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... leave Rome without an Ice cream.
My personal view is i would really like to come back again and do it properly with more time than i had. Its definitely one of the most romantic city i have seen so far. One thing i noticed is that the taxi drivers didnt speak English hence sometimes i struggled to get to a place
... in linen. Some families were able to construct cubicula which would house loculi and the architectural elements of the space would be a support for decoration.
It was a good tour but being underground was a bit odd and wondering where they got all the bodies and how they all died but it was just another fascinating tour of ancient ...
I feel at least once in your life everyone should visit Rome. But just once. It's like Disneyland with so many people here. Everywhere and anywhere you want to be is packed full of tourists and street vendors to a point that was just too much for me. The only places of silence we could find was in a church, and I got pretty bored of seeing those after the 10th one we walked in. Anyways enough with the negativity, Roman sightseeing was just ...
... is the origin of the name. Testaccio is derived from Monte Testaccio. This is where a lot of trade took place and the remains of broken clay or terracotta vessels were dumped creating the artificial Testaccio hill. Several years ago, locals realised the terracotta hill provided a constant temperature regardless of what was happening outside. So, the locals started building into the hill as wine storage. More recently restaurants have ...
... time, will need to add that to the list of "try-agains".
We had originally planned to pop up to Florence for a night to catch up with Katie but logistically this wasn't going to work either, nor did our plan to meet up with Jamie. Hopefully we get a bit better at linking in with people as we've had a bit of a fail so far.
Rome was filled with eating too much pizza, smart cars, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alessandrino Hotel Rome
Hotel ok but be warned of rip off tours
Rome is a fab city and one that must be experienced before you die!!!!!
Arrived at Termini and took a taxi to hotel,cost 37euros...bad mistake, could have cost 2euro on the 64 bus!!! Hotel clean and adequate. A very steep hill or the dreaded 110 steps to climb to reach it. Most places to eat are closed on Monday evenings..thank goodness we found Rosie O'Grady's Irish pub,food was good and atmoshere lively. Get a good map and comfy shoes..we walked everywhere which wasn't a problem,saw aall the sights and was overwhelmed by them. Went to St Peters Bascilica(short walk from Hotel) on the tuesday and asked where to get tickets for papal audience and blessing,spoke to Swiz guards and were told to arrive by 9am Wednesday to get into the auditorium. Fantastic opportunity to see the Pope so close,very enjoyable..and we are well and truly blessed now!!!! Only downer of our trip was that we booked a tour via the hotel to tour Rome at night(tour 9) which was ok and included a 3course meal and entertainment by opera singers......but they told us that we would be picked up and returned to our hotel(yippee..no dreadful steps later) but once we had had the meal,we were very quickly told we had to go coz coach needed to return everyone to their hotels.......alas....not us though....the guide told us that we had to walk back to our hotel coz the coach couldn't get up the hill....we had paid 69euros each to then be stranded at the restaurant.
We were very cross and annoyed that we couldn't speak to Panorama tours as we were leaving early the following day....so be warned...once they have your money...they leave you stranded with a 30minute uphill walk,late at night!!!! Threw a coin over shoulder at Trevi fountain so hopefully should return to Rome one day....but definately wouldn't use panorama trips again!!
Nice hotel, beware the stairs, get a bus ticket.
No complaints about the hotel. Clean, bright, nice breakfast. But why no mention of the stairs?We counted 110 stairs to reach the hotel, or take the long way round down the hill. This would be a serious issue for the elderly or infirm and rates a mention. Also have to agree with the comment re: no decent eating places in the near vicinity, although Rosie O'Gradies is a splendid pub (at the bottom of the dreaded stairs), try a pint of Maisel's Weiss, lovely! Also the route into town is better reached by taking any of the buses from Via Gregorio VII and then hopping onto another when you are over the bridge. A word of warning, make sure you have a ticket when using the buses. We met an American gent who was almost arrested for not having one. No harm done, but beware.
