Travel Blogs from Rome
Tuesday, July 15th
Yesterday (Monday) I got up early and did a little shopping before class. I found the cutest little coffee bar and got a cappuccino with a beautiful design and croissant. I was able to speak only Italian to them as I ordered and paid so I felt pretty cultured.
Later, my art and culture class visited St. Peter's Basilica. It was a great experience to go with my teacher because she knows so much information about every little thing. I have ...
Rome has always been a city I've wanted to visit. From what people have said about it and the films I've seen, it looks like an amazing place. I've often taught the Romans as a history topic to children in the past, so it would be great to see where the empire began.
The cruise company wanted to charge almost 100 euro for a trip to Rome. From my trip last year around Europe, I knew I could do it cheaper. I also figured that once in Rome, like ...
... alarm went off earlier, we both rushed to snooze it, so therefore decided to catch a later shuttle. It seems the trip is finally catching up with us, and with our bodies realizing we're heading home in 2 days, we have both been a bit sick.
After a slow morning, we made our way in to the central city and headed for the Colosseum. This was definitely something I had been really looking forward to seeing and it really is amazing when you get there. Stepping out from the Metro ...
... to random people I met in public, have been charming folk who I'll miss greatly. Filippi and Pietro D'Amico, for instance, two impressive young guys I met at the church who speak excellent English and are the kind of youth any good mother would pray her son becomes, hung out with me a bit when possible, and helped me find out about train schedules, tips on buying tickets, etc. We had breakfast this morning with Fr. Ludovico, ...
... amp; Jamie- 3 Girls from Wales- we talked almost all night they thought I was 25...awww, I love them. Jada said, "You have 5 kids? When did you start? 13? Was it hard to be a teenage mom?" I love Europe. First I'm hot in London, now I'm young in Milan.
I met Andre while sitting by the Columns in St Peter's square. I was taking pictures of the Swiss guard & I asked if my aunt can a picture with them but when I turned around she & the others were gone. So, I went to the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Executive Rome
Not bad for the price but NOT a 4-star hotel!!!
The Executive is fairly cheap for its location (not exactly central but close to the Villa Borghese, which is very nice, and the Via Veneto), and it has all the basic amenities and a decent breakfast buffet. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I found it to be fairly clean and comfortable. However, the 4-star rating is simply ridiculous!
First of all, the rooms are no more than functional -- there is absolutely no ambience, no charm, no atmosphere that you'd expect from a 4-star hotel in Rome. (There are, for instance, no decorations at all inside the rooms.)
Secondly, even some of the basic conveniences were wanting -- e.g. there was hardly any room to hang up one's clothes, no wardrobe and no closet, just a small space above the safe and minibar. Each room (for 2 people) had only one chair and no armchair. The bathroom had extremely little space for toothpaste, toothbrush and other toiletries -- no vanity, and in my parents' room, there wasn't even a bathroom shelf.
Considering the prices you may get your money's worth -- but this is definitely not what I expect of a 4-star hotel.
Ideal Tourist Hotel
We have just returned home after spending 4 nights at the hotel. It was a clean and tidy hotel. We had a small room but the bed linen was very clean and changed frequently. Fridge and safe in the room but no tea/coffee making facilities. Ensuite was kept clean and the shower was just great at the end of a long day. No bath. TV with Italian channels plus one French and CNN in English. MTV music channel.
Ideal for getting to the Termini bus/rail station as the hotel is next to a major bus route into the centre of Rome. The journey to the centre is less than 10 minutes away by bus. The longest that we had to wait for a bus in the morning was about 7 or 8 minutes. From Termini you can get to anywhere in Rome using the underground or buses.
The hotel does not have a restaurant but uses a ground floor breakfast room to serve a typical continental breakfast. The cereals, cheeses, meat and fruit were sufficient for a good start to the day.
For me, this was a good quality tourist hotel in a good location for transportation to all the tourist areas. We simply used the hotel as a base and only spent our sleeping hours and breakfast there as we wanted to see the city not spend all day in a hotel room. For the price I thought that it was good value and would stay there again.
