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... end of the act, the actors were torn to shreds. In short, the Romans of these times were messed up individuals.
We got back to our hostel worn out, but met up with an old work colleague of mine from CHCH who was coincidentally staying a few blocks away from us in another hostel. After catching up with Liam the night before (another Reeftonite), I can definitely agree with the term "It's a small world afterall". And that Rome needs better signage for tourists like us.
... We ordered salad and pizza for lunch not to mention some house wine. It was a good meal and the rest was much needed. Mom kissed the waitress good bye? I think she was so caught up in the whole trip and the excitement that she felt she needed to thank everyone and kiss them. It was amusing. We got on a hop on hop off bus and headed to the Colesseum. At this stage Steven had landed from Dubai and was heading to the hotel. ...
... because I learned about Roman numerals about 45 years ago and they didn't really mean that much other than a weird numbering system...well, maybe you had to be there....and be really tired! We saw two floors of only one of the museum galleries...I have no idea how much more there is....but I know there are multiple buildings....oh well...maybe another time! The tour then took us into the Sistine Chapel, which I had been looking forward to. The guides are not allowed to talk about ...
... 8217;t be bothered to put maybe four people on selling tickets instead of two. They may want to automate the system so that it is as quick and easy as paying the toll on the autostrada. And that is very quick- punch a ticket, throw in cash or poke in a card and you’re off.
Once in, you need to have brought some hiking boots or at least shoes with more sole than a Dunlop volley which is essentially what I was wearing. Walking for hours on cobbles ...
... And for my last day today, Rosa took me to a nice spa and we relaxed in the jacuzzi, steam rooms and saunas..it was excellent :)
Tomorrow morning I leave for Barcelona and it's my last stop of my trip. I'm really excited though to see the city and although it'll be a little lonely by myself, I think it's going to be a great ending to this amazing month :)
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The Best Value Hotel in Rome
I can't recommend this hotel highly enough - we stayed here at the end of May 2005 for 6 nights and were delighted with it - the location is fabulous, 2 minutes from the Campo dei Fiori with all its nightlife and all the famous sights are within walking distance. The hotel rooms are clean and tidy with large bathrooms (there were 7 of us in all so we saw 4 of them) & are air-conditioned. The staff were very friendly & helpful with good English and the buffet breakfast was excellent. As a regular visitor, Pomezia is, in my opinion, the best value 2star in Rome & way ahead of a similarly priced hotel in Paris or London (or Dublin for that matter). The only drawback is that there is no lift, so request a room on one of the lower floors if climbing stairs is a problem for you. We'll definitely stay there again.
Good value, great location
When I was unable to get a room in my usual hotel for Christmas 2004, I booked a room at Hotel Pomezia--and was delighted. It is near Campo de' Fiori, my favorite piazza and the best location in Rome. The staff is friendly and helpful, a continental breakfast is included in the price, and the rooms were fine. They are doing renovations at the moment, so be prepared for the sounds of workmen starting at 7:30 every morning, but I was so excited to be in Rome again that I always awakened well before then. The rooms my friend and I had could have used some fresh paint on the walls, but we didn't care. I will definitely stay there again. For the price, you can hardly find any places better.
No complaints at all. When we walked in the very friendly staff offered us two rooms. We took room #10 right off the main lobby...which I thought would be a problem, but actually was great being able to walk right off the lobby into your room. Not noisy there, but there was construction every morning around 7:30am...but that's when we needed to get up anyway.
Room was beautiful. Tile floors, real king size bed that was comfortable. Even had an extra single bed to boot. Clean, modern bathroom. Good size closet. good tv (italian stations only). large desk/counter area. Plenty of room for 2 people with a fair amount of luggage. my wife was very happy with my choice of this one.
Decent breakfast. They have a bar there that will sell you something if you ask for it...but there's usually nobody sitting there drinking.
Location is the best in Rome. Steps from campo dei fiori. We walked to all the sites in Rome from here. Farthest was probably villa borghese at 30 minutes. Good shopping on via giubonnari, excellent restaurants nearby....I'd definitely stay here again in a heartbeat.
Trading location for luxuries
We were inadvertantly booked here when the hotel we had booked no longer had a room available. The Pomezia is in a fantastic location allowing you to walk anywhere and we did not find it to be too noisy. The staff was very friendly and breakfast was nice as well. You have to be willing however to give up all luxuries as the room is TINY--we didnt even have a place to open our luggage other than the bed and it was impossible to shower with the shower door closed. This is a nice but very basic hotel that is good if you can get a room for a low price.
Poor Review at Best!
Our family stayed at the Hotel Pomezia in early June 2004. First, I would like to let everyone know that the room shown on the hotel website is the "published room" and not at all typical of the other rooms. It is located off the very small lobby. The rooms upstairs are quite another story! While the floors, sheets, restroom was "clean", the walls appeared not to have been painted in 20+ years. The wall mounted light over the bed fell on our head in the middle of the night. Although I had read they were "airconditioned"- their rooms did not have air conditioning of any kind. Don't rely on breakfast to be ready at the scheduled hour, either. Two Star rating is a stretch of the imagination. I would classify this as "Basic Minus". If "cheap" is your criteria, then maybe one should be satisfied. The location was convient.
We loved it!
