Holiday Inn Rome - Eur Parco Dei Medici
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I arrived at Rome on 18th November 2008 noon. The flight was wonderful and the immigration went flawlessly. It took hardly 2 minute at the immigration counter and I officially entered Italy. In the Airport, I saw lots of Alitalia planes, covered with oil and rust and I was wondering why the national airline of a country like Italy is in such a …
... was next in line and walked to the counter where we exchanged greetings in Italian before switching to English to order some stamps. Before I could finish my sentence I was cut off my a Nun stepping in beside me to hand my Italian postman a letter. To my shock he started to engage in a fluent conversation with her - in French. Needless to say there were way too many thoughts going through my head including the scene from Sister Act 2 with the postman and his package ...
... pasta dish, and an oxtail in tomato and raisin sauce. The oxtail is apparently a traditional roman meal. The carbonara was amazing. The oxtail was hard to get the meat off the bone, very messy. Perhaps it hadn't been cooked long enough as we imagined the meat should be falling off the bone. It was nice, but probably not what we had expected. This was all washed down with a carafe of red wine and finished off with an amazing tiramisu for dessert. Very pleased we got to dine ...
... it's location is emblazoned in my memory forever! With a confidence that a muddle-headed-wombat like myself has no right to have, I led my mother directly to Gelateria della Palma - home to over 150 flavours of gelato, where Rachael once had a cone with TEN different flavours of CHOCOLATE! Mum and I didn't even attempt to break her record settling for a measly three flavours each.
It was still early and we were eager for ...
... on our list for today, the Baths of Diocletian, built around AD300, meant to be the largest in Rome. There appears to be very little remaining today, only the main bath hall which is huge. There are usually 3 bath halls in a traditional Roman bathhouse - frigidarium (cold), tepidarium (warm) and caldarium (hot). Back in those times, it wasnt just like going to your local swimming pool. The bath-house was also a place of exercise, learning and shopping so it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Rome - Eur Parco Dei Medici
Good deal if you don't mind the location
We stayed for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn over New Years. We had been to Rome many times before so we were quite comfortable finding our way around.
I felt that for the price, the holiday inn was a very good deal.
You need to consider the location as it is a good 25 minute ride to downtown Rome. However we were okay with that. We caught the first bus in the morning and ended up taking a taxi cab back in the evening (taxi from center of Rome to hotel 16 Euros)
We were happy to spend the day wandering Rome, had dinner and really used the hotel as a place to sleep.
Definately recommend the hotel and as starting or ending point as it is super easy to get to the airport. At 7AM it took us about 10 minutes.
What a pleasant surprise - we had booked this for the end of our Italian travels - because of the free shuttle to and from DaVinci Airport, the Holiday Inn name, and a decent Web price done far in advance.
We stayed here our last night in Rome as it was closer to the airport and offered shuttle service to airport. We were pleasantly surprised with our stay here. Our trip originated in Rome with us staying at the upscale Hilton Cavalieri (with upscale prices). If we knew then what we know now, we would have saved our Euros and stayed here instead. Although the location is not glamorous, the hotel offers everything you would want. We traveled in Italy the beginning of Aug (hot,hot, hot). This hotel had good a/c, a pool (very rare at hotels in Italy) and great bar. The free shuttle to downtown Rome is perfect (walking distance to Coloseum).
A little like home
We stayed here our last day since we had a flight out the next day. The rooms were large and the A/C worked great which was not something that we found in the little local hotels. We had a nice break swimming and relaxing at the pool. We took the shuttle downtown for our last night and it was so convenient that I wish we would have stayed here a few more days. The shuttle to the airport was also nice - a bus with comfy seats and A/C.
We would return here and use the shuttle service!
Good Airport hotel
We stayed here on our last night in Italy in order to take advantage of the airport shuttle bus. The pool was welcome due to the heat, but the ice machines on each floor couldn't seem to handle the demand. We were on the 7th floor which had an Ice machine which didn't seem to want to give us any more than 1 cube, I had to walk down to the 3rd floor to find another machine that worked.
