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... so caught a glimpse of St Peters Sq and the surrounding area before the 60min travel back to the ship. By the time we got back it was so hot again. We were all exhausted by the time we got onto the shuttle bus from the port gate back to the boat. However when we boarded the bus they didn't have any aircon going and it must have been 50+ on board! We were very thankful for the cold drinks waiting for us on board. We are now into the last few days ...
... the Vatican, and luckily "skipped the line" to get into the Vatican museums.
After checking our backpack and camera tripod, we hit the cafeteria for some caffeine. Today we would try to see the highlights of Vatican City, including the Vatican museums, St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica. We came up with a game plan and time schedule to make it all happen and then set out to the Pinacoteca.
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... s a very busy road next to the river which always has loud mo-peds and accelerating semis pass by. We can hardly hold a conversation in there. And it doesn't calm down at night! The worst part is it's not a constant noise. It goes from really noisy to really quiet and back again. There's also a hopping bar that plays live music every night at bedtime--they must be using my eardrum rather than a drumset, it's that loud! Our apartment itself is kind of a maze, but ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eurostars Domus Aurea Rome
Bad coffee, rundown hotel
We stayed at this hotel for one night at either end of our Italy trip. On the first occasion, when we had asked for a quiet, no-smoking room, we were given one right by the cleaners' storage room in which they gathered from 7 in the morning, chain-smoking and talking loudly. Anything you touched in the shower would come off in your hand or fall on your feet. Finally, the girl at reception was more interested in talking on the phone than helping us with directions. The last night was better, although it had in common with the first: 1) that the room needed redecorating, 2) that the matresses were too old and too soft (you could feel every single spring) and 3) that the coffee (I remind you that we are talking Italy here) was thoroughly horrible - the pot kept on the buffet was of course disgusting, but even the specially ordered cappucino was instant and the specailly ordered espresso was disgusting (cheapest coffee on the planet). Avoid, but if you must stay here, make sure you do not get room 509 and go to breakfast early if you want something resembling bread.
The location of the Domus Aurea is superb. The termini is very close as it the bus station and taxi ranks. It is also still in walking distance to most of the main sites and you will see much more of the city this way!
The rooms very clean and functional. They were small but fairly quiet for Rome with good black out curtains. One warning - they do not turn the air con on before June 15th no matter what the temperature! Breakfast isn't up to much, better off eating out
Great Location, Great Price, Great City
We took an overnight break from a two week stay in Sorrento to visit Rome and it was well worth it. The Coliseum and Vatican City are a must to visit.
We booked this hotel because of the excellent reviews we had read on Trip Advisor and we weren't disappointed. The hotel staff were friendly and the rooms were clean and a comfortable size. The marble bathroom was particularly attractive. Unfortunately, the rooftop garden was being refurbished when we visited so we had to eat breakfast downstairs by Reception.
A word of advice to those who commented about the cold coffee - ask for it to be heated! I must have appeared a little puzzled when I asked where the coffee was and the waiter pointed to a jug next to the milk and orange juice, but when I put my hand on the jug to feel the temperature and said 'Calde?' (the italian word for hot) he put some in a pot and heated it up using the coffee machine.
A little bit of Italian goes a long way, so get yourself a phrase book and don't expect the staff to 'get by' in English, when you are visiting their country, not the other way round.
Very good location!
Domus Aurea is a very good hotel, clean, safe, with a helpful staff. The best thing is the location, it's very close to Roma Termini, Rome's main train station, 5 minutes walking. There,
you can take the subway to go everywhere, Coliseum, Forum Romano, Vaticano, etc.
If you're looking for good location, Domus Aurea is the choice.
Well placed near temini rail station, helpful staff, beware of scicillian cafe near by for over charging though, 6 euros for 2 cokes! Rooms air conditioned.
Nice, clean, comfortable
My family and I stayed at the hotel for three nights and we were very happy with the service. The best way to describe the hotel is that it is simple and clean, so if you are looking for luxury this is not the hotel for you. We had a triple room and it was comfortable. The staff is very friendly plus their website was accurate and there were no hidden charges. It is about three blocks from the train station, the metro and one of the main bus stops in the city. So getting to all the attractions in Rome was easy. We were a bit concerned that it would be noisy with the train station so close, but it wasn't. Their breakfast was pretty good compared to other hotels except for the eggs, but they made up for it with the view from the breakfast room.
Hotel Domus Aurea rooms
My 13-year old daughter and I stayed in a room for 2 at the Domus Aurea Hotel and could barely move around. There was no place to put our clothes except a tiny wardrobe with only 3 hangers. The room and bathroom were clean and attractive, but unbelievably small. The staff for the most part were friendly but I would not say they were all fluent in English, just enough to get by. The breakfast was OK but the eggs were always cold and the coffee sometimes cold. I don't know if other rooms were larger but looking at the floor plan in the room, not many were. It's close to Termini was I found to be an OK area, even in the evening. Close to Metro and the buses was a real plus. Only a few homeless and beggars on the sidewalks. I'd book early and get the best rate, otherwise find a hotel with larger rooms.
We stayed at the Hotel Domus Aurea in March 2004. The hotel is very nice. The rooms are stylishly decorated with updated bathrooms. The hotel staff are pleasant and helpful. They speak English well. The breakfast is excellent and served on the rooftop!! The only drawbacks of this hotel are: 1) Location: It is close to the train station, which is both good and bad. Good because the main metro stop is located there ...so easy access to sites. Bad because it is not in the best part of town ( a little scary sometimes).
2) TV: The TV's only partly English speaking station was MTV. There was a Pay TV option for movies in English but no CNN or BBC. Overall a very nice hotel.
Stayed at the Domus Aurea in March after booking it on Expedia.com. Was worried that the room would not be as nice as the picture made out but it really was exactly the same. A green and yellow themed room which was very clean, and a lovely marble bathroom with all amenities such as shower cap/shampoo/soaps etc. The room even had a sewing kit! A buffet breakfast was included in the price and included different meats/cheeses/lots of fresh bread which you cut yourself/fruit/yoghurts/cakes/cereal/croissants & pastries, and even a cooked breakfast if you choose. The breakfast room looks over some old Roman Baths - the view was amazing. Definitely recommend this hotel.
Location is good (by the station) so getting from the airport to it was really easy (there's a shuttle). I'd definitely go back.