Travel Blogs from Rome
... it 20 years ago?
It's a funny thing. We look back at the Coulda/shoulda/mighta beens. But we didn't. And that's why we are here and now.
Andrew, the Ukrainian tour guide has been in Rome for 12 years. He says that the tourist market in Rome has grown dramatically in that time.
If I HAD come here 20 years ago I may not have liked it. The history was largely ignored my the locals, and the hospitality market was aimed squarely ...
... You walk into an entrance hall that is fancier than the All the churches in the world PUT TOGETHER. This is nothing compared to the actual church. It is covered in gold and has statues 5x the size of a fully grown man. I absolutely loved it! By Shannon The highlight of my day was seeing mum talking to a Swiss guard when she was trying to get tickets for the audience with the pope. They were whereing capes so they didn't get wet and dad showed us a picture ...
... mentioned that there were frescoes to see on the stairway but that is where we opted out, shamelessly. A balcony overlooks the basilica inside, too, and as the synchronicity of our trip would have it, mass was beginning as we watched from above.
Once back on the ground level, we decided to take our time rather than rush to the nearby museums as there is plenty to see in the basilica itself. Light peeks through openings ...
... and absorbed our surroundings. We popped in to visit the New Pope at the Vatican, he seems to be Settling quit nicely, I think he will do a fine job! We loved Rome but got to say that I'm looking forward to Florence ( sights& yes....shopping! ), Rome has been great but very high paced and on the go. We will be back in a couple of weeks to do it again with Inga and Rob on our cruise so we will have more adventures with them then. Off to Florence ...
... Our Lady of Guadalupe in a small chapel right before the relics of St Peter). We actually were done with plenty of time for us to walk back from the Vatican to our hotel and get packed and out the door in time to catch our 3pm flight to London. This has been a good visit to Italy and while I hate to leave, it will be nice to begin to think about returning home soon.
Hope you’re having a great week! More from London in the next and final blog of this ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Gabriella Rome
Fantastic hotel for Rome on a budget !
For Rome on a budget you couldn't find a nicer hotel.
Just 5 mins walk from Termini (the main train station and metro station). And absolute maximum of 20/30 minute walk to the main attractions such as Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.
The room was clean, v.good air con (important in 30 degree heat) and serviced daily, the staff were very helpful and polite, all speaking english which is a fantastic bonus.
I'd recommend this hotel to anyone, don't be put off by it being 2 stars, its much nicer than what I would expect a 2 star hotel to be.
Good thing in a small package
All the reviews I read before the trip were accurate. Hotel Gabriella was a nice base for our first night in Rome. The staff were friendly, and we were surprised by the quality of the room. Our room was quite small, but everything we wanted was packed inside. This was probably the only drawback.
Overall, it was an enjoyable night in a relatively quiet area, and I would recommend the hotel.
Hotel Gabriella was a nice place to stay. My husband and I unfortunately chose to go to Rome Good Friday to Easter Sunday, so everything was booked solid and way overpriced. We decided to stay at Hotel Gabriella due to the decent price. The room was very clean, but it was not excellent. But of course, this isn't rated as a four star hotel either. The staff was very friendly, especially the younger woman and gentleman who were working the front desk. They gave us great tips on places to eat and how to get around the city. The hotel is located a couple blocks from teh train station, which is convenient. My husband and I gave ourselves a good walk and decided to opt out on purchasing a subway ticket the first day. We were able to walk to the colosseum with a pretty good hike from the hotel. We also walked to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and all the other touristy spots all in the same day. The walk back to the hotel was a good hike, but definitely doable. Overall, our stay was very nice and I would recommend this place if you're needing a cheaper place to stay.
Hotel Gabriella is nice little family run hotel in the hotel section near the train station, just a couple minute walk for the trains. With all the things you need close by, like restaurants, internet cafes, laundry mats, etc... The down side is this hotel is on a corner of a very busy street. The entrance isn't...so no worries about getting run over. But more the constant noise. Rome is getting more and more a 24hr city with cars, scooters, buses going at all hours of the day. If you stay here, at the very least get a room on the quieter side. It is a 30 min walk to the city center or the Spanish Steps. Never tried using the buses, well, never tied squeezing into those leaning tightly packed buses. So money was spent on Taxi cabs...which aren't bad. The most expensive one was 15 euros to the Vatican...and you can pack a few people into those cabs. And the shared cabs are even cheaper. Good luck on a cab when it rains! Also I stayed at another hotel on the same street on another trip and almost got robbed in the middle of the night a few years back. Those shutters are there for a reason. Room wise, they are clean. Ours did not have carpets...which was nice in one way...the place was really clean...but then you had to step on a cold floor...oh well...I can deal with it. For a two star we got a Bathtub!!!! Wow. Looking at the map...I guess the rooms alternate between showers and baths. Another thing I noticed....there is not much difference between two and four stars in Italy. The only distinguishing difference is when it was built or last remodeled. The size of the rooms don't very much...the only difference I can tell is the extra services that you'll never really use. I have stayed at dozens of hotels in Italy over the years. The entire hotel is clean and nice...which is surprising because the street, building, and stairwell to the 1st floor is not. The two daughters are wonderful, very friendly and helpful (and pretty too). The father takes pride in his place, and the one morning when our hot water heater broke (which really sucked!!!) they had a professional plumber there working on it within minutes!!! If you just need a basic place to stay...this place is great. If you must have something nice, there are better hotels in nicer sections of town...like the Anglo-American toward the Spanish steps or the ones on Palatine hill. But honestly I don't know why you need to spend more...save it for the operas and shops!!!
Do not stay at the Gabriella!!!!
Do not stay at the Hotel Gabriella. It is not located in a good part of Rome. The hotel gabriella is in like an apartment building with 3 other hotels located in the same building and you have to go upstairs to get to the hotel gabriella. Our room was small and was too pink. WE HAD A GREAT VIEW OUT THE WINDOW OF OUR ROOM, AN ALLEYWAY WITH A DUMPSTER THAT WAS FILLED WITH SMELLY TRASH!!!!WHAT A HOTEL!!!!!SPEND MORE MONEY AND STAY ELSEWHERE!!!!!
We booked a reservation at this hotel but when we arrived we were hustled quickly to another hotel, which turned out to be a DUMP! We missed our tour that night and Expedia won't do a DAMM THING! Sorry you don't get my vote.