The bad reviews are no travelers or inexperienced
Alessandrino hotel was great...the two women at the desk were very helpful and polite. They gave us ideas on how to get around ..and it was real simple. Hotel is located in a quiet but awesome and cute residential area. There are little shops and stores to go to. Its a 10 minute walk to bus #64 that runs till midnight. It takes you every where..and is real Cheap 4 euros. for the day pass. you can get anywhere with bus # 64. For the Colleseum...bus #85 0r #175 . Hotel was inexpensive and very clean. The breakfast was tasty and fresh. The rooms were clean and quiet. The area is safe...and not in the middle of all the action..but yet not far at all. I would recommend this hotel to couples . I went with a coworker for business. But its a great honeymoon geta-way hotel. Arrivederci.... ciao
A sting in the tail?
We booked the Alessandrino for 2 nights on a recommendation from relatives who stayed there and enjoyed it.
When we arrived we were told our room was not available due to a resident being taken ill.
Another hotel room had been booked. I was not happy but agreed when the receptionist stated they as this was their problem they would be paying for the room and would cover the cost of a taxi.
Other hotel was so so and probably not worth the 150 euro per night it reportedly cost. We didin't care because we were not paying for it.( or so we thought)
We moved back to the Alessandrino the following morning.
When we came to check out of Allesandrino at the end of our stay we were told that there was no agreement from them to pay for the night which we had to spend in another hotel and we would have to pay for both nights at the rate we agreed at the time of booking. They did cover the costs of taxis to and from the hotel but were unsympathetic to our claims that we had wasted a good few hours of our holiday. The hotels view was that we had misunderstood them when they had offered to pay for the first night!
So we paid up.
All in all it didn't upset the holiday as Rome is too beautiful a city for that
The hotel itself is fine with large rooms. It is very close to St Peters railway station(10mins walk).
The Breakfast service was not as good as I would of expected.
Just be wary if when you arrive you are told there is no room available due to a resident being taken ill - I'd stand my ground and get them to call in a doctor!!
More like two star
Negatives: No room service. No laundry. Room is small. Only one English TV station. It looks like a Mom and pop hotel. Far from resturants. A bit of walk to get to transport. Not enough closet space. Breakfast is quezzy. Took 2 days to repair a problem in the room Positive: Its a new building, which is a big plus in a city full of ancient buildings. Its neat and clean. Summary: More like a motel in US, a 2 star motel. It appears the hotel has just 3/4 women as staff. they did everything, from cleaning, reception etc. If you want a truely professional and structured place look else. Its decent though.
The title is because we were not expecting a breakfast included , the details given when we booked thro' the internet did not mention a breakfast , which was simple but more than adequate to set you up for the days sightseeing.
The location was quiet, you need to be happy to walk to either a tube about 1 mile (not KM) or train station about 500metres all approx.
There is a very frequent bus No 64 from the train station (st pietro) to the Termini main station in the city centre.
The Hotel was clean, fresh , with the services advertised all working.
The service was first class , as mentioned the breakfast was more than adequate, the rooms were comfortable with much welcomed air con.
The hotel arranged taxi for our return to the airport was on time with a very pleasant driver (45 euros) 25mins driving.
We saw all we planned to see in Rome and feel we do not need to return but would recommend the Alessandrino as a most worthy 3 star hotel.
Massive blisters a pied...
I was looking for an nice but affordable hotel in Rome that wasn't in the middle of everything - I was staying overnight before I flew out the next morning and thought it would be interesting to be in the Vatican City area on a Sunday. I visited the hotel's website ... and it seemed really clean and pretty and the price was affordable - $95 Euro / single. But I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. My room wasn't as nice as I was expecting. My shower stall drain was clogged, so I had to take a relatively quick shower before the shower overflowed. Houskeeping service came promptly to fix it, but when I showered in the morning, I realized the problem hadn't gone away. I could definitely overlook all of that, but what I thought was the worst part was how far away from everything the hotel was. In was in a very residential area - kind of far from St. Peter's even - about a 15 minute walk. No cute places to shop or eat in the area at all - not a quaint area of the city. To walk to the center of the city would be a bit of a haul for sure especially if you went back to shower up for dinner and then planned to return to the center. The train station was just down the hill from the hotel which was not bad, but relying on the train system to take you to and from the city center would get to be a drag if you are there for an extended period of time. If you stay here, be sure to call for cab service if you want to visit the city center at night for dinner or what have you.Next time I will stay in the center of all the action.