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... the two figures in the center or the two hands touching...you really cannot imagine the magnitude of the rest of the painting until you're standing under it! Walking in, they say no cameras and you must be silent. Well, people were taking pictures left and right and there was very little silence, even with the gentle reminders over the speakers. Aside from this piece, the Vatican really does have an amazing collection of art! ...
Well friends, it's been quite a while since I've blogged and I heartily apologize!
As you can imagine, the reason I haven't blogged is because I've been really busy! It's unbelievable, but I've reached the end of my time here in Rome. My parents arrived yesterday (!!!!!) and I'm going to start to pack (and finish, hopefully) tomorrow! Then I am free to travel through Tuscany with my parents for a week before starting all over again in Athens.
But....for the ...
... rushed out because I hadn’t purchased anything. I bought my beer and was granted access to the bathroom. Then I tried to sit down at a table and was again lambasted because I hadn’t paid the 1.50 Euro service charge on the beer. I sat on the ground and finished my beer as I waited for the bus. Another thirty minutes passed in the sweltering heat, and I grabbed another beer. I was again rushed from a table despite the emptiness of the café. Finally, an hour ...
... church, I walked around for a while, took a few pictures, and reminisced on my grandfather, who was a devout catholic.
Next, I made my way up the via dei Quattro fontane, a road which has an intersection containing 4 fountains, to the Spanish steps. The steps were impressive, but so insanely mobbed with tourists and bootleggers that it was hard to enjoy them. Not far from the Spanish steps was the piazza del popolo. There I stumbled ...
... probably one and a half hours just for the chapel ) that it went downhill from there. When we got into the chapel it was jam packed and we spent 10 mins only. I think I would have been amazed at the frescoes but by the time we got there we were hot , annoyed and crushed from all angles and our tour guide had left us by this stage - the Basillica was shut for a special service ad so she left us ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Edera Hotel Rome
Well, we were meant to stay in the Edera from 25th August for a week, however exactly the same thing happenned to us as to one of the earlier reviews. The day before our trip I had emailed the Edera to check that our booking was secured and that they had a room ready for us, as I had heard reports of double booking the rooms. They emailed back and said there was no problem with our room.
We arrived at the hotel at 11pm, and went into the reception, where we were told "There is a problem with the water so we will have to move you to another hotel". The man was very rude and acted like we should be grateful that they had got us another hotel! We were told that the hotel was at the Termini- an area which we had heard was very seedy and dangerous at night. However, upon arriving at the other hotel- The Fiamma- it was actually fine. The only problem was that we had been looking forward to using the sun garden at the Edera- a facility which the Fiamma does not have.
Upon leaving the Edera, I asked a guest if in fact the hot water was broken- she confirmed that they had not had water for 3 days- the Edera could therefore have told me that when I had contacted them before my arrival and I would have been able to check other hotels myself.
It seems that this is a frequent occurence at this hotel, and therefore I would not rely on being able to actually stay here!!!!
The Fiamma was fine, it actually costs the same as Edera and is only about a 10/15 minute walk to the Colusseum. Also there are not really any bars or restaurants at the Colusseum so there is no real advantage in staying right beside here. I would recommed getting a hotel nearer to the Piazza Navona or near Via Veneto- both very central with lovely restaurants and bars.
Finally, taxis in Rome are a rip off- it cost us £10 to get a taxi from Termini to the Edera- when its actally about a 5/10 minute walk. Also the Edera did not refund us our taxi fare even though if we had known that we were staying in the Fiamma we would have walked there as its literally across the road from Termini station!
Very nice hotel, room was spacious and very nice. Newly refurbished bathroom, and excellent staff made for a very pleasant stay at a very affordable price. Would definetly visit again.
The Hotel Edera is about a 25 minute walk from the train station. Although it is a long walk, at least it is relatively flat one. The facility itself looks horribly rundown on the outside but the interior is superb. Our double room was well furnished and comfortable. The door was a bit too rickety for our liking so we ended up propping up our luggage against it at night to feel a little more secure.
