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A blessed rain came just as we reached the colosseum. We lingered under the huge arched walls (more evocative than I expected them to be), then dashed across the streets for the forum, temple of vestals, etc. As we crossed one teeming street, our guide said, "It's best not to meet the drivers' eyes."
We separated at the Trevi Fountain to …
You can see many better images of these sights than I could produce. (For example, see here:
Below are the only photos I had the strength to shoot. (I forgot to bring water and was impaired.)
Met our ancient-Rome expert (pictured in Livia's dining room; see photos) and visited two museums: the National Museum of Rome at Palazzo Massimo and the Museo delle Terme di Diocleziano.
Still too tired to assimilate what we were seeing.
The goal of our Friend in Rome (FiR) was to keep us awake until Roman bedtime. Toward that end, he walked us to a church: Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martini—architected by none other than Michelangelo—carved out of the Diocletian baths.
We were a pitiful bunch, sometimes literally asleep on our feet. Unworthy of the amazing church.
It was a long haul back across Italy to Rome but it allowed us to do some more touring of Rome by day which was really beneficial.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Diana Roof Garden Rome
This little gem of a hotel is located near Termini, but far enough away to be respectable. That puts you close to everything else in Rome; you can walk, or take a bus, or take the metro, and you can get to the last two in under 5 minutes. Yes, the rooms are tiny, and the half that doesn't open to the street mostly open to the rear delivery alley. So do most of the hotels in Rome! Besides, when you are in Rome, you should want to be in your room as little as possible anyway! In the morning you are greeted by a cheerful staff and a generous breakfast spread, complete with capuccino. The whole staff here is incredibly helpful. We know that we tried their patience between getting our forgotten travel vouchers faxed to us, my mom getting sick, my husband getting his pockets picked a few blocks away (it can happen ANYWERE in Rome - keep a sharp eye on prepubescent gypsy girls), and my inadvertenly getting locked barefoot on the yet-unopened rooftop garden one night (don't ask!). Yet, they were unfailingly helpful and pleasant. We will definitely try to stay here on our next Roman adventure.
ok,some atractions are some distance away but name me one hotel thats near to all the famous land marks in rome! it took us 15 minutes to find the hotel from the main train station.on arrival we were plesantly supprised by the the main entrance and the staff. they couldnt do enough for us.the breakfast was really good with more than enough selection of cerials cold meats bacon eggs etc.the double bed was massive !shower power was fine!the only thing that i disaproved of was, they shut the bar at around 12pm (we were on a rugby trip) oH, wales won so did france against england!!!!!!!
give it another 2 yrs and another 6 nations trip to rome i know were well be staying!
My wife and I stayed for a week at the Diana in Rome, the first part of December 2004. We found the staff to be very helpful and friendly, the hotel itself to be well maintained and the housekeeping staff efficient. The location was great, even though we had a guidebook that called this part of Rome "unkempt". I would not call the area unkempt, and though I'm sure there are nicer areas, this was fine. It is within a very short walk of the main train station "termini" where you can find whatever sort of transportation you need. There are plenty of perfectly good restaurants nearby and some of the city's most famous sites are not too far a walk for a reasonably healthy person. The one failing of the hotel was that our room was consistently in the 80-degree range even though it was December, and when I asked if we could have some air conditioning I was told "no". We slept with the windows open every night and even that sometimes wasn't enough.
I visited Rome over the Thanksgiving holiday. I booked a single room at the Diana. It was a great room. Very small, of course, but the Italians make the most of the space. The water pressure was excellent in the shower, good enough to pound out some of the tension due to the flight. Everything was clean. The minibar was nicely stocked. I had a hair drier in the bathroom (very important). The breakfast selection was great but the ham was - well, it was not that good. The open breakfast ran about 4 hours so it accomodates early and late risers. Within walking distance of SO MANY attractions. Highly recommend it!
