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These last two days have absolutely been amazing! I have done so much in such a small amount of time. Each morning we go on tours that range from 2-4 hours and go all over the city. And the afternoons (3-7pm) are filled with class. It works out, makes for VERY full days, but it is nice to be able to do so much.
Yesterday (Monday) morning we went on a walk close to the AUR (American University in Rome) and visited a park ...
... he was driving. He flicked off the meter, jumped out and plonked our bags in the middle of the intersection and told me the fare was 17 euros, including the fee for the luggage. I was pretty sure the last time I looked at the meter it was about 9 euros but with traffic bearing down on us in the middle of the street I gave him a 20 euro note and he quickly gave me my change and drove off. Once safely on the footpath I opened my hand to find the coins he had given me ...
... decided to set up permanent shop there while he ruled the empire. Eventually, the complex covered some 250 acres, with 30 buildings, including his court and offices, together with gymnasiums, large pools and lots of statues. Hadrian was very keen on things Greek and Egyptian so the Villa has many aspects which would be at home in a Greek or Egyptian villa of the time.
With the eventual fall of the Roman Empire, the villa was abandoned. Today ...
... of 60 metres high, when the boat arrives at the other end, you go on foot 150 steps up to the Great Dome Room which vault is 94 metres high, ( a breathtaking sight ) and then you descend 150 steps, catch the boat back and catch 3 lifts to get to the surface. The boat ride goes along the river for 2 kilometres, but the river is another 19 kilometres longer. It was an amazing sight to behold and we were ...
... oven climbing close to 400 stairs. I did however get to walk along the roof of the Basilica seeing some of the most beautiful views in Rome. There was also the opportunity to browse the little gift shop. It was here that I was able to punches postcards from a nun and post them off to my family from the roof of Saint Peters. Oh! And on our way home we found a gelato place that had flavours like raspberry and sage and white chocolate and basil. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Borromini Rome
Lovely, great staff and fabulous bed and linen!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Borromini Rome
Nice hotel...but a slight dissapointment
We stayed at the Borromini in April and from reading the reviews, I was looking forward to staying at the hotel. Although a lovely hotel - nice and clean and good sized rooms, I was slightly dissapointed as from reading the reviews I expected more. The hotel wasn't very lively and there was not much to do. The bar area appears bigger on the pictures, but it's actually a very small bar with about 4 seats in it!
I would say not a good hotel if you wanted to relax in the hotel more than staying out during your trip. It didn't have many facilities.
On the plus side though, the hotel was nice and clean and the rooms were also. The bathroom was nice and up to date, although getting slightly tatty around the edges.
There were some reviews that said the hotel was miles away from the city centre. This is not true. Although the location is slightly further away from the centre, we managed to walk into the centre one day in about 40 minutes while taking in the sites. We also took a taxi to and from the centre when we were tired and this cost about 6 euros which hardly breaks the bank!
All in all a nice hotel - but if you wanted something a little more lively and up beat, perhaps better to stay elsewhere.
No hot water!!!
Just returned from a recent stay at this hotel. Nice interior, fair room size. Very far from Rome's central area. We took the bus to attractions. Since we were there in January, hot water was a real necessity. However, though we complained the situation was never truly rectified. Our last night we were without any hot water until nearly midnight!! When we did finally get "hot water" it was lukewarm at best. Good Luck.
I have just returned from staying at the Borromini hotel, Rome. All I can say is that this was an excellent hotel, with good rooms and friendly staff. The only downside is that you have to take a taxi to get to Rome's town centre, or get a good pair of walking shoes...The good news is that the taxi only cost between 6 and 10 euros. Taxis to the airport are about 40 euros and can be pre booked and pre paid at the hotel, so you dont get ripped off. I will certainly be using this hotel again.
Nice Hotel but take a cut lunch and a compass
Hotel very well appointed, although I felt the website was a bit misleading. It actually doesn't have any of the facilities it purports to (ie. gym, restaurant, sauna etc) - and the conceirge service is almost non-existent.
As I said in the header - take a cut lunch and a compass if you want to go anywhere. You need to take trams and buses to all the sights of Rome.
Make sure you get to breakfast before 10am or you'll find there will be nothing left!
Great hotel at great price
We stayed at the Borromini in mid August. I booked through the internet at $80/ night - on par with hostel prices. The 2 reviews I read where both highly positive. I knew the hotel was away from Rome Center. It is a very nice hotel: Clean and modern rooms, stylish lobby, helpful staff. It is a 20-30 minute bus ride to Termini Station on bus 360. Access to Rome is decent on the public transportation, it just takes a day or two to get the routes down. Get a bus map. We did not spend more than 30 min riding transportation (waiting for it is another story :) ) One service highlight of the hotel - One morning I woke up to no power in the room. Apparently the breaker tripped. I called the front desk to report the problem. They had maintenance up there within a minute, no exaggeration. I barely had time to put on my shirt! Compared to all the other hotels I looked at, this was way cheaper. I would definitely come back - it is a great value!
Nice but far from sights
This hotel is very nice but it's far from the major sights. Although Expedia notes that it's only 1 mile from the Spanish Steps it's not. You need to take a taxi or busses to the major sightseeing places. There really isn't a concierge service - the front desk assistance wasn't that great.
I had a lovely time staying at Hotel Borromini . Having booked the hotel over the internet we were unsure what was awaiting us on our arrival and we were not disappointed.
Rooms met our standards and were very nice. Staff were very friendly, the hotel waiting staff were particularly pleasant and were very concerned about the unfortunate cold I caught while in Rome. It turned out the hotel was offering breakfast free and we took advantage of ordering breakfast in bed for only a five euro supplement. One of the reception staff was particularly helpful and I don't know what we would've done without his map skills and knowledge of local buses and trams! Yet, an Italian phrase book is very handy concerning some reception staff, 'la chiave numero...' is a useful phrase to know!
The hotel lies in a lovely quiet and peaceful residential area, away from the rushing and noise of the centre of Rome. Two minutes away is the city centre of the area called Piazza Ungheria, which consists of welcoming cafes, a large supermarket and specialised shops. The best restaurants in the area lie along Via del Parioli.
The only thing I would pre-warn is that many of the shops and restaurants are actually closed for August in the area while Italian residents go away for their holidays! However, it doesn't take long to reach the Spanish Steps by bus or the Coliseum by tram.
Hotel Borromini is a tranquil and enjoyable place to stay, surrounded by parks perfect for picnics. This is great for a week or two week stay in Rome. I think I'd maybe consider a more central hotel for a three/four day break, but I fear the quality of the hotel would not be as good as Hotel Borromini. Overall, we had a lovely 'Roman Holiday'!
Great hotel. Fantastic room, service, staff and breakfast. We only paid for the room but were given free breakfast. Staff very polite and helpful. Rooms were beautiful. Too far from the sights to walk but hotel can arrange taxis or there is a bus which runs until about 9 pm at the top of the road which gets you to Via Veneto in about 10 minutes. We will definately go back to this hotel on our next trip to Rome.
Top quality hotel, excellent room, bathroom, and bar. Bar staff professional and friendly Only 1 disappointment, we ordered breakfast in bed, hung the order on the door, and confirmed with reception that would be okay. 0730 was the requested time, we rang at 0800 to see if it was coming."Sorry no, we very busy" said the gent. A little upset that the service levels had been good until this point. Felt you would get better service if you were Italian. However I recommend the hotel for its high quality rooms and furnishings
Borromini met Western Standards!!!
Unlike many other hotels in Europe, the room was quite large, very comfortable;the bathrooms also more than met western standards; and the price was a very good value for the location. I would definitely return!!! Don Day