We started our tour of Italy in Rome. We had flight delays getting to Rome, so we were a little nervous about arriving in an unknown country and unknown city late at night and having to find our hotel (that we didn't even know much about). Also, we don't speak Italian...so we had several concerns. When our flight was delayed, we called the hotel to tell them that we would be there, but that it would be very late. They were understanding and gave us very specific directions on how to get from the airport to the hotel (which bus number to take in which direction, etc.) When we finally arrived at the hotel, it was located on what Americans would consider a small alley. Other businesses are located on this same small road, but late at night...we became very nervous. (especially since we are 2 college-age girls traveling together.) The hotel was small, but VERY CLEAN and the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. They spoke good English. Our room was small, but very clean. Our bathroom (en suite) was also very clean. It was one of the less expensive hotels in Rome, so we were VERY pleased with the cleanliness! Oh, about being located in an alley...the next morning, we found that what we thought was an alley is actually just a small side street that is a fairly busy little road. People were always walking/driving down the road, so it was not scary at all. The location was great. Restaurants are a short walk away, and tourist attractions are all about a 10 or 15 minute walk away. I would recommend walking over driving. Romans drive CRAZY! (Be careful when trying to cross the road...they do NOT slow down for pedestrians) The Vatican is about a 15 minute walk. I would DEFINITELY stay in Hotel Pomezia again. Also - free continental breakfast every morning! (the waitress does not speak very good english) But their pastries and coffee are great! Overall - the hotel was reasonably priced, very clean, very friendly, a GREAT find!!
Simple hotel, ideal for cultural tourism in Rome
This is a simple hotel without frills, but we thought it ideal - well positioned to walk everywhere, friendly staff, and clean, simple rooms.
Steep stairs (no lift), but our room was very quiet (at the back) and well appointed. No TV, which didn't bother us.Several good little restaurants nearby, and a simple but fresh breakfast in the hotel. We would willingly stay there again, and intend to do so!
Don't stay on first floor and don't get a room facing the street!
I found a great January rate for Hotel Pomezia on --------------------------------------------$60/night for a single for three nights in the middle of January. I looked all around for special deals, and I guess the hotel had a special deal with that site because that rate was $10-15 less than I'd seen elsewhere (including the much-hyped venere).The good points1) ROOM SIZE/VALUE Although I booked a single, I ended up getting a triple---one double bed and a single bed. My travel companions reserved a double for $75/night and got the same room I did. The rooms were pretty large, too, larger than I expected after poring over reviews of Rome hotels!2) LOCATION My friend who lives in Rome recommended the area around Piazza Navona because it is safe. She warned me that some streets around the Colosseum aren't very safe. Safety was at a premium for me since I was travelling with my 14 month old. Also, because I knew I'd have to keep up with her all day, I wanted something centrally located between the ancient sites and the Vatican. The location was perfect, about a five minute walk from the Piazza Navona, and maybe ten minutes from the Pantheon. It took us about 15 minutes to walk to the Vatican. I found walking in Rome to be great---we walked about 3/4 miles a day and it was wonderful!3) SERVICE I thought the service was pretty good. The staff spoke English and were accomodating when we asked for directions. They brought me a travel baby crib and made it up nicely for my daughter. The continental breakfast (included) was good, and the waitress was very accomodating. I had no problems when it came time to settle the bill at the end of my stay.CONS1) HOTEL IS HARD TO FIND/STREET CAN BE NOISYWe walked around for a while trying to find this hotel---it is really tucked away in the side streets. They have directions on their site, but they weren't very good. I had printed out two maps of the area and we ASKED, ASKED, ASKED for directions from people on the street! Also, my room was right on the street, which was very noisy during the night with the sound of motorscooters and talking.2) AMENITIES Okay, this is a two star hotel, keep that in mind. If you stay here, make sure you bring an alarm clock (one is not provided). There is no TV in the room (but there a communal one downstairs). Now, I stayed on the first floor, which has not been renovated. The second and third floors looked really nice, I was kind of jealous, but I got such a great room rate! My first floor room had a pretty lumpy bed with springs right at the surface of the mattress. The shutters don't make the room very dark. The sheets were definitely crisp and clean, but other parts of the room weren't---there was, ahem, a the open wrapper of a condom beneath the twin bed (I wouldn't want my 14 month old to get ahold of that!), and there was some mildew in the shower (I feel like some bleach could have taken care of that).All in all, this was a good budget stay. If I decided to stay there again, I would definitely ask for a room on the second or third floors with a garden view (not much of a garden, but at least you won't have to listen to the dreaded motorbikes!). I was very pleased with the overall value and location of this hotel, and if luxurious amenities don't mean much to you, go for it!(On a side note, I found travelling in mid-January WONDERFUL---it wasn't crowded AT ALL and the weather was DIVINE---upper 50s. Room rates couldn't be beat, either!)
A great find in a wonderful location
We stayed there recently. The hotel is in an extremely good location right near Campo Di'fiori and Piazza Navona. Couldn't be better really.
It's walking distance to everything! Rooms were pretty basic and breakfast was good all for a fantastic price. Staff were helpful and friendly. I would definitely stay there again. I didn't see many hotels in this area but in my opinion it's the best area in Rome to stay - very lively but quiet once everything closes.
Great 2 star hotel in typical roman neighbour
The location of the Pomezia Hotel is within walking distance of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Tiber River (Vatican), and Colossium. The staff were friendly and accomodating. Our room was on the 3rd floor with twin beds, nicely decorated, and had a modern bathroom with shower and bidet. Very clean. Breakfast was ok. good coffee. From the outside the hotel doesn't look like much. I would definitely recommend the Pomezia and stay at the hotel again.L.M.Toronto, Canada April, 2003