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It had been 10 years since we last visited Rome and did the tourist ritual of throwing three coins into the Fontana Di Trevi. It looks like the ledgend is not an urban myth because today we head off to Rome by fast train. Uneventful 90 minute trip and we are soon in a taxi on the way to Hotel Abruzzi which is located opposite the historic Pantheon …
A 10:30 departure left us a little extra, much appreciated time in the morning. We then loaded up the bus and headed to the town of Assissi. My grandmother chose St. Francis as here patron saint and I thought of her continuously as we walked the streets. We went into the church and saw where his body is buried into the wall behind the altar. The …
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... of the time. We also walked by a building which is now an official church but originally it was just a depository of sorts for the bones that would float out of the graves after the Tiber flooded - at least 3 times a year. Men were paid to collect the bones and finally, tiring of retreiving the bones over and over again, they began to nail them to the wall. You can still go to the crypt and view the "art work" made out of the bones. CREEPY. ...
... seeing. We grab our nibbles and wine and find a seat outside next to a nice British man who is very drunk. Good convo. But the pics he took of us were all blurry lol Should have seen that coming! ;) Last night for gelato as well. That's where we end our ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Abruzzi Rome
A 15-minute Stay at the Abruzzi
I checked into the Abruzzi for a 4-night stay. I left within 15 minutes. My room was on the second floor (or should I say "closet"). It was truly the smallest room I ever had in Rome. The bathroom was a joke. To use the sink (which was no bigger than a dinner plate) I would have to close the bathroom door. But once done, I couldn't bend to use the sink as there was not enough room. The window view was of another window. I returned to the main floor reception (which was no larger than a telephone booth) and asked for my passport. I left the hotel and found another close by. I returned only to retrieve my luggage and pay for one night as a penalty. I travel to Rome 4 times a year and try to stay at different hotels. The Abruzzi was truly a bad experience. This room and bath were not up to the 3 star rating the hotel has.
Best location to sight see in Rome
I agree with the traveller from England, who must have stayed there the same time we did.... I'm neutral on the hotel, but the location is by far the most convenient to have as a home base while touring in Rome.
Our room over looked the piazza where there was contant music and life.... we really enjoyed the people watching from our room hearing the saxaphone playing in the evening... and the view of the Pantheon is just undescribable. We feared it would be loud, but the windows kept out the noise of the the movement below...except for the road work that started very early with jack hammering around 7 am.... that was not good.
The staff was fine... not overly friendly, but responded when we asked questions.
The breakfast was a bit to be desired, but that wasn't that big of a deal to us anyway.
The rooms are small compared to US standards.... but it ended up being the biggest we stayed in during our trip to Italy. The amount that you pay really does matter when selecting a room in these hotels. You may wonder why one room is $200Eu and another is $300eu...but its because the cheaper one is more like an extra closet they made into a room and the higher price is a nice sized room...it does make a big difference.
The room was very clean. The mattresses were new and very comfortable. The bath was clean and water pressure and temps were very good.
The elevator has a mind of its own and works about half of the time and you do have to carry luggage up 2 flights of stairs to get to the lift to the rooms. Not a place for handicapped or elderly that don't navigate steps well.
The location is by far the best selling feature of this hotel. Outside your door is a great area for restaurants, shopping, transportation and you can walk to all of the sights very quickly. It is not on a main road like so many are.... you walk out into a picturesque square and its full of energy. So many of the hotels we looked at on line we eventually saw in our travels, and none of the locations would have been satisfactory compared to this.
There are two hotels in this same square. The Albergo Del Senato and the Hotel Pantheon. I did not get to look at rooms, but did talk to a couple that stayed at the Senato and raved about it. The HP had a nice reception area, but looked to be more expensive if I had to guess.
We paid $195 eu/night... the Senato was $250eu. If price is not an object to you, you probably would prefer the ambiance of the other hotels. If you just want a clean average, comfortable bed to crash in at night with a convenient location... this will more than satisfy you.
Nice little old Albergo
This hotel is difficult to assess. It's awful, but it grows on you. Perhaps it is the friendliness of all the staff, who seem genuinely interested in your welfare and maybe it's the superb location in probably the best piazza in Rome. I don't know.
Basically it's a pension pretending to be a 4* hotel, even though it says 3* on the door. Although there are none of the services or the accoutrements one expects from a 3 or 4*, but the price you pay is that of a 4*. You are paying for the location and as far as the hotel is concerned you can take it or leave it. Though by the quantity of keys in their pigeon holes on Monday and Tuesday, the day we left, I wished I had haggled over the price of 150 euros in the low season. Contrary to other reviews, you can pay by credit card.
The building is shabby from the outside, but this blends in with the rest of Rome. Road works, not mentioned at the time of booking were in progress outside the front door, but they soon stopped and didn't start again during our visit. You enter through a small door and there is a small reception desk immediately in front of you - no foyer, just two lounge chairs in the corridor. Normally I would have left and found somewhere else by now but I was so tired after an early flight and the hotel I really wanted to stay at was full on Saturday night.
I felt more desperate at lugging the case, containing kitchen sink, up to the first floor as the lift is not available from the ground floor. Opposite the lift is a token gesture to an hotel as a small room has a few easy chairs a table and a desk, not particularly smart but totally useless as the heat in there was so hot, that no one during my visit ever was seen to be using it.
The hotel has been recently renovated and I was pleasantly surprised by the room. Nothing special but more than I expected and it had a kettle, tea and coffee. No milk but this was supplied on request, the maid remembered too. I only had to ask once. The en-suite room was adequate and clean. The shower cabinet was a little small, but then I'm a little too big. I coped. There was no bath in our room.
