Hotel Santa Costanza
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... et son acolite Ben ne veut pas me voir la, bout viarge! va falloir que je revienne un jour a Rome! Ben coudont! je vais donc diner dans un resto, penne ariabiatta, ouff c epice! je retourne trouver Valerie dans la file, mais oh ****, elle est plus la! bon je me rend compte que la file avance vraiment vite. Donc je retourne a la fin de la queue et en 15 minutes je suis dans la basilique st pierre. Bon enfin, jva toujours en voir qqc! Bon jentre enfin dans cet endroit! ...
... Steps and the Fontana Della Barcaccia (Old Boat Fountain), that got its name (and no doubt a lot of its design inspiration!) from an time prior to the walls of the River Tiber, when the Spanish Steps and Piazza were flooded, and when the water receded there was an old boat left behind in the square ("Hey, Giovanni, there's an old boat in the square...what should we do with it?"..."Get rid of it, but a fountain there instead - same shape ...
... guides we have come across yet.
Onto the Colosseum and eternal Rome. Well our guide for today is an older chap who also has fairly good English. He is quite funny and needed plenty of rest stops to recover. Once at the Colosseum we were confronted with 1. No lifts today - they are not working 2. Toilets are not working either but there were a couple of portable wc's in place. The guide explains that Rome is in a terrible state no money spent ...
... during the hottest part of the day (I totally get the whole siesta thing!) so even though the restaurant didn't have air conditioning, the thick walls and high ceilings we noticed on the way in kept the temperature comfortable. The place was empty except for a table of three men who were just finishing their meal so we had the place pretty much to ourselves. The waiter didn’t speak English so I translated. ...
... takes a smoke break. It is another 15 minutes before we go on!
W went to the pantheon, it was nice. It was neat to see the very old church.
We make it to the Spanish steps. They are beautiful. And crowded. And the street vendors are everywhere in our faces. One man gets right in my face with a rose, and I look him in the eyes and say "go away". He does.
We then decided to go on to the Trevi, so we go to the metro. It is an elevator to go ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Santa Costanza Rome
A wonderful hotel
My wife and I stayed at the Santa Costanza for three nights from July 30 to August 2. We found it clean, inviting and hospitable. A wonderful continental breakfast is served each morning. The rooms are clean and well kept up. The staff is courteous and professional, and the atmosphere is excellent. We would recommend the S.ta Costanza to any traveller to Rome.
The location is very accessible by public transport. Bus #90 from Termini will get you there in 15 to 20 minutes. Then, there is also the subway station, about a 10 minute walk.
We were very pleased with the Santa Costanza.
I loved the Santa Costanza. We stayed there for 3 nights in August, high tourist season. I was able get a price of $80 a night from expedia.com, a great price for a hotel in Italy. The hotel is located a short metro/taxi/bus ride from Termini train station, in a nice residential neighborhood. The #60 Express bus takes you from the hotel to the "Piazza Venecia", basically the center of Rome, and the Metro (the stop for the hotel is "Bologna") takes you all over the city very quickly. The bus is across the street from the hotel and hte metro is a 10 minute brisk walk down the same street. We only used the metro. You can buy a 3 day metro pass for 11 euros (unlimited travel on bus and metro), so the hotel not being at the Spanish steps really isn't a disadvantage. The hotel is not near any "nightlife", so if you're looking to party you will need to take a taxi home after midnight, when public transportation stops.
Just returned from Italy - we stayed at this hotel for 3 nights - it is very clean and pleasant. The staff is very helpful and the location is just a few blocks from the Bologna train station as well as the no. 60 bus to town, just a few steps away.
Highly recommend this hotel. Breakfast was great as well.
A little gem in Rome, its by no means a world class hotel but i assure its far better than most 3* hotels and can compare with some 4* hotel in terms of room quality. I managed to get a nice room on the 3rd floor with a balcony and a decent air conditioner which is essential during the summer months. The room was clean and tidy, and the bathroom likewise. The balcony was just icing on the cake with a nice summer breeze. The breakfast was not great but enough to satisfy with croissants and a small selection of cold cuts and cheese.
