Grand Olympic - Aurum Hotel
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... and was eager to help, despite the fact he did not speak English. While Venice and Florence were fantastic for being able to speak English with pretty much everyone we crossed paths with, Rome was absolutely TERRIBLE for English and we relied on a lot of pointing and nodding. Luckily, we understood that the old man was telling us “underground”, so to mean the metro and then he wrote down a bunch of names and the then '4 stops’ ...
... by Michelangelo, done when he was 24. It is behind glass a a while ago someone threw a hammer at it and damaged it. near the front there was there tomb of Pope John Paul 2nd who is under glass -everyone was queueing to look, but we by-passed that, then also the touching of the foot of the statue of St Peter. It was all too much for us! We thought it was meant to be for the glory of God, but in reality it is for ...
... was on edge, wanting to leave in case it came out white, but the teacher wasn’t having it. So we sat and waited to maybe get a text from the outside. Sure enough, halfway through girl next to me got the text. White smoke! I couldn’t believe it. Three votes were all it took, and I was sitting in class. The teacher wasn’t letting us all out for it, so me and a buddy of mine took it into our own hands and left early.
... station, which lets out on the surprisingly named Piazza Barberini, with easy access to the piazza's centerpiece, the Fontana del Tritone by Bernini. Apparently, this fountain, which is actually fairly tame compared to what comes ahead, was the first public fountain that was sculptural and designed for aesthetics rather than being plain and utilitarian. It was the beginning of a whole new Roman tradition.
Walking westward down the busy Via ...
... jewish businesses and the like are not open on Saturday, aka Shabbas) From there, we decided to wander
around the Trastavere district. According to the guidebook, that neighborhood is supposed to be the most beautiful in Rome,
but I guess we never managed to find the picturesque bits, because hours of roaming yielded nothing more than a delicious
pizza joint and an acceptable ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Olympic - Aurum Hotel Rome
Great Location W/Excellent Staff
After reading the reviews here on this hotel i felt fairly confident that i was going to be pleased with my selection. INDEED I was!! This hotel was a GREAT BARGIN. Location was excellent and the staff was very helpful. The rooms are large and you are literally a stones throw from the Vatican and some other major attractions. Shopping in the area is excellent as well. The breakfast was decent but very aceptable. This hotel is a great secret!
We spent 4 nights at the Olympic Hotel in mid August 2004. The staff were polite and helpful. The room was clean. We had a Quad room which was really a two room suite with one bathroom (Room 212). The only complaints are: The beds were very hard. We had 2 TVs, but only one worked. The door lock was a daily challenge to get unlocked - you had to have just the right touch. Several times we had to go to the desk and have them unlock it for us. Though some of the reviews were critical of the breakfast, for us it was fine - yogurt, rolls, meats & chesses, hard boiled eggs, several kids of cereals, pastries, and of course juice, milk and coffee. We were there during the heat of August and the room was air conditioned which was a deciding factor in selecting this hotel, though it worked hard to keep up with the heat outside.
We recently visited the Grand Olympic Hotel. Our room was excellent, you could see St Peter's Dome from the bathroom, very clean and well furnished.
The breakfast was better than expected - the usual cheese, ham, pastries, yogurts, cereals - more than enough to set you up for the day ahead.
The location was ideal, nowhere was too far to travel, either by foot or public transport.
Would certainly return to this hotel again and could recommend it to others.
Grand Hotel Olympic
A great hotel just five minutes from St. Peter's and close to the Metro if you don't want to walk to the Trevi Fountain and the other main sights. Lovely continental breakfast, friendly service and good sized rooms with air conditioning and double glazing. Lots of good restaurants nearby which are more reasonably priced than those in the centre.
Steps from the Vatican
Just returned from a stay at the Olympic. The location is excellent, literally a 5 minute walk from the Vatican along a bustling shopping street. Rooms were reasonably sized (singles were extremely small however) and comfortable though certainly not luxurious. There was quite a bit of street noise during the night and the windows did little to keep it out, so if you are sensitive to that, definitely bring earplugs. The biggest negative against the hotel was the included breakfast..it was practically inedible. All the pastries and cereals were stale, the juice and coffee were terrible and the milk was room temperature. However, given the excellent location, this is a small complaint overall.
I stayed in the Olympic Grand in September 2002. I booked on the net and found the hotel excellent value and very well placed. The staff were most helpful and the breakfast, included in the bargain price, was more than adequate. I would very happily stay there again.
Nice, cheap Hotel, great deal!!
I'm looking forward for my third stay at the OLYMPIC. It isn't a luxury hotel, but our rooms were large in size, the bathrooms were large, clean and well equipped. The only drawback is breakfast; it is served in a room without windows and the buffett is very basic; but that is standard in Italy; horrible coffee, danishs and other sweets.I even like the location; it's in Prati, on Via Cola di Rienzo, a major shopping street mostly to local people, which means you have everything here. Right across the street is a very nice market with fantastic fruits and vegetables and great coffee latte for 90 euro cents.
Rooms were like prison cells; dark, small, and stale. Checked out a day early even though the rooms were prepaid. Close to Vatican.
A little dingy, but good price
The hotel is in an interesting location, close to Vatican, transit, with good restaurants; it is not that high a profile location but good anyway. The farmer's market has good prices on beer and soda. Our room, however, was a little dark, with peeling, dingy wallpaper, the bathroom was tub only and some of the plumbing fixtures were loose. The desk clerk tried to charge me upon leaving for a prepaid room, although he gave up after a couple of minutes. This hotel is also hard to get to from the airport, as there is no near commuter line, you will have to take a cab or subway.
Close to the Vaticam and also the Ottaviano Metro stop, plus to most buses. A great Farmer's Market across the street for fruit etc. and close to snack places. Very convenient . Polite staff. Room was fine, with shower. Would happily stay there again.