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Afterwards, we returned to the Colosseum for some sunset photos. While Susan shot pictures, I grabbed a Peroni and sat and watched the local street vendors hawk their goods to passing tourists. Finally, we went to a nearby cafe for a nightcap in the shadow of the ancient arena, before trundling back to the hotel for an early bedtime, knowing the next day we had to be up early for a tour of the Vatican. ...
... boy. “Prego”, says the proud middle aged woman.
On another note, Tommy and I took a train out to the ancient Roman city of Ostia (Ostia Antica). Ostia is latin for mouth and the city used to sit at the mouth of the river Tiber; it now sits 3km from the beach. In Roman times, Ostia was once an important harbor. St. Paul and St. Peter would have arrived in Rome at Ostia Antica. Caio ...
... we thought he was such a nice guy, until he persistently followed them around trying to get some money out of them and even though they didn't take any of the roses, he wanted them to pay for the photo opportunity. Fair enough, I guess ;)
While sitting on the steps we noticed a sign on a building to our left. It said 'The young English poet John Keats died in this house on the 24th February 1821 aged 25'. ...
... supposed to wait an hour and a half) and we eventually made it into Rome. We got the metro back to the Colosseum and walked to Piazza Bocca Della Verita to try our luck with the 'Mouth of Truth'. A round piece if marble that was an ancient manhole cover, Bocca Della Verita is supposed to bite of your hand if you place it into its carved mouth and tell a lie. We lined up for 45 minutes but luckily came out unscathed! We then walked up to the Pantheon. It ...
... our tickets and hired an audio guide ..off we went ..we saw fantastic beautiful things through the museum and then entered the sister chapel and where amazed ...wow... We finished up about 10.30pm and made our way back to Rome...we caught a bus for the first time in Rome and it was extremely bumpy because of all the old cobble stone roads..we made it back to the colosseum and walked the 10-15 minute walk home ...what a wonderful day in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Contilia Rome
Nice hotel with great breakfasts
Me and my sister were there for 5 days in last March. We were a bit afraid because it was an only 3 stars hotel and we had read that the area around hotel wasn't very nice, but it was so close to Termini Station and the price wasn't too much (€75 per night), so we risk it. And it worded. Contilia Hotel is a nice hotel in a city area that can turn a bit suspicious in the night hours, but after a few days you realized that the appearance is worst than the reality. The location is just perfect to take all the transportation we need to walk around Rome. In Termini Station were the trains to take you from and to airports or other city in Italy, and is also a Metro station and the Center Bus station. So from there you can go everywhere and it is just a 5 minutes from the hotel by foot (it's really true, we were two lazy travellers and we hate walking too much). Speaking about the hotel, the rooms weren't big, but it were large enough. The bathroom was small but both the room and bathroom were very clean. The only problem we have in the first day were with the air conditioned because we don't understand how it works and I think the staff also can't solve the problem fast enough. But in the second day it was all solved. Each room has a safe box. The breakfast was wonderful. Have lots of thinks, the croissants were simply the best ones that we ate in Italy, there were many variety of bread, cakes, juices, jams, cheese... we have read about the poor Italian breakfast, but in Contilia the breakfast is far from poor. The staff is very nice and in the last day they take care our bags when we were spending the last ours in Rome. Near hotel is a really nice restaurant called "Pizzaritto Pastoritto", that worded every euro. However isn't expensive to eat there (more or less €12 per person). Be careful with the photo shops witch transfer the photos from digital cameras cards to cd's, because they can be very dishonest and "forget" to transfer all the photos. Confirm it on local before erasing the cards. The worst place is in Kodak shop near piazza di Spagna fountain.
Exceptional value for a great little Roman hotel
My husband and I stayed in Hotel Contilia in June 2004. We spent hours researching hotels in Rome. We considered location price and customer reviews before booking and were very pleased with this hotel. My husband is French and while we live in my hometown, Chicago, we have stayed in many hotels in Europe and other countries. Hotel Contilia is not a five star hotel but it is comfortable and well located near the train station. The rooms are not huge but are very adequate and some offer air conditioning. The staff was pleasant and helpful and arranged for a very competent limo driver to take us to and from our cruise ship. The neighborhood had numerous options for lunch and dinner. We ate breakfast at the hotel even though it was the weakest point of our stay. The price really sold us as it was well below the cost of many other Roman hotels. If you expect all the comforts of a five star American hotel, don't stay here, but if you want a nice, extremely clean room at a very good price, consider the Contilia.
We spent 4 nights in this hotel.Room was small but very clean and since we were out all day the facilities were adaquate.Located only 2 blocks from the main railway station, and the same distance from the city tour bus terminus (on/off service for 5 euros) was a bonus although the area does not look very inviting. Local restaurants were good value for money being away from the main tourist area.
Very nice, thank you.
