Holiday Inn Express Rome - San Giovanni
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This weekend was a wonderful whirlwind, and I apologize for being as alliterative as possible. We flew into Brussels late Thursday night and were picked up by my wonderful aunt, Barbara, who lives a little outside the city. We stayed at her house overnight and just enjoyed being in a real house. It was the first time any of us had been in a house since we arrived in Rome, and we thoroughly enjoyed the American snacks Barbara so generously offered and ...
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... for a most part run down ruins. We walked from shade to shade as it was still stiflingly hot. We took a lot of photos before heading to the Colosseum. As we had our double pass we were able to walk straight in and byp************* line :) Once inside I could see how it could've seated 50 thousand. We took some more photos and sat around enjoying the ambiance. We eventually headed back to camp for a quiet evening as tomorrow is an early ...
... my breath taken away by its sheer beauty. But that happened to me as I climbed the steps leading into the Sistine Chapel and got my first glimpse of it's vibrant colors and art that seemed alive. We spent the better part of an hour walking around the chapel, studying each of the panels in detail and listening to a podcast guide to the art, and became more ...
... I walked into the chapel, I was completely taken aback. It was so impressive. I literally had goosebumps. I cannot believe one person painted that ceiling. I had no idea how large it would be, and for someone to be able to create such a gorgeous piece of work, well it’s incomprehensible. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Also in the chapel is Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgment.” That was also just as beautiful. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Rome - San Giovanni
Best place to stay concerning the costs- go, get it
We stayed in this Hotel for a weekend in Rome and could get a very good deal for this hotel, which is situated a bit outside the centre of Rome, via ------------------.
Clean rooms with international standard (except in room coffee maker, which shouldn't bother you when in Rome)
awaited us after a 5 hrs delay from Berlin with volare airlines( never fly them!). The hotel staff is exceptional, attentive and so nice, that you might want to adopt them on the spot. They give good recommendations concerning nightlife and restaurants as well as cultural events and background information about the city without leaving you with the impression that you bore them. One of the facts we loved most next to the family- like atmosphere was the very young age of the staff altogether. The breakfast is outstanding, you can order freshly made cappuccino or latte machiato while tasting delicious pastry and fresh breakfast rolls with ham and eggs or nice bacon or jam.
We specially want to thank the head of the staff for being very attentive and helpfull as well as the entire crew for "nursing" my beloved girlfriend while I was "discovering" Rome on a rental bike and unvoluntarily got to know every detour Rome has to offer.
Whenever we will be back in Rome for a short trip we will book the same hotel again because it is like returning home, although you are quite a huge portions of miles away from yours.
Many thanks from Berlin Germany
Cindy Kühlich and Sascha Franck
We stayed with you in August 2004. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year. Grazie e ciao.
We stayed at this hotel for five nights in early November. Overall, it was a good value. The rooms were nice and clean, but a little noisy. The staff was very helpful. The breakfast was plentiful. The hotel was close to a metro stop and the local train. There was also a grocery store fairly close by.
Great Place to Stay
We visited in June, 2004. This Holiday Inn is nestled in a residential neighborhood with a great mom & pop Sardinian restaurant just down the street. Although the rooms were tight, they were well stocked and clean -- the continential breakfast in the morning was a great way to start each day. The hotel is located within walking distance of the train station, and just a short jaunt to the Metro. This place gave great location, and was awesome. I would highly recommend it.
My wife and I just returned from a week in Rome in late October. We really enjoyed our hotel. We have been to Rome a number of times and have stayed at very nice hotels in the core near the Spanish steps and Piazza Navonna. This was our first stay at a hotel not really in the Centro Storico. We were very pleasantly surprised! The hotel is very new and clean throughout! Eventhough some of the rooms back on to the rail line, the rooms are quiet, clean, modern and the beds are excellent. The full breakfast is excellent, eggs, bacon, cold meats, pastries and freshly made cappuchinos. Certainly a super way to start your siteseeing day. The staff were extremely helpful and will assist you in any way. They even had the car rental company deliver and pick-up the vehicle to the hotel for me.
