Flower Garden Hotel
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Aerlingus gets you up at an ungodly hour so as to get the 07.00 flight which gets you to Rome in time for your morning coffee.We followed the yellow signs for the express train which leaves 8mins and 38mins past the hour and costs €14.00.
Selecting an hotel on www.bookings or www.hotels.com near the railway station meant we didn't have to …
Managed to add another country to the list of ones I've visited so far on this trip. The fact that the Vatican is the smallest country (0.44 sq km) is a bonus, as in a couple of weeks I'll be visiting the largest country (Russia, 17 million sq km)!
By the time I got to Vatican City I had to head straight for the Vatican Museums, as it was …
Busy day today, but worth it! First stop was an internet café not far from the hotel to print my ticket for the Colosseum tour and the Vatican museum tomorrow. Given that I'm only here for a short time, I figured it was worthwhile paying the extra for guided tours, rather than trying to see everything myself.
I ended up being early for …
I'd been so busy working on the blog that I'd completely forgotten that the final episode of series 7 of Doctor Who aired last night. So I watched it as soon as I remembered, which was unfortunately right before I went to bed. It was definitely worth it, but it also meant that I didn't get to sleep til around 2am, which meant another late start …
Man, this sleeping in habit is starting to get out of hand - I didn't wake up until it was past 0930! I'd set my alarm for a fair bit before that, so I must have woken up long enough to turn it off, though I've no recollection of doing such a thing...
When I finally emerged from the hotel, I headed back to the train station, to find an …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Flower Garden Hotel Rome
We chose this hotel because the most recent reviews were favorable. The location is really great as most of the other reviews state. Our room was small, but clean. The desk help was not helpful. The hotel is advertised as having AC, but we were there in 90-degree (F) heat wave at the end of May'05, and the employees fiddled with the AC unit for about 5 minutes and then it was "Oh well." Large people cannot expect to be able to shower in the room we had. If you are going in summer and are counting on AC, don't stay here. It would be fine at a cooler time of year, and as long as you don't need to ask advice or directions from the desk help.
The Flower Garden hotel was not only ideally situated, just a stone's throw from the Termini Central Station and very close to many local restaurants, but the staff were warm and friendly. The rooms as advertised were fairly small, but very well provided for; comfy firm beds, mini-bar, TV, air-con, very clean ensuite facilities. The Flower Garden is excellently situated at the centre of the crossroads where the 2 metro lines intersect, therefore very handy to get to all extremities of the city. Definitely will return again next year and comes highly recommended.
Great location; Basic tourist class hotel.
My husband and I just returned from Rome and stayed in the FG. I had traveled extensively in Europe in the 90s and trust me, compared to some of the "Toilet down the hall" dumps I stayed in then, this hotel was a dream. It was basic and the bathroom was small, but the bed was the most comfortable I had while in Italy and the breakfast was adequate: Rolls, preserves, cheese, juice, boiled eggs, croissants and most importantly, coffee. It provided the perfect base; just a short walk from the Termini station where you can catch all the busses and Metro. It has affordable restaurants close. We met up with some people staying in the Piazza del Popolo area who were dropping 50 Euro apiece for supper. We would spend half that near the FG. I highly suggest the hotel.
Basic but clean and friendly
We stayed 2 nights with our 3 children and had 3 rooms. Our bathroom was smelly on the first night but the desk clerk gave us a better room for the second night at no extra charge. Both of the children's rooms were fine - one twin and one single. All rooms were clean and changed each morning. The breakfast was adequate with croissants, tea, coffee, juice, boiled eggs and cereals. The desk staff were extremely helpful and friendly. They directed us to a good restaurant on our second evening and helped out with directions on several occasions.
The location is great, the room was much bigger than others in my Italy trip. Contrary to what the person below wrote, I found all three desk clerks to be extremely nice and helpful. They ask you to leave the key at all hotels - it's just a European thing I suppose. Ever heard the phrase, "When in Rome???"
Location good, all else poor
Flower Garden on Via del Viminale has a good location just a couple blocks from the Termin train station and there a some decent restaurants close by. The continential breakfast was poor compared to three other hotels in which I stayed. Sparse selection of rolls, no meat, some cheese. The room was small and the bed was made daily with clean towels but little cleaning occurred. Two of the 3 desk clerks were quite nice but the the evening to midnite clerk was quite rude and did not want to be bothered. Even became extremely rude when we went out and came back a couple of times in the evening (they want you to leave the key when you leave). FG was supposed to be an upgrade from GO TODAY's hotel selection (a 3 star) but it was definitely not a three.
This hotel was only two minutes (literally, round the corner) from Piazza Repubblica and only five minutes away from VIa Nazzionale and the Termini Rail Station. We could easily walk to most of Rome's main sights as well as to a bus terminal and good shopping areas.
We stayed at the Flower Garden hotel as part of a vacation package with go-today from November 3rd through the 15th.The hotel is in a great location as the Termini train station and several metro stops are within easy walking distance. Do not take a cab from Termini to the hotel for a cost of 60USD no matter how many bags you are carrying. There are also plenty of restaurants and grocery stores in the same area but not many tourist attractions.The room that we stayed in was incredibly small. The room consisted of a double bed, TV, refrigerator, en suite bathroom and a wardrobe. The room was incredibly small. The bathroom had a standup shower but I needed to step outside of the shower to get anything I might have dropped. The room was incredibly small.The breakfast buffet consisted of cereal, toast, rolls, hard boiled eggs, cheeses, juices and coffee. Food was of average quality but good enough to get the day started.The front desk staff consisted of two Italian and one Asian man. All three were very nice and helpful but not extremely fluent in English. They arranged for wake up calls, taxis and directions without any problems.The housekeeping staff provided clean sheets and towels daily.I would recommend the hotel without a problem if you only want to sleep. Once again, the rooms were small and the beds a bit uncomfortable but the price was right.Not sure why the other posts considered the staff rude and unfriendly. We travelled with an infant and the front desk always made a fuss.
We stayed at the Flower Garden in February 2004. Our room was clean, but VERY SMALL. The bed was terribly unconfortable and some of the staff was rude. Generally, the Italian staff members were rude and Asian staff members were nice and helpful. The location is fabulous, a short walk to the train/bus station (less than 1/2 mile). Do watch them, they tried to bill us for drinks from the mini-bar that we did not drink. Other travelers, staying at other hotels said they had the same thing, however.
The world's worst 3 star
This hotel is fantastically bad. It really is amazing that this is a three star hotel. I have stayed in many hostels that are far, far better. The beds are straight out of the 50's and as comfortable as concrete. The bathroom was mouldy and filthy. The breakfast is dreadful. Had booked to stay in the rubbish Impero, but got moved across to this hotel which is even worse. Bad experience topped off by incredibly rude staff. Avoid even if you are desperate. There are plenty of hotels in this street alone that are nowhere near as bad.