The hotel provides a tranquil atmosphere which invokes its long history as a refuge for cardinals and priests. Frescoed by Pinturicchio and his students, the palace was completed around 1490. It was considered so beautiful that Charles VIII stayed here rather than the Vatican before leading his military expedition to southern Italy. During World War II, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, which traces its origins to the Crusades, purchased the palace. Part of the palace is used by the Order as its headquarters. Since 1950, the remainder has housed Hotel Columbus.
The air- conditioned restaurant features walls and a high vaulted ceiling with original 15th-century frescoes. Other historical features include 16th-century ceiling frescoes by Francesco Salviati and two small 17th-century fountains. Reputedly Rome's first interior garden, the walled courtyard is shaded by laurel trees and is where cocktails and a complimentary buffet breakfast are served in warm weather.
Guestrooms. Hotel Columbus offers 92 air-conditioned guestrooms with street or garden-courtyard views in a four-storey building. Rooms are decorated in a typical Italian style with tiled floors and dark woods. Amenities include high-speed Internet connections (surcharge), minibars, laptop-sized safes, and satellite television. Modern bathrooms come with phones and shower/tub combinations or walk-in showers.
Expert Tip. Unnoticed by most guests, a 15th-century clock on a wall facing the garden courtyard tells the time on sunny days. Protruding from the clock's centre is a long spike that casts shadows on the face's Roman numerals as the day passes.
Standard Double: One queen bed or two twin beds. Italian-style decor with tiled floor and dark wood furniture. Air conditioning, minibar, satellite television, laptop-sized safe, high-speed Internet connection (surcharge). Bathroom with telephone and shower/tub combination or walk-in shower.
Standard Single: One twin bed. Italian-style decor with tiled floor and dark wood furniture. Air conditioning, minibar, satellite television, laptop-sized safe, high-speed Internet connection (surcharge). Bathroom with telephone and shower/tub combination or walk-in shower.
A taxi costs approximately EUR 35. An express train (EUR 9.50) departs every 30 minutes to Termini (central train station), which is 3.5 kilometres (2 miles) from the hotel. A taxi from Termini to the hotel costs approximately EUR 10. Metro line A (EUR 1) from Termini has a station (Ottaviano) 800 metres from the hotel. All prices are subject to change.
- Elevator/lift Air-conditioned public areas
- Room service (limited hours) Meeting room (small groups)
- Banquet facilities Restaurant(s)
- Internet public area - wireless Comp newspapers in lobby
- Complimentary breakfast Currency exchange
- Conference room(s) Dry cleaning service
- Concierge services Business services
- Medical assistance available Ballroom(s)
- Safe-deposit box Event catering
- Audiovisual equipment Bar/lounge
- Internet public area - high-speed Wedding services
- Parking (Complimentary) Internet public area - surcharge
Room Amenities: , , • Cribs (infant beds) available • Bidet • Smoking rooms • Bathroom telephone • Cable/satellite TV • Direct-dial phone • Bottled water in room (complim • Rollaway beds • Window opens • Climate control • Complimentary toiletries • Child care (in room, surcharge • Internet access - complimentar
River Tiber - 300 metres| Ponte Sant'Angelo (pedestrian bridge) - 400 metres| Sant'Angelo Castle (historical site) - 400 metres| St Peter's Basilica - 400 metres| Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel - 800 metres| Piazza Navona - 1 kilometre (0.5 miles)| Pantheon - 1.5 kilometres (1 mile)| Via Condotti (designer shops) - 1.5 kilometres (1 mile)| Via del Corso (shopping) - 1.5 kilometres (1 mile)| Trastevere district (nightlife) - 1.5 kilometres (1 mile)| Trevi Fountain - 2 kilometres (1 mile)| Spanish Steps - 2 kilometres (1 mile)| Capitoline Museums - 2 kilometres (1 mile)| Villa Borghese park - 2 kilometres (1 mile)| Roman Forum - 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles)| Coliseum - 3 kilometres (2 miles)|
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