While the hotel is not really walking distance to the core, the Pontelungo metro stop is only a couple of blocks away and the average taxi ride to Piazza Navonna is only about 12 Euros during traffic time. The is a local grocery store around the corner for snacks, bottled water and reasonably priced wine. There is also excellent shopping in this neighbourhood on via Appia Nouva right near the Metro stop. We enjoyed a brand new restaurant called "Sacco" around the corner that is an upscale local eatery with terrific food and wines. Try to stay away from the chain restaurant "Pasteria" down the street...not the greatest. There is a terrific sandwich place just 200 metres down from the hotel that makes spectacular lunches to go....if you are planning day trips or want to take your lunch with you on site-seeing tours!
All in all the hotel was excellent and I would highly recommend it to those who appreciate getting real value for money.
Great breakfast , just as review said
booked 6 days, 5nts with France Vacations--they said Holiday st john was good--looked at website, seemed OK, then read trip advisor review about breakfast and location and decided that was it. A few minutes from train station--easy from airport, then easy to metro to get around and the breakfast spread was amazing for a Holiday Express!!
Nice modern hotel
We stayed at this hotel in June 2004 for 4 nights, the beginning of our travels around Italy.
We arrived mid-afternoon and it had just started to rain. We were given our room-key and went up to find it faced right onto the railway. There's no way I could have put up with that so we took our cases back down and asked for a room facing away from the railway, they obliged no problem. Much better. However the damp weather was a bit much for us that afternoon, so all we did was quickly hop between little local grocery stores. Some cheap bottles etc in this area.
We had arrived by train from Fiumicino which is direct to the train station beside the hotel - Tuscolana I think. Then you just walk around the corner. Access from Fiumicino is very easy.
There is an underground station, Pontelungo I think, just under the railway bridge and up the hill a little. There's lots of dog poo in this area.....the only problem though. Area appeared safe to me, even at night.
There's a nice chain restaurant 'Pastarito' just about 100m from the hotel - you can't miss it, and will pass it every time you go for the train/underground. The pastas are huge (serve 2) and are only about 5 euros. They also do lovely Bruschetta (6 bits of bread with tomatoes, basil, oil, garlic) very nice. You can easily have a simple meal here for 2 for under 10 euros + drinks......I particularly liked their 1/4 litre of sparkling wine, Prosecco or similar for a couple of euros.
The hotel rooms are nice, modern, clean. Only problem we had was that the shower didn't drain properly, but we got used to it. We just had to wait a while for the second person to shower.
Would recommend this hotel, and would go back myself..........we are going back to Rome in December, but we got a free room at the Mercure Colosseo, due to a bad room in another hotel in their chain.
Clean, but noisy
The hotel offers clean rooms, helpful staff, and a good continental breakfast. On the downside the hotel is located adjacent to a noisy rail line. Early in the morning you can hear the passenger announcements. There are a couple of grocery stores in the area along with some reasonable priced Pizza (4 Euro for 2 big slices). If you can get a good price, you are probably better off here then a budget hotel near the Termini. Try to request a room away from the rail tracks.
Classic HI Express
Visited this hotel in Dec. 2003, they were still finishing the hotel and it wasn't officially a Holiday Inn Express however by now I'm sure it is. What was complete was very clean with the usual HI Express blue and yellow décor and a lovely breakfast. I have stayed at The HI Express Rome East as well and this one has the better location. There is no shuttle bus but it is about a 10-15min walk from the Metro and a taxi from Trevi Fountain is about 12 Euros. Neighbourhood seem okay except for the usual Roman graffiti and I think there is a wee Gypsy compound on the same street. However I would recommend it over anything in that dodgy area nears the Train Station. The location is only real downfall but if you want to avoid the hotel crap shoot in Rome the price is usually worth it, I paid about $120 Canadian a night for a double.