The rooms were cleaned and tidied every day while we were at breakfast. The air conditioning was good and believe me, necessary. It was a little noisy at night but had a timer so it would turn itself of after a period of 1,2 or 3 hours. Most nights we slept with the window open and fell asleep watching the moon pass over the Pantheon and listening to the saxophone player and other buskers in the piazza. Should the street noise be too much, for instance, if you return to your room in the afternoon for a rest, the new windows provide near perfect sound proofing.
A real negative point is the breakfast. I did not mind going to the cafe across the square. That was quite pleasant, however, the quality and variety of the food was poor. You got two small semi-sweet glazed rolls with butter and jam, a Danish type pastry and one small cup of coffee. I need at least three cups to kick start my day. Extra coffees had to be purchased. The rolls were often stale too.
The hotel is easy to find once you have got to Piazza del Rotunda, from the Termini, bus and rail station a #40 or #64 bus to St Peter's takes you past the Gesu Church then get off at the old Roman ruins, cross the road and walk about 150mtrs. You should see signs to the Pantheon if you went up the wrong street.
Apart from catching these buses with our case we did not use any public transport. All the major sites are within easy walking distance, especially useful when you are tired on your way back.
I still cannot make up my mind about this hotel. You are paying a lot for location and the room is only OK. There are no frills, no fine furniture, no restful lounges or a bar. The breakfast should be discontinued and the room offered on a room-only basis at a cheaper price. Then you'd have the freedom to get your breakfast where you wanted.
I don't want to, but I feel obliged to give the hotel a 4* out of 5 rating, for the location and that something I cannot pin point, if it was a person you'd call it charisma. I'd stay here again.
Can't wait to go back
We stayed at the Abruzzi for seven nights in July and couldn't have chosen a better place. The view of the Pantheon was wonderful, and the rooms were clean and comfortable - especially the beds - with great showers. There was no restaurant, but you are given vouchers to use in a cafe across the square, where the continental breakfast was nice - good coffee - and we sat outside. Although the square outside was noisy into the early hours, the double glazing kept it all out. Everything was within walking distance, and we were surrounded by restaurants and shops. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We would recommend it to anyone, and will definitely stay there next time
Great Hotel, Great View
We stayed in the Hotel Abruzzi for four days in May 2004 and had a great time. I knew little of the hotel when I booked it online but was pleasantly surprised by the accomodations and location. It was our first time to Rome and we could not have picked a more convenient location. Our room faced the pantheon and was very close to some great restaurants (I recommend Orzo 80 and Myosotis). The hotel staff was very friendly and provide great advice as far as tours and shopping. The hotel has recently been remodeled and is very clean. A great value.
Spent a beautiful week in May 2004 at Hotel Abruzzi and was very pleased with our stay. We made our reservations by emailing the hotel directly. The room was basic but clean and comfortable. A lot nicer and larger than we had expected. The staff was very friendly and helped us with directions, restaurant suggestions or any other question we posed. Ben was especially great.
The location is superb. We walked everywhere - the Spanish Steps, the Vatican, Termini Station (except the days we had our luggage), the Colisseum etc. It is also close to the Piazza Navona and Campo Di Fiori so plenty of nightlife within walking distance.
I would highly recommend this hotel. It was a bit pricey at 185 euros (due to the exchange rate) but breakfast was included and we saved a lot of money by not needing public transit so it was definitely worth it.
Great stay in Rome!
Just arrived from a nice trip to Rome. We will warmly recommend the Abruzzi hotel! Newly completly renovated inside, clean and safe, with very serviceminded and smileing staff. Our room has a nice view to the Phanteon and the location was perfect. We could walk to all the sights and attractions. Looking forward to stay at this hotel next time!!
The Albergo Abruzzi is located directly across from the Pantheon--a perfect central location for sight seeing in the Ancient City. In fact, breakfast is provided at a cafe under lovely umbrellas across the cobblestoned Pantheon piazza, since the hotel does not have a restaurant of its own. The Abruzzi is in the process of a major renovation...we stayed on the fifth floor, in a WONDERFUL small suite for several nights, then on a return to Rome for a final night in another renovated room on the third floor. The hotel is located in an ancient building, and the renovations are lovely--marble baths, charming decor. Renovations on other floors were not a problem, sound-wise, as they began work well after breakfast and finished by the end of the day. Unfortunately, the shower door in the third floor didn't close securely, and the marble floor got drenched, but otherwise, a great place to stay--lovely big fluffy towels and a hot shower in marble lined bathrooms with great water pressure for freshening up at the end of a long day of sightseeing. The staff was uniformly helpful and kind. The area around the hotel features many restaurants, etc. and the central location makes sightseeing easier in this bustling city. Also, because it is a tourist area, all of the area restaurants, shops, etc speak English, and usually French and German as well. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat, especially at these prices.
An excellent location. Rooms were fine for a city break. Not as clean as I would have liked and there were no private bathrooms.
Place was ideal but not the best hotel
Terrific location, safe, clean
The Hotel Abruzzi was perfectly located to tour Rome by foot. My single room looked right at the Pantheon, accross the plaza! Room was clean, bathroom across the hall, clean also. This place is old, which is its charm, but be aware that there is no elevator, so you must haul your luggage up to your room by stairs. Great cappucino at Cafe D'Oro right next door. Close to Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori. Very good price (60 Euro in October 2002). I got a reservation by calling directly (I don't speak Italian, not a problem). Highly recommended. I stayed there three days, wish it could have been longer, as Rome was wonderful.