I was looking for a hotel in Rome at the last minute in June 2004 and fell on the Santa Costanza. They had rooms which was just as well as I was beginning to think I would have to sleep in a park. I am astonished to see that one reviewer hated it. I thought it was great value. It is a bit off centre but the bus links to the centre are just about outside the door, frequent quick and cheap. The rooms and en suite bathrooms are fine. I did not think, despite what this other reviewer said, that the area is at all iffy. As far as I could see it is full of foreign embassies. 10 minutes' walk brought me in perfect safety and without the least worry to a great, typical Roman Trattoria full of locals. Yes, the staff were a bit snooty but in the overall scheme of things I can forgive this. I would go back in a minute.
I was completely and utterly disgusted with the hotel santa costanza. I was shocked to see positive reviews of it. I recently made last minute reservations with the hotel. Upon check-in, I was appalled by the unproffessional and rude treatment I received by the staff. The room was so small and my bath towel was stained. When I brought it down to wait to speak with the clerk, he told me not to interupt him, he was helping another person. I guess he didnt want me to show my dirty towel in front of another guest. The breakfast was non existent, so dont count on eating at the hotel. Also, the surrounding area did not seem safe and there was not much to do around the area. We had to take taxis everywhere!! Fortunately, I found a much nicer place, the hotel Piazza di Spagna, for 100 euros more and decided to stay there. I had to lose the 2 nights I booked at the Costanza, but it was worth it for me. Plus, I was walking distance to the Spanish Steps, the vatican, the Pantheon and tons of shopping. I prefer friendly customer service over price any day. I do not suggest the Constanza to anyone who wants to enjoy their stay in Rome!!
Loved this hotel
I loved this hotel. We were in room 601 and if you have a chance you should request this room. It has a small private balcony with a cute little view. They workers were all very pleasant and the location was very convenient. Highly recommend this hotel.
We just got back from a week trip in Italy where we visited Venice, Florence & Rome (3/26/04 - 4/2/04) and this was by far the best hotel we stayed in. It is too far from the old part of town to walk, but Bus number 60 (Express) has a stop about 100' from the hotel. That bus goes right down to the main tourist area. Plus there were several nice restaraunts a block or two away. The hotel had a lovely lobby and offered a traditional Italian breakfast (cereal, rolls, sliced meat & cheese, and yogurt plus coffee & juice). The staff was very freindly and spoke fluent english. Our room was excellent with a very nice shower/bath combo. We had one of the rooms with a balcony. I think there are about 6 of them. There is also a cash machine close by. We stayed in Rome last, and it was a nice closure to the trip.
A great place to stay in Rome
This small hotel is a bit northeast of Rome but very close to the bus line and just a bit of a walk to the Metro. It was spotlessly clean and quiet with a welcoming, very helpful staff. The receptionists were willing to give us directions to each site we wanted to visit and gave us recommendations of restaurants in the area. The breakfast buffet is generous and very tasty. There was a refrigerator in our room and we had a large balcony. (Ask for a room with a balcony when you check in.) It is also close to St. Agnes church and catacombs, Santa Costanza Church which makes an interesting visit as it is the masusoleum of Constantia (the daughter of Constantine), and has beautiful mosaics. It is also close to the park of Villa Torlonia.
Great Hotel...a bit out of the way
My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Costanza in Sept. 2003. The Hotel is a bit out of the way, but has easy bus/taxi service to the historic district (2 miles). We stayed in Suite 508 which had a nice room and an outstanding balcony. We found the staff and daily breakfast OUTSTANDING! The staff on many occasions went out of their way to make sure our stay was comfortable (made dinner reservations, provided taxi calls, etc.). We absolutely recommend the Hotel Santa Costanza...make sure to book room 508 as I believe it is the only one with a balcony.