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Hotel Modigliani

Hello all! I’m looking for some honest reviews of the comfort of the beds in this Rick Steves recommended hotels.

I’m an American with a few neck and back issues and I’m used to sleeping on a memory foam mattress. Traveling to Rome in October, I’m trying to learn more about the quality of the beds and how comfortable they might be. Are the beds in this hotel hard or soft? Any thoughts on how quiet or loud this property is ?

Also how does the “mini bar” work? Is it just a small fridge that I can keep my snacks in and it has a few complimentary items?

Any personal experience that you can share about staying in this hotel would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!

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I suggest also reading reviews on booking.com and TripAdvisor. Where bed comfort is concerned, I think the more input, the better.

Your last paragraph refers to "these hotels", but you've only mentioned Hotel Modigliani by name. Did you want comments on a second hotel as well?

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thanks acraven I corrected my post, I'm only looking for info on this hotel.

I've read the reviews but the comments are general - comfortable is very subjective so I hoped to get specific - is the bed hard or soft? Does anyone else sleep on a memory foam mattress and if so what did THEY think of the comfort.

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We stayed at the Hotel Modigliani, though it was 12 years ago, so I can't be too helpful with specifics. However, I do NOT recall thinking, "Boy, is this bed comfortable!"

I think it's pretty safe to say that most beds in European hotels will be thinner and harder than you're used to at home. This is especially true of the 3-star variety of hotel that RS recommends. (This is not a criticism. We stay in 3-star hotels all the time, and they are pretty basic, but a good value.)

In addition, your "double" bed will most likely be two twin mattresses pushed together, so you'll also have to deal with the "crack" in the middle of the bed.

For us, our days were so busy, and we were usually so tired at night, that we slept well no matter what the bed was like, as long as it was clean. (It always was.) Your experience might be different, of course. In general, I think you should expect a mattress that is less comfortable than what you're used to.

I don't remember the "mini bar" but in general, items are never complimentary, except maybe a single bottle of water. Again, these are 3-star hotels, not the Ritz. It won't necessarily be a mini-fridge.

I do remember that the neighborhood was pretty quiet (for Rome). More residential, even though it was very close to the Spanish Steps and a Metro stop.

Good luck and have fun!

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I've stayed there twice. I've just gone back over my notes from those trips and my photos. I usually take pictures of my hotel rooms, but I didn't at this one and my notes don't have any mention of the hotel. The mini bar will be a small fridge that you can keep drinks and snacks in. I don't remember any complimentary drinks, maybe one small bottle of water. I prefer a hard mattress and I know I slept well, but I can't give you any details. Both rooms I had were toward the back and pretty quiet, though I could hear other guests in the corridor. There are only about 4 rooms per floor, so not a lot of comings and goings. The street is narrow, not much traffic. I like the area, a short downhill walk to Piazza Barberini, lots of bus lines and the metro. Of course, that means a steep climb back to the hotel at the end of the day.

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thank you so much for your help Stacy and Chani, I appreciate it

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I think you should email them, so you can check if they can provide you with a memory mattress (I doubt they will, but they will work a solution out). I have never been there, but I know the area and it is generally quiet. It is close to Barberini metro A station, but I guess you won't use transit that much, since you'll have everything just a few steps away.

Minibars in italy are small fridges where you can find bottles of water and (in some hotels) some bitter drinks. Though I suggest you not to use it if not to keep your own water/beverages, since minibar products are insanely expensive. A fundamental tip I can give you is to always carry an empty bottle, so that you can refill it (Rome has got plenty of small black fountains, the so-called "nasoni", not to mention the fact that you can refill your bottle at the Barcaccia fountain in Piazza di Spagna, the only drinkable water monumental fountain in Rome, or at the Colosseum, where you will find a free water dispenser with either fresh still or sparkling water).

Hope you'll have a nice stay ;-)