We stayed in Hotel Contilia for 3 nights, and it was lovely.
The room was smallish, but comfortable enough (with Italian MTV and CNN to watch when our feet got too tired to rome the streets of Rome anymore).
The breakfast was lovely.
The staff were super-friendly and helpful - even to the point of not getting at all cross when I locked myself out of my room whilst on a mission to buy some wine.
We'll definitely go back there.
It was OK...but I am looking for something else for my next trip
I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in May 2004. The rooms are small and dark. The bathroom is just big enough for 1 person to stand in. Our room was on the street and it was very noisy. The hotel is only a few blocks from the train station so if you come by train it is an easy walk. We travel on quick weekend trips (I live in Germany) and wanted a budget hotel. The breakfast is not even worth the time....get something on your way. We are going again in 2 weeks and again I am looking for a hotel. We have decided to spend the extra $50.00 a night to get something decent.
You get what you pay for
The hotel was booked as part of a package, otherwise we may have stayed elsewhere. The room was average size but the bold red fabric wall coverings made it feel smaller. Having an inside room meant that there was no view, just an unattractive courtyard. The room was clean except from some dust on the shelves in the wardrobe. Staff were friendly recommending restaurants, a discounted taxi service to the airport and local tourist information. We also booked a tour at Reception, very convenient.
Location? Being close to a metro station was good for visiting St Peter's & the Vatican, but walking to the Colloseum (nearest sight-seeing attraction) took a good 20-30 minutes. There is nothing else really in that area. You get what you pay for really.
Enjoyed the Contilia
We found this to be a very charming hotel, among the best of seven that we stayed in during our trip to Europe. We got an exceptional rate of 150 Euro per night for our four night stay.
We stayed in a street side room. It was quiet enough for our sixteen month old to sleep soundly through the night. The room was always clean and cool enough with the a/c.
The staff spoke English and was very courteous and attentive to our needs. I expected the area to be "seedy" but found it to be like most areas in NYC. The convenient location to the main train station was a huge bonus.
We will definitely stay there again should we return to Rome.
Contilia - a little shaky
hmm.......this was good and bad......the room was very small and the bed quite uncomfortable but this could probably happen anywhere.....our flight developed mechanical problems and while I tried to cancel the first night, I ended up getting charged 120 Euro's for a room I never stayed in.....flexibility and customer service is not a strong point for this hotel and perhaps in Rome, hotel rooms are non- negotiable. View of the inner courtyard was bad as it ends up looking into other apartments with cooking smells, crying babies, and neighbours just a few feet away. Request an outer room. Location is very close to train station, but it's a long walk from the Pantheon and similar attractions. I don't think I'd stay there again.
Lovely and deserving it's 3 stars
We used the trip advisor feedback to find the hotel on the internet while in Naples. We emailed and were called back straight away to our cellular phone. The desk clerk at our hotel in Naples phoned to confirm the booking and price in Italian, and accepted a fax for us.
The hotel is lovely. A wide range of rooms with a variety of bathrooms. Expensive at €125 per night, we still felt it a bargain as the advertised rate was €168 + €16 for breakfast. We stayed Wed, Thu and Fri night. Quiet and safe. Rome was fantastic as always. Visited Ostia Antica this time, timed it right for week of culture which meant all free. Palentine museums also free. Visited Ostia Lido - not much to see. Flew from Ciampino - not as helpful or direct as Fiumincino - would avoid using again. Enjoy.
Hidden Jewel near Termini
What a gem to walk in off the street and enter into a marble lobby. One Half block off Via Gioberti on Principle Amedeo. Short walk to the train station, Within walking distance to the Colosem and Anicent Rome. The Vittorio Emanule food market is right down the block, What fun!
The staff is friendly and helpful. They speak a small amount of english, their was never any problems getting directions to where we wanted to go. The billing was
There is a small elevator. The rooms have A/C in the summer months. Each room has a small safe and a refrigerator stocked with drinks for a price.
The rooms are spottlessly clean with cool marble floors, high ceilings . The beds are firm and will give you a great nights sleep after being on your feet all day. The room is a typical european hotel room ,small but with enough room to be comfortable.
We had a shower stall with multible jets that were great to relieve sore joints. They supply soap and shower gel. They have nice large linen towels. If you need more towels ask for them they are happy to help.
The breakfast is the same each morning. They have several dry cereals, plain buns, and sweet rolls. There is a platter of ham and cheese. The fruit juice is some sort of Tang for the orange juice and pineapple juice. They serve coffee with hot milk. The tables are kept clean and the food trays are kept full. They watch the small details.
The Street has several resturants. We choose to eat across the street each night at De Angelo's a family run resturant that was delightful and just a couple of steps from our room.
Even though this isn't the greatest neighborhood I felt safe. Haveing a room on the street side was louder than on the courtyard side, but with the double glaze window, the room was quite at night.