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... around Rome. We managed to see; an empty Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, The Pantheon, The Roman Forum at night with a glimpse of the Colosseum, and ate tea at the Piazza Novae, with lots more street entertainment. I have to say I find it very disturbing that these beautiful monuments and statues are seemingly ignored for our modern day lives. It is very sad to see their magnificence ignored and surrounded by every day stupidity. Oh well, enjoy the fact we can see ...
... we started at 8:00 this morning. For a two hour flight you seem to waste a day. I know there are advantages with flying but we have felt more relaxed with the trains on this trip. We land in Rome and customs is there in name only. We walk through while the officials are watching TV. We had organised a driver for the trip to our hotel as Rome airport is a bit out of the city and the public transport, whilst ok, would be a bit tricky getting to our destination. I'm glad we ...
... view. We got of the bus and just wondered around town, the town is like a post card with narrow streets lined with small interesting shops and restaurant and marvellous views of the sea. After spending the day we returned to Praiano by bus, only to find the bus was standing room only, so we were squished in like sardines and the driver was crazy. The thought he was Andrietti and racing in the Grand Prix. He wound slam on the brakes and whip around the corners, so we were holding on ...
... is an amazing feat of architecture and art. The current Basilica is actually the Second St. Peter’s. The Pope lived in Avignon and left the Basilica to almost ruins. Pope Julius the II decided to rebuild St. Peter’s Basilica. A roman necropolis used to sit on Vatican Hill. Emperor Nero decided to blame the Christians for the great fire and persecuted and executed many of them, including St. Peter whom they believe was buried in a shallow grave on this site. ...
Early morning in Florence for a walking tour, which pretty much covered all the must see buildings and included the Ponte Vecchio which is the only bridge that survived WW2. All the other bridges are replicators. After the tour we ha a little free time for some lunch, which was my first sample of pizza and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Donatello Rome
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
Reasonable hotel at a bargin price!
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 were very disappointed the lovely restaurant in the cellar was closed, as this was a real plus last time we stayed. In Plazza di Porta Maggiore around the corner was a small, homely restaurant - Abruzzo Trattoria pizzeria. It was popular with locals, always a good sign, and inexpensive. Take note it is not open on Wednesdays!!!
Rome seemed scruffier and more down market than previously. Most of the trams were old, dirty, and graffiti covered. The city seemed full of beggars, with a huge number sleeping on the streets with their belongings in 'phone boxes or hanging from trees.
Still we had a great time, with nothing detracting from Rome highlights...but I think it will be a while before we return!
Cosy, Clean, Convenient
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.
Location is very convenient - a short walk to Manzoni metro stop; a 10-15 minute walk from Termini Station - it's always easy to find a bus that goes there.
Small and Frendly
We spent three night's here in October 2004 and were pleased with the friendly and helpful staff.
Although the hotel is "off the beaten track" it is very easy to travel to all the main attractions using the tram and bus service located just round the corner from the hotel.
Unfortunately the restaurant in the hotel was closed during our stay however the owner was more than happy to recommend places to eat. (some better than others, so be warned)
The rooms were small but clean with a minibar available, all at reasonable prices.
The hotel can be very noisy at night, due to the marble stairs which tends the bounce the noise about the place. One of our party had to request a room change away from reception because of this problem.
If we visit Rome again I think we would choose a hotel with a more central location though the Donatello would still be an option.
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.
Not just a 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.