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After a full days travel we arrived into Rome late Sunday evening. It was a pretty exhausting day, we left our Cairo hotel at 10am, flew out at 1:30pm, had a short stopover at Athens (enough time to buy a magnet!) arrived into Rome at 7:20pm, became thoroughly frustrated by the Fiumicino airport's …
... to behold, hairs standing on the back of our neck and drenched to the bone (although armed with umbrellas and waterproofs) we marched into the arena with much the same feeling as those that would have walked in on it's opening 1941 years ago. In-case I haven't bored you enough, a few stats; could fit 60,000 spectators, but engineered to allow their entry and seating within 10-15 minutes!. 3 massive arched walls ring the elliptical shaped stadium with ...
We are learning to be strategic in our planning of when to go out to see sites. It is sinking in that you just cannot be out between 11:30 and 3:00 in this heat. So this morning we left at 8:00 to walk to the Colliseum to beat the crowds and the heat. That worked well. I liked touring the Colliseum much better this time than the last time I was here 20 years ago. There is more restoration, a museum like hall, and it was possible to really visualize ...
... peek inside), onto the Trevi Fountain and back again without once being hassled by the army of hawkers constantly attempting to lure tourists into their establishments. I have to admit, I felt a little bit proud and empowered by my brief jaunt about town - it's certainly not something the 'me' that walked the same streets a decade ago would have been capable of.
I returned to find Mum rested and ready for dinner. We had decided to ...
After a lovely nights sleep we woke at 8.45 am. and went up to the terrace for brekky of cereal, lovely toast and tea with a view to die for. Maybe well just stay here. Tried getting on to Internet but as usual problems which are now taking time to fix. Seems to be fixed so out we go shopping again. Stopped at a few designer shops but haven't bought anything yet. Choosing between 2 louis for Skye. Hope I get it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eurostars Roma Congress Rome
I had actually read all reviews but still decided to gamble on this hotel for our June trip to Rome - and I am glad we did. Our late night flight into Ciampino didn't allow us to check into our rented city centre flat until the next day! So I decided to find a 1-night hotel fairly close to the airport. I agree with others that this is NOT where you would want to stay to enjoy the attractions in the city - but I honestly can't imagine why anyone would book a hotel without researching it first. Our midnight check in was flawless - our taxi from Ciampino under 25 euros! We went right up to our room - nice kind sized bed - clean and cool - good selection of english speaking channels on tv. Also included in our 70 (80?) euro price was breakfast the next morning which was very nice for a hotel breakfast; good selection of meats, cheeses, cereal, coffees, hot stuff, etc.
Boy do I wish that I had read these reviews PRIOR to my booking a room at this hotel.
Do not book this hotel if you are a tourist. Here's my experience.
This is a business hotel and conference centre, it is certainly not the place to stay if you are a tourist to Rome. Despite the shuttle bus service to the city centre (seats not guaranteed), it takes over an hour during rush hour to get back to the hotel and guests will have to be out for most of the day. There is nothing to do locally - it is located on a busy main road with derelict industrial units one side, a field on the other and barraqcks over the road. There is no garden to walk round or sit in as the hotel is surrounded by car park. With no entertainment (such as spa or gym) there is little to do at the hotel and we felt trapped with no transport. The rooms were modern and well decorated, but our double room had just one chair, the lighting was dingy, and our window looked out onto another (empty) room rather than the outside world.
This hotel looked much better on web site than it did in reality. Very disappointed on arrival, both with locality and with entrance to hotel. Would not like to take public transport to this hotel at any hour past 6 o'clock. Station at Ponto Mammola not nice. Hotel room very clean. Bathroom in hotel is best thing about hotel. Beautiful jaquzzi in bathroom. If one did not want to see historic centre or Rome's beautiful sights this is hotel for you but if you want to see anywhere beyond four wallls of hotel then go elsewhere. Sylvia on hotel reception is excellent. Dining room like rest of hotel, very bland no character as yet. Shuttle bus driver excellent. Shuttle bus very often has to be queued for and that means getting up very early in morning and wasting time both coming and going to hotel. Most people don't know this and so waste money on taxi fares when they don't secure seats on bus. Would not stay here again when visiting Rome.
Just got back yesterday with my girlfriend. The hotel is really far from the city centre. It takes an hour from the hotel to the city centre in the morning, at night it takes about 25 to 30 min. The hotel only has one coach that can fit 52 people. If you can't get on, then tough luck. You will have to catch a taxi which will cost lots of money or take the public transport that will take ages. On the way back to the hotel at night, there is a que for the hotel coach back. If you don't get on, then you are left in the worst part of the city with crack heads and thiefs.
Where to start . . . this supposed "four star" hotel needs some serious work to even come close to deserving that rating. There are a lot of problems right off the bat, primarily that the hotel is in the middle of nowhere and extremely difficult to get to using public transport. From the central train station, be prepared to take the metro or tram and then hop on a bus. The trip'll take you an hour, minimum. A taxi from the station will set you back 25 to 30 euros.
Just returned from stay in Hotel Eurostars Roma Congress Hotel, Rome, end Mar 2006. I come from Singapore where prices are extremely competitive and service quality is almost a pride. As Asian guests (my wife and I), we are extremely accomodating guests because being confrontational and demanding are considered very impolite. My wife and I are frequent travellers.