Hotel De Petris
Travel Blogs from Rome
... so that he could give his genius full rein. Thus Michelangelo was free to design the
entire ceiling and he made it much more complex so that it would be of the artistic level of the pre-existing frescoes on the lower walls. Since there were already stories of Jesus and Moses on the side walls, to avoid repetition, he was forced to paint biblical episodes that went from the Creation to Noah.Michelangelo closed himself in the Chapel and began to work in ...
... enjoyed the chicken cacciatora but could hardly fit any of it in. This also gave us a chance to talk to everyone and we got to know each other a bit better.
After the class we walked to the church Andrea had said we should visit. On the walk back to the Metro we walked past some more ruins. The afternoon was very quiet and we did stuff like washing, updating the blog and resting as we had a lot to digest. Needless to say, dinner was not ...
... bad. So we rang the next morning to find that although the gallery opens at 8:30 the reservations desk opens at 9:00. So we rang back at 9:02 to be told that the system was down and no bookings could be made.
So we went to the Vatican Museums instead where they let you in if you are prepared to do penance in a queue. By chance, entry was free that day and we spent an exhausting day wandering around the maze of art that ranges from classical sculpture (highlight ...
... end of the line, I started listening to the closest hawker, who was going on about it being a two hour line. I asked how much was the tour. It was €45 .. eventually it dropped to €40 and later we heard a few other hawkers dropping it to €40 as well, so if you do go for the tour, you shouldn't expect to pay more than that. I explained to him that we don't need a tour and we already saw the basilica, included in all these tours. He went on about the ...
... arena built by Domitian in A.D. 86, and was later paved over and served as Rome's market for 300 years. There are three fountains in the square now. The one I photographed is Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi , or fountain of four rivers. It is said to symbolize the might of the Catholic Church and depicts the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Plate Rivers. It is covered in palms, lions and is topped by an Egyptian obelisk.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel De Petris Rome
What a waste of money
Its not what you see in the pictures, you have to walk up stairs to get to your rooms and don't even bother with the lift as its very old and narrow, only two of you can get into it and if you have suitcases, well all i can is good luck to you.
If they give you room no 3, please ask for another room as this is next to the laundry room and they bang the door in the early hours of the morning and talk to each other when they start getting ready to clean the rooms around 6.30am!!!!!
In one of the sites it describes it as quaint atmosphere and homely - i don't think so
Don't think it deserves a 3 star
I would have given this hotel four stars had it not been for two downsides; Though the hotel is in a great location close to the Trevi fountain and Spanish steps, the day we arrived we couldn't check in. There had been a very heavy thunderstorm the previous day and our booked room had leaked water. This was well managed by the staff who booked my girlfriend and I into a really nice comparable hotel a few minutes walk away. Fair enough we thought, you can't blame the hotel for weather problems. The following afternoon we returned to De Petris to check in again, this time without any problems. The room (18) was a very good size and furnished in a homely way. Everything looked fine. However, that afternoon there was another thunderstorm and of course the ceiling leaked again. We decided that the staff might want to know that their roof wasn't working properly so I went to reception. The man on reception (not the same person as the day before) was not at all helpfull. All he could say was that he'd get back to us in an hour with a solution.
We would stay at the DePetris again
We stayed at the DePetris and found the service of the front desk extremely helpful....they arranged tours, transport to hotel, offered restaurant suggests.....the breakfast was ok....service staff not to friendly to Americans.....the room was nice....simple and clean....The location was great.....for the price, a good deal....we'd stay at the DePetris again
We spent just one night at this hotel. When we checked in, after a long day of travel, we found absolutely no hot water in our bathroom. We called reception, which informed us that it would not work until the morning. In the morning, they forgot to give us a wake up call (and our flight left at noon). Then we found nothing more than a tiny trickle of hot water.
In terms of a hotel and location wise, this was very good. In terms of service, it was rubbish. We were very close to the spanish steps, so it was easy to to walk around every where in the city. We got lucky with our room as we were also given a large lounge area to relax in.
My husband and I found the Petris online and decided to try it. The room was awful ! We had room 23. The elevator was so small, my 6'2" husband could barely fit in it with just me! More importantly, the room was dirty and the bed cover was filthy with cigarette burns in it ! The bathroom smelled moldy and the light/fan rattled so loud we couldn't bear to turn it on. The street noise was typically loud for Rome. Do NOT stay at the Petris ! It was like a Motel 6. but worse ! One positive thing: the breakfast at the Petris was decent. We checked out after the first night and stayed at a NEW hotel around the corner: Hotel 2000, recommended by the concierge at the Hotel Anglo American. The owner of Hotel 2000, Marco, was very pleasant and recommended great restaurants. The Hotel 2000 was a five star hotel for a three star price !
Great value for Roman Holiday
We greatly enjoyed our stay at Hotel de Petris. The hotel was clean & nice (and air-conditioned). We found the staff to be helpful and friendly. The location is close to Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Barberini metro stop as well. An added bonus...great breakfast served in the hotel's pretty garden. Would definitely recommend as a solid choice for the budget conscious traveler.