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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Painted Fish Fremantle
Large room, a bit tired and knocked around, but clean and comfortable, however they charge €10 for the wifi and €10 for the pool which is crap.
Some of the others on the tour have had dodgy a/c and issues but we were OK.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Painted Fish Fremantle
Great is you want to combine sight-seeing with relaxing
My partner and I stayed here for 5 nights in July and we will definately stay here next time we visit Rome.This hotel is perfect if you want to combine sight-seeing with relaxing around a pool after a busy day. It is located a few metro stops from the main sights, however this wasn't a problem as the metro station was close-by. The rooms were spacious and clean, staff were helpful and the food was good.
Great hotel but location not for everyone
I stayed at the Parco Tirreno from 28th July to 4th August 2005 and really have to say that the hotel was great. The reception staff all speak perfect English and were at all times polite and helpful. The location is what will upset some people as there is a 5 minute walk to the Metro (Cornelia) and then a journey of 20 - 40mins (depending on time of day) into the City Centre. It's also worth remembering that the Metro closes at 23.30 weekdays (00.30 Saturdays), so, if you wish to avoid Taxi fares, you must return early every night. That said, taxis from City Centre (Colluseum area) were only 11 Euros.
Our room was one of the largest I've stayed in with an equally large Bathroom, both of which were kept spotless. The air conditioning was first class. Furniture was dated and a bit rough, but I certainly can live with that.
You will find better accomodation in Rome and certainly better locations, but when cost is factored into the equation, Parco Tirreno was a great place to stay.
Wouldn't stay here again
Things started badly when the parking we saw advertised as free is not, and is charged at 10 euros a day. After reading the reviews on here, we paid the extra for a superior room and yes, it was nicely decorated, a good size, had a nice balcony and a lovely view. As others have said, there was a small kitchen with fridge - but all the cupboards were empty - not even a kettle or a mug, so it seemed a bit pointless really. The air conditioning worked well, and the room and bathroom had clearly been newly refitted. However, the finish around the bath was very poor, the shower head was loose and there was lots of mould around the grouting/bath seal. The walls were paper thin, we could hear everything going on in the bathroom next door. The double bed was also 2 single beds (VERY hard) with about a 6" gap between them, and a single large headboard behind them - no use for a romantic weekend! There was no visitor information pack in the room (e.g. info on pool, restaurant, breakfast, checkout times etc) and breakfast finished at 9.30 - way too early for us on holiday! The bar was supposed to open at 6pm but didn't open till 6.30 when we were there. It also shut at 11 which is a bit early if you have been out in Rome and have come back before the public transport finishes! Food in the restaurant was excellent, however, and reasonably priced.
The swimming pool was fine, but the changing facilities left a bit to be desired. The pool seemed to be populated by lots of locals practising their diving and splashing around a lot, or topless sunbathing, This and the fact that it was mostly "laned off" for swimming lengths, and was quite deep even at the shallow end, may mean that it doesn't suit those wishing to take children somewhere to enjoy a pool.
On the Saturday night, the hotel was hosting a wedding reception outdoors, and we had to "enjoy" the music and guest noise until we finally dozed off in spite of it just after 2.30am. I did complain about this in the morning and was basically told, very politely, "oh dear, sorry about that", but nothing else was said or offered.
Verdict - it's such a shame, this has the potential to be a lovely hotel, just a little way out of Rome (but beware, it's a pain to get back to when the Metro is shut for maintenance like it was after 9pm when we were there, and even when it is working, it's still quite a long walk back from the metro station after a long day sightseeing). There is a bus stop quite near to the hotel, but the nearest place to buy bus tickets is down at the metro station - so try and get your ticket in advance and you can validate it to start the timing when you get on the bus. But honestly, I wouldn't stay at this hotel again, even if there was a bargain special offer on.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel 20th - 27th July 2005 and found the reception staff very helpful and they spoke perfect English. The room was always clean and fresh towels provided - also the air conditioning worked a treat - perfect for that week as the weather was hot. We had one evening meal at the hotel on the first night (it was at the waiter service rather than the self service and was good) but for the remainder we ate out at several of the restaurants which were within walking distance of the hotel and were excellent value. The metro which took us to all the main tourist attractions was within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel pool was large but quite often local swimmers used it to train - it was sectioned off into lanes which meant that maybe two lanes were occupied by trainers and the rest left to the holidaymakers.
The only negative point was that we booked the transport from airport to hotel through the hotel and as our flight was late by two hours the driver said he had to make two journeys - probably a simple phone call to the airport or a click on the computer would have confirmed the arrival time of the flight before he left - we ended up paying 60 euros for the journey which we were told was to cost 35 euros. Similarly on our return it was a straight forward run to the airport - 35 euros we thought and on arrival the driver insisted it was 45 euros - so be warned - do not book your transport from and to airport via the hotel - it will be more expensive than you think. The hotel arranges the transport but do not take the money - you have to pay the driver.
All in all this was a good hotel and I would recommend it.
Outside and reception fine but not a four star. Room very old fashioned, decor grotty beds uncomfortable. Tiny shower. Very disappointed.
It was okay
Good points - the grounds are lovely, the rooms are huge, there is a kitchen, there are many, many closets (7 for the rooms).
Bad points - one stand alone air conditioner for 2 rooms is not sufficient. We put the mattesses from the bedroom into the living room in order to sleep. The furniture is mismatched and is not complete, i.e. we had a table but no chairs, the next room had chairs but no table. The cleaniness is okay but the whole thing looked a bit shoddy. We had a cot with no sheets, etc.
The price is exceptional and I guess that makes it a deal.
Well worth a visit
Had a really good time, staff were very helpful and polite. Most spoke excellent english. Food was delicious and very reasonable. Would definitely make a return trip. Rooms were a bit basic, but were spotlessly clean. Metro less than 10 mins walk from hotel. Used the hotel limo for our return trip to the airport - first class service there too!
Good accommodation suitable for families
Stayed here August 2003 and returning again in a few months time.
Easy hotel to drive to, as it is just off the main ring road motorway, one road, Via Aurelia, so easy to find. Rooms have a separate air-con double bedroom and a double sofabed. Kitchen area also and balcony. Use of swimming pool, next to the hotel with a snackbar. Approx. 6 minute walk to metro taking you directly into the centre in just several stops. Good especially for families as it is very hard to find a hotel with a swimming pool in Rome and one that can actually accommodate you all in same room.
As long as you do not mind catching the metro to sights, this hotel offers very good value for money. Friendly reception and good buffet breakfast!
Great deal and has a kitchen!!!
We love this hotel! Convenient to the metro, has a kitchen, free parking, and easy on and off the freeway. We stay here whenever we are in Rome.
A garden spot in Rome
Just returned from a 9 night stay this past October.The property was undergoing extensive renovation with nets on the front of the exterior.Not very attractive when arriving from an overseas flight however this presented no problem durnong our stay.Location was out a bit in an residential area but with the metro a few blocks away this resent no problem.The hotel is in a lovely setting with gardens and quite in the evening.The rooms were fine although I would insist on a bath room with both tub bath and shower as the single rooms had a very small hand held shower.The bottom line if you do not mind being out it is a good value for the dollar and the staff was fine and spoke excellent English.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Painted Fish Fremantle
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