We stayed in this hotel for a weekend. The staff are very freindly, and will help with all types of enquiries or minor crisis. It is in a fairly good location for sightseeing as it is close to stations for both underground lines. The room we used was a little on the small side but had everything needed for a short stay. Some operators suggest this is a four star, I can't say I agree, perhaps in the near future. I have been to several three star hotels and would say it is very near the top end of the standard. You will not be in the lap of luxury, but it is clean, some renovation has been completed, everything was in good working order. The top floor room where we were had a balcony, but no outdoor furniture. Unlike some similar hotels the bar opened at a sensible hour and remained open till midnight although we tended to use the cafe across the road on the corner for a late night tipple. Breakfast consisted of self service bacon and scrambled egg, cold cuts, cheese, yogurt, and tinned fruit, and coffee or tea served by the ever attentive staff. It doesn't compete with Claridges, but was plentiful. We booked our stay at relatively short notice, and got a good deal, I consider I had value for money. This is a perfectly adequate, functional, well kept hotel, with pleasant staff, I would stay there again. Rome is a fairly small city, and an all day travelcard costs 4 euros. The Vatican is 20 minutes away on the red line from Republicca, and the forum and colloseum 10 minutes away on the blue line from the Termini, both are a five minute walk from the hotel. The food in Rome was very disappointing, and does not match the excellence of Sicily,or Sardinia. If you find a good eatery, please put it on this website.
Some good, some not so good
Most comments made by other reviewers appear spot on. Not too long a walk to many fine sights. I stayed three nights beginning 1st October 2004. The Diana is walkable from the Train Station if you have only one rolling bag. Two would be a struggle. I found it to be a nice small hotel and nearly spotless throughout, with a pleasant staff. As a single man though, I was assigned a very small room facing an air shaft, so ventilation was poor. Big problem, they try to save energy by running the air conditioning only part-time in the evenings, and so I suffered on two of my three nights there. Rome was fairly warm.
We decided for our European vaction, we would stay at 4 Star Hotels, to ensure quality of hotel and to get good locations. We had just come from Paris, where the hotel was fantastic, and arrived at our Hotel a little concerned about it, given that we were told the Hotel had been completed renovated, they were restoring the front of the building, so the entrance was completely hidden. Hotel Diana has approx 177 rooms and is near the Stazione Termini so if you need to travel by train to or from Rome the location is great. However it is a little out of the way, with regard to going to Monuments etc. The bedroom was an adequate size, however the ensuite was tiny with very few shelves and was so badly lit that when you showered you felt like you were in the dark. The front desk staff were polite, however when we asked if we could post letters with them, we told "Of course as long as they had a stamp on them." Consequently once we went to a post office to buy the stamp we left the letters there as well to be posted. Therefore we didn't really utilise their help in future. We would say that Hotel Diana was a bad hotel, however we didn't feel that we got value for money.
We spent 6 nights at this hotel during September, 04. It is about 5 blocks from the train station. The area seemed safe and had a number of restaurants. Keep in mind we were back in our room by 10:00PM. We did make use of the train between the airport and the main train station. The hotel is very nice. The front of the hotel was being renovated when we were there. The lobby was attractive. We are in our middle 60's and my wife has had back surgeries. We requested a room with a shower and no bathtub. They showed us 3 rooms and we ended up in room 421. The room is about 14ft by 14ft, plus a closet and the bathroom. The room was very nice with a firm mattress. All the windows in the hotel have been replaced. They are sound proof plus they have a sound proof shutter. The room had A/C, TV, and a safe.
Well positioned.... nice hotel
Stayed here in Jan 2004. It is really well positioned for the Central Station in Rome (Termini Station). Approx 3-4 mins walk so that was really handy as my wife and I arrived with cases. There is a metro (underground) station at Termini too which is a great way to get around the city. We walked everywhere though. To walk to the Colesseum from our hotel took around 25 mins. You can pretty much walk to every major attraction in Rome (exception is the Vatican) within 30 minutes from the hotel., The metro is one thing.... but when you walk you really get a feel for Rome...... We only slept in the hotel as we were up early and back late... plus we got a great deal on the price. I would recommend it to you!!! Have a great time in Rome.
Good Hotel, Bad location
I've stayed at this Hotel in the summer of 2002. The entrance and lobby are pleasant and the staff very friendly. The rooms are a bit small but clean and the furniture is new. The double rooms are nicer than the single rooms though. The breakfast is ok but don't expect a lot of choices. Overall the Hotel is very satisfactory the only problem is that it's far from all main attractions. The train station is very close by though.