The continental breakfast was exceptional with a wide variety of items - meat, bread, fruit, cereal, coffee. The service at breakfast was great.
The big negative was the air conditioning system. It's hot in Rome in July. Though the A/C was adequate in cooling down the place it was also irritatingly NOISY. We had two A/C units sitting just outside our balcony (the other unit serviced the next room) and these were going on periodically all night. It was like sleeping on a cruise ship next to the engine room.
We got this room at a special internet rate which made it a reasonable value.
Hotel Edera is a great find and bargain. Large rooms with large bathrooms where everything works. The entire staff was great and were very accomodating to our 9 month old child. Parking is in the courtyard or a garage is 20 meters away. This is a 3 star hotel but is better than some of the 4 and 5 stars I have in. It is next to Parco Oppio Ippio, the hill across from the Coloseum and is a 3 minute walk to the Coloseum. I have stayed in 10 hotels in Rome and this is truly a bargain.
Problems even getting a room, even if you book...
We booked (via the Internet) 4 nights at the Edera approximately 5 to 6 weeks in advance. When we arrived we were very impressed by the look of the hotel and it's lobby, although it had been a 10 or 11 minute walk up hill from Colosseo metro station. However the man at the front desk asked for our names and then (when told) told us that there ''had been a problem" and that he had booked us into another hotel (in a completely different part of town - near the main train station). We had heard about this happening before in Rome, and were not pleased. We asked what the "problem" was. He said that the room had no water. I asked if there were any more rooms. And he said that they were completely full. I asked if anyone else was affected by this ''problem". He did not answer my question (I asked again later and he avoided the question again). I explained that we had booked a few tours that were planning to pick us up from the Edera and that this was most inconvenient, and that also we wanted to stay near the Colosseum. He told me that nothing could be done. I asked if there would be any spare rooms the following day. He said "maybe, if some-one cancels perhaps" without even checking their computer systems (this is a hotel that has a lot of rooms, maybe 300 or more?). I suggested that in a hotel of their size surely one room would be checking out tomorrow. Again he said no. He then called a taxi for us to take us to our new hotel. On the plus side our new hotel was pretty good and we made the Edera pay for the taxi. Our experience with them was a bit sour, as I'm sure it was just a case of us "getting bumped" because they over booked. I'd suggest avoiding the possibility of frustration and having to change all your plans by avoiding this hotel.
Great location but thats about it!
We've just stayed here for 3 nights starting 07/06/04.Bedroom was not refurbished as stated in hotel owner info.Very old fashioned dark cream bathroom with mould between the tiles.If you sat on the toilet your knees touched the wall,thats how small and thin the bathroom was.Same problem with shower as previous reviews all though water temperature and pressure was good!.Air conditioning didnt work we complained but to no avail!.Poor breakfast selection.The only good thing was the location, quiet at night and very near the colosseum!
We didn't like it
This place was first of all, overpriced. The area was good, close to ancient Rome and some restaurants. The bathroom was not very good, mold in the shower, shower curtain not long enough so the water went everywhere, and there was a drain in the floor that smelled. The staff was helpful and the breakfast was good. It wasn't that bad, I just wouldn't stay there unless you get a good deal.
Forget this place
Well what good can I say about this Hotel. Ok the bathroom is remodeled with beautiful Italian tiles. Unless you have a Bathroom fetish then this hotel for you. We went with three couple my room has two twin bed when I booked a double bed. They told me I book two bed so that double. My sister had a full bed but her toilet every time you flush the toilet the water escape to the floor Remember (All in the family ) The toilet sound like that. They both said they use the bidet to pee so the water doesn't go all over the floor every time they flush. The rooms are small. compare to other hotel. We stayed in Florence and Sorrento. Breakfast was better then Florence but Sorrento beat them both. Of the three hotels we stayed Sorrento was best.
The edera hotel in rome is a nice old building in a very quite street. most of the rooms are renewed. The location is excellent in the old part of the centre and close to the termini station. There was no noice during the night. We stayed there last 21 till 24th of february