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... park your golf cart-sized car because a space is too small, just park it nose first in the space. Everyone will go around you. I sat in the front seat once, and that was too close to the action for me. But Octavio got us to all of our places efficiently with his knowledge and skillful driving. Had I had to drive, we would still be sitting in the parking lot trying to get out.
From my perspective everything is ancient ...
... Greek on the outside and Roman on the inside. This was a short stop (20 minutes).
Ostia Antica is an ancient Roman town, founded in 4th century BC, located on the Tiber River about 15 miles southwest of Rome. It's main industry was salt - precious preserver of meat in ancient times - and it served as the naval base, protecting Rome from any invasion by river. At one point more than 60,000 people lived here. When Rome fell and the ...
... 2 thousand year old ruins. Afterwards, we walked through the Forum. It rained, but we marshalled on. We are now enjoying a brief break at the hotel before dinner.
Dinner was bruschetta, pizza and gelatin - 7 yum.
3:45 wakeup up call
... the modern-day street level, we looked back over the origins of this great city. The sun was getting low in the sky, giving it the aura of another time. It was easy to imagine the remaining tourists below dressed in togas and carrying on their business at the end of a typical day. Onward to Capitoline Hill and the Victor Emmanuel monument. We had plans to go up the elevator for a view of Rome from the top ...
... labels. The locks on the front door would put most bank vaults to shame.
Also near the apartment is a restaurant that (in Italian) means Secret Garden. It was there that we realized how late Italians eat. It doesn’t even open for dinner until 8pm. The first day we had an amazing anti-pasta plate, with many unknown items. We went back another evening and ordered a Calzone – the biggest one we had ever seen. The leftovers lasted 2 more meals.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Contilia Rome
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.
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.
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.
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!