They're simply designed, with not much floor space, but for this neighborhood they're a steal. And there's plenty of closet space for all your new purchases from Via dei Condotti.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some superior rooms have private terraces, which are well worth booking for the extra space.


Bathrooms are large with bright 1960s lighting and mirrors, and tiled in beige. A full assortment of generic toiletries and a hairdryer is provided. They have either a bathtub or shower, but both are a decent size.


The hotel has a bright and welcoming lobby with somewhat dated but comfortable furniture, and artwork inspired by ancient Rome. The reception is available 24 hours a day, and there are plenty of brochures available for booking your own tours.


Breakfast is served daily on the covered terrace, which is filled with lush plants. There's a spread of warm croissants, breads and cereals as well as rich Italian espresso and capucchino.


In warm months, the rooftop terrace is also open for an aperitivo and after-dinner cocktails.


Getting Around

This hotel is close to Villa Borghese, and within walking distance to several key attractions in centro storico. The Spagna Metro Station is only a 6-minute walk away, where you can reach multiple different neighborhoods. Taxis in this area are plentiful, as are bus lines. Fiumicino Airport is about a 40-minute drive away.


Life (4-minute walk) is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant decorated with leather banquettes and pop art. They have tasting menus that rotate depending on the time of year, centered around one food item such as lobster or black truffles. Girrosto Fiorentino (18-minute walk) is the place to go if you're looking for a traditional Tuscan grilled steak.


Revolution Bar (12-minute drive) is a great place for cocktail or a cocktail while sitting in an historic square. Babel Night club (19-minute walk) is a scene-y discoteca if you're looking for a place to drop money and dance.


This charming boutique hotel has great rates in one of Rome's most expensive areas. While rooms are basic and on the small side, furnishings are comfortable and the roof garden terrace adds charm. This is an especially great option if you want to save money on lodging and spend it on designer duds. Italy's most prestigious shopping is all right outside your door.




Phones: 06-6784548

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