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Reviewed 13 May 2015

Like all holidays with the old man, you never quite know where you'll be resting your head at night-he's the consummate bargain traveler, who has his own system of star ratings we haven't quite figured out yet. so when my sister (who always shares his view on it doesn't matter where you plop you head) booked this hotel under strict parameters-certain price per night, free parking, free breakfast, outside of Rome- we were worried for several reasons, and our trepidation was well warranted.

On our second night there, we were awakened by guests shouting in Italian and the smell of smoke. There were no smoke alarms, no sprinkler system, or any interaction between the staff and guests. We were on our own. We stood on our balcony watching the smoke billow out of the downstairs area wondering if we should stay in our rooms and wait for help or try to get outside. We decided to evacuate.

The hallways were dark and filled with toxic smoke. Thankfully, a member of our party reminded us to wet towels to place over our nose and mouth. We used our hands as guides and walked down three flights of stairs, not knowing where the steps were or what we would find as we carefully made our way down the stairs.

Once outside, we gathered together realizing how lucky we were. Our clothes and faces were covered with black soot. Not once did any one from the hotel come over and ask us if we were okay.

I learned some valuable lessons-make sure your hotel has smoke alarms and you can converse at the most rudimentary level with the hotel owners or staff (this goes both ways).

Although we were not really happy with the hotel prior to the fire, I had intended to give them a reasonable review, saying with some work, it could have some 'charm'. The breakfast was lukewarm coffee, packaged toast and a few croissants. Our room had a trail of mold from one end of the bathroom to the other. Yet someone who worked there (we hadn't a clue who they were) brought over some wine and homemade bread while we sat in the barren reception area and was very pleasant, though our Italian was limited and his English was too.

But the fire and the lack of safety precautions negated everything. It set the trajectory for the remainder of our trip- and imagine our surprise when we drove to Rome's airport only to find out that earlier in the morning, a fire had closed one out of three terminals which stranded us in Rome for an extra three days.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with family
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gigibottaccio, Proprietario at Hotel Ristorante Bottaccio, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015
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Gentile ospite.

Fortunatamente non c'è stato un vero e propio incendio ma soltanto un pò di fumo che si è contenuto nella saletta Venere ( delle colazioni ) ; quindi non vedo il dramma che Lei ne fa.

L'hotel Bottaccio dispone di un sofisticato sistema antincendio e antipanico, il nostro personale è addestrato per salvaguardale l'incolumità di tutti i miei clienti.

Mi dispiace dell'accaduto ma purtroppo può succedere anche questo; come l'incendio che ha colpito Fiumicino airport alla vs partenza.

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Reviewed 7 May 2015

My family and I stayed at Hotel Bottaccio last week. The accommodations were poor at best. There was mold on the ceilings. The breakfast was meager and served well after the stated time. To their credit the staff (at least on our first night) tried to be friendly and helpful - despite the language barrier. However on our second night there was a fire in the hotel at 3:30 in the morning. Had we not heard the screams from other guests we could have easily died from smoke inhalation. There was no fire alarm. No smoke alarm. No member of the staff tried to warn us of the fire. The smoke and soot were so thick that we couldn't see as we tried to make it outside from the 3rd floor. The lights in the stairwell didn't work. No one from the hotel was around to give us guidance. While the fire appears to have been small in nature the soot and smoke went through out the building - ruining many of our clothes. It was an absolutely horrifying event that was handled completely incompetently by the staff.

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with family
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gigibottaccio, Proprietario at Hotel Ristorante Bottaccio, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2015
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Gentile ospite.

Credo di aver capito che la sua più che una recensione sia uno sfogo per non aver ottenuto un rimborzo da parte di Booking.com.

Le camere sono standard di un Hotel 3 stelle e sono nuovissime .

Per il piccolo incidente che si è creato, mi dispiace ma può capitare.
L'Hotel dispone di un adeguato e sofisticato sistema antincendio e il nostro personale è preparatissimo anche per queste evenienze.

Con rammarico sono desolato dell'accaduto.

Luigi Benedetti

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Reviewed 29 May 2012

Its location is ideal for quiet nights and lovely views. The room we had was a good size with a bathroom equally good. We had a balcony overlooking the countryside away from Frascati itself so it was a rural outlook. When we arrived the person who dealt with us knew little but was pleasant. Although it is advertised also as a restaurant and there is a large dining room added to the building there was no evidence of a menu or regular meals being served. We chose not to eat in the hotel and went into Frascati every night. The breakfasts were frugal but sufficient; the coffee was made specially for us. The people we subsequently met from the hotel were very friendly and helpful. As so many buildings of this sort the floors were tiled and the noise travelled. They had a small dining room at the bottom of the stairs so the conversations and laughter travelled up to the rooms. In the evening those diners who stayed up till late prevented an early bed time; and if they got up early you were disturbed once again. On one of the days the drains in the bathroom gave off a bad smell that was contained by closing the door. The other days there was no odour. On one night the loud snoring from a nearby room came through loud and clear - fortunately it only lasted for about half an hour. If you are happy with no more than six hours sleep then this is a rather good place and well placed to get to many of the local attractions as well as Rome.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2018
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  • Stayed: October 2018, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 September 2018
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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LUIGI B, Proprietario at Hotel Ristorante Bottaccio, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2018
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