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... return Carla to Mr Peugeot. This went smoothly and the inspection when we handed back the car was very cursory – does it still have four wheels? Have you got both keys and the manual? Have you got all of your things out of the car? Do you want a lift back to the airport? All very civilised and took all of five minutes to complete the administration. Much quicker than the pick up process four months earlier.
Back at the airport, we ...
Day 52 We drove to an old village called Sefrou just outside Fes, it took us about 3/4 hour drive to get there. On arriving we are taken into a large squire or opening, with decaying buildings all around us, apparently this area was a Mosaic that fell into disrepair because the area was a banded so the Mosque was demolished, leaving this run down space, in the middle of decaying buildings ( it looked more like a war zone ), but apparently they ...
... in advance and saved ourselves hours of time not having to queue to get in. We opted for a guided tour of the Colosseum and felt that it was well worth it! We got to go to see lots of different parts of the building that you don't see if you are not on a guided tour. This included the area below ground level where the animals and slaves worked and were kept. We got to see how their hoists and lifts worked and the water channels that were used to bring fresh water to ...
... painful but nope....not at all.
The night before me we found a hotel spitting distance from the Vatican for super cheap. Booking.com....it seems to work good. We nav to the place and its not too bad.....little tricky finding the actual hotel entrance though...I had to park and walk around to look for it and it was only 50 feet from me. Just couldn't see it. Stopped a couple of beat coppers and asked they pointed me at it....and amazing ....we got ...
We had a great look around, and the guide gave us plenty of information. We saw where the Emperors would have sat, where the gladiators would have come up from, we learned that not all gladiators were slaves or prisoners or war, in fact that many Romans chose that life themselves. We learned gladiators had to have beards to look like barbarians, to differentiate them from the smooth shaven Romans. Our guide debunked a lot of myths, and made us all laugh as we toured ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Arenula Rome
We have stayed at the Arenula twice - once for a week and once for 10 days - and can agree with most everything others have said. What I have found is if you check in, and your room is not very pleasant (seems small, uncheery), then ask at the desk if they can offer you another room. The rooms are very dissimilar in size, view, etc. I really enjoyed one of our rooms at the end of the hall on the 3rd floor.
The Arenula does not pretend to be a luxurious hotel but is a wonderful 'average' hotel with the best possible location! If you want to experience Rome rather than a hotel..this place is well above average!
Heart of Rome
Itīs a perfect place to discover ancient and medieval Rome. All great sites to visit are only some steps away and therefore itīs worth itīs price, even when the rooms are old and the breakfast is just coffee, bread and marmelade.
I stayed here with my school, the University of Florida in the summer of 2002 for a study abroad trip. The people could not have been nicer, the place couldn't have been cleaner, and the location is excellent.
Any of you who say this is a "dumpy" place obviously are the sort of Americans who give us all a bad name. Get a life, and if you're going to travel, try and appreciate the differences that another culture offers, or don't bother coming at all.
Don't Stay Here
Stayed at Arenula two nights; it's really kind of dumpy. Paint was peeling from the walls, the room was dirty, the walls are paper-thin so that you feel like your neighbor is in the room with you, shower water is highly variable in pressure and temperature and the staff, although friendly, isn't dependable. The view from the upper floors is just of rooftops; nothing special. And the area around Arenula, while historically interesting (i.e., the Ghetto), is not that appealing. If you want to stay in this area of Rome, 5 minutes away (near Campo di Fiori) are many, much better hotel options at better rates (Smeraldo is a good example). These hotels generally have elevators and much nicer decore.
I found this place from Rick Steve's show on Rome. Look, it's not fancy, and it's not 4 star, but for the money I paid, it was great. I had an AC'd room too, but paid very little extra for it. If you go in the summer, pop for the AC or you'll regret it. Location was ideal for almost all Rome sites. Bus is right out front; getting there from the airport via train to Rome's main station is no problem. The bus is right in front of the train station. Just ask which one it is. It drops you like a block from the hotel. Cabs are everywhere for the less adventurous. There are restaurants galore across the bridge (like 1 block from the hotel) to Tresteverde (excuse mis-spelling if I've erred). If you stay at Arenula, cross over the river and visit this area. Super nice people! Don't eat in the fancier places. Instead find some hole. They serve the same food as the more expensive restaurants, but charge way less. Buy your beers in this area. They charge half as much as on the hotel side of the river. (Cross the river, go past the Macdonalds, to the first left and take it. Go halfway down the street and ask for Marcelle, the guy with one screwed up eye. This guy is a major nice man and joker, and he cooks too. Tell him Steve from NJ says hi). The hotel had a very nice staff, especially in breakfast dining area, which isn't opulent but met my needs. (Who pays attention before coffee anyway?) Elderly Italian ladies who speak little English, but seem to anticipate your needs are there always with a smile. (They love nothing better than to bring you ice for some reason. Throw them a few bucks and it''ll be well worth it) Decent breakfast too-self serve fresh fruit, coffee, juices, bread, cheese, etc. It was fine by me.
Not worth it
It is hard to find this hotel, because it is located in an alley. The walls on the room was peeling off. The bathroom STINKS, smells like ****. The staff was lazy. We ask them to reserve a shuttle for us and they just point to the bullentin, which reads "for shuttle, see front desk". We requested to change the shuttle time and they say it's not possible. It's not worth the money.
Not worth the money
We stayed in Arenula for our last night in Italy. Although the hotel is set in a great location I thought it was a dump. The bathroom was not clean. The walls were falling apart with the plaster peeling right off.
There were a million cabinets in our room, giving it more of a college dorm feel. There is no elevator. The breakfast is not even worth it. I would recommend staying a few blocks away not in the heart of the city but at least getting your moneys worth out of a cleaner and nicer room.
My stay at the Hotel Arenula was wonderful. If you are looking for a pampered, 5-star vacation, this is not the place for you. However, if you want to feel like a part of the city the Hotel Arenula is the place you should stay. The views from my 5th floor widow were breathtaking. Every morning I would gaze out over the rooftops of the nearby apartments where there were gardens as far as the eyes could see. I wanted nothing more than to stay in that heaven forever. Later, I would stroll down to the breakfast room for a cup of their amazing coffee and a bite of their sweet rolls. My stay at the Hotel Arenula was a memorable one and I hope to return someday to my 5th floor window with its amazing garden views and my cup of black coffee.
Warm and simple
I stayed at the Hotel Arenula in January 2002. I found it by accidentally turning down an alley not far from the colleseum in the old Jewish Ghetto of Rome, now a trendy restaurant area. The primary reason I stopped is that I saw a parking place..something rare in Rome.This is a two star...walk up the steps..very reasonably priced...i think 55 euros...with a small room...ok bed...good shower/toilet..etc. Staff was great..and the breakfast with the room was exceptional. I mostly remember the great coffee and rolls every morning. One could also point out that this may be the best located hotel in Rome.