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Two things about the Vatican - visit it during winter so you actually want to be wearing long pants and top AND join a tour, skip the awful lines. Even with a tour you line, and you essentialy join this huge queue to get to the Cistine Chapel and move at a quick tourist shuffle. But at least we've now been to the Vatican and I wasn't struck down by lightening.
On a side note, I was informed of this awesome Dad joke by my Uncle:
A Bishop and a Politician were ...
... Day. Anyway the crowds were huge but we just walked in, got our tour pass and went to designated meeting point.
We had the privilege of going to the underground area and up to the third tier. It actually used to have 6 tiers. Words can't describe the magnitude of this place. Everything used to be covered in marble. All very extravagant to show the emperors importance.
Afternoon snack ...
... were there for about two hours, standing in one line or another, trying to sort out our train passes and tickets for our trip and winding our way through three or four levels of hallways and escalators to find the right train. We traveled light, relatively speaking. Each of us carried a backpacking style backpack along with a messenger style carry-on bag. The size and weight of one's luggage ceases to matter after ...
... so we decided to go back to the hotel for a quick catnap. It took a long time to get a cab because everyone seemed to be riding bikes and walking everywhere. I guess we were just lazier than everyone. Our hotel wasn’t very far at all. When we got to our room, we told our parents how we had to make an emergency stop in Rome because of the weather. I thought my parents would want me to come home immediately, ...
... th. (NB: Alex) Highlights of the Villa Borghese (built in 1605 by Flaminio Ponzio for Cardinal Scipione Borghese) included Bernini’s Apollo & Daphne, Rape of Persephone and David. Paintings by Caravaggio, Titian and Rubens make this an amazing collection.
After wandering through the Villa’s gardens, we boarded a bus without realizing that tickets had to be purchased in advance, so ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alessandrino Hotel Rome
Rome is a fab city and one that must be experienced before you die!!!!!
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.
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
We booked the Alessandrino for 2 nights on a recommendation from relatives who stayed there and enjoyed it.
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.
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.