One of my favourite things to do when we go away, especially on a city break, is explore the less tourist-filled areas of wherever we’re staying. I feel like you can’t get the true feel of a country or city whilst staying in areas that are totally built around tourism. I don’t know if that’s unfair to say or not, but it’s a personal preference of mine to explore the outskirts of where we’re staying almost as much as the main centre. And our recent trip to Rome with Jet2 was no different.
We stayed at Hotel Villa Glori, a quaint little recently renovated hotel situated in “Little London” – an area on the outskirts of Rome filled with streets lined with pastel painted townhouses.
The hotel itself was quaint, cosy and rustic and we honestly couldn’t have loved it any more. It had a real family atmosphere – like you were staying with friends, rather than in a hotel – and oozed charm.
Because of it’s location, you’d be forgiven if you had no idea Hotel Villa Glori was there. It’s tucked away on a side street in Quartiere I Flaminio, which is about 5 minutes on the tram out of the main city. Even our taxi driver had a bit of trouble finding it! But, when we did find it, it was worth the wait.
After a wonderfully friendly greeting at the front desk, we made our way up to our room. It’s worth mentioning if you are at all claustrophobic, you may want to take the stairs – the lift only just fit Joe, our suitcase and I!
The rooms at Hotel Villa Glori were so wonderful. Rustic-feeling interiors, a comfortable bed, a jacuzzi bath, a power shower and window shutters with views over pastel townhouses and courtyards. As soon as we arrived we felt at home.
One of the highlights of our stay was how amazing the staff were. We found, in general, all Italians we met to be nothing other than wonderful, but the staff at Hotel Villa Glori really went over and above. Nothing was too much effort, they gave us some great recommendations and advice, and we were always greeted so warmly.
Even though it seems like Hotel Villa Glori is quite a way out of the city, the public transport links are so amazing it didn’t at all matter. The hotel itself is only a couple of minutes walk away from the nearest tram stop, and it’s only around 5 minutes on a tram straight down the main road to Piazza del Popolo. This made all the difference for us, as we spent most of our time during the day in the city – it was great to know we could just hop on the tram and be back at the hotel in under 10 minutes if we needed. And the public transport in Rome is so cheap and so frequent!
On our first day, we arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon. We took ourselves off to explore some of the city then came back to the hotel, completely exhausted, in the early evening. We couldn’t really be bothered going back into the city to find somewhere to eat, so decided to stay local around the hotel.
We asked the lady at the front desk if she had any restaurant recommendations and she said she lived around the area and we absolutely had to try a restaurant dead opposite the hotel. The food ended up being so delicious we went a second time on our last night! (I’m writing a post all about what we ate in Rome next week, so I’ll divulge more information then!)
As for the food at the hotel, the breakfast they offered was absolutely delicious. It was a large continental-style buffet and wow. We stuffed our faces every morning because there was so much on offer. Toast, fresh fruit, cereal, meats, cheeses, cakes, it was amazing! And because breakfast is included in the room rate, there was no awkward payment taking – just tootle down on a morning, help yourself then leave when you’re done.
I would 100% recommend Hotel Villa Glori to anyone going to Rome. The staff are incredible, the rooms are comfortable, it’s far enough out of the city to experience a different side of Rome whilst still being close enough for it not to feel like a huge distance. You’ll fall head-over-heels for its charm and be counting down the days until you can come back.
*Our stay at Hotel Villa Glori was complimentary. All opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information.