Ok food in the Restaurant for dinner and an excellent breakfast with a chef available to cook you up anything you want.
Difficult to get to (we needed to get a metro, then a bus), but the airport shuttle was quick and efficient.
AM I in Rome???
If you like staying in an office park, 25 minutes from ROME - then this is your place. Shuttles do give you a link to the town, but forget going out for an evening stroll in a charming town. Nothing (and I MEAN NOTHING) to do around the hotel for 10 miles!
The Gym was a disaster, have the equipment was broken. The waiters wreaked of Body-Odor.
There has to be better places to stay in ROME....I recommend you find another place.
We stayed here 1 night as we had an outgoing flight from Rome. Since our flight came in after 10pm we were really appreciative of having a hotel near the airport to retire to. But what a fiasco! We could not find the shuttle anywhere. We made the mistake of asking taxi drivers where the shuttle parks and they deliberately pointed to the opposite direction. We called the hotel from the airport and they guided us on which gate to go to, but told us 10.30pm was the last shuttle time. So thanks to the locals and our own ignorance we missed the shuttle and had to pay for a cab. We were hoping the hotel would reimburse us since no one mentioned a cut off time for the shuttle when we booked, but it did not happen.
This Hotel was above average in quality and size for a European hotel (well as far as we've experienced). I travelled with my wife and two young children (3 & 4) and had a family room with two double beds - the room price was excellent and made up for taxi fares to and from the city if we didn't want to take the bus. The cleanliness and spaciousness of the room can't be faulted and neither can the service of the front-desk staff (most of whom spoke enough english to help out when needed). Tea and Coffee facilities in the room would have been nice. The pool was empty and we only found out later that it is only open in summer - it was nice weather this weekend and the kids probably would have had a paddle in the childrens pool, but that is the only negative in relation to the facilities. The shuttle bus was punctual and an efficient means of transport but for airport transfers it only operates to Fiumicino - doesn't help if you're flying on a budget airline to Ciampino as we did, but the complimentary city transfers were definitely a bonus. One comment in relation to the restaurant - we personally found it a bit pricey, but then again most things in Rome were - and not a huge variety to choose from. The room service charge of Euro 7.75 per person was a bit steep (but we questioned this and were given room service for just one fee for the party of 2 adults and 2 kids)food quality was good. There is a nice quiet little restaurant in the street just behind the hotel which was more reasonably priced and the food was very good also with a better selection (and more choice of simple fare). There is nothing else around for those without other means of transport - although another guest told us of a Warner Bros. complex not too far a drive from the hotel with other facilities. The area itself it quiet, (and I don't know if it just happened to be the guests around us), but we found the hotel itself quite noisy until late in the night with doors slamming. Overall though I would say this was above average taking everything into account. I would probably stay closer to the city next time, but as I said the rate made it feasible to stay out and come in by cab. I would recommend this hotel to others.
Good for first or last night in Rome
We stayed here on our last night in Italy, after arriving in Rome that evening by train. I chose the hotel because I got a great deal and it was close to the airport with a free shuttle to the airport. It isn't near any of the city's sites and is not in an area in which you can walk around and see anything, so this is really a stopover sort of place (unless you are on a budget tour and don't mind the commute into the city.) Having said that, I must mention that the food was outstanding (who'd have thought that one of the best meals I had in Italy was at the Holiday Inn in Rome?). The rooms were large (just like a typical Holiday Inn anywhere in the US). The front desk clerk and the restaurant staff were very pleasant and helpful.
Quiet and Room to Spare
I chose the Holiday Inn Parco dei Medici on the basis of the Holiday Inn name and reputation. In this case that selection was mostly correct. I returned Sep 24, 2003, after six nights in Rome and enjoyed a large room, two queen beds, large clean bathroom with shower and tub.
One big surprise was clean bed linen every day. Shuttle to the airport and "downtown" Rome was very handy. The air conditioning seemed a little under powered so summer stays might be a slight question. No coffee maker was a drawback for us. All in all, not bad for the price.