Clarion Collection Hotel Principessa Isabella
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We arrive round 6.30pm at our hotel.......OMG we have a doorman who takes our luggage to our room, its called "Hotel Principessa Isabella" ( of course chosen for Princess Bella) hehe. The guy at reception calls me Princess Fiona, I thought OMG how did you know hahahaha.... The room is amazing... So we are told about a family Italian restaurant not …
... never see everything, I don’t think there was a single inch of the place that wasn’t painted, gilded, or molded, it was insane. We barely even got to see the parts that we did see because our tour guide was practically running us through the Vatican she was going so fast, didn’t give us time to stop and take in anything. Until the Sistine Chapel that is, which we were actually left to see on our own, and it was definitely as magnificent of a sight as ...
... The colors are vibrant. Our guide points out the Old Testament prophets, Moses, Jonah, the story of creation, above all God creating Adam. The scale is huge, many figures are three dimensional, and look as thought they are about to leap off the ceiling. The mood in the room is one of awe, what an amazing genius created this work. I cannot believe I am actually here, able to see this amazing work, I feel gratitude. From the Sistine Chapel we head ...
... we tasted 7 wines with Bill Clay and had a delicious tasting of different cheeses and olives. The mayor came with us but could only stay for a drink of wine. After some "educating drinks" we headed back to the restaurant and sat down to the biggest meal in all of the world. There were 7 courses. 3 different types of pastas, 3 meats, some vegetables, and on and on and on. If you don't eat all the food they bring you here they think ...
... a very hot day, but luckily there were quite a few shady spaces to rest and listen and look. After that I got the audio guide for the Roman Forum and walked around there for a good bit. The monuments I'll admit were much more interesting to look out when you knew what purpose they served. After I dropped that off, I walked around the Palatino, which unfortunately didn't have an audio guide, but from what I can gather, it was an area more ...
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After booking my holiday through expedia and then discovering the mostly unfavourable reviews on trip advisor I was hesistant about staying here - expecting the worst. However, I was pleasantly suprised with the room, quite large, clean and comfortable - definately not the dump that some reviewers had written about!! The location is good and is close to the spanish steps - 20 minute walk downhill and the hotel is just around the corner from Via Veneto where all the major luxury hotels are located. The staff were friendly and breakfast was pleasant - not unlike the basic continental breakfasts I've had in other Italian hotels - plus they make great coffee!
Despite reading negative reviews the Tea Hotel was a very pleasant experience. The staff were very friendly, housekeeping was great, rooms were very clean, breakfast was fine and although the room was small - we didnt live in it - we just slept there!
A small hotel in a quiet corner of Rome, Hotel Tea provides the most basic of amenities. The rooms have thin walls and are just large enough for two people. The bathroom was tiny with only a shower and barely enough room for our toothbrushes! The lack of a shower curtain also meant that the floor was soaking wet each morning and evening.The hotel provided basic continental breakfast (although curiously, the kitchen did not have any pepper - the tables however had two pots, one for salt and the other with chocolate powder, which I absent-mindedly sprinkled liberally on my hard-boiled-egg!)The distances to the key attractions as stated by the hotel (and Expedia!) are more than a little optimistic, however, via del corso, trevi, the colosseum and other sites are well within rambling distance.On the plus side, the staff are very friendly and welcoming and the only lift in the hotel gives an insight into what it's like on the inside of an aluminium Samsonite suitcase.We didn't spend much time at the hotel as we were in Rome only for a weekend break (two nights), but we would be hesitant to book this hotel again.
This Hotel is a DUMP!!!
