Travel Blogs from Rome
... the Po plain, crossing the rolling Appennines and stopped at Assisi in the afternoon. At Assisi we visited the St. Francis basilica which was a very beautiful building with amazing frescoes. Whilst it was great to see the St. Francis basilica I get the sense that I'm intruding in places such as these as it is a place of faith and worship and I'm just there to have a look. Anyway, at least we show due respect for such a place, unlike the people who decided they would take photos ...
Buongiorno from Rome. Today I went to Saint Peters Square. The square was very nice but I thought does it actually look like a square as it actually looks like a circle. It was very big - one time there could be so many people as is in New Zealand. We sat down at the church and after that we went to see the museum but it was closed. On the way back we saw heaps and heaps of people who were going to see the church. We walked across a bridge and I saw a big statue in the middle of ...
... Dongo is a must if you want to visit Lake Como.
We ended up staying at Magic lake for 5 nights and running out of time to visit Lake Majorie but we enjoyed a few sunny days so made the most of it. On one of the less sunnier days we crossed the border into Switzerland and took Jenson to Aqualand. Which was smaller than we expected but Jenson loved it which is the main thing. We crossed again 2 days later to start our Toblerone.. I mean Swiss ...
... were making a lot of noise doing it. After several hours of seeing enough of the Colosseum for 10 lives we realized it was 5 in the afternoon and we had not eaten anything but a handful of almonds since breakfast. We drug ourselves, with what little energy we had, to a nearby Italian cafe, that was decorated just like Hard Rock with famous American singers, and enjoyed some more pasta. After lunch we walked trough Ancient Rome. It was such a ...
... and we were racking up the sites in a matter of a few hours. We crossed one of the dirtiest rivers we have seen (no wonder they needed fresh water) and ran into Castel Sant Angelo. Which is a large cylindrical building which was used as a castle and fortress. The girls found some markets near here. Exhausted we headed back for a well deserved meal and beers in front of our B&B
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Historical Traveler Reviews ARS Hotel Rome
Stayed in Hotel Ars for three nights in February 2005.
The hotel is excellent. Very clean and modern. The rooms are a good size and the staff are very helpful and friendly.
The bus trip into the City Centre is fine - the buses are frequent and the bus stops well signposted - it takes 15-20 mins. It is nice to head out of the City to a quiet hotel after a hard day of sightseeing in the busy city centre.
I will use the hotel again and recommend it to others.
We stayed at the ars hotel in sept 2003. We had a double standard room which was lovely, very modern and clean. Being out of town was not a problem at all with such reliable buses. My only advice would be not to get a taxi from termini as being tourists we were ripped off! the buses are frequent and only take approx 20mins to get to the hotel. The all inclusive breakfast was basic but was fine to keep us going for the whole day! We found the hotel staff very pleasant. We would definately stay here again. Do agree the shower is very small!!!!
We stayed at the ARS Hotel for 3 nights and were glad to be away from downtown Rome, which I experienced as loud and overcrowded. The ARS hotel is situated in a side street of private villas and looks really charming. Although you just have to walk down the street for two minutes to reach the next supermarket and bus stations on a busy crossing, it is absolutely quiet as soon as you close the windows. To the city center, you have to take the bus (90 express, goes to main station) or the 60 (goes to sights like Colloseum). It's a 25 min. ride for 1 Euro (valid 75 minutes) (tickets for 3 days: 11 Euro) - the only minus: buses are regularly overcrowded and the ride deos not feel really good for your back - a true adventure!
Nice, quiet and secluded
Ars Hotel is about 3 miles from the city centre, you need to take the 90 Express bus from the Centre of the Colosseum district and take 30 minutes, and a great deal cheaper than Roman taxis! The hotel is really tucked away on a back street and there's not much to do nearby, although the restaurant recommended by the very friendly English speaking staff is superb, which is round the corner. This hotel is modern, clean, extremely quiet and good for couples, try and request a room with the large windows though, we only had two skylights. Well worth going up a star rating in Rome.
This Hotel was orginally a house, and whilst it has been superbly updated and modernised, it is nonetheless a small hotel, situated outside historic Rome city Centre. Bus services from Hotel to city centre are excellent, but travelling time is 20+ minutes from Hotel to Termini Train Station. This may not suit all!. The hotel boasts a gym, with sauna and steam room but this is not technically true. There is a tiny room allocated for 4 pieces of gym equipment, and there is NO sauna or Steam room, but a steam shower is available. However, the staff are superb and go out of their way to make your stay as fantastic as possible. If you don't mind the buses, it's lovely, but if you do want to be close to city centre, then go elsewhere!
Extremely good value
Hotel Ars, despite its rather unfortunate name, is a great place to stay in Rome. It has recently been refurbished to an extremely high standard and in a modern but comfortable style. The reception staff were extremely helpful and recommended a lovely local restaurant for us to visit. This was full of locals and was not on the tourist trail at all. The centre of Rome is a bus ride away but this passes the end of the road. We booked online and got a very good deal for our stay. I would highly recommend this hotel to other guests.