Travel Blogs from Rome
... the terminal, not a soul in site! Found a toilet and then went to catch up with everyone else who'd been on the flight and could find nobody. Everything was written in Italian (I guess they have the right to do that here!) so we followed the pictures of the suitcase down a corridor and found some lost Asian tourists. Each side of the hallway were glassed in train tracks that confused us even more but there were still pictures of bags on them so ...
... managed to see en route the Trevi Fountain (Anita Ekberg took a dip there in "La Dolce Vita" , and "Three Coins in a Fountain") then the Spanish Steps( that lead to a French church and there is a Keats-Shelley house at the foot of the steps.) Small pizza cafe for a late lunch. Walked the shopping street of Tiffany, Armani, Gucci, etc although the street itself not impressive. Back at ...
... looking forward to seeing the family. We had an easy immigration into New Zealand and were stoked to find our packs had arrived unharmed. Mum and Dad were waiting for us at arrivals and were obviusly pleased to be there to welcome us home. After a few stops on the way home, we were back on the coast and driving past all the beautiful beaches we had missed. The roads definitely seemed a lot quieter and we couldn't believe the few people that were out and about. We have become so used ...
... very pleased to learn that Mass was at 11am in a church not far from the Colosseum! This would give me time to sleep, eat, and maybe see the Colosseum a touch before receiving the Sacraments. Just seeing the word, "Colosseum," gave me dreamy eyes, and it was here that I realised I was fulfilling a dream that I always knew would come true. After all, "Everyone soon or late comes round by Rome.*"
Took a walking tour of the Vatican. Saw the Sistine Chapel and the entire Vatican museum. You are forbidden to take pictures of the Sistine Chapel, but Michelango's works were incredible. The detail in the old palaces of the Popes are also unbelievable. We were also able to see all the cars and carriages that the Popes used. Finally, we saw St. Peter's Basilica. It was breathtaking. Words or photos cannot describe the enormity and beauty of the Basilica. After the tour, Elyse got her ...
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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.
Nice place to stay
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.
A Great little family run hotel!
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.