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So we finally made it. After a very long 11 hour flight from Perth on which sleep only came in the 10th hour we finally arrived at Dubai airport in one piece. The 40 degree heat was a bit of a shock considering we left Perth in all it's winter glory. We went for a long walk to explore the airport and to get the blood flow going, some of us to deal …
... Race. One of those times was today. The competitive beast within me reared its ugly head when Jason and I ran into this young couple on the train to Rome. This couple is also on our cruise and ironically had the exact same Rick Steeves port guide that I was using to get around Europe. I noticed this girl’s book and asked her questions about her strategy for the day and it turned out that she is a “Do-it-yourself” type too. Jason ...
... around a table. The numbers made no sense no matter how you tried it. Anyway, we had a good journey, the kids played cards and then were on the ipad. Got a taxi to the apartment. The taxi couldn't find the number of the apartment. The address was via s. sat actors in campo dei fiori, 43. The numbers went upto 41 and there were no more houses. The tax driver phoned the rental agency and left us in the Pelligrini square and arranged for the person for the agency ...
... a little bit cheated that I chose to spend money on it whilst being in Italy. I think my roommates heard me talk about this horrible sandwich 20 times. Fortunately, I did get to indulge in some life changing gelato with some familiar faces outside of the colosseum at night. One of my former teammates Jessica and her boyfriend Will oddly enough have almost identical plans for Italy as me. They were in Rome the exact same days as me and now are in Florence ...
... Africa we know very little about ancient traditions, and while we love our country, we just didn’t evolve and advance like the Romans. Everything they did was big, they loved to show opulence. 2000 odd years ago they were holding games, just like we do today. When the Coliseum was opened they had 100 days of games. They would have gladiators fighting animals that were imported from all over the world. The logistics just boggles the mind. Today it wouldn’t ...
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Lovely clean hotel, friendly staff. Close to the train station, little bit of a walk to get there.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Donatello Rome
This was our second stay at Hotel Donatello. Paying less than £50 per room was a bargain. The staff were as friendly as ever, and the rooms clean and adequate, with excellent showers. We had to change one room from the front to the rear due to the noise of traffic. The stairs seemed steeper than last time...but maybe we are getting older!
We spent six nights here over Christmas and it was great. The staff was friendly and helpful, the room was very clean and the beds quite comfortable. Our two single beds were about six inches apart, one being about 18 inches from the bathroom door - your roommate should be a very close friend. The room was small but adequate with a lovely patio that we, unfortunately, couldn't take advantage of since it rained almost all week. We were on the top floor - if you have a problem with steps request a lower floor. There's no elevator and the steps seem to be at a rise we're not used to - we're both in decent shape but those steps wiped us out every time.
We spent three night's here in October 2004 and were pleased with the friendly and helpful staff.
Good value for money...
My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in June.
The hotel doesn't look like much from the outside, but the staff are very friendly and the rooms are clean. It's not the Hilton, but then you aren't paying what you would at the Hilton!!
If you plan to spend most of the day outside seeing the sights and will only be coming home at the end of the day to sleep, Donatello is good value for money.
It's a bit far east (15 minutes walk to most sites), but that's why it's a reasonable price.
A good hotel
We stayed at the Hotel Donatello for 1 night early Sept 2004. The hotel is small, but very nice. It does not have a lift at present, but there are plans for one next year, which will be very handy, as we had to lug our suitcase up 5 flights of stairs! with some help though, as the hotel staff are very helpful. The area is not so nice coming from the Temini to the hotel. But otherwise, this is a very good hotel.
We had the good fortune of stumbling across Hotel Donatello during our first trip to Italy. It was our first experience in Europe and it couldn't have been better. We were located on the 4th floor, 75 of the most beautiful marble steps we've ever seen. Quiet room, tiny shower, but we found that true throughout Italy. The owners are quite memorable and dinner at Abacoa (in the hotel's basement) was beyond compare. An intimate dining experience with 5 courses and a bottle of wine - all for $36.63!! We are heading back to Italy soon and want to stay at Hotel Donatello again. It may not be in the heart of the historical center of the city but the short walk to the metro station (about 6 blocks) was fascinating. The owners were quite helpful in providing guidance while we toured Rome. The rooms were very comfortable and clean. Dollar for dollar, I think Donatello is one of the best bargains in Rome Hotels
Just off the beaten trail
A small quiet hotel, just outside the hustle and bustle of downtown Rome and about a 15 min alk from the train station. The service was great and the staff exceptionally pleasant and willing to go more than the extra mile to help out. The only negative is that the continental breakfasts were on the lighter side in comparison to other facilities in Italy, but that was the only issue if it really was one at all.
The Best and the Worst
Donatello Hotel at Porte Maggorie looks grim outside but is lovely inside. Ask for a room at the back if poss as main road is noisey. Good breakfast (Twining tea if required) handy for all transport. The free sights are the best, St Peters, the pantheon, the forum etc. It's possible to get to the Appion Way and Tivoli on public transport and worth the effort. Beware of pick pockets - they are very good at their art!!! When you arrive at the airport the train fare to Rome is E19 not as we were charged on the way in E34 or as a friend was asked for E44!!! Take comfortable shoes - and have lots of rests in the bars - milky coffee less than E1 and cakes equally inexpensive. Great place for evening meal in Porte Magorie square. Enjoy!!!!
Would recommend it
I would definetly recommend this hotel. Even though the rooms are small and there is no elevator, but everything else was great. The staff is extremely nice and helful, private shower is very clean. Convinient location, and very nice breakfast area in the warm months.
Hotel Donatello is a lovely little hotel approx. 10 mins walk from the Termini station. It is a 3 * hotel which is small and a very well family run hotel. Carlo is the manager and is very helpful and informative on where to go depending on how many days you have to spend in Rome. His two sons also work there and are as polite as their father. 5 mins walk to nearest metro line. As my wife was pregnant no problem in changing rooms to a ground floor room with balcony! Price was approx Euro 90 per night (internet rate!) incl continental breakfast.