Great for the price
My nineteen year old daughter and I stayed here for three days. Although the hotel was under some construction during our stay the room was spacious and the bathroom was delightfully clean with a marvelous bathtub, which was a delight after exploring Rome on foot. The continental breakfast was perfect for our needs. The management staff was extremely helpful, polite and fluent in English. Although, the location is not truly central it is close to buses which will take you where you want to go.
We stayed at this hotel for 6 nights. It's a good hotel but may not warrant a 4* rating. Our room was small like most European hotels. It was clean however. The breakfast was good. It was a quiet hotel. It may be a bit far away from downtown but my wife and I managed to walk to the bus and subway stations everyday at ease. Also, through the walks in different streets, we learned more about the daily Italian life. While we were there, we learned the public transportation system very fast so we had no problem to go to all places we wanted to visit.
My wife & I stayed at the Executive for 4 days in Sept. 04. It is adjacent to the Borghese Park and a short stroll from Via V. Veneto and from there to all the major attractions. All areas of the hotel have been tastefully refurbished; the bedrooms are clean, spacious and quiet. The service is good and the management excellent, they noticed via my passport that I had arrived on my birthday and room service presented me with a bottle of Chianti. The Executive Hotel and staff richly deserve their 4 Gold Stars. They made our stay in Rome a special experience. Stay there you will not be disappointed.
Good quality hotel near the centre of Rome
Booked a last minute deal to Rome in March. We stayed at the Executive hotel in Rome.
The Hotel although small was a very friendly Hotel, the rooms were of a reasonable size, and always clean.
The reception staff were always friendly and willing to help.
The location was excellent, just outside the city walls. Close to shops, bars and a good selection of quality restaurants.
Rome is a fantastic City, but beware very skilled Pickpockets on crowded buses.
Don't stay in this hotel - it is not four star
I booked this hotel as it was described on the Internet as a four star hotel in the centre of Rome.
I don't know how this hotel could be described as 4 star in anyone's wildest imagination. When we arrived, I was shocked at the external appearance, and also that we had passed the centre of Rome in our taxi some 20 minutes previously. There was scaffolding outside and it looked shabby. However, the inside was much worse. We were taken to our room in a rickety lift that should have been condemned as unsafe 50 years ago. Our room was shabby, with furniture upholstery worn through to the stuffing. The walls were dirty, and electricity points hung off them. Our window would not open, which is probably just as well, as the ledge outside was falling apart and grimy.
The hotel does not have a restaurant, but does have a breakfast room where a meagre fayre (bread rolls and jam) was served.
It took us about an hour to walk from our hotel to the Spanish steps. I guess the plus part is that it was good exercise (as was climbing the stairs as I dare not use the lift again). If you want a four star hotel near the city do not stay in this one.
What a dump!!
If this is supposed to be a 4-star hotel, I would hate to see what the lower rated hotels are like. The room was extremely tiny, wallpaper was filthy & peeling off the walls, carpeting was worn & filthy, bedspread was very old & had holes in it, balcony had a table with no chairs (we had to borrow from the balcony next door) & was filthy, etc. The bathroom was decent (but also very tiny). Overall, it was very dirty. However, the breakfast buffet was good. The location is not all that great - it's pretty fair from all of the major attractions in the city.
Didn't Mail My POSTCARDS!!!!
This 4 star hotel literally has 4 golden stars on the outside of the building. That is the only thing that can allow you to describe this place as a 4 star hotel. The building is rundown, the safe that's in your closet to protect your valuables is conveniently portable (so that the thieves can later open up at their own convenience)The staff is apparently dishonest. I was to return to the states on Sunday, and the front desk informed me that they were out of stamps. They told me how much I would need , and I gave them my money (and a good tip) to purchase them for me and to send my postcards out for me. Its been two months and no postcards made it to their destination.Disgusted,Dan in Orlando
Not a 4 star!
Given the 4 start rating, I was under the impression that the hotel would be in a much better shape than we found it to be upon our arrival. The lobby met my expectations but our room was extremely small and extremely run down with very old furntiure, cracks in the walls, and very dirty and ripped upholstry - in addition to the cracks and water stains, there were what seems to be black shoe marks all over the walls, the TV was old and tiny and the bed was extremely hard! I must admit that the service was great - good and kind people with a very nice breakfast served every morning. Would I go back? maybe if they cleaned up their act .. after all the pople were great adnt he location was quite central.