Principessa Tea Hotel is a DUMP! To begin with, the only good thing I have to say is that the staff was friendly, but it hardly makes up for the condition of the hotel itself. The elevator shakes, rattles and squeals everytime it is used, and you can hear all of this through the paper thin walls and door of your room. Paint is peeling from the walls and the entire hotel smells of uncleanliness. The numbers to our room were glued to the door crooked and the doors don't fit the door jambs so you really have to push and pull to open and close the door. The furniture is ugly and old (not antique, just junk) and the beds are rock hard. There was mold on the ceilings and the wallpaper was peeling. The room smelled unclean and there were piles of dirt in the corners. The plumbing made noise (from all parts of the hotel) everytime it was used day and night, and the water temperature was extremely difficult to regulate. There was a shower head but no shower curtain and there was no counter space in the bathroom. The bathroom was not clean even upon arrival. They give you sandpaper and napkins for towels, and there were ants in our room on the fifth floor. The noise level in the hotel was extremely high throughout the hotel day and night. My husband cut himself and got blood on the sheets. We thought that they would change the sheets the next morning, however, they just made up the bed with the dirty sheets. I've seen pictures on the internet of a large lounge room or foyer with nice antique furniture in it, however, I never saw this room even when I looked for it. Overall, I would have an extremely difficult time giving this hotel even a one star rating. Spend a few more dollars and stay in a Four Star Hotel. You could even save some money and stay in a hostel. I'm sure most any of them are nicer than the Principessa Tea Hotel.
Stay Away, pay the extra $$ and stay someplace nice
We were on the fence about the Princepessa Tea after reading mixed reviews, but after comparing the completely outrageous alternatives, we decided to stay here. We booked 3 (presumably large) rooms for a total of 9 adults and 3 kids. The location was fine (although I don't know how the 30 min walk to the spanish steps translates to a 'few steps'), but the rooms were nothing short of aweful. My kids (and I) were covered with insect bites after each night there. There are no shower curtians, the rooms acutally smell bad. The air conditioning, are stand alone units that provided no cooling at all. I liked the idea of saving a few bucks when I booked the room, but while we were there, we sure were sorry we didn't cough up for a decent room. Don't make the same mistake. One of our rooms supposedly a quad (by 'Italian Law' the owner impatiently explained to us) would barely fit 2 beds. The put my brother in a 'suite' which was actually a room with no number (just said private on the door) that we are sure was a maid's quarters or something. The owner was rude when we complained, this hotel pretty much ruined our Roman experiance.If this hotel was in Chicago it would not be able to get more than $30/night. Save your money elsewhere.
Needs a Lot of Cleaning and Repair
With a lot of cleaning and repair, this hotel could be quite good.
Unfortunately, it does need a lot of both and I don't know if this will be done anytime soon. There are numerous holes in the walls (including some of the shower walls), a lot of peeling wallpaper, the floors are old and dirty, and the bathrooms need a serious cleaning. When you pull open the curtains, a shower of dust falls on your head. The price is about $150, pretty average for a hotel like this is Rome, and while this is not necessarily a bad deal, you should know what to expect before you check into this hotel. Most rooms are small, dark and not very cheerful. They are also missing amenities that you would normally expect to find in almost any hotel in the world, such as shower curtains or reading lamps for both sides of the bed. There are some rooms, especially the corner rooms on the lower floors, that are nicer than the others---but don't expect anything close to luxury. Hopefully the owners, who seemed very nice, will freshen up the place sometime soon and make it a good option for visitors to Rome.
Location and Cost can't be beat!
I have stayed at the Hotel Tea on five separate occasions ontrips to Rome for several reasons: It's location is only a few blocks from the Via Veneto in the center of Rome, and the price is good -- typically about $150 in a city where hotel costs for truly first class hotels are over $400 and those inbetween offer not much more than the Tea -- and the room size is decent -- if you get the correct room. They have two size rooms, and they both are typically priced the same -- but one is a suite and the other a smaller stand-alone room. Rooms with windows on the street size can be noisy at night, as Rome is a noisy city. The Avis outlet is just one block away, and there's a nice underground garage across the street.The hotel is owned by a family -- an american women married to an Italian.I have always had a pleasant stay there.