The lobby and public rooms are a bit time-worn, but one of the few hotels in the university district reveals some surprises upstairs. The large guest rooms have high ceilings and are spiffily up to date, with shiny wooden floors, blonde contemporary furniture, tastefully muted colors, and shiny bathrooms, many with that ever-so-rare fixture in less-expensive Italian hotels, a bathtub. Clubs, bars, and affordable student-oriented osterias cram the surrounding streets—a plus that can be a late-night curse for guests in street-facing rooms, and a good reason to ask for a room facing